Prepare Your Sweet Tooth: Milk Dessert Bar Is Open In East Memphis
I had a chance to talk with the owner and founder of Milk Dessert Bar, Sharon Cohn, about her background, the story behind the unique dessert bar concept, and some of her favorite treats.
Sharon is a self-taught baker with ten years of experience, and eight years of professional catering experience. Milk Dessert Bar is at 1789 Kirby Parkway, Suite 10, which is near the Kroger at Kirby and Poplar. All the photos here credited to Madison Kolonis.
Holly: What inspired you to open Milk Dessert Bar?
Sharon: I’m a self-taught baker who has been seriously baking for more than ten years. My paternal grandmother enjoyed baking and she was blind. As a young girl, I was amazed by her abilities despite her impairment and I helped her in the kitchen as often as possible. She’s the inspiration for MilkDessert Bar.
Holly: What kind of desserts do you create at Milk Dessert Bar?
Sharon: We will have traditional desserts, such as chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheesecakes, icebox pies, etc., with both classic flavors and modern flavors like lavender, tea-infused, cookie butter, and pretzel bark.
Holly: Do you have any favorite desserts/staple or popular dishes?
Sharon: In the eight years that I’ve offered catering services for over 8 years, some of the most requested items are cookies, brownies, and banana pudding.
Holly: Is Milk Dessert Bar in Memphis be a place to hang out or a place to grab ‘n’ go?
Sharon: Milk Dessert Bar is a hang out place, but most all of our treats can easily be taken to-go. We hope to bring back the lost art of face-to-face conversation. We’re going to have books and boardgames available for customers to enjoy, and our setup features a variety of seating options like vignettes, farm tables, etc.
Holly: Any relation to Milk Bar (the trendy dessert spot in NYC, DC, etc.)?
Sharon: My catering business is named Butter Bakery, so I want to continue with names inspired by classic baking ingredients like, of course, milk! We aren’t affiliated with Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar. I admire Christina as a pastry chef, but our styles are totally different and each of our desserts will be made from recipes I’ve been perfecting for the last ten years. My ultimate goal is to bring back traditional desserts with a fun spin, plus some new and fun things to Memphis, which is quickly becoming a foodie town. I want Memphis to experience the type of dessert bars that larger cities have.
Holly: Will you have dairy free / gluten free / vegan options?
Sharon: Not currently. For now, all of our menu items will be made in our in-house kitchen where cross contamination with allergens may occur. For everyone’s safety, we will have this information posted.
Milk Dessert Bar
1789 Kirby Parkway, Suite 10
Memphis, Tennessee 38138