Celebrity Sighting: Stan Ginsburg At Rustic Bakery, Novato, CA
I had the pleasure today to meet Stan Ginsburg at a wonderful artisan bakery in Novato (Marin County), California. Rustic Bakery (http://www.rusticbakery.com/ ) is owned by the cousins of TFL's very own Joy Danzig (joyfulbaker). Joy and her husband and her cousin, Josh (the bakery owner), were hosting Stan's visit to the North Bay, where it sounds like he had a very successful book signing and sampling yesterday. We had a nice brunch with great coffee and baked goods. I enjoyed meeting Joy and hearing of the passion for baking that runs in her family.
It was great to meet The New York Baker in person and share bread and pastry stories. I'm glad Stan made it to Central Milling earlier this morning, where he had procured "a few hundred pounds" of organic flour. Now he is on his long drive back to Sandy Eggo.
Best of all, though, was discovering Rustic Bakery. Located in downtown Novato (with another location in Larkspur), it is small but expanding later this year. The cinnamon rolls, made from incredibly great laminated dough, were as good as any I've had--made, Josh tells me, with local Marin County butter from the famed Straus Family Creamery (http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/ ). I'll try their butter next time I make croissants or Danish. And Rustic's boldly baked whole wheat bread with pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds made a great turkey sandwich. Josh gave me a tour of the bakery (complete with cookie tasting). Though it's small, they put out a lot of delectable stuff.
Thanks for the hospitality, Josh. And thanks, Joy, for including me in Stan's visit.