Sugaree Baking Company

Sugaree Baking Co. in St. Louis is the specialty bakery of pastry chef Pat Rutherford-Pettine. We've been making sweet memories for every occasion in your life since 1996.

Sugaree Baking Company had a humble beginning back in 1996. That was the year Pat Rutherford-Pettine decided to leave her position as pastry chef at Patty Long Catering to start her own wholesale and special order bakery. Eager to utilize her art degree from Boston University to accentuate her 20 years of baking expertise, Pat set up shop in a 400 square foot space in the basement of an area restaurant. Her enthusiasm quickly made up for any lack of elbow room, as she created spectacular wedding cakes to feed the eyes before thrilling the palate.

It wasn’t long after St. Louis got a taste of her desserts that word spread and business picked up. Soon, Pat was joined by her husband and Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.) graduate, Jim Pettine. Sugaree’s gain was St. Louis’ loss, for Jim left 12 years of teaching the culinary arts to young aspiring chefs. After the addition of Jim, things really got “cooking” at Sugaree. This prompted further expansion, and in 1999, Sugaree Baking Company moved into the heart of historic Dogtown. Pat and Jim knew immediately that they had found a new home as this family-oriented neighborhood embraced their presence at the well-traveled corner of West Park and Tamm. Not surprising, considering the building they moved into has always housed a bakery since it was originally built over 100 years ago by the Keis family.

Together, Pat and Jim bring over 50 years of culinary experience to their wedding cakes and desserts. They are proud members of the American Culinary Federation and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis. They strive to bring you a wedding cake of unique character and stellar flavor. You’ll appreciate all that a Sugaree wedding cake can add to your special day. Just be sure to get pictures, because we’re certain that once your guests get a taste, there’ll be nothing left but sweet memories.

Sugaree in the Press

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