My sister, who holds a pastry chef's degree, will be in town next month for a weekend visit. Since she's never been to Boston, I'd like to take her on a quick tour of the city - but not just any tour, rather one that's tailored to her interests in all things pastry, sweets, etc. Currently she's working as a baker in a specialty bread shop, but she'd like to get into more specialized desserts and I want to share with her a sense of the opportunities for pastry chefs in a city like Boston.
I've already made reservations for afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental as a starting point, but I'm looking for a little more hands-on action at some of the local bakeries, chocolatiers or restaurants, something along the lines of a class or behind-the-scenes tour. We'll be out and about on a Friday. Nothing too large-scale, I'm not looking for a factory tour. To offer more direction, I'm already considering Flour, Chocolee Chocolates, South End Buttery, LA Burdick's and the like. I know this is a bit of a tall order, so I'd appreciate any thoughts or recs anyone has to offer.