Triangle bakeries celebrate spring with Macaron Day

Macarons for sale at lucettegrace bakery in downtown Raleigh.
Macarons for sale at lucettegrace bakery in downtown Raleigh. Andrea Weigl

Daniel Benjamin, owner of downtown Raleigh’s lucettegrace bakery, is spearheading “Macaron Day North Carolina” this Friday.

Taking his lead from similar celebrations in Paris and New York, Benjamin and other Triangle bakers will be marking the start of spring by donating a portion of all sales of macarons to charity. Maracons are not those shredded coconut confections known as coconut macaroons; they are light airy sandwich cookies traditionally made with almond paste, sugar and egg whites.

Other participating bakeries and retailers include Morning Times, Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Yellow Dog Bread Co., Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe in Raleigh; La Farm Bakery in Cary; and Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop, Miel Bon Bons and Guglhupf in Durham.

Raleigh’s Videri Chocolate Factory will be donating chocolate to the bakers for the cause. One restaurant in Chapel Hill will be making a savory macaron that will be sold at lucettegrace.

Twenty-five percent of all sales will be donated to Meals on Wheels organizations in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Weigl: 919-829-4848;

Twitter: @andreaweigl

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