It’s no surprise that traditional Italian bakeries decorate the better part of the Garden State; so when a bakery of a new caliber comes onto the scene, it’s sure to cause some excitement. Team Dadzie Patisserie, located at 162 Glenwood Avenue in Bloomfield, is the latest eatery to open in the area that offers a refreshing spin on what it means to be a small-owned bakery in New Jersey. Read on to find out more about the delicious pastries, cakes, and gelato selections customers won’t be able to find at just any ‘ol NJ bakery.
About the Owner
Ebow Dadzie is a decorated pastry chef who quickly fell in love with the artistry of the field. He credits the training he received in culinary school and his college externship in the southwest region of France for developing his tasting palate and artistic abilities. He has also represented the United States in international competitions, helped create the world’s largest sugar skyscraper for Food Network during the Guinness Book of World Record Week in 2006, and was named Pastry Chef of The Year by Paris Gourmet in 2007. In 2014, he was even named one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America while working at prestigious Manhattan venues including Hyatt New York and New York Marriott Marquis.
Photo Credit: Ebow Dadzie
Ebow has lived in Linden for the past ten years but decided to make his self-named business his full-time career after being forced out of work due to the pandemic in 2020. The business focused more on building the brand’s catering presence for private clients in the Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, and Montclair areas. Once the pandemic was calming down, becoming a vendor for weddings and wedding venues was the top priority. Team Dadzie Patisserie quickly became successful by producing customized decorative cakes for over 85 wedding clients in one year and even becoming the preferred vendor for Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. After a small renovation for the original space quickly became larger than expected, Ebow finally decided for the business to go public and designated a new space in Bloomfield for clientele to visit.
The ‘Team Dadzie Effect
Although the bakery looks tiny at first glance, it is filled with delicacies that are more than mighty. Customers can spot classic breakfast pastries like croissants and scones in the window upon arrival, but what stands out are the various sizes of cakes displayed in the cases. The bakery has full-sized cakes and cupcakes ready for any birthday or “just-because” occasion on the fly. The real show-stoppers, however, are the signature miniature pastry cakes that are decorated based on their flavor. Dubbed “The 7 Specialties” on its menu, the selection includes hits such as strawberry shortcake, lemon, pistachio, chocolate, raspberry, fruit tart, and its signature carrot cake which features a gelatinous texture that differs from the rest. “We believe that we eat with our eyes first but the product must taste as good as it looks; otherwise, what is the point?” Ebow said. “We have only one opportunity to make an impression and we want to gain a client base that understands what a good pastry tastes like.”
Besides decadent cakes and breads to devour, Team Dadzie also offers a wide range of homemade gelato. MG was lucky enough to sample each of its 20 flavors (with a handful of them being dairy-free), and we cannot recommend them enough. From a seasonal selection like apple pie to a unique creation such as lemon and ginger, each flavor offers a rich and refreshing taste even in the coldest NJ months. This year, Team Dadzie plans on entering one of the largest wedding expos in the state to showcase its talents. Its New Year’s resolution is to get into more of the event industry as well as have future brides, as Ebow puts it, “be able to experience the Team Dadzie effect!” The bakery is open Tuesday through Friday from 7AM to 6PM, Saturday from 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 8AM to 1PM.