by Bill Batson
“Didier Dumas is one of the most welcoming places in Nyack period,” proclaimed Carol Gannet about her favorite local eatery. And to show her appreciation for the hospitality, Gannett commissioned me in 2013 to create a portrait of the patisserie as a Christmas present for pastry chef and owner, Didier Dumas.
Her enthusiasm for the establishment is not uncommon. In over ten years of operation as Nyack’s first French bakery, Didier has cultivated legions of loyal customers. But we almost lost this culinary treasure after a fire from a lightning strike in 2014 caused serious damage.
Today’s drawing was commissioned by Didier as a gift to his family to celebrate his bakeries rebirth. It captures a rebuilt patisserie with the new extension that was added during renovations. The original portrait still hangs in the dining area.