Category: Press


Grub Street | 12.21.2011

21st December

Waylynn Lucas Adds Chocolate Grab-Bags and Bourbon Pecan Pie to Fonuts

Waylynn Lucas, the former Bazaar pastry genius who now slings baked donuts with partner Nancy Truman at from their Fonuts storefront, is hitting the hard stuff again through the holidays with a dessert-to-go program called “Waylynn’s Pantry.” The new offerings consist of three sweet options, including grab bags full of chocolate-covered treats like marshmallows, pretzels, almonds, and corn flakes, along with pre-wrapped salted chocolate caramels for $8.50, and a chocolate bourbon pecan pie available for $45 through special order at 323-592-3075. Catch them through 2011 at Fonuts.

Read more: http://grubstreet.com/search/losangeles/fonuts



KTLA | 8.31.2011

31st August

Talented Pastry Chef Waylynn Lucas, formerly of The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Patina in Los Angeles, joined us live to tell us all about the hottest doughnut shop in LA. Fonuts is a modern coffee and doughnut shop. The shop features more than a dozen unique varieties that are baked using different methods of steaming and baking at high heat to replicate the light and fluffy texture of a doughnut — without the use of a fryer. True to the diverse pastry background of Chef Lucas, who has earned two perfect four-star reviews from The Los Angeles Times, Fônut offerings will run the culinary gamut from indulgent to gluten-free to vegan, sweet to savory, and traditional to avant-garde. Flavors include: peanut butter & jelly, wheat/gluten-free banana chocolate, strawberry buttermilk, maple bacon, rosemary-olive oil and more.

Read more: http://www.ktla.com/news/local/viewerinfo/ktla-fonuts-chef-waylynn-lucas,0,7864883.story



Zagat | 8.30.2011

30th August

Fonuts: Faux Donuts in Wild Flavors From Waylynn Lucas

There are just a few counter seats at Fônuts, a grab-and-go ‘donut’ shop in Mid-City, but that hasn’t kept fans from lining up for these new takes on the humble round treat from pastry master Waylynn Lucas (Patina, Bazaar by José Andrés); flavor choices for the baked-not-fried confections range from banana chocolate and strawberry buttermilk to rosemary olive oil and chorizo cheddar, while coffee comes from Lamill.

Photos: Tina Norton
Read more: http://www.zagat.com/buzz/fonuts-faux-donuts-in-wild-flavors-from-waylynn-lucas

 



Thrillist | 8.24.2011

24th August

Not just a bakery exclusively for crazy people, this long-awaited pastry shop opens today slinging LA Mill coffee and both yeast- and cake-based donuts (that are baked rather than fried) in silly delicious flavors ranging from peach/lemon/strawberry, to chorizo cheddar, to rosemary, to one made with rum, which is surprisingly not red, even if the case kind of does make it look like it’s Shining.

Read more: http://thrillist.com//food/los-angeles/ca/90048/mid-wilshire/fonuts_coffee_dessert#ixzz1ilHSFbWg



The Huffington Post | 8.23.2011

23rd August

Fonuts: Unfried, Gluten-Free & Vegan Choices At Waylynn Lucas’ New Joint

Los Angeles, you’ve waited too long for your unfried, gluten-free — maybe even vegan — doughnut. Finally, on Wednesday morning, the baked faux doughnuts of Fonuts will be out-of-the-oven ready to feed your wheat-tolerant but doughnut-yearning body. Bakers-in-crime Waylynn Lucas and Nancy Truman will open their West Third Street bakeshop tomorrow.

Two words: chorizo cheddar. Be ready to utter the following: “I’ll have the chorizo and cheddar fonut, please.”

What last night’s pre-opening fete at Fonuts revealed is that not only is a baked doughnut — be it chocolate-hazelnut or strawberry-buttermilk — the It thing to satisfy a modern sweet tooth, but a savory faux doughnut is what’s doing an Angeleno’s mouth good, too. The maple bacon of raised (or yeasted) dough, as well as the chorizo and cheddar of baked cake …



Daily Candy | 8.23.2011

23rd August

Fonuts Cures Your Dessert Doldrums

Just Don’t Call Them Donuts

You caught the cupcake bug, fell hard for fro yo, and made shaved ice a religion.

Next stop on your tour du dessert? The fonut.

Snag one at Fonuts, the new bakery from pastry chef Waylynn Lucas (The Bazaar by José Andrés) and pal Nancy Truman. It opens tomorrow in a cheery, modern space (zinc counters, patent leather paneling) in West Hollywood.

The fluffy confections are like the donut’s hipper, healthier cousin, baked fresh daily using quality ingredients, limited sugar, and seasonal fruit. Choose from original, gluten-free, and yeast-raised varieties in flavors like strawberry buttermilk, maple bacon, and the must-try banana and chocolate. Grab a cup of organic milk or Lamill coffee, perch yourself on a stool at the communal wood counter, and dunk ’til you drop.

It’s the holey trinity.

Read more: http://www.dailycandy.com/los-angeles/article/107220/Fonuts-West-Hollywood-Baked-Goods



Eater | 8.23.2011

23rd August

The Full Reveal Inside fōnuts, Opening Tomorrow

After last week’s sneak peek inside, here now the full final reveal of fōnuts, the joint bakery collaboration between pastry chef Waylynn Lucas (The Bazaar, Patina) and partner, voice actor Nancy Truman.

Firstly, fōnuts opens tomorrow so plan accordingly. And the fōnuts or faux (baked) donuts, first sampled at Taste of the Nation, come in flavors like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Strawberry with strawberry yogurt glaze, gluten-free Banana Chocolate, vegan/gluten-free lemon, Rosemary Olive Oil, Maple Bacon and Chorizo & Cheddar. So, yes, both sweet and savory. Also expect some seasonal selections, like this fall one will find Pumpkin-squash, Ginger, and Chocolate Peppermint fōnuts.

The cafe itself is pretty small, previously serving as Kiss My Bundt on the corner of Third and Crescent Heights. There’s some counter seating against a wall with half a dozen stools, otherwise …



KTTV Fox LA | 8.3.2011

3rd August

Fonuts: Better Than Doughnuts?

West Hollywood – There are all sorts of doughnuts… raised donuts, cake donuts, jelly donuts, donut holes… but have you ever heard of the fonut?

Read more: Fonuts: Better Than Doughnuts?: MyFoxLA.com



LA Times | 4.19.2011

19th April

Baked-doughnut shop (fōnuts) set to open in June on West 3rd Street

Fōnuts. As in faux-nuts.

As in doughnuts that aren’t fried, but baked. Either way … Mmmmm, doughnuts.

Pastry chef Waylynn Lucas, who recently left the Bazaar by José Andrés and formerly worked at Patina, and her partner, voice actor Nancy Truman, plan to open their fōnut and coffee shop in the former Kiss My Bundt space on West 3rd Street. Its official name is (fōnuts), with the parentheses. Its planned opening date is National Doughnut Day, which is June 3.

The fōnut is the brainchild of Truman, born of wheat-free banana bread batter that found its way into doughnut pans. Enter Truman’s longtime friend Lucas, who has plans to take the fōnut to the next level.

“I’m using different methods of steaming and baking at high heat to replicate the light and fluffy texture of a …