WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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charge. Susu's can also accommodate up to 80 people for cocktails, private dinners, and other special events. This past August, the live music included a performance by singer- songwriter Liv Gibson, daughter of Bill Gibson, the drummer for the well-known Huey Lewis and the News. August also saw a performance by Wellesley musician Jack Vandervelde. In September, Mozambique native Albino Mbie, whose debut album, Mozambican Dance, won an award as Revelation artist of the year of 2013/14 in Mozambique, per- formed. Joining Mbie was guitarist Hailey Cullers. Seeing the potential to grow the entertainment aspect of her busi- ness, Aylward has been looking to add other evening events throughout the week, so the artistically-inclined, energetic proprietor is planning the ambitious introduction of different types of performances includ- ing lectures, author readings, and other artistic presentations. Patrons can grab a doughnut muffin, tropical coconut cupcake, Congo bar, dense brownie, lemon tea cake, a slice of red flannel cake, Nutella brioche, coconut Heath bars, or a selection of Creamsicle or butter cookies from the counter and enjoy the music or other entertainment while lingering over a cappuccino or dark coffee. But the Friday night events also offer more elaborate and substantive fare, such as black bean and quinoa burgers with feta and roasted garlic, along with a number of other delicious selections from Susu's Café Menu served in the 50-seat dining room with wine and beer selections. This being a serious bakery, Susu's, of course, creates a range of impressive cakes, available in six-inch, eight-inch, ten-inch, and twelve- inch sizes. The dense, moist cakes offered are buttermilk, chocolate, coconut, and carrot (made without nuts), filled with silken butter- creams, ganache, or lemon curd, and finished with a buttercream, ganache, or cream cheese frosting. Cupcakes, now the confectionary rage, are available in chocolate, buttermilk, carrot, coconut, or lemon, either petite ($2.50) or large ($3.50). And for those who like to have a more hands-on, educational approach to their sweets, Susu offers a "Susu Cupcake Class," a two- hour after-school session ($75) where kids (or their parents) can 180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 local cuisine "a serious bakery" left: View from the dining room into the entryway above: Susu Aylward, Proprietor below: A happy barista P H O T O S B Y B E T H F U R M A N

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