Baking their own way: Upper Township couple opens Blue Dolfin Sweets

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Pastry chef Stefan Zareba with a wedding cake he recently completed. Earlier this month, Zareba baked an 11-foot cake for the Atlantic Cape Community College gala. Pastry chef Stefan Zareba with a wedding cake he recently completed. Earlier this month, Zareba baked an 11-foot cake for the Atlantic Cape Community College gala.

Stefan Zareba, of Upper Township, has worked as a pastry chef for almost 30 years, first at the Marriott Hotel in Minneapolis and then at the Seaview Marriott Country Club in Absecon. But in December of last year he decided to start baking for himself and opened Blue Dolfin Sweets in Marmora with the help of his wife, Barbara.

Zareba, who has lived in Upper Township for 20 years, said he wanted to bring good quality pastries to the area.

“A lot of the big bakeries, they are up north in New York or Philadelphia,” he said. “When people come down here for the summer, I want them to have the same quality baked goods that they’re use to. I want to show we can do the same thing down here in South Jersey.”

Blue Dolfin Sweets offers wedding, birthday and other celebration cakes, as well as breakfast breads, assorted French pastries and classic and Bavarian cheesecakes. Zareba bakes brownies, cupcakes, biscotti, cookies and homemade tiramisu and fudge every day.

Zareba said everything in his bakery is made from scratch. The chocolate he uses comes from Belgium, the other ingredients are all natural, he said.

“We have no preservatives,” said Zareba. “We use the best quality ingredients, the chocolate, cream cheese, all the best.”

Zareba graduated from the Culinary Institute of Krakow, Poland in 1980. He moved to the United States shortly thereafter and began working for the Marriott hotel chain in 1984. He was senior executive pastry chef at the Seaview Marriott Country Club when he left to start his own business.

He has two children, one who works for a medical company and another in law school.

Business is booming, according to Zareba. He said the quality of the pastries at Blue Dolfin Sweets and the prices are building a loyal customer base. In the summer he intends to hire a number of student chefs from Atlantic Cape Community College’s culinary program to help him in the kitchen.

“They need the experience and I need the help,” he said.

Blue Dolfin Sweets is located at 228 South Shore Road in Marmora. They can be contacted at 609-390-2468.

Assorted pastries are made fresh daily at Blue Dolfin Sweets. Assorted pastries are made fresh daily at Blue Dolfin Sweets.


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