Strawberry dessert The Hairy Lobster

At The Hairy Lobster in Portland, Ore., co-owner and executive pastry chef Melissa Root serves strawberry consommé poured tableside over a strawberry financier.

Summer meets bright, succulent fruit

Many pastry chefs are honoring the fleeting fruits of summer in innovative desserts

Summer is arguably the most spectacular season for fruit. While brightly colored, succulent summer fruit is dessert enough on its own, this season many pastry chefs are honoring the fleeting fruits of summer in innovative desserts designed to surprise and delight diners.

At the just-opened Hairy Lobster in Portland, Ore., co-owner and executive pastry chef Mellisa Root serves a strawberry financier that makes eating the plump, red berries a special occasion. She serves a sliced brow

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