SAN RAFAEL, CA, Dec. 28, 2015 – Mixers churning, ovens firing, yeast rising, these are the sights and sounds of the Glyká-Sweets bakery. Owned and operated by the Fourakis family of Corte Madera, CA these aren’t your everyday cookies and sweets; these traditional delicacies possess character and culture.
For hundreds of years these recipes have been passed down through generations of Greeks, each family boasting their own style or method as ‘the best.’ All of Glyká-Sweets traditional desserts are Fourakis family recipes with their own unique style and method. Glyká-Sweets may not be boasting their products as ‘the best,’ but one thing they can boast is that their products are made with the finest ingredients and never with any additives or preservatives.
Each member of the family contributes their own creative element to the equation. Together they’ve taken a good idea sparked on an Easter Sunday, and turned it into a fully functioning commercial bakery serving sweets to grocery, import, and convenience stores around the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the US via the web. Tirelessly working to battle the speed bumps of starting a new business, their motivation is not solely driven by success, but also by the pride they take in their family and heritage. Greeks are a proud people, proud of their culture, proud of their history, proud of their families, and especially proud of their food.
Led by owner and baker Effie Fourakis and her oldest son Achilleas, sales and marketing, the Fourakis family is no different and they’ve made it their mission to not only preserve these traditional recipes, but also to unearth some of the lesser known pastries for Greeks and non-Greeks alike. You may already know about baklavá, but you may not know about kourambiédes, moustokoúloura, melomakárona, or koulourákia. These are just some of the traditional desserts served in Greek homes.
Sharing meals is a prominent figure in Greek culture. Friends and family gathered around the table is more than just enjoying a meal. The company is as important, if not more important, than the meal itself, the morning coffee, afternoon tea, or midnight snack. Greek home life tends to revolve around mealtime and that means that desserts are always right around the corner. Glyká-Sweets has entered the specialty food market to get those pastries right around the corner from you as well. They will be showcasing their products at the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show January 17-19 at Moscone Center in San Francisco with Savor California at booth #604.