Trista moved from Vail, Colorado to Fredericksburg in January 2005, and shortly after opened Eileen’s Bakery and Cafe. Since then she has not had a chance to look back. Quality, consistency, and a courteous staff are key ingredients in making Eileen’s an effortless place to relax. At dawn, surround your senses with the smell of freshly baked bread, delicate pastries and scones made with cream.
Pastries are available all day, however 11:00 a.m. brings us to the second half of the day. “Our Job is to tempt you!” Lunch lends itself to an array fresh roasted meats, house signature sauces and fresh sliced bread. Eileen’s offers two styles of sandwiches; The “Build Your Own” sandwich, customized to your personal taste or our Gourmet sandwiches, made daily. Our staff takes pride in the “art of study” when it comes to these sandwiches; creative, flavorful, unique and most of all, well thought out.
An array of seasonal salads will encourage you to mix and match; from Cucumber-Pasta Salad with a Garlic-Whole Grain Mustard Vinaigrette to an Herbed-New Potato Salad tossed with Tarragon Vinaigrette, Toasted Almond-Wild Rice Salad to Green-Apple Coleslaw. Our options seem endless and our learning is limitless. The delight of making food well is always inspiring and for the customer, “a tantalizing treat for your gastronomic enjoyment.”
Chef Trista Eileen Couser
In 1989 Trista Couser was schooled at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. After a two-year program she traveled to Vail, Colorado where she spent 15 years developing her cooking skills. For four years she worked at a catering company, Foods Of Vail, as the Pastry Chef and Private Chef for the elite residents of Vail and Beaver Creek, Co. As a private Chef she had the honor to cook for Former President Ford, Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Valery Gisgard d’Estaing.
For nine years Trista was the Pastry Chef of “Splendido” at The Chateau, a Four Star restaurant and private residence club nestled in the surrounding mountain of Beaver Creek Ski Resort. It was there she had the chance to befriend and learn under the direction of Chef David Walford. His life learned skills and dedication to quality helped her focus on creativity, consistency and even more so, how to think “outside the box”. These skills gave her the courage and personal growth to open Eileen’s Bakery and Café in Fredericksburg Virginia. The restaurant was opened in 2005 to the present. In 2010 Eileen’s family purchased an old colonial church, built in 1833 and transformed it to what it is today.