Welcome to MÅURICE...
A Modern Pastry Luncheonette bound by old world charm, named after Maurice, Kristen's French lop rabbit & constant for over a decade. As an homage to his companionship, goodness & generosity of spirit, it seemed a natural fit to baptize her dream shop with her beloved rabbit’s name.
We are located in the Southwest corridor of downtown Portland, on a quiet tree lined street amid the bustle of bicycles, the iconic streetcar and a bevy of foot traffic. MÅURICE is a universe imagined by Kristen, animated by generosity, excellent products and celebrating the art of the pastry kitchen. Inspired, small, cozy and welcoming.
Sweet Savant, Kristen D. Murray
As a little girl, Kristen grew up surrounded by her great aunt’s vegetable garden: sweet peas, peppers, lettuces, herbs, raspberry bushes, and persimmon, fig and kumquat trees. So when Murray tells her story to the diner, it starts with her childhood in Southern California, where ripe fruit and beautiful produce were always at her fingertips. Baking with her grandmother and great aunt, she transformed those fruits into her earliest desserts.
Kristen’s professional pastry and culinary career has been shaped by adventures in San Francisco with Alain Rondelli & Patrick Coston, to New York City at Gramercy Tavern with Claudia Fleming & Marcus Samuelson at Aquavit, to working with Barbara Lynch in Boston and finding her second home in Portland, working with Vitaly Paley at Paley’s Place.
Prior to moving to Portland in 2008, Kristen assisted Lynch & Les Nouvelles Mères Cuisinières at "Le Picnic" in Courchevel, France in 2004, where she had the opportunity to work with pastry goddess Christine Ferber. Christine left an impressionable mark to say the least. It was Kristen’s fist time in France and she fell in love with the culture - furthering her commitment to education in the culinary community - she created pastry intensives and taught cooking classes at The Chef’s Studio with Robert Reynolds. Kristen returned to France with Robert in 2010, this time to Alsace, as part of The Chef’s Studio, where she again spent time with Ferber at her shop in the tiny village of Niedermorschwihr.
Portland has become Kristen’s second home to New England and thus, MÅURICE: A Pastry Luncheonette is born…