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First-Ever Los Angeles Bread Festival at Grand Central Market
June 06, 2015


Mark your calendars and get ready for the first-ever Los Angeles Bread Festival on June 6-7, a free, two-day celebration of the Southern Californian artisan bread renaissance hosted by Grand Central Market.

Curated by Grand Central Market creative director Joseph Shuldiner, who is also founder and director of the Institute of Domestic Technology, the Los Angeles Bread Festival will be an opportunity to experience the many flavors of L.A. bread through an assortment of pop-ups, workshops (including a community bread bake hosted by Autostrada), demonstrations, and moderated panel discussions such as “Field to Table,” an exploration of the L.A. bread movement from the perspective of local farmers, millers, bakers and chefs.

Hands-on family friendly activities will include “Feel the Churn Butter Aerobics,” a participatory butter-making/aerobic class, tortilla-making, sourdough starter 101 and more.

“Southern California has been on the rise as a key player in the burgeoning ‘Bread Revolution’,” said Shuldiner. “It’s time to recognize and bring together the many hands that shape our favorite loaves in an event that gives guests a chance to meet, learn from and, of course, taste some of the most delectable bread being made today.”

Throughout the two-day festival, Grand Central Market vendors will provide an eclectic offering of bread items—traditional, hearth-baked loaves from Clark Street Bread, cornbread from Horse Thief BBQ, flatbread from Madcapra, zucchini bread from Valerie’s Confections, handmade tortillas from Chiles Secos, cheeses and butter from DTLA Cheese and much more. Among the local bakers and other purveyors setting up shop in the Market during the festival are Grist & Toll, Mark Stambler of Pagnol Boulanger, Erik Knutzen of best-selling book “The Urban Homestead,” Fat Uncle Farms, Spread the Love, The King's Roost, Saving the Season, and Los Angeles Bread Bakers.

SATURDAY, June 6th

9am - 6pm: Pop-Up Bread Marketplace

10 - 11am: Grist & Toll flour milling demonstration 

11am - 12pm: Tortilla Making demo and workshop with Chiles Secos

12pm - 1pm: Pan de Vida: A panel discussion exploring Southern California’s latino bread heritage and traditions moderated by Gustavo Arellano and including Sarah Jo Portnoy and Ricardo Cervantes.

1pm-2pm: Feel the Churn Butter Aerobics

2pm-3pm: Artisan Bread Baking at Home: Mark Stambler will talk and demonstrate how he makes his traditional, naturally levained loaves.

3 -4pm: Feel the Churn Butter Aerobics

4-5pm: Seed to Loaf: Dana and Paul Morgan will discuss growing wheat in Southern California as well as the challenges and pleasures of baking with whole grains.

7-8pm: Farm to Table: A moderated panel discussion exploring the L.A. bread movement from the perspective of its farmers, millers, bakers and chefs. Participants include Alex Weiser (Weiser Farms), Nan Kohler (Grist & Toll), Zack Hall (Clark Street Bread), Jon Davis (La Brea Bakery Reserve Line Bread), Clemence Gosset (The Gourmandise School) Joseph Shuldiner, (Institute of Domestic Technology)

SUNDAY, June 7th

9am - 6pm: Pop-Up Bread Marketplace

10 -11am: Speakeasy Bread Bakers: No-knead bread making at home demo

11am - 12pm: Panel Discussion - Irregular Crumb: Unexplored Spaces in the New Bread Movement. Moderated by Noah Wolf.

Noon -2pm: Communal Bread Bake hosted by Autostrada & their mobile wood fired oven. Bring a loaf - Bake a loaf

2-3pm: Sourdough Wild-yeast Starter Hands-on Workshop instructed by Erik Knutzen

3 - 4pm: Mary Parr of Bread Culture will demonstrate her small batch bread


Pop-up Vendors


Fat Uncle Farms


La Brea Bakery Reserve Line Bread

Larder Baking Company    

Lodge Bread Co.

Los Angeles Bread Bakers

Mark Stambler                                                                                                          

Mary M. Parr

Noah Wolf of DOE

Suzie Clark

The SpeakEasy Bakery



Grist & Toll

Roe Sie, The King's Roost


Indie Jams

Lemon Bird Preserves

Saving the Season


Nut Butters

Fat Uncle Farms: Almond Butters

Spread the Love: Homemade Organic Peanut Butter 

Lodge Bread Co.: Peanut, Almond and Cashew Nut Butters


LA Times Taste 

Media SponsorLA Times, Los Angeles Times: The Taste

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