Shortcake Bakery to offer fall pop-up brunches

Freshly made scones from Shortcake Bakery; Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

By KERRY-ANN HAMILTON — Shortcake Bakery owner Cheryl Harrington has teamed up with French-trained chef Serge Pambo to offer a weekly Sunday brunch next year. This fall, the duo will host pop-up brunch events on Oct. 20 and Nov. 16.

Cheryl Harrington, owner of Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville, preps quiches shortly after 6 a.m. in late September. Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

Harrington was beaming as she removed quiches from the oven and prepped blueberry scones in her 28-seat cafe at 4700 Rhode Island Ave. “I am excited to begin offering brunch in Hyattsville; there are too few options in our area,” Harrington said. “On Sundays, we want our neighbors to skip the Beltway, slow things down and enjoy Chef Pambo’s creations with family and friends in our café.”

Gabon-born Pambo began his culinary journey in France. He worked for a decade at celebrated Parisian restaurants, including Le Napoléon III, Les Grandes Marches with Christian Constant Le Grand Bofinger and La Suite, with celebrity chef Cyril Lignac.

As of press time, Harrington and Pambo were still putting the final touches on the full menu. She described it as “a filling small-plate-style dining experience.” The planned offerings include a warm garlic tomato soup, a Gruyere-stuffed jerk chicken, brioche French toast and seasonal surprises. The team also plans to offer a vegan entrée as well as fizzy brunch beverages. Prices will range from $10 to $15.

Harrington, a Trinidad-born master baker and Cheverly resident, is celebrating eight years since the opening of the café in 2011. She plans to offer a weekly Sunday brunch in January 2020.

Shortcake Bakery is now accepting reservations for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings for the October and November events.  For more information and reservations, call 301.779.2836.

Harrington places quiches in the oven shortly after 6 a.m. in late September. Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

Harrington prepares to bake blueberry scones. Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton

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