Macarons make the world a better place and no one knows this better than the team at the newly-opened Marché du Macaron in Gordon Park.
After being an online business for over three years, owner and macaron maker Trish Hollamby finally decided it was time to set up shop and sell her wares from a bricks-and-mortar store.
And what a magnificent home for macarons she has created. Marché du Macaron opened two weeks ago and it has been exceptionally busy. Trish and her family, who all work in the business, have been thrilled by the response to their beautiful store.
Trish chose this particular location in Gordon Park because of the proximity to the city, the beautiful leafy streets and the friendly locals (who all appear to be becoming regulars). She also happens to live on site out the back, which makes getting to work easy. It also allows her the opportunity to pop out for a quick nap between baking sessions and serving the customers. As she also caters for corporate events and weddings, the hours spent cooking in the commercial kitchen on site keep increasing.
With her husband Bernard and daughter Megan by her side in store, Trish cooks up a daily selection of macarons, usually about 12 different flavours from the set menu of 22. However if you call ahead to request a particular flavour, Trish is more than happy to accommodate if she can.
Her macaron journey began a few years back. Trish would often accompany her husband on work trips to Sydney and Melbourne and once there, would be found sampling any gluten-free goodies she could find. Being a coeliac, Trish was always on the lookout for quality products that wouldn’t upset her stomach and macarons were often a perfect choice. Coming back to Brisbane, she noticed that there was a distinct lack of macarons and most were delivered up from the colder states anyway.
She then started experimenting with recipes and flavours, creating her own concoctions and testing them out on family and friends. “I literally had wheelie bins full of failed attempts.” She pointed out that “macarons hate humidity and this can affect them at any stage of the baking process. Which makes for a very fragile product.”
Once she was on to a winning formula, she began selling her wares on line and supplying caterers with macarons for event and corporate jobs before finally opening Marche Du Macaron.
The most popular choices are Salted Caramel, Banoffee and Orange + Passionfruit. There also some more unusual flavours like Lavender + Chocolate and Rose. And look out for the Flavour Of The Week (which this week is Red Velvet).
Her macarons last for up to five days if you treat them right. Make sure you refrigerate and keep them in an air tight container.
Marché du Macaron are open seven days a week from 8am-6pm to satisfy your sweet cravings and will be offering coffee in the very near future. They also host different events such as Wine and Macaron Matching Night and Tea Classes. They are also an excellent choice for a bridal shower or hen’s night.
Marché du Macaron is located at 97 Thistle Street, Gordon Park. For more information, check out our dining guide.
Make sure you click through the gallery above to see all the delicious treats!