Laurent Le Barbier was born in Bretagne, France, where the delicious crêpes that he makes originate from. Since he was a child, he’s been making crêpes for his friends, family, and now the entire Bay Area. He learned to make crêpes at his grandmother’s house when he was young and still living in the Northwest region of France.
Can you tell us when you arrived in California and why you decided to open your crêperie, Brittany Crêpes in Berkeley?
We arrived in California in 1997. My wife and I worked in San Francisco restaurants for several years. In 2005, my wife got pregnant, so one of us had to find a day job in order to take care of the baby; we came up with the idea to start a crepe business at the farmer's market. We then expanded to more farmer's markets, adding a catering business. We finally opened our Creperie in Berkeley in December 2015.
Are Americans very familiar with crêpes and how are their taste different from those in Bretagne?
Although Americans might consider crêpes similar to pancakes, they are fairly popular in big cities around the country. By introducing them to very traditional crepes such as the Complete (egg, ham and cheese), we are able to get their interest for the food and the culture. They are still used to more sophisticated and filling crepes, which we also incorporate in our menu.
Why was it important for Brittany Crêpes to take part in the Fête de la Bretagne 2018 in California?
Participating in La Fete de la Bretagne is a great way to stay connected with Brittany. We feel very honored to host one evening of La semaine de la Bretagne at Brittany Crêpes. We cannot wait to share the traditional music and food with our customers and friends of Brittany Crêpes, and make new ones!
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BREIZH AMERIKA PROFILES va a la rencontre de Bretons expatries a travers les Etats-Unis et de Bretons en Bretagne ayant un lien économique avec les USA.
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