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Making Macarons

March 21, 2019

Delicate, ephemeral, and bursting with wonderful flavors, macarons top the list of special sweet treats. These colorful French cookies feature two meringue-like layers made with almond... Continue Reading

Question of the Month: How do I cook dried hominy?

March 11, 2019

If you’re used to canned hominy, you are in for an awakening! There is a world of difference between canned and dried hominy in texture... Continue Reading

Mastering: Mothersauces

March 07, 2019

A WONDERFUL SAUCE CAN TRANSFORM a simple chicken breast, chop, steak, or vegetable into an exquisite plate full of flavor where every mouthful is savored. IN... Continue Reading

Béchamel Sauce

March 07, 2019

Makes about 2-1/2 to 3 cups Béchamel is a basic white sauce, one of the most commonly used mother sauces in the kitchen -- one... Continue Reading


About Toque BlancheToque Blanche Chef Hat

There’s an interesting story behind the white pleated chef’s hat known as the toque blanche. Many years ago, the number of pleats in a chef’s hat signified the number of ways he or she could cook an egg, with a more-pleated hat adorned only by the most experienced and skillful of chefs. Our taking the name Toque Blanche for the store is our way of paying homage to hardworking chefs everywhere--both in professional and home kitchens.

In business since 1996, our experienced staff and excellent selection of products serves the needs of a diverse community of professional and home chefs, culinary students and casual cooks.

You are sure to find the tools you need to prepare your next meal here in our online store or at our Santa Cruz retail location. We stock a wide variety of the best cookware, bakeware, cutlery and kitchen accessories for cooks of all levels. We strive to offer a unique collection of products. This includes our most popular line of products, La Chamba cookware, a handcrafted clay collection from Colombia. We
also stock major brands including Le Creuset, Big Green Egg, Breville, and Wusthof, among others. Find the cooking tools and accessories you need at Toque Blanche. 

Our Downtown Santa Cruz Store
Conveniently located on the Pacific Garden Mall, our store in Downtown Santa Cruz features an alluring mix of products including cookware, bakeware, cutlery, cookbooks, barbeque tools, and cooking accessories. Browse our broad variety of products in person, and speak with our knowledgeable staff to find the perfect kitchen tools for your needs. Every Saturday we host special demonstrations in our store, where you can learn how to create a new dish or how to use a new kitchen accessory.