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The Goodness

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The Menus

Gracious offers coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, breads and dessert. Breakfast and Lunch Catering packages are also available with free delivery for orders of $80+


Gracious features a curated selection of locally roasted French Truck coffee and espresso, Taylor’s of Harrogate tea, homemade Sleepy Monkey Chai and New Orleans-style iced coffee.


Coffee and Tea Menu


Lunch is served starting at 11 AM. All sandwiches are made on breads baked in-house, and our creative offerings are changed up regularly to reflect the best of what the markets have to offer.


Lunch Menu



Gracious offers business catering to the Greater New Orleans area and delivery is free ($80 minimum). As we bake off all breads daily, we do ask that orders be placed at least one day in advance.


Breakfast Catering Menu

Lunch Catering Menu

The Press and the People


The Buzz

Gracious is grateful to have received media attention for their efforts to make the world a tastier place:


Travel and Leisure Magazine

Food and Wine Magazine

New Orleans Magazine

Gambit (Bakery Feature)

Gambit (Review)




Thank You!



Megan Forman

~Co-Owner / Executive Pastry Chef~
Gracious is the realization of Megan Forman’s desire to open her own bakery focusing primarily on breads, artisan pastry and desserts. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Megan was Bayona’s Pastry Chef for six years before leaving to help open Sucre, where she worked prior to starting Gracious. Megan has been awarded the Rising Star Pastry Chef from Star Chefs, and her work has appeared in Food Arts, Modern Bride and other publications.


Jay Forman

~Co-Owner / Managing Partner~

Jay Forman made his fortune as a quant before vesting at the age of 23 and returning to his native New Orleans to take up the lute. He learned he had a disposition ill-suited for retirement but fortunately his wife opened a bakery about the same time and he signed on as a delivery boy and third-string dishwasher. He also steals cookies from the case when Megan isn’t looking.


Greg Aycock

~Lunch Maestro~
As Lunch Production Manager, Greg enjoys the dual responsibilities of planning the lunch menu and making the delicious fare. Creating the various soups and preparing yummy meat is specifically what gets Greg out of bed in the morning!


Chris Kurts

~ Head Baker ~
From comic book store clerk to carpentry, delivery boy to dishwasher, Baltimore to New Orleans. For Christopher Kurts, life has been a series of transitions that have led him to the realization that bread is life, and life is good.


Savanna Meekins

~Pastry Chef~

As a lifelong student of the fine arts, Savanna has come to appreciate the creative, yet ephemeral, nature of baking. 

    born into darkness

    elderly by afternoon

    short but honest lives


    (a haiku about croissants)


Heather Knudsen

~Front of House Manager~
Heather’s prior experience as a professional cat herder serves her well in her current position as FOH Manager at Gracious. She’s the one who keeps it rolling up front.


Gracious Bakery + Cafe is located on the ground floor of the Woodward Design + Build company headquarters on S. Jeff Davis Parkway. Our hours are: Monday - Friday from 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sunday from 8:00 AM - Noon

  • Address: 1000 S. Jeff Davis Pkwy, Ste. 100, NOLA 70125
  • Phone: 504.301.3709
  • Email: jayforman@hotmail.com