Can you imagine strolling into a real Geist bakery and having the luxury of choosing between freshly made creations such as blueberry muffins, spice scones, or delicate croissants with jam? Wouldn’t it be convenient to grab a cup of coffee along with your choice of pastries before heading off to work, school or church? Well, you will soon have this delightful opportunity when “The Bakery at Geist” (located on Oaklandon Road in the Geist Station Shopping Center), opens sometime in the fall.
“I want this bakery to be a part of the neighborhood with a casual, welcoming environment,” says Chef Ron Woods, owner of The Bakery at Geist. Chef Ron chose this location because of its ease of access for automobiles, bicycles, and walkers, as well as its close proximity to other shops, churches, and schools.
Chef Ron grew up in Greensburg, Indiana with his mom, dad, and two sisters. He has always loved to bake and began writing his own recipes around the age of six. He remembers how friends would come visit him and ask him to bake some of his special cookies. Even though baking was his first love, Chef Ron gravitated toward studying chemistry. He earned a chemistry degree at Hanover College and then received his MBA at Butler University. But baking was in his blood and he returned to his first love studying at the Chef’s Academy in Indianapolis under two inspiring mentors: Chef Pierre Giacometti (who lives in Geist), and Chef Rob Koeller, who truly helped advance Ron’s skills to the next level. Furthermore, Chef Ron worked as a baker at Rene’s Bakery in Broad Ripple under Chef Albert Trevino.
His wife, Karen Woods, deserves some credit as she was the spark plug for his new entrepreneurial decision – it was her idea for of Chef Ron to open up his own bakery.
He highlighted a few of his special creations with pastries such as the “Macaron” (no pun intended), which is a French almond meringue sandwich cookie with a crème or jam filling. According to Chef Ron, “This is the next big thing after cupcakes. I hope to bring more of these European flairs to Indianapolis.”
What Will The Bakery at Geist Have to Offer?
Here are some of the features The Bakery at Geist will offer:
- Cakes (wedding, birthday, special occasion)
- European style pastries such as Danishes, cookies, tortes, pies, cupcakes, scones, macarons, tarts, and Pain Chocolat- (French pastry similar to a croissant with chocolate in center)
- Artisan style breads such as croissants, loaves, baguettes, and dinner rolls
- Comfortable seating with a relaxing atmosphere
- Four-top tables with chairs for business meetings
- A see-in–style-bakery configuration so that customers can see bakers in action, such as kneading bread.
When you step inside The Bakery at Geist, you won’t see Chef Ron wearing a formal chef’s hat. That’s not his style. Rather, he will likely be wearing his baseball cap, nothing fancy, but rather casual and approachable.
If you would like something not listed on the menu, please ask Chef Ron, and he will work with you to make it! If you would like some extraordinary homemade dinner rolls for your special meal one night, or a unique birthday cake or dessert, mosey on in to The Bakery at Geist. For future reference, you may even order your cravings online at www.thebakeryatgeist.com.