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Starbucks to start baking

July 28, 2016 - 1:25pm -- gerhard


I like their coffee but I think the food they serve is terrible, I would rather have a McDonald breakfast than anything Starbucks offers.  Hope this will improve their menu.


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Fervere Bakery in Kansas City sold

June 30, 2016 - 10:42am -- pmccool

Fred Spompinato, owner of Fervere Bakery, has sold the bakery so that he can retire, as reported in this article in the Kansas City Star.

Mr. Spompinato thinks that he has found the right baker to carry on his vision.  I certainly hope he is right.  Even though I'm not a frequent customer by any stretch, it's nice to know that such high quality bread is available locally.


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Cutting Board Shopping

April 18, 2016 - 12:02pm -- ImakeCuttingBoards

Hey everyone, 

 I'm kind of new here but was wondering if there was any interest in custom designed cutting boards for students (or home bakers).  I have access to a laser etcher and woodworking tools so I have started my own cutting board business!  I think it would be great for students to personalize their work areas either at home or in the classroom with a cutting board of their liking.  If you're interested check out  Thanks!   Joe
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Fabulous Five Points!

April 13, 2016 - 9:04am -- jims

If you are ever in Pittsburgh, PA, run (don't walk or you will miss the croissants) to the Five Points Artisan Bakeshop. We were in Pittsburgh recently and had dinner at Legume, very nice, great food, and super bread. Probably the best bread I have ever had in a restaurant in the US. I asked the server where they got the bread and he said "Five Points". The next morning we went there on our way out of town. Got there too late for the croissants, but soon enough for their wonderful sourdough, ciabatta, and a few other goodies. 

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Pioneer Bakery, Venice, California

April 9, 2016 - 9:55pm -- doughooker

Here is the story of a once-great sourdough bakery formerly located in Venice, California.

The demise of this bakery got me started baking my own sourdough. The automated bakery in Santa Ana, California, described in the article, still makes bread but it's awful. It has very little authentic sourdough flavor.

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Sourdough workshops near boston

January 28, 2016 - 5:24am -- leda_g

Does anyone know of any sourdough workshops in the boston area or any bakeries that are willing to have someone come in and help out/learn? I am looking for day classes or possibly a longer commitment (i.e. 4 Saturdays) I looked on King Arthur's website and they offer one course that interested me but the dates dont line up with my vacation time from work. I am willing to travel some - if it is a day-long or weekend commitment. 




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