A Southern Oregon artisan bakery

French Connection

Welcome to the home of The French Connection, an artisan bakery specializing in French themed desserts and confections. Our products are 100% handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon USA and are available on Amazon.com.

We strive to produce products using only all natural and organic ingredients.

As a child, chef Lori Forrest was fascinated by the exotic recipes in her mother’s collection of Gourmet magazines, which marked an early foray into the culinary arts. An interest in French cuisine soon led her to volunteer at a California culinary school where she worked alongside the legendary Jacques Pépin. Amid years of study in kitchens at home and abroad, owning a pub, and doing demos in one of the original Williams-Sonoma stores, Lori crossed paths with James Beard, Paul Prudhomme and Martha Stewart. With a culinary career spanning nearly four decades, it’s okay to name-drop.


Meet Chef Lori