Jossie Perlmutter is the local guru on desserts. She owns Sweet Affairs and offers a variety of different services. She is known for her unique take on small desserts for any occasion which dramtically widens the scope of flavors for your guests. She is now offering pastry classes at her new location and also in home pastry classes (GNO's, date nights, birthday parties, etc.).
All images by Remy Thurston, unless otherwise noted
I have always loved to bake. After finishing my undergraduate degree at University of Miami, I attended pastry school at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie in Yssingeaux, France. I moved to Charlotte in 2013, and since then have launched the bread and pastry programs at Heirloom, The Asbury, and most recently Block & Grinder. In 2017 I was named Pastry Chef of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. I created Sweet Affairs in 2015 as a side project. I am happy to say that as of March of this year it is now my full time business!
When I meet with clients I like to find out about the details of their celebration/event, and favorite flavors. I work to create cakes and dessert spreads that reflect their unique tastes, to help bring their visions to life.
"My favorite part of what I do is getting to be a part of people’s happiest moments. I cater weddings, birthdays, bat mitzvahs, showers and more!"
I always say less is more, and my design aesthetic centers around clean lines, sharp edges, and textures. When it comes to my desserts, I am very much inspired by nostalgia. I often try to take desserts that you remember from childhood, or classics such as s’mores, and put my own spin on them. There is nothing like tasting something that immediately brings back happy memories.
What is your favorite dessert to make? Favorite flavor? What is the most underrated flavor you make? My favorite dessert to make is apple pie. It always makes it feel like it’s the holidays, which is my favorite time of year! My favorite flavor to work with is passion fruit. It is so acidic and almost shocking to the palette which always makes for an interesting and refreshing final course. The most underrated flavor I work with is parsnip. When paired with vanilla it immediately elevates any dessert!
What do you want the QC to know about Sweet Affairs? My specialty is creating mini desserts. I try to pack as much flavor and texture into just a few bites as I can. Dessert spreads are a great alternative to cake at events. It gives your guests the opportunity to try many different sweets. My menu is simply a guide. I love to create custom menus based on a client’s favorite flavors and desserts.