Recently, I’ve been working with Arts & Rec as they design a new venture due to open up on the east side that’s from the minds of Fresa’s owners Margaret & Tracy, chef Rene Ortiz, and pasty chef, Laura Sawicki. I couldn’t be more excited. While she’s making the perfect ice cream, Ortiz is fashioning the most fabulous neighborhood sandwich and afternoon martini, Margaret is selecting the freshest produce for the grocery, and Paul & Erica are scratch building the logotype, I’m just pushing for flowers to be sold at the storefront. That and trying to find them all for taste tests. #Flowers.
Sawicki’s elegant, creative, modernist desserts are perfect for Austin, Texas’ quirky, experimental food scene, a creative laboratory where eccentric chefs shine. For several years, she teamed up with acclaimed chef Rene Ortiz, first at La Condesa, an outstanding Mexican restaurant, and then at the groundbreaking Thai fusion joint Sway. Earlier this year, Sawicki and Ortiz parted ways with those restaurants and are planning to open their own place next year that will include, among many other delights, Szechuan takeout and Sawicki serving up ice cream “by the scoop.” This is a dream made real for her. — Huffington Post