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It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without…

Ah, Thanksgiving! A day of bustling kitchens, straining waistbands, pies and sides and crazy uncles and football.Whether the holiday makes you feel all warm and fuzzy or… not, it’s a day of traditions, sometimes unexpected ones. We asked our kitchen and baking crew what the holiday looks like in their homes. Here’s what some of them […]

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Blind Baking a Pie Crust

True or false: Any single-crust pie is improved by blind-baking the crust. Oh, so true! Blind baking, or partially pre-baking the crust, will put soggy crusts in the rear-view mirror forever. (Pumpkin pie, we mean YOU!) Here’s how it works: You “dock” the shell all over with a fork to keep it from rising and […]

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Scary chicken? Not ours

Know what’s scary? In mid-October (2013), federal officials linked Foster Farms chicken to more than 360 cases of Salmonella infection. Costco pulled thousands of pounds of chicken from its stores. Mexico banned imports from three plants. The USDA, curiously, has not forced a recall. Even scarier, the commercial poultry industry is rife with animal welfare […]

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Meet Your Baker: Chelan Hendricks

  An artist by training, Chelan Hendricks puts her heart and soul into the beauty of the daily bake. Vitals: From Bremerton, Wash. 27, traded late nights in a studio for early mornings at Grand Central. About the name: Just like the lake. “Chelan means deep waters. My parents really liked the name and the […]

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Why We Love Bristol Bay Salmon

For a handful of years, we’ve been able to feature wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska, on our menu. We smoke it in house and make an incredible seasonal sandwich out of it. That sandwich is delicious, to be sure, but the story behind this special sockeye, one of Alaska’s finest wild fish, is just […]

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Fresh Cider, Hot Donuts

Every year, family and friends flock to our founder Gwen Bassetti‘s ranch in Goldendale, Wash., to press fresh cider from apples in the family orchard. It’s tons of fun and a great excuse for a casual party. This year, the cider pressing is coming to Portland, with a twist: while Gwen & Co. press fresh cider […]

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Our Baking Family Tree

Through the decades, many brilliant culinary minds and fantastic employees have been part of our Grand Central family. Some started their own baking ventures and are further shaping the renaissance of artisan bread in this country. Here are just a few of Grand Central’s many notable alums: Jim Amaral, founder, Borealis Breads,Portland, Maine Tom Clark, founder, Blackbird […]

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Q&A With the Founder

On the eve of Grand Central Bakery’s 40th anniversary at Pioneer Square, founder Gwen Bassetti sat down to reflect on the bakery’s early years and how she came to be known as “Seattle’s Godmother of Good Bread.” Q. How did the bakery get off the ground? One of my original partners, Marian (Mastretti) Harris, was […]

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Sweet Beginnings

Celebrating 40 Years of Cinnamon Rolls in Seattle Grand Central Bakery’s roots stretch all the way back to 1972, when “The Godfather” was playing in movie theatres, the Watergate scandal was unfolding and the must-have home décor item was a terrarium. Gwen Bassetti (left) introduced artisan bread to Seattle. Years earlier, she got her start […]

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