When I was a kid I loved to watch Mr. Rogers especially when you got to watch a film of a factory tour. I still remember watching crayons being made and thinking it was the coolest thing. Even now, put a factory tour in front of me and I am ready to go.
Today I got to tour a local bakery with my baking group. We headed over to Alameda to visit this place:
In the lobby was a collection of awards and articles, their original mixer, oven, and bread slicer along with these pretty loaves:
After a brief introduction we all donned very fashionable hair nets and got to go tour the production floor. While they didn’t allow any pictures, they do have this very nice video where you can see some of their delicious baked goods being made.
Honestly, watching those bakers braid that challah was amazing. Their hands were just a blur they moved so quickly.
At the end of the tour we each got a goodie bag. I was very excited to see two of my very favorite things they make in my bag – the seeded baguette and the croutons.
There is also a loaf of challah, a croissant and some biscotti to enjoy. Whomever packed the bags was very clever as they even thought to include napkins in case we couldn’t wait to get home to eat. Tucked in the bottom were two Semifreddi’s tattoos – not sure when I might use those. Maybe if I put one on my bread shaping skills will improve.
– – marcella