Wyoming's French-Mexican Bakery

Cookies and other pastries do face time at the Bread Basket-La Canasta del Pan in Jackson, Wyo.

Cookies and other pastries at the Bread Basket-La Canasta del Pan in Jackson, Wyoming

Cookies and other pastries do face time at the Bread Basket-La Canasta del Pan in Jackson, Wyo.

It's a cultural mix-up of the best kind. At the new Bread Basket–La Canasta del Pan in Jackson, Wyo., you can have your pain au chocolat and your pan dulce, too. Cathy Beloeil, one of the bakery's owners, is from France. The establishment's baker and second business partner, Nacho Angeles—also the father of Beloeil's longtime boyfriend—is from Mexico.

"I knew we'd have wonderful classic Mexican sweets and breads," says Beloeil, a native of Cannes, on France's Mediterranean coast. "I wanted to make sure we offered some French special-ties." Angeles, who spent nearly two decades as a baker in Mexico City, had no problems mastering Gallic-style hearth work. "Our croissants are as good as any I've ever had back home," Beloeil says.

Want one of their mild cheese-filled pastries hot out of the oven? Swing by in the afternoon. "We bake so many different breads that they take up most of the morning," Beloeil says. "We start the sweet pastries later." Why bake only bread before noon? So that by lunchtime they have plenty of fixings for sandwiches. Try the Pan Baña—a caprese salad (tomato, basil, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar) on rustic bread—and join the cross-cultural crowd doing the same. 185 Scott Ln., (307) 734-9024.

Photography by Andrew Geiger

This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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