Bakery Open House Event

The Bread Bakers Guild of America Guild-Wide Bakery Open House debuted in June 2011 to accolades from the membership and the public. Guild member bakeries opened their doors to the public and allowed bread lovers to see where and how their bread was made, to ask questions and taste samples.

The Bakery Open House was conceived as a way to bring communities to their bakeries, as well as champion the cause for locally made bread. Although Guild bakers shine on the world stage of baking, the essential focus of their work is at home, baking bread for the local community.

 

The Fourth Guild-Wide Bakery Open House
is scheduled for
Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Click here to see if there's an open house near you!
 

 


 

2013 Bakery Open House a Success!

The Third Annual Guild-Wide Bakery Open House on June 29 was a great success!  Over 50 Guild bakeries in 29 US states and 1 Canadian province will welcome the public to open houses on the same day.

These are some of the reports we received:

Black Rooster Bakery, Fort Worth, TX
“Our Open House was AWESOME!  Couldn't believe we had people show up at 4:00 am! . . .We had people come from all over the Metroplex!  It was just great, and people really enjoyed it!”  

La Farm Bakery, Cary, NC
“The Bakery Open House at La Farm went great! We had about 45 people over the 2 hours and everyone seemed really interested.  Everyone received a tour of the bakery and then Lionel spent time with the first 24 people to sign up doing a hands on demo, teaching them how to shape rolls, batards, baguettes, etc. . . Thanks so much for organizing this.”

Orange Boot Bakery, Regina, SK
“Our open house this year was the best yet.  We ran tours in the afternoon and had a local goat cheese producer and honey producer come by to offer samples with our bread.  The highlight was our ‘Pretzel and Braid’ class that we held after we finished our daily baking. . . Everyone had a pile of fun, and we received some amazing thank you letters.”

Panhandle Artisan Bread, Moscow, ID
“Our open house was a lot of fun.  Our  neighbors at Hog Heaven Sausage and the Moscow Brewing Company also opened their doors up.  We made pizza in our deck oven using local cheese and Hog Heaven Italian sausage.  We also featured bread made with the Moscow Brewing Company’s spent grains and amber ale.  We had two bands play - . . .people drank and sang and danced.  This also marked our 5 year anniversary.” 

Gracious Bakery, New Orleans, LA
“Our Bakery Open House went so well! We gave tours of the kitchen from 8 am to 11 am, 5 tours with 10-15 people each.  There were lots of new faces in the crowd, asking lots of questions. We definitely gained new customers, and everyone is interested in hands-on bread classes, which we plan to offer in the fall. . .We can't wait to participate in the next one.”


 



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Our open house was a great success.  We were baking baguettes the entire time and we went through 28-30 botttles of wine.  Folks wanted to know if we could do it again next year.
- Bennison's Bakery,
Evanston, IL

Our turnout was very good.  My daughter said she had never seen me having so much fun in the store.
- Grateful Bread Company,
Sacramento, CA

We had a great time at our Bakery Open House! Customers loved it!
- Joanna's Marketplace,
Miami, FL

We had a very hectic, exhausting and rewarding day.  I offered a free 3-hour seminar after the day's baking was complete.  Everyone had fun and is very excited about coming back for more classes.
- Orange Boot Bakery,
Regina, SK