Thursday, September 14, 2006
After finishing our balsamic tasting and shopping at the deli, we headed off to the Zingerman's Bakehouse. (Time, 12:30pm) Our tour guide, Ally, was another of the endlessly perky employees we encountered (It is wonderful, I just don't know how they stay happy ALL DAY!). She gave us a full 1.5 or 2 hour tour of the facilities. This was the only part of the tour we payed for, but it was worth every penny.
Coffeecakes in the giant ovens
I have a full serious of photos on my Flickr account, couldn't even begin to imagine squeezing them all in here. We started in the packaging room, progressed to pastry (the pastry closet; it was so tiny and there were three pastry people trying to work around our tour group). From there, we investigated the main kitchen, the bread sorting room and the bread production room. All the staff we encountered were so accommodating and friendly, even though we were so obviously in their way.
Our tour finished with a sampling in the shop; hot cocoa coffeecake (drool), Summer Fling coffeecake and pumpernickel raisin bread.