We’re two Stratford Chef School grads that opened up a small self-run sandwich shop in August of 2013. We love making inventive, healthy and tasty food from wholesome ingredients, and then figuring out how to best put that between two slices of bread. We’re proud to use only Ontario produce and livestock, make everything from scratch, and to be able to tell you all of the ingredients used in our preparations. Our food is tasty enough to feel guilty, but healthy enough not to.
Hoping everyone is having a great summer! We’re craving some cottage time ourselves, so we’ll be doing the usual thing this year and closing for the last couple of weeks in August. Apologies in advance if this is any inconvenience – we don’t want to miss making your lunch, but we just have to bite the bullet and close for a bit if we’re going to get any break at all!
In other news – we’ll be doing Taste Local Taste Fresh again this year, an event where chefs and local producers pair up to make a bevy of dishes for guests to sample while touring the beautiful Steckle Heritage Farm. Proceeds go to Foodlink, an organization promoting local and sustainable food practices. Check out the event page here.
We’re also very excited to hear the fine folks at the Craftoberfest committee have decided on our home – the Kitchener Market – for their event this year. We’re looking forward to staying late and serving some awesome homemade bar food alongside some of the amazing craft beers that will be coming to the building from local brewers. We’re hoping this becomes a tradition!
Aug. 15-26 – Breadbaron closed for family vacation
Early Sep. – Breadbaron menu change
Sep. 10 – Taste Local Taste Fresh
Oct. 6-7 – Craftoberfest
We’re moving from a bi-monthly menu change to a quarterly one now. It gives us a chance to explicitly state the season on the menu as well as better rotate our menu to reflect what’s going on. We’ll be doing some feature sandwiches as smaller vegetable seasons occur before a change-point in our menu. Up and coming is a tomato and chevre sandwich as well as an old favourite featuring chorizo and corn. Stay tuned for menu change at the start of next week. We’re starting to book up for weekday and event catering, which is fantastic news. Hope your Summer plans are shaping up!
Time for another menu change! This one’s a quick and easy one, rotating two past sandwiches back onto the roster for the springtime. We’re looking forward to more fresh Ontario vegetables and fruits coming to the Market soon, but in the meantime, we’re bringing back two crowd favourites – the “ms. piggy” and the “you feta believe it!”
We’re happy to be supporting Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids event for the third year in a row with fresh wraps for participants and volunteers. It’s coming quickly on May 7th. Please check out the event and sponsor someone you know who’s running – it’s a fun event for a great cause - http://www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca
In addition to having busy Saturdays over the counter at the Kitchener Market, we’ve been expanding our weekday catering to offices in the region. To that effect, we’ve introduced a couple of better-travelling sandwiches to the menu this time around.
First off, the Reuben is taking a break until fall of 2017 to make room for our new roast beef sandwich – Medium-rare roasted Ontario eye of round is sliced thinly and piled between toasted rye with a crunchy cabbage slaw and a tangy horseradish mayonnaise we make in-house. We’re really happy with the results and think you’ll notice a difference in quality from your typical roast beef sandwich.
Our barbecue chicken sandwich was inspired by southern ingredients, and our green tomato harvest for the year. We made a bright relish from the unripe tomatoes, apples, and bell peppers – of which we have run out. Time for a change of the chicken guard! Popular demand has brought back the Tom-Yum chicken salad sandwich – inspired by the Thai soup of the same name, we make a savoury chicken salad from roasted whole chickens with lemongrass, galangal, chili, bell pepper, and celery.
We’ve been making bacon non-stop since we opened as we really enjoy the process, love making a truly local pork product, and have had different iterations on a bacon sandwich for our entire life here at Breadbaron. We’ve had success with holiday bacon pre-orders around Christmas-time – we decided then, why not open up pre-orders for bacon for anytime? This way we can reduce or eliminate the times when customers show up and we don’t have enough bacon to spare for retail. Order form below, try it out!
