11 Fornuto Rd. Wardsboro, Vt.
Cindy Capen, whose name is beautifully emblazoned on the sign of the Bittersweet Memories Bakery Café in Wardsboro, loves the Bittersweet Memories Bakery Café so much that she has owned the café twice. After selling the business and taking some time off to care for her family, the café once again became available and Cindy was ready to assume the reins again in 2013 and has been running it ever since.
The café is very welcoming, casual, and community based and a “great gathering spot for locals,” according to Katryna Fitzpatrick, who has been Cindy’s right hand person for a total of eight years, and since day one when she reopened the second time. Fitzpatrick, who’s a combination chef, waitress, and whatever else is needed, says that its not uncommon for her and Cindy to sit with customers at their tables for a few minutes to catch up on local happenings.
The café serves breakfast and lunch and is known far and wide for their Eggs Benedict, which has been called “the best we’ve ever eaten” by many patrons – some who have traveled expensively. Some of Cindy’s bakery highlights are her sought after cinnamon twists and her many special pies that are very popular at Thanksgiving. For Christmas, it’s her Christmas cookies that are in high demand.
Daily lunch specials change regularly and include hot dishes like lemon pepper chicken and mashed potatoes or open faced turkey and gravy served with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Cindy’s corn chowder is also a “favorite around town.” The café also hosts special events like their recent Holiday Open House and occasional farm-to-table dinners.
Bittersweet Memories Bakery Café serves breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but is closed on Thursdays.