Remember the old Dallas Farmer’s Market? Yeah, it’s not that anymore. The recent DFM make-over has left a divided Dallas in its wake — some love the changes in the vibrant food hall where Pecan Lodge got its start and the new focus on specialty goods and local produce in The Shed, while others miss the old days, wondering Where did the lady with 50 flavors of pickles marinating in Kool-Aid go?
Transformation can be difficult, but there’s at least one new addition that surely all of Dallas can rejoice in: Everett & Elaine. Every weekend, co-owners Kevin Lampman and Yang Wu offer up the most jaw-droppingly beautiful confections, making judicious use of fresh, local produce and Comanche County pecans from Lampman’s family orchards.
Their lush bounty of cakes, pies and cookies beg not just to be admired, but to be devoured. You’ll want to try any version of their “cotton” cheesecake, so-named for its fluffy, soufflé-like quality that will make you question what you thought you understood about cheesecake. Wu will likely dress it up for you, fresh upon order, with goodies like local honey and fresh jam. Another must-have is their chocolate-pecan cookie. Buttery and wondrously layered with strata of chocolate and generous hunks of pecan, these are game-changing cookies. Chocolate lovers, say yes to the pecan hazelnut chocolate cake. It’s like classic Texas sheet cake, elevated. This is what Wu does best — perfecting the basic elements of a classic, then riffing on it until, somehow, beyond all possibility, it becomes even better.
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Samples of their candied pecans are offered up with true Southern hospitality and generosity. Each flavor—ranging from Texas spice to lavender cream — delights in different ways, but perhaps the best pick for the season is the bright, citrusy flavor of their orange pecans.
Get there early if you want to peruse their selection at its most glorious peak — most of their beauties get scavenged early in the day. There is a loophole for you not-so-early birds, though; they do accept orders via email and telephone. Orders can be picked up Monday through Friday at Market Provisions at the DFM, or at the Everett & Elaine stand on weekends.
If you don’t plan on visiting the Dallas Farmer’s Market any time soon, but are dying to get your hands on some E & E goods, you can find their lamingtons and orange zest macaroons at Ascension Coffee, as well as select items at the St. Michael’s Farmer’s Market in North Dallas on Saturday mornings.