Tuesday Feb 07 2012
Cameron Park business owners get cracking on egg-based eatery
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
CAMERON PARK — There’s a new kid on the block in Burke Junction and she’s bringing a bit of France to the foothills in the form of crepes. Crepe Town Café opened quietly a few weeks ago and offers coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owner Alma Zildzo, along with her husband Eddie, both of Cameron Park, renovated a space in Burke Junction across from Kobe Sushi, into the creperie and coffee shop. Alma Zildzo, originally from Croatia, worked in coffee shops in Germany and owned a small shop in the Bay Area before relocating to Cameron Park. She has a degree in business management and worked for years in the banking industry, however, food is her passion. “I always go back to restaurants,” she said. “I didn’t want a big one, I like something small.” She said her new customers seem to like what she’s done with the former ice cream shop. “The people come in and say it’s so cute and warm feeling,” Zildzo said. “I tried to do something different.” Steven Yates, a 2010 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, works the crepe magic behind the scenes. “I never had a crepe before I was hired here,” he said. “This is a great job. It’s fun and a great environment to work.” The eatery offers quiche, salads, lunch combos as well as sweet croissants and sweet and savory crepes. Crepe fillings include ham, cheese, egg, and a savory choice of braised boneless short ribs in red wine with porcini. Gourmet coffee and fresh pastries are available, not only for a morning wake up, but throughout the day. According to Yates and Zildzo, the number one requested crepe is the California, which is comprises pesto, Swiss cheese, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, crème fraiche and raw spinach. Natalie Stoppani, of Rescue, along with her aunt, Barbara Tissot, who was visiting from Switzerland, stopped by last week to check out the creperie. “My friend owns Heart and Soul (a nearby business) and we decided to stop in and have a crepe,” Stoppani said. It was her first visit to the coffee and crepe shop and both were awaiting their first bites of their savory crepe lunches. Aunt Barbara said the environment was cozy and welcoming. “I like the different table setting with the unique vases and salt and pepper shakers. This is something different,” she said. And that is just what Zildzo intended.