Talk & Tasting: BREAD Artisan Bakery

Buy local and support your community of artisans! Join us inside Tools For Change to welcome BREAD artisan bakery for a delicious bread tasting.

Join us to welcome Jonnie LoFranco of BREAD Artisan Bakery inside Tools For Change, our general store, for an exclusive talk and tasting of a variety of local and handcrafted breads. Taste special handmade varieties including campagne (French sourdough), cinnamon swirl brioche, and everyone’s favorite, rustic grissini pretzel breadsticks.

Sounds delicious? Take this opportunity to support your local community of artisans and sign up for our monthly Community Supported Bakery (CSB). By choosing to spend your money on locally produced goods, you support your local economy and artisans, reduce resource and energy consumption associated with mass-produced, store-bought breads, and enjoy fresh and natural handmade loafs!

BREAD Artisan Bakery is a family owned and operated wholesale bakery servicing southern California. They promote community and encourage daily deliveries to ensure the freshest locally produced products in their restaurants and cafes. They are located in Santa Ana, CA.

About Jonnie & BREAD Artisan Bakery:

"I was born and raised in Orange County. I attended high school in Laguna Beach and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA. My father was raised in an Italian American family in Rhode Island. Needless to say food has always been an integral part of our family. Coming home from school as a child to me meant looking forward to what would be cooking– marinara sauce, chile verde, roasted peppers. From scratch…fresh ingredients…always homemade. I love to cook. My whole family loves to cook. I love to make food, eat food, read about food. Finding an interest in restaurants in my teens was not surprising. I worked as a hostess, waitress, cocktail waitress, manager, catering staff, catering sales person and party planner.

One day while catering a party in Coto de Caza in the early 90’s we ran out of bread. I went to every nearby (and not so nearby) market and could find no decent bread to serve…a few years later my father started Breads n’ Spreads. He brought old world style artisan bread to orange county. Unfortunately, my father passed away too soon to see his dreams of artisan foods in Orange County explode! In 2008, after a 12 year career in advertising, I jumped into the world of bread and vowed to continue his dream.

BREAD artisan bakery was born on October 1, 2010. We started in San Juan Capistrano in a small bakery that we sublet. Our production doubled in size by Year 1 and tripled by Year 2. We started production in our current facility in Santa Ana on May 1, 2012. We have been blessed with amazing baking talent and an incredible group of clients. Our trucks deliver fresh bread daily to some of the most exclusive restaurants, cafes and resorts in Orange and LA counties. Everyday we strive to make the best, all natural, old world style bread possible.

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