Pan Artesanal opened in Chicago in July, bringing an entirely new baking experience to the Windy City. The bakery, run by sisters Marisol and Lizette Espinoza, has quickly become a favorite for those looking for some less traditional pastries and breads.
Marisol Espinoza was trained at the French Pastry School, and she has used that training mixed with her Mexican heritage for exciting baking mashups. For instance, the bakery offers a scone that is filled with corn, cactus, and Cotija cheese. There is also a cruffin stuffed with peach and sweet cheese for an exciting flavor combination.
Additionally, Pan Artesanal specializes in breakfast and lunch sandwiches such as its chorizo-egg sandwich and its mango ham sandwich, as well as cakes and coffee.
Hispanics make up nearly one-third of the total population of Chicago. This has influenced many businesses in the area, and Pan Artesanal represents a shift towards more Hispanic-influenced bakeries popping up in neighborhoods throughout the city.