At age 15, Marcela Ferrinha wanted to open a car wash with her father, but it never happened. Perhaps that's because she had a hidden talent, aside from washing cars. Growing up, she always felt she was born to have something of her own.
Moving from city to city, she decided it wouldn't be possible for her husband and her to settle down and open a store. That was when she came up with the idea of opening The Sweet Brigadier in Park City. After moving to Utah in 2010, Marcela saw an opportunity to show Utahns what they were missing this whole time—the Brazilian truffles, called brigadiers.
Being from Brazil, she missed a lot of the delicacies and sweets she used to enjoy. So, why not opening an online bakery that sells Brazilian delicacies? People from all over Utah discovered The Sweet Brigadier when Marcela started selling the truffles at the local Sunday markets in the historic Main Street in Park City, and the truffles sold out every weekend.
We went to Park City this week to visit the Pastry Chef's kitchen to see how she works, and of course, to try some of the truffles.
And what makes The Sweet Brigadier's truffles so unique is definitely the exotic flavors: Sea salt caramel, ginger, Dulce de Leche with coconut, red pepper, Port Wine, almond, chocolate and mint, wasabi… You name it!
The pastry chef spends hours in the kitchen creating new, different flavors to keep her reputation as a truly unique truffle source.
Ferrinha also creates birthday and wedding cakes, pies, desserts and cookies.
"I love what I do, and that's what makes everything taste and look so good," she says.
The Sweet Brigadier, Park City, 850-855-0271