Bellevue's got a new reason to celebrate today, and a bright, airy place to do so, as Trophy Cupcakes and Party opens Cafe Trophy. In a release, the business describes the concept as "a grown-up bakery-cafe-champagne bar that offers sweet and savory treats from morning till night." The new cafe is on the first floor of The Bravern, a short walk down the stairs from a previous, smaller location on the second floor. Above, ogle the opulent, marble- and gold-flecked space and many of the luscious French-inspired treats available now.
Aside from its Martha Stewart-approved cupcakes, Trophy's latest major addition to the pastry case are macarons available in a staggering array of ten or more flavors each day: lavender latte, peanut butter and jelly, citrus Earl Grey, and more. Founder Jennifer Shea said the team has been working to perfect macarons for ages.
There are plenty of savory options, too, like croissant BLTs, quiches, and flatbreads. It's all overseen by chef Chuck Dugo, who was the executive pastry chef at San Francisco's Slanted Door (the acclaimed restaurant for which Girin chef Brandon Kirksey recently decamped) for thirteen years.
If this is making you mighty parched, there's more good news: The wine and beer list is curated by none other than Bar Ferdinand's Marc Papineau, who brings his acclaimed focus on natural wines and family-owned domains to this venture as well. Looking to cobble together a picnic lunch instead of dining in? Check the market section for takeout beverages, grab-and-go lunch items, baking ingredients, charcuterie, cheese, olives, and more. And don't forget a handful of macarons for the road.
700 110th Avenue Northeast, Suite 195 in The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue, (425) 361-0033, website. Open Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.