CANNON BEACH - Cynthia "Cindy" Brewer is the new baker at the Local Grill & Scoop, located at 156 N. Hemlock St. in Cannon Beach. In January, she began working part time as a new baker at the Local Grill and Scoop, moving into full time in March.

While studying at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Brewer was the baking intern at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach. Upon graduation from WCI, she secured a job as a baker with the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, where she produced scratch desserts and pastries for the Executive Meeting Center, hotel restaurants and espresso stations. She then went back to the Stephanie Inn as a pastry chef.

When she had been at the Stephanie Inn for just under two years, Brewer got an offer from a friend to visit his family's bakery in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, and spent 28 days there. "I worked harder than I think I have ever worked in my life and I have never enjoyed working so much in my life," Brewer said. "It was one of those opportunities that comes your way and you are compelled to do it. Any time you can learn from a fellow baker, their tricks of the trade, it enhances your career."

Brewer does her baking at night when the Local Grill & Scoop is closed so her breads are fresh in the morning. "It is a pastry chef's dream," she said. Brewer has been creating new breads, pastries and desserts for the restaurant, including an individual chocolate cake and a miniature marionberry pie.

The Local Grill & Scoop is open seven days a week with summer hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information and reservations, call (503) 436-9551.

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