Sweet Kneads Bakery & Cafe
When Brenda McSweeney and her husband Jack retired to Greensboro, Georgia in the late 90s, Jack was more than ready to enjoy his retirement. Meanwhile, Brenda wasn’t quite ready. She had run a successful specialty baking and catering business in Connecticut for years, and after recognizing that there wasn’t a business quite like hers in the Lake Oconee area at that time, she got excited at the idea of sharing her special recipes with this warm, welcoming community. She soon found the perfect location at 103 Clack Circle in Eatonton, and opened the doors of Sweet Kneads bakery and café in February 2002.
The café’s award-winning quiche was an instant success in a community that wasn’t entirely familiar with the dish—in fact, some of her customers admitted they hadn’t known what quiche was before Sweet Kneads opened. In return, Brenda replied that made them even, because she hadn’t known what hush puppies were before moving to Georgia.
But Sweet Kneads isn’t just about the quiche. As you could guess from the name, this bakery specializes in delectably sweet treats to eat on site or box up to enjoy at home. They’re famous for their amazing chicken salad as well—they sell at least 300 pounds in a normal week! They also dish up fantastic soups, sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast, every bit of it “locally sourced and crafted with love.”
Sweet Kneads is also about family and community. Brenda has passed on the business to her daughter and son-in-law Joy and James Kuper, who share her love of food, hospitality, and transforming customers into friends. James also has plenty of professional experience in the restaurant industry. After graduating from culinary school, he accepted the wonderful opportunity to work with Executive Chef Roy Khoo at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. James learned and grew a great deal in Florida, making friends with co-workers who went on to head prestigious kitchens across the country, and he is proud to be able to use his own experience to expand the Sweet Kneads business by adding catering to the mix.
This family owned and operated restaurant has put down deep roots in the Lake Oconee area in over fifteen years of business, and is sure to flourish for many years to come.
Thank you for reading! A few of my favorites to grab at Sweet Kneads are the black bottom pie (any topping if good with me), the Chicken Salad on Greens and of course, I could eat an entire Quiche by myself. If you ask Evan, she will tell you to get a New York Bagel!!!
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