We’re getting ready for a busy ramp into the holiday season this year. Some significant Saturdays over the holidays are causing us to be open for business on December 24th and December 31st. We will be taking a short break between Christmas and the New Year, closing for the week but coming in on Friday the 30th to prep up for Saturday.
Our December/January menu is up and running – we’re bringing back a staple in the Brown Butter Squash. We’re starting to feel like this one belongs on our menu every winter/spring. We do get told this when we happen to not have it on the menu! Also coming onto the menu is a Southern-style barbecue chicken sandwich garnished with fried peppers and onions and inspired by a larger than ever harvest of green tomatoes this year which feature here as a bright relish, tying it all together.
It’s been a while since we’ve found the time for a blog post on here, but we’ve got a few newsworthy items to discuss so it’s about time!
We’ve recently entered into a partnership agreement with Epicater, a small Toronto-based company that helps small restaurants link up with larger catering clients. We’re excited about the possibility of serving more lunches to clients in larger offices.
In other news, we’ve upgraded from our limited fryer set-up to a full-on industrial gas fryer. The results are great! We’ve got cleaner french-fries that cook faster, which will reduce our wait times over the counter – news we’re sure you’ll appreciate if you’re a Saturday visitor.
Moving into the holiday season, we’ll have our pre-order form up for our holiday bacon soon. If you need a reminder, that’s our usual Ontario pork belly, but cured a little differently – with warm spices and orange. We sell it vacuum-sealed. Makes a great gift!
We’re changing up our menu for October and November. Gone are the TLC and the El Granjero, due to tomatoes and corn respectively rotating out of season. Our new offerings in their place are as follows. A fall-inspired bacon sandwich called ‘The Crandaddy’ garnished with an apple and cranberry chutney, spinach and cheddar cheese. For the vegetarians we’re going with a veggie burger called ‘The Baroness’ made from black beans and roasted vegetables – this cooks on our grill and sits on a toasted whole wheat kaiser with crisp lettuce, roasted garlic mayonnaise, and pickled red onions.
The Oktoberfest Festhalle this year will be at our home turf in the Kitchener Market as a substitute for the usual Frederick and King location. We’re leaving the O-Fest menu selections to the experts, but please do stop on by for lunch sometime while the the ceremonies are on – the building will be licensed for this occasion. Prost!
We had a great little end-of-summer break, but all things must come to an end. We’re back in action, gearing up our local deliveries and working on an upcoming menu change in October. Our newest jam is that we’ve signed on to just-eat.ca to enable smaller, more modular orders from the community – check it out! We’re still operating our order form from this website for larger corporate orders, in addition to building our standing orders with local businesses.
In other news, it’s harvest time and we’re working hard on pickling and canning whenever we get some spare time around here. We’re also bringing in a vendor friend on Saturdays to supplement our menu with some sweets. A warm welcome to Birgit from bittersweettart.co who will be bringing in a line of locally baked goods and selling them here for kids and adults alike.
It’s a great time of the year for sandwiches! The Farmer’s Market is rife with beautiful veggies for the summer – pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, berries and fresh greens of all sorts – corn is starting to come in and we’ve got new potatoes to look forward to soon. We just got a massive harvest of garlic scapes from Nick’s dad and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on this year’s hot pepper harvest. Pickling time is now so we’re hoarding jars! We’re celebrating a fresher time with a departure from the menu of the Ms. Piggy and the B.B. Squash. We’re treating our bacon right with tomato, lettuce, chèvre and chipotle, hold the pork for vegetarians. Back by popular demand is also the El Granjero, a chorizo sausage patty garnished with a corn, bell pepper and lime salsa on a bun.
We’ll be repeating last year’s vacation itinerary, closing on August 16th and returning on the 30th. We’re excited to rejuvenate and do a bit of traveling. We’ll also be rocking some deep cleaning, remodeling, and organizing at the stand.