Ana Katsenios, owner of Paper Moon Pastry (@PaperMoonPastry, 3523 W. Fullerton Ave.), is set to host a day-long bakery bazaar Saturday, Dec. 21 to bring the neighborhood together in a showcase for her pastries and her upcoming Indiegogo crowdfunding project. The event will feature a market of local baked goods, local coffee and local artwork from 9 am – 5 pm. After a two hour break, Paper Moon Pastry will host a cocktail party until 11 pm.
LoganSquarist spoke with Katsenios at this month’s neighborhood meetup at Brand BBQ (@BrandBBQTruck, 2824 W. Armitage Ave.). We enjoyed macaroni and cheese, rib sandwiches and pulled pork sliders, as well as specially-priced Scurry ale from Off Color Brewing (@OffColorBrewing, 3925 W. Dickens Ave.) while Katsenios told us about her history and the upcoming event.
“Support your local baker,” Katsenios says with a smile, using the simple and sweet phrase as the tagline for the event. “Help the other bakers, every vendor in this event is meaningful to me.”
A Chicago native and a resident of Logan Square back in the late 1990s, Katsenios moved away to travel throughout the U.S. before returning to Logan Square nearly four years ago. During that time, she completed culinary school and won a gamut of awards for her work, including an Elizabeth Falkner internship.
Katsenios worked the restaurant scene, but as her independence and talent grew, she wanted to escape the cramps and strains of the busy kitchen environment. She realized her passion could carry her into the do-it-yourself, freelance baking world, and she wanted to establish it right here in Logan Square. Paper Moon Pastry was born.
“I love living here now because there seems to be a sort of frenzy of independent entrepreneurs, and it is inspiring to me,” Katsenios says. “I walk into a bar with a tray of soft pretzels around my neck and people are like, ‘wow, good idea!’ I high five the tamale guy and sell vegan cookies to the DJ. I don’t know what other neighborhood I could do that in.”
Her breakout was with the I Am Logan Square (@IAmLoganSquare, 2644 1/2 N. Milwaukee Ave.) organization, connecting her to other neighborhood residents and businesses, including New Wave Coffee (@NewWaveCoffee, 2557 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and inspiring her to launch the business.
Previously a massage parlor, the current storefront (3523 W. Fullerton Ave.) has been Paper Moon Pastry’s home for nearly two years. Katsenios explains that the Paper Moon name comes from her parents’ heyday restaurant in Chicago many years ago, and that Logan Square is where the tradition best continues.
“There are many different types of people in Logan Square,” Katsenios says. “But the fact that we live in the same neighborhood makes us care about each other.”
The Market and Party
Both the daytime market and the nighttime party will be focused on building relationships between small businesses, as well as between those who enjoys the products. Attending vendors include:
- Jo Snow Syrups (@JoSnowSyrups)
- Bot Bakery (@BotBakery)
- Puffs Of Doom (@PuffsOfDoom)
- Bake And Destroy (@BakeAndDestroy)
- Inside The Artist’s Kitchen (@ArtNoms)
- Graze Magazine (@GrazeMagazine)
- Brett Whitacre (BrettWhitacre.net)
- Tracy Kostenbader (tracykostenbader.com)
- Victoria Szilagyi (honeybeeart.com)
- Uncharted Books (@UnchartedBooks)
The cocktail party will feature a guest bartender from The Owl (@TheOwlChicago, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.), beer from Revolution Brewery (@RevBrewChicago), a DJ from Chances Dances (@ChancesDances) and a “culinary confessions” booth courtesy of Graze Magazine. There will also be a chocolate fountain and a gingerbread decorating station.
“I’ve never had people inside the bakery before.” Katesenios says. “I got this idea to make the inside of the storefront look like a gingerbread house, so I just spent hours and hours fumbling around with candy and a hot glue gun!”