As pastry chefs-in-training at the Institute of Culinary Education, Marla D’Urso, Kiyomi Toda-Burke, and Salma Palmer earned the nickname, “Three Tarts.” So when D’Urso decided to set up shop with her former classmates in 2006, it was a natural moniker for their fledgling business. In addition to culinary chops, each tart contributes something different to venture: D’Urso, a former decorator, brings an eye for interior design, while Toda-Burke’s years in the fashion industry lend desserts an artful air, and Palmer has the attention to detail of a former editor and proofreader.
The trio of pastry mavens is all about small-batch, bite-size snacks—think mini-tarts, petit fours, jewel-size panna cotta. They’re also into giving, which is why their Chelsea shop pairs cute, wrapped-and-ready treats with gifts like cow-shaped creamers and cheeky cleavage-enhancing aprons.
Founder Marla D’Urso thinks marshmallows are the new cupcakes—and we’re pretty sure she’s on to something.