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SEEKING MENTOR

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Jozef

SEEKING MENTOR

Hello, Joe here from Charlevoix, Michigan, though I've lived much of my life in NYC.

I will be opening a bakery, cafe and coffee bar in Spring of 2020.  We recently completed a trial run between summer seasons.

I am a doctoral psychotherapist, ordained Interfaith minister and chef/baker.  I am retiring from the first two and focusing almost exclusively on the latter.

Even though I am older, I am hoping to find a mentor or even an accountability partner with whom I can learn and share, especially as it relates to bread and pastry.

If this strikes a chord within you, please contact me! 

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idaveindy

famous baker, author, teacher Peter Reinhart has 3 books on the spiritual aspects of baking and cafes that might interest you.  Your background as therapist/minister immediately brought him and these three books of his to mind.

Sacramental Magic In A Small-town Cafe: Recipes And Stories From Brother Juniper's Cafe.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0201622599?tag=froglallabout-20

Bread Upon the Waters. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738201839?tag=froglallabout-20

Brother Juniper's Bread Book: Slow Rise As Method and Metaphor. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0201570769?tag=froglallabout-20

Those books are old enough that you can get them for very low prices on the used market at Amazon, like around $2 plus s/h.

 

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Jozef

Thank you for the suggestions!  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and look forward to reading them.

 

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idaveindy

That's a pretty small town.  Are there enough tourists year round to support a cafe/bakery?    Do you plan a baking volume large enough to ship artisan bread to the ski resorts?   

That's cool that you did a trial run between summer seasons.

(I remember skiing at nearby Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands many moons ago.)