Twist owner Kathryn Ernst took time out of her busy day to sit down and talk with us. As we chatted, I sipped my coffee, supplied by local roaster Karma Coffee in Sudbury, and tried to ignore the blueberry cream cheese hand pie on my plate.
Twist offers catering and they are open until 5pm daily.
From the start Kathryn wanted to offer savory as well as sweet food items. "People can't live on sweets alone," she said. To that end, Twist bakes their own gluten-free bread and serves it with several sandwich options daily. They also have specialty meal offerings on weekends.
Kathryn enjoys the creativity involved in preparing food and seeing her vision to come to life. She made it clear that opening a business is a lot of work, and that restaurants are especially challenging. As a hands-on business owner she has worked hard to create a "third place" in the community. The people she has met along the way, and the regular customers she has gotten to know have been a real joy.
Kathryn told us about her visit to Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. After hearing so much about it and their two cookbooks, it surprised her to see how small it actually is. This made an impression on her. Check out this video about Tartine, unless you're allergic to wheat and seeing freshly baked wheat bread will make you sad!
After we thanked Kathryn for sharing her time and expertise with us, we dug into our pastries. The blueberry cream cheese hand pie was delightful, bursting with berries on top of a sweet bed of cream cheese resting inside of a flaky crust, all drizzled with icing. The lemon poppyseed muffin was light, nicely tangy with a delicate icing on top. In short, Twist's pastries would please anyone, whether one needed to avoid certain allergens or not. We bought a couple more pastries to take home. Local readers should definitely make a trip to Twist!
Twist Bakery Cafe
30 Milliston Rd.
Millis, MA 02054
Talking to Kathryn affirmed our conviction that we do not want to own this kind of business by ourselves. What we have in mind is a community-building co-operative enterprise undertaken with a committed group of people who want to share in the responsibilities of ownership and profits. AND we want to be able to get a good cup of coffee in the town center.
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