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SF & EB Bakery Suggestions?

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My cousin is attending culinary school in Sacramento and is interested in visiting some noteworthy bakeries in the East Bay and San Francisco. I would appreciate your input of places that would be of particular interest to a baker. I will be suggesting Tartine for desserts and Arizmendi for breads,rolls etc. Any others??

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  1. hello, the Bread Garden across from the Claremont Hotel in Oakland, east of College Ave., often makes variations and types of breads, cakes, tarts that are not featured elsewhere, and the quality is very good. If your cousin likes the stuff at Arizmendi, many of the recipes are in the Cheese Board Collective cookbook, and my spouse's scones based therefrom came out as good as theirs (nature of the worker-owned cooperative, many of the bakers are no more/less expert than a good home baker). have fun

    1. Take a look at the San Francisco Baking Institute:

      They are a teaching facility but have been very helpful any time I've contacted them. Would be worth ask your question to see what doors they could open for you.

      Also in a thread about mini hamburger buns someone mentioned Pan-o-Rama Bakery. It's the wholesale bread operation run by Real Restaurants. Click on Pan-o-Rama on the web page - again, might be worth a call to see if they'd let you visit.

      1. In the East Bay:

        Bakesale Betty
        Bakery Section at Sketch Ice Cream
        Sweet Adeline
        La Farine

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        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          To those already mentioned, I'd add Arlington Baking Company in Kensington (next to Berkeley).

          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            Feel Good Bakery in Alameda. Their sweet offerings are hit and missed (and overpriced, IMHO), but their breads are some of the best around.

            We had a baguette tasting (see separate post) as part of a dinner party and the Bread Garden baguettes ("traditional," "country French sourdough" and "19th Century") showed very well, particularly the 19th Century, which was one of my two favorites.

            For Acme, I suggest going to the bakery in the Ferry Building -- I think they have the widest variety. The Ferry Building farmers market also has stands for some of the North Bay bakeries, so you can try them there.

            1. re: Morton the Mousse

              Morton's list is good. The baked goods at the new Ici Ice Cream are also noteworthy.

              Feel Good is OK but not worth a trip to Alameda.

              There are three or four interesting artisanal bakeries at the Saturday farmers market.

              1. re: Morton the Mousse

                That's a perfect list. I don't love Sweet Adeline's as much for sweet pastires but their quiches might be on my Last Meal list. ::drool:: Crixa is excellent for rich, very high quality Eastern European desserts, I prefer bread from La Farine and Acme, and croissants and cookies from Masse's, and scones from Bakesale Betty (I just ate the pear ginger one!).

                You may want to point your friend to the Cheeseboard cookbook for insight (and personal anecdotes) on baking from a coop perspective, too. (Arizmendi uses their recipes.) (Oops, someone already said that.)

                1. Fat Apple's in the East Bay for pies....

                  1. A couple more to consider:

                    Noe Valley Bakery on 24th in San Francisco. The web site makes it look like a cake decorating operation but they're a full line bakery.

                    If you go you'll be close to the 24th Street Cheese shop - don't miss it.

                    Also the Chestnut Bakery in the Marina (next door to A16). I've been by in the morning and the bakers are pretty well finished - I'd call to find out what time of the day things are getting baked.


                    1. Jim: Would you mind sharing the name of the culinary school in Sacramento? I would love to go to a culinary school and Sacramento is where I live!

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                      1. re: dimsumgirl

                        It's Institute of Technology in Roseville. It's not a bad school most of the chef's on the Culinary side are well trained and skilled. It certainly isn't as rounded as Greystone or CIA in New York or SF but it's also less expensive and shorter time frame.

                      2. Another good bakery in SF is Destination Baking Co. in Glen Park.

                        Destination Baking Company
                        598 Chenery Street
                        San Francisco, CA 94131
                        (415) 469-0730

                        1. Arlington Baking company is gone- quite suddenly! I walked by one day, I believe it was Friday,Dec 1 and it was empty. I live in the neighborhood. Debbie bought most of her products that require puff pastry -like dough from another source. But she did make her own cakes, tarts and cookies as far as I know. Too bad, but not too surprising.

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                          1. re: zinfanatic

                            Thanks for the update. Too bad though. They were in a very off location that relied heavily on neighorhood business. Well, so much for trying their yule log this year.

                          2. Acme's in a class by itself.

                            Panorama mentioned above is an interesting wholesale operation. They might arrange tours for students, I dunno.

                            Similar topic re the East Bay in November:


                            1. Tartine's bread ties with Acme's for best in SF.

                              The Bay Bread /Boulangerie bakeries are great for French pastries.


                              There are two great North Bay bakeries at the Ferry Plaza farmers market on Saturday: Downtown Bakery & Creamery and Della Fattoria.

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                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                Thank you all for your input, my cousing will have her work cut out for her...as sweet as it is!