A New Twist on Tasty Treats Opening in Lawrenceville

WildFlour Bakery launching new café with gluten-free products in May.


Whet your appetite and prepare to follow your nose: A new artisan bakery and daytime café is flinging its doors open in Lawrenceville on May 11 at 9 a.m.

Serving quick breakfasts, brunches and lunches of made-to-order savory crepes, house-made soups, salads and smoothies, as well as a line of classic breads and desserts, WildFlour Bakery & Café nails delicious. And it nails nutritious too – all the offerings are gluten-free.

“I saw a real need for freshly made, fabulous gluten-free foods right here in central New Jersey,” said Marilyn Besner, a veteran baker and cook whose longtime dream of opening her own place is being realized as she transforms the Lawrenceville Inn into a community gathering spot and computer hotspot with free WIFI. “WildFlour’s baking and cooking will certainly be good for you, but its emphasis is deliciousness.”

WildFlour’s secret begins with the grains themselves.

“Our bakers use the kitchen as their laboratory,” said Besner, who worked for some time at Whole Earth Center and also trained at The Natural Gourmet and the French Culinary Institute.

“Drawing on a wide array of flours – everything from amaranth to quinoa, each with different protein or starch content, the bakers experimented until they found the best blends for baguettes, pumpernickel, cheese sticks, biscotti, and even cream puffs; everything we sell has the right crust and crumb combination. Our cookies have a balanced ratio of crunch to moistness. Our muffins are loaded with flavor.

“Cakes are particularly interesting. The bakers spike them with fruit fillings and mellow them with old-fashioned buttercream frostings. Our Genoise cake with apricot puree filling, Swiss buttercream, our German chocolate cake with sour cherries and chocolate ganache to name a few, are absolutely delicious.” 

WildFlour tartlettes, breads and other desserts are available for takeout; birthday cakes or family-size pies or tarts will be available by special order.

WildFlour Café offers self-serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays.  Lunch hours are from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. On weekends, brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WildFlour is closed on Mondays.

WildFlour is at 2691 Main Street (also known as Route 206) near the corner of Gordon Avenue in Lawrenceville, NJ. Parking is available in the back of the building and is accessible from Main Street. 

Palmer Uhl April 30, 2013 at 02:56 PM
My diet is gluten-free and this news is literally a dream come true! Marilyn, can't wait to try your goodies!
Betsy Hunt April 30, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I had a preview "smackeral" last week...and I am telling you...It's A- M A Z I N G ! ! ! Can't wait to come back for more!
unknownauthor May 01, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Natural Gourmet Institute is so proud of you Marilyn!
John Dunphy May 02, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I used to work with Marilyn at Whole Earth Center. It's great to see her opening her own business. She was a wizard in the kitchen, so I am sure this place will be spectacular. Best of luck, Marilyn!
Susan Hargraves May 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I just went to the new Wild Flour Bakery. When you first walk in, it is a quaint little place. I did not see much in the selection of bakery goods as suggested in the above article. They did have samples of their shortbread cookies which were delicious. I ordered a green smoothie. The staff at the register was was very friendly. However, when she inquired about having the required ingredients for my drink, the staff she asked seemed unenthused about being there. The woman that made my drink brought it out from the back and was also polite. I was a little disappointed by the size of the drink. For $6 it could have been slightly bigger. And I wasnt impressed by the taste either. It was very bland. I know they just opened a few days ago and I am willing to try them again in the future-because everyone deserves a second chance. Next time I will try one of their crepes.


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