If there’s an award for “most enthusiastic baker”, it’s Will Seppi, owner of Healdsburg’s inimitable Costeaux French Bakery, because every holiday is an excuse for a pastry.

A local favorite is their Bastille Day blowout with baguettes getting their ends lopped off by a guillotine. Everyday, however, is a reason to stop in for a sandwich, french onion soup, pick up a loaf of bread or a sweet treat.

This sprawling sit-down cafe is both restaurant and walk-up bakery where you can pour over a morning coffee with a walnut sourdough baguette. Lunchtime’s sweet-savory Monte Cristo (turkey, ham and Jarlsberg cheese on cinnamon raisin bread) is a classic. Brunch is also a great time to taste some of their delicious desserts.

Thinking wedding cakes? Costeaux’s elegant, classic cakes that can be customized all kinds of ways to match your taste. Standouts include Grand Marnier cream cheese frosting on a poppy seed rum cake (with raspberry conserve and fresh raspberries); Swiss buttercream chiffon; whipped cream topped vanilla cake stuffed with strawberries or chocolate truffle – just to start.

417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.433.1913.