All You Can Chew

January 13, 2011

Can I serve you a slice of hot, fresh bread!?

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Oh man, today was absolutely DIVINE – all the fresh doughy bread we could eat! The cause: learning the ins and outs of customer service, slicing bread and serving customers.

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We started with coffee and packaging and ended up in the test bakery for our slicing fun.

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I got a “great job” ! [Even as a lefty!]

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And then I ate a whole loaf of bread! Not literally, but sort of Winking smile 

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This was the best GH bread I have EVER had! So sweet, doughy and most especially – HOT!

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Cheddar Garlic oozing with cheese –

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Here I am role playing welcoming a customer. I imagine this will be easier in my own store, but I think I did well! It was fun.

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We all ate so much bread there was no need to turn to our PB&J on grocery store bread sandwiches Matt and I packed for lunch. 

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We had 20 minutes to all go or a group walk before picking back up on store layout and design.

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And there’s plenty of opportunities to eat vegetables later :mrgreen:

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1 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh my gosh that cheddar bread with garlic looks to die for! And I actually just finished a bag of sugar snap peas – so delicious.

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2 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

How funny that they make you do role play! Mmmmm…all of that bread is making my mouth water, esp. the pics with the melty cheese!!!

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3 Emily January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Oh man – I wanted to just take a piece of that cheese bread off the computer screen and devour!!!!!

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4 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Those breads look absolutely incredible!!!

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5 Evan Thomas January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

This sounds like such a fun experience so far. That first loaf of bread looks absolutely spectacular.

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6 Lisa January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I have really enjoyed following your GH adventure! I also didn’t kow you were a lefty – my oldest daughter is a lefty and is proud of it!

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7 shannon (the daily balance) January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

so. jealous.

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8 Liz January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Echo the comments about your fantastic picture of the bread with the melty cheeese, looks super-delicious!

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9 Lisa January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I have really enjoyed following your GH adventure! I also didn’t know you were a lefty – my oldest daughter is a lefty and is proud of it!

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10 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

That bread looks mouth-watering.

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11 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

An entire day filled with carbohydrates???? Sounds heavenly!

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12 Blog is the New Black January 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

OMG, that cheddah garlic bread…

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13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

HOLY BREAD GET IN MY MOUTH! I’ll take a slice of the raisiny one and a bite of cookie. Thanks.

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14 Christin@purplebirdblog January 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Warm bread sounds so comforting and delicious right about now! I’ve gotta get to our local GH sooooon!

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15 Emily January 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

sounds like a great day, Kath! Can’t wait until you have your own GH…that’ll be so exciting!

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16 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Ummm, yes, thank you–you can definitely serve me some of that!!

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17 Chicken on the Green January 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Yum- that bread looks so good! But GH’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I spy in your picture are absolutely the best ever!

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18 Erin @ The Grass Skirt January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Yes, please serve me up some bread. It looks so good!!!!!!!!!

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19 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

What an amazing experience you’ve had!

And your customers will all be very lucky people! Everything looks delish! :)

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20 Christine January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Wow! It all looks so amazingly yum! Look at that CRUST wrapping around a soft doughy inside….I need bread like that in my life!

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21 Maryann January 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This post made my mouth water!!

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22 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) January 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

That cheddar and garlic bread has me lost for words!

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23 suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Love that there’s an RP session to get you familiarized with being at the front of the store. :) I bet it smelled amazing too. Nothing like fresh bread!

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24 Amanda January 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Like everyone else said, that cheesy garlic bread looks incredible. I’ll come down to Charlottesville when you open your store just for that! And yay lefties!!

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25 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I need to make some of that cheddar bread – STAT!

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26 colleen January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Warm bread from the oven … how divine. yummmmy

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27 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

i want that cheddar bread RIGHT NOW! what a great job that you got to do that all morning! :)

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28 amber's notebook January 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

How fun! And umm I want carbs –now!

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29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Kath these photos are so good I can almost smell the bread!!! Looks like you’ve been having a great afternoon!

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30 Lauren January 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Kath you’re a natural! How will you ever contain yourself every day from all of the warm delicious breads?

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31 Amanda (Eating Up) January 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Would you look at that cheese! It all looks delicious!

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32 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Oh my goodness, the GH bread looks wonderful! I would have been in heaven if I could taste all of that delicious bread!

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33 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I. love. this. post.!! BREAD HEAVEN! OMG! You are my idol :D

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34 Emmy (WIne and Butter) January 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Can I echo Laurens comment?? I consider myself to have quite good self control/ moderation/ healthy attitude to food – but all that bread – i would go CRAZY!!! xox

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35 Kath January 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I DID go crazy!!!!!!!

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36 Alaina January 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

There is nothing better than warm, sweet bread. I could most likely live off of that. :-)

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37 Amanda @ Just Amanda J January 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

OMG That bread looks amazingly yummy!

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38 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm

thankfully i just pulled some super fluffy and chewy oatmeal dinner rolls outta the oven…otherwise i would have major major bread envy!
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love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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39 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I remember the first time I went into a Great Harvest (in Wayne, PA) they offered me bread – I was so confused? I said, “Oh I don’t know what I’m going to get yet” and they were so sweet! “Oh, this is just a sample!” I was speechless!

