PdM Café Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
Restaurateur Scott McVean was interested in cooking and baking from a young age. When he was 24, he moved to Newport Beach from Texas and opened the first Pain du Monde ("breads of the world") in a small Balboa Island storefront in 1988. Using family recipes and a pizza oven, he baked bread for locals, tourists and four-star hotels, and later introduced pastries and muffins.
As McVean grew his business with more locations along the coast (two in Newport Beach, one in Corona del Mar and one in Dana Point), what became known by regulars as PdM expanded into a café concept by offering a breakfast menu, and fresh salads and sandwiches at lunch. Everything is made from original recipes and the highest quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible.
Long before "farm to table" became a dining trend, the menu at PdM featured farm fresh eggs, locally sourced produce, and free range chicken.
Always passionate about sustainability and using the highest quality, hormone-free products, McVean wanted to live the lifestyle he was sharing with his guests. With that in mind, he moved his family to Bozeman, Montana 16 years ago to learn more about ranching and being self-sufficient. He raised cattle, pigs, goats, and free-range chickens that produce organic eggs.
"If I was going to make sustainable food a part of my restaurant, then I was going to know everything about it," said McVean, who creates his own recipes and regularly cooks for his family of nine.
PdM also roasts it's own whole bean French coffee weekly, in small batches to ensure freshness. The technique PdM uses was passed on to them by a man whose family has been supplying the south of France with their family's recipe for over 100 years. The result is a strong, yet surprisingly smooth cup of coffee.
All four PdM locations serve their delicious espresso drinks, an assortment of house-made pastries and desserts, along with fresh salads and sandwiches daily. The Fashion Island location serves breakfast all day, along with additional entrees including grilled salmon, fresh fish tacos, and a natural Angus cheeseburger. Fashion Island's PdM is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 9pm, Saturday from 6:30am to 8pm, and Sunday from 6:30am to 7pm, with extended holiday hours.
The Fashion Island PdM Café is located at 561 Newport Center Drive, across from Neiman Marcus, and can be reached at 949-644-4835.