We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend and we’d like to give our thanks to the fantastic organizers and staff who ran the Craftoberfest event on Friday and Saturday for making it that way! We’d also like to thank you, for keeping us hard at work cutting French fries and making delicious sliders well into the night. We’re very excited for next year’s event, having made it through the inaugural year at Kitchener Market and gotten a feel for it. We heard a lot of good things about our food, had a great time despite long hours, and got to try a lot of amazing beers from local producers.
Speaking of which – coming up next Thursday evening, the 19th is Taps and Apps at the Walper Hotel which has many more participating local restaurants and benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. We’ll be there doing some crostini versions of Tom Yum Chicken, Roast Beef and Horseradish, and Brown Butter Squash to pair with the delicious beers being offered.
This year’s Craftoberfest event is coming up this weekend – October 6th and 7th. Organized by Together We’re Bitter brewing co-op, the event brings an astounding local craft beer selection together under one roof for you to sample. Fantastically for us, that roof happens to be the same one we operate under – the Kitchener Market. We’ll be busy this week cutting french fries, braising brisket, roasting squash and filleting fresh trout to stock up for hungry attendees this weekend. It will be a long weekend for us in both senses of the word, but we’re super excited. Here’s what we’re offering to pair up with some of the great beer you’ll be trying -
~ Sliders – on a 2oz whole-wheat bun
Reuben – slow-braised Ontario beef brisket, dijon mustard, caraway slaw Fish - locally farmed pan-fried trout fillet, julienne veg, house tartar Squash - roasted butternut squash and goat cheese purée, sunflower sprouts, pickled carrot, brown butter
We’re bringing back some big hitters for our fall menu this year. Rotating on to the menu we have some customer favourites – the brown butter squash, the pulled brisket reuben, and the ms. piggy. We’re instituting a delivery menu which curates delivery-friendly sandwiches year-round.
Some awesome events coming up – Taste Local, Taste Fresh, Craftoberfest, Taps and Apps, and more. Details coming soon.
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.
a mean, clean machine
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!