Help Wanted – Our Summer Help are Leaving Soon

Unknown-1We come to that time of the year when my wonderful summer staff begin heading back to school.  Which means we need new staff to take us into the fall season.  If you are interested in working at a terrific place please fill out our online application and either email it or drop it off at the cafe.  Positions available – front of house servers/ counter, line cook and dishwasher/ porter.   I look forward to meeting you!


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A short story about our bread and a Norwich Farmers’ customer

ump27This past Saturday at the the Norwich Farmers’ Market we had a customer of a certain age who wanted to talk to us about our sourdough bread. Namely, she wanted to say that  our bread reminded her of the bread that she ate as a little girl in Europe.   It was the kind of bread that was more than just what you would eat when it was bought fresh.   It was the kind of bread that, even after a couple days,  you would cut into pieces and eat in a bowl of milk or add to a broth of onions and other root vegetables to thicken and eat as nourishment and sustenance.  It was the kind of bread that later, many, many years in her life,  that she is gravitated towards and buys from us here at the famers’ market to remind her of her fond childhood memories.  She spoke with us this past Saturday and accusingly said in a joking manner that she had no choice but to buy her bread from us because this is the bread of her childhood.  To me, as a baker, there is absolutely no higher praise that I can hear from  a customer.   Through my baking, that I have made such a deep connection put the biggest smile on my face and in my heart.   To me, it justifies what I do.   I invite you to read a short story by Raymond Carver called A Small Good Thing.  I might have mentioned this before in my blog entries, but to reiterate, it reminds me of the bakery I worked at as a teenager.   I can picture the  Portuguese baker that I worked for telling the couple to eat one of his freshly baked rolls.   It is  a small good thing.

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An Umpleby’s Wedding Cake

IMG_0372Here is a picture of a wedding cake that I did last year but I don’t think I ever posted.   I was going through some old photos and came across it.   I like it because I don’t get the chance often to do piping work on the sides like this one has.  And I love the flowers that the bride picked through her florist.

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