About Us 2017-07-26T17:16:47+00:00

About Us

Bringing the best of France to the Bay Area.

A family trip to France…that’s how it all began.

During a trip abroad, Mikhail and Natalya fell in love – with French cuisine.

As Mikhail and Natalya traveled throughout France, they experienced the culinary rich beauty of each uniquely different region, indulging in world-renowned pastries and magnificent desserts. Enchanted by the unique French way of approaching meals as an experience of pleasure and performance, they were inspired to attend food shows and exhibitions to enrich their learning. Fate placed them in the path of revered French chef Christophe Clarigo, whose innate talent and great love for sharing French cuisine sparked the Gutermans’ desire to recreate the authentic French experience for all to enjoy. Mikhail’s business expertise, Natalya’s culinary background in European cuisine, and chef Christophe’s unique recipes laid the foundation for a new family-owned bakery café.

In creating their own unique brand, Mikhail and Natalya decided on a fittingly unique name: “La PanotiQ” is a portmanteau, a French term for a blend of words to create something with new meaning. For them, “La PanotiQ” means a library of panoramas, synonymous to their curated display of baked goods, pastries, and other cuisine that represents the very best of their culinary experience in Europe. From the decadent Apple Tart Tatins and buttery Kouign Amann (pronounced “queen a-mahn”) to the traditional cafe fare of our France-inspired lunch menu: this panorama of culinary wonder is what dreams are made of…

So, step inside, and just for a moment, be transported to a quaint little sidewalk cafe in Paris. Bite into one of our flaky croissants, and be swept away on a culinary tour of the very best of France.

Welcome to La PanotiQ!