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Manresa Bread in Los Gatos now ships nationwide

Manresa Bread now ships across the U.S. Photo credit: Manresa Bread

Manresa Bread now ships across the U.S.
Photo credit: Manresa Bread

Fans of Los Gatos-based Manresa Bread who live outside the Bay Area are now in luck: starting Nov. 22—just in time for Thanksgiving—the bakery will ship its artisan bread anywhere in the Continental U.S. The web site manresabread.com is already accepting orders.

In addition to bread, customers can order items like coffee from Santa Cruz’s Verve Coffee Roasters  (served at both retail locations, Los Gatos and Los Altos) plus granola and limited edition Manresa Bread coffee mugs. Orders are baked fresh, packed, and shipped on Tuesday of each week to arrive at people’s homes via 2-day, or less, shipping. Deliveries include information on how to store and rewarm the bread so guests can enjoy the product as if they picked it up that day from the bakery.

Manresa Bread was conceived by Head Baker and Partner Avery Ruzicka in the kitchen of Chef David Kinch’s three Michelin-star Manresa restaurant. Using high quality, artisanal products, a carefully selected variety of produce and dairy are mixed with house-milled grains, salt, and water to create an assortment of naturally fermented sourdough breads.

“We started with a small stand at our local farmer’s market and as we’ve continued to evolve we’ve realized there’s a demand for our breads on a national level,” says Ruzicka. “We tested a lot of options and this shipment method is the best way for us to ensure that the quality is preserved while it’s en route to our customers who can’t visit in-person.”
All orders ship on Tuesday of each week and include the customer’s choice of four loaves of bread ($40, not including shipping). Here are some bread highlights:

Manresa Levain
Organic white and edison flour. 90% hydration. 3% salt. Naturally fermented

Pumpernickel Buckwheat Rye
House-milled pumpernickel meal, fermented rye berries, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, toasted buckwheat. Naturally fermented

Fruit & Nut Loaf
Organic bread / hard red spring / edison / durum flours. Dates, pumpkin seeds, walnuts.
Naturally fermented

Whole Wheat
House-milled einkorn, hard red spring, edison wheats. Pinch of organic white flour.
Naturally fermented

Pullman Loaf
Organic White Flour. Fresh Yeast.

See manresabread.com for more information.

Retail shops:

Flagship Los Gatos location: 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408-402-5372

Second location, Palo Alto: 271 State Street, Palo Alto, 650-946-2293

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Manresa Bread in Los Gatos adds espresso bar and more bakery space

Manresa Bread recently added 200 square feet of bakery space and an espresso bar Photo credit: Stephanie McKinnie

Manresa Bread recently added 200 square feet of bakery space and an espresso bar
Photo credit: Stephanie McKinnie

Manresa Bread in Los Gatos has expanded its bakery space and added a full beverage program including an espresso bar, which is open as of Oct. 1. The new offerings feature Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters, and include espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee, and cold brew. Guests can also enjoy hot chocolate, Chico Chai Tea (out of Chico, California), and kefir on tap.

“Our guests have been asking for these changes for quite some time. We are excited we’re in a position now where we can expand into the adjacent space and offer an experience that’s more than just grab-and-go,” says Avery Ruzicka, Partner/Head Baker at Manresa Bread.

Inspired by the delicious success of the bread program at the three-Michelin-star restaurant Manresa, Manresa Bread opened its first retail storefront last year in Los Gatos and offers hand-crafted, small batch breads and pastries.

The retail shop stocks a rotating selection of breads and sweet and savory pastries. Weekly staples include Manresa Levain, Sourdough Baguette, Edison Whole Wheat Flax, Brioche, Monkey Bread and Croissant (Plain, Almond, Pain au Chocolat). Seasonal items include Pumpernickel Buckwheat Rye, Fruit and Nut Loaf, Polenta Cake, Tea Cakes, Quiche and Tartines.

Hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily (or earlier if they sell out). A second retail space, located in downtown Los Altos, opened in June and has the same hours.

Manresa Bread is also available at the Campbell and Palo Alto farmers’ markets on Sundays and the Portola Valley market on Thursdays. Manresa Bread pastries are featured at Verve Coffee Roasters  locations in Santa Cruz.

With the expansion, Aevan Balan joins the Manresa Bread team as Lead Barista. A Bay Area native, Aevan first learned about coffee when he started working at Yahoo!, as a Lead Barista and Mentor as a way to make ends meet while going to college. He later became a Coffee Specialist at Yahoo!, working exclusively with Verve Coffee Roasters, training directly with the Verve team.

Flagship Los Gatos location, opened 2015:

276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408-402-5372


Second location, Palo Alto, opened June 2016:

271 State Street, Palo Alto, 650-946-2293


See manresabread.com for more information.

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Santa Cruz café and bakery Companion Bakeshop hosts Live Earth Farm benefit

A bounty of organic produce from Watsonville’s Live Earth Farm

Companion Bakeshop in Westside Santa Cruz, a delightful bakery and café, is hosting a fundraiser for Live Earth Farm on Sunday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $16 or for adults and $6 for children under 10. Buy tickets online or at Companion Bakeshop.

Companion Bakeshop will be offering sweet and savory pies at the event that feature ingredients from Live Earth Farm (LEF). A portion of event proceeds will be donated to LEF’s Discovery Program. According to the program flyer, the Discovery Program “aims to inspire the next generation through farm tours, summer programs, workshops, and community events.” LEF’s web site states that the Discovery Program, which is a nonprofit education organization, conducts hands-on programs using the farm itself as a classroom. They even offer tours for babies and toddlers – talk about starting early! What a wonderful idea.

Watsonville-based LEF is run by the Broz Family. In addition to many programs and activities, it has a diverse CSA program with various sizes, many kinds of produce, and optional supplements like local eggs and Companion Bakeshop bread.

Companion Bakeshop’s daily offerings (except Monday when it’s closed) include espresso beverages from a vintage machine plus many scrumptious baked goods, all made with local and organic ingredients. Think sourdough loaves, pumpkin bread, buttermilk or buckwheat blueberry scones, cheddar bacon biscuits, fresh fruit galettes, and more.

Location: 2341 Mission St. (near Fair), (831) 252-BAKE (2253), companionbakers@gmail.com
Regular hours: Tues & Thurs 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wed & Fri 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. & Sun 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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News about Westside Santa Cruz restaurant Café Iveta

Westside Santa Cruz's Cafe Iveta is a pleasant and affordable venue with delicious offerings

Since Summer 2010, family-owned-and-operated Santa Cruz restaurant Café Iveta has provided locals with great coffee, tea and espresso, a variety of lunch items such as sandwiches and soups, and many pastries including scones (interesting fact: scones are how Iveta first started, as a food company with products including baking mixes with scone mixes as its specialty). I am a fan of Café Iveta and want to share some of the changes at Café Iveta that have occurred in the last few months.

Lunch offerings have always included several tasty sandwiches served on local fresh bread. There is a BLT (Iveta’s best-selling sandwich) with crispy hardwood smoked bacon, fresh Bibb lettuce, and homemade spicy mayonnaise. Some customers add soft-poached egg or avocado. Or Tunisian Tuna with white albacore tuna, red and green bell peppers, and hot giardiniera, and Caprese with fresh mozzarella, homemade pesto, and tomatoes. Now the café also has a lunch combo for $8, which is perfect if you’re in the mood for something lighter. You get a half-sandwich plus a cup of homemade soup or a half Italian salad. Soup choices vary and have included roasted eggplant and cream of mushroom. The salad features mixed greens, garbanzo beans, tomato, shaved Parmesan, and homemade croutons.

Another new lunch choice: “quick-grab sandwiches,” perfect if you’re on the go or want a small sandwich for any other reason. These are Salami and Provolone ($3.25) and Imported Prosciutto and Brie ($4.95).

In recent months, Café Iveta has done some successful remodeling. Now there is an expanded gift shop and a very pleasant large patio. The retail shop has items like scone and muffin mixes, tins of tea, and bakeware. Also, the café has an upstairs area available for rental if you are in need of a Westside Santa Cruz space for a work meeting or a small party. It’s about 300 square feet; contact ivetaloft@gmail.com or (831) 234-5653 for more information.

Location: 2125 Delaware Ave Suite F (near Swift), Santa Cruz 95060, (831) 713-0320
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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