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40 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This is what I imagine Heaven will be like! Fresh bread everywhere! YUM!

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41 Maren January 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I agree :) there is always time for veggies later!

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42 Stephanie January 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

So.lucky!!!! Bread all day…how can you go wrong with that???

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43 Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm

There is just nothing better in my opinion then hot fresh bread!!! Yummmm!

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44 Fallon January 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I will take any slice of bread you will share!

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45 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

That is the best looking bread I have ever seen! Oozing cheese?! Who could ask for anything more? ;)

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46 Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers January 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

NO FAIR posting all those mouth-watering photos of GH bread. I’m not talking to you right now. (Actually I can’t cause I gotta find my car keys and get to my local GH to buy lots of bread!)

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47 Terri from Sunnyvale, CA January 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

It’s been fun watching your (and Matt’s) training at Great Harvest. Now, if someone would just open a Great Harvest near me. The closest one is in Oakland — 30 miles away!!!

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48 Ann @ Day by Day January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Ahh that cheddar garlic bread looks divine!!! I’ll be in Nashville this weekend and I WILL be stopping by Great Harvest!!

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49 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

YES PLEASE!! :D

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50 Tami January 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I don’t live in Nashua but I do live in NH and I am thrilled that there’s a shop opening up there. My in laws live down the road so I can’t wait to stop by.

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51 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Mmm I love warm, doughy bread! When given doughy goodness, veggies take the backseat;)

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52 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman January 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm

There is almost nothing better than fresh warm bread straight out of the oven…..especially with a pat of butter. heaven!

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53 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf January 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

DRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOLLL!!!!!!

I want a Great Harvest near me!!

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54 Lauren January 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I would have no control over eating the merchandise. In France bread was my weakness.

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55 Kim January 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

OMG that bread looks wonderful! Hard to pass up warm bread!

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56 Jennifer @ Frost BItes January 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

The bread looks AH-mazing!!!!!! We have a few GH here in Spokane, WA, thank goodness.

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57 rebecca lustig January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

pretty sure the first picture says it all. ha

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58 Namaste Gurl January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I’m quite jealous– I’d love me some fresh baked bread! There’s not GH in sunny Santa Cruz, CA sadly :(

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59 Katie January 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I love bread! Hard to be gluten intolerant looking at these pictures. ;)

This is so cool that you and Matt are opening your Great Harvest store and really just going for this dream. That is so inspiring!

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60 Angie January 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

My local Great Harvest does gluten-free bread once a week! Apparently, they sell out every week because of the high demand.

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61 Jacquie January 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

GH bread is seriously the most addicting thing in the world when it’s just out of the oven. Having worked at one before, cinnamon chip, cheddar garlic and white right out are my downfall. YUM!

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62 Sana January 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

You will be so awesome at customer service! At the GH in Columbia everyone is soooo nice and friendly. I love it!

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63 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

and this is why i keep craving bread…weird, ever since you’ve been in montana i’ve been counting the seconds til i can walk down the road to great harvest!

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64 Kristina @ spabettie January 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

that cheddar garlic bread is my favorite…

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65 Kara January 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

If that garlic cheese bread was a mail order item, I’d be pulling out my credit card now! Is the recipe proprietary or can you share?

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66 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Sorry – it’s all secret!

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67 nicole January 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Delicious. I love that the Great Harvest here also sells at the farmer’s market, which makes it more convenient. However, not I don’t want to wait two more days for my GH bread! I think other franchises should give you some percentage for advertising GH so well!

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68 foodandfarm January 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Holy moly, now I really can’t wait!!!

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69 Michelle January 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Drooling at my desk…that cheesy garlic bread looks amazing!!

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70 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Mmmm I love fresh bread.

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71 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

You are living my dream life… I’m just saying. ;)

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72 Naomi(onefitfoodie) January 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm

wow wow wow….I always read but dont comment but WOW that bread looks amazing!

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73 faith @ gracefulfitness January 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Manoman I want a big ol’ hunk of GH! CAN’T wait until we get a GH here in C’ville! ;)

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74 Christine (The Raw Project) January 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Amazing bread pics, I was addicted to the smell of fresh bread while working at a grocery store. Love the role playing pics, what an experience.

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75 Angie January 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Some of these pics should be on your local GH website when it’s up and running. Nothing worse than a lackluster website–hard to imagine yours will be less than great!

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76 Camille January 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Oh my gosh. I have no words for the level of bread love I am feeling right now. No words.

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77 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Whoa whoa whoa… that bread with the cheddar-cheese oozing out??? I want to reach through the screen and grab some! So jealous!

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78 Josephine @ Creating a Positive Life January 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Oh my goodness that cheddar garlic bread looks AH-MAH-ZING! I totally want some bread now.

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79 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

You’re making me drool…. ;) I need some bread!

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80 Hannah January 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Oh heavens, that oozing cheese bread has killed me! Want want want!

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81 Jessica January 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

There are two options for me: learn to make delicious bread like this, or bust my butt over to