After several years of working in various restaurant and educational kitchens, Chef Risa Magid Boyer realized that the entire dessert experience could be elevated. She imagined a 'dessert kitchen' where foodies and dessert lovers could gather to experience dessert in a new way. ‘Vanillamore®’ was inspired by chef Risa’s passion for vanilla and the way that it can be used to enhance other flavors in desserts, just as salt is used in savory food. She loves the beauty and simplicity of vanilla as well as its versatility, inspiring her to create desserts with more to explore.
Check out our menu page to see both our sweet & savory menus!
THE KITCHEN COUNTER
Once in our dessert kitchen, you will be able to share your tasting experiences with others at The Kitchen Counter while taking a peek into the open kitchen.
Become immersed in the environment & escape to a sweeter place!
TASTING MENUS & EVENTS
At Vanillamore®, there is an opportunity to learn about great ingredients, unique flavor combinations and food & beverage pairings.
Contact us for more information about our monthly tasting menus and check out our event page for more information.
There’s always something to experience and learn at Vanillamore!
ART & TECHNOLOGY
The walls in Vanillamore are an art gallery. We are currently featuring 3 artists that are shown at Chloe Art Gallery in San Francisco : Amy Nelder, Carrie Graber, and Aldo Luongo.
We feature artists that hold the same artistic philosophies as we do and we will be holding events that pair food, art & wine.
While enjoying your meal at Vanillamore, you will have the opportunity watch our 6 screen video wall.
On these screens, we feature additional works from our featured artists, Vanillamore® food photography & videos, featuring a history of the evolution of Vanillamore.
Risa (Magid) Boyer trained at the Culinary Institute of America, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in culinary management and an associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts. She has interned at Park Avenue in NYC and Pink Cake Box in Denville, NJ. Risa has worked in NYC restaurants Sweet Revenge and Armani Ristorante, as well as De Novo European Pub in Montclair, NJ and Finale in Boston, MA. Most recently, she has been a pastry instructor and resident chef at Sur La Table and the owner of Pastries by Risa, a small specialty cake business.
Risa was born into a family of sweets and artists. Her Grammie was a talented cake decorator, her Grandfather’s family owned bakeries in Poland for many generations, and her great-grandfather was a late-blooming artist. The tradition continues with today’s generation. In the mid-1980’s, Risa’s parents founded a retail chocolate business in New Jersey and today they are investors in ChloeFineArts, a San Francisco based art gallery. Early in Risa’s career, she studied graphic arts; her passion for art eventually led her to designing desserts.
Vanillamore is a beautiful expression of many generations of passion for the Magid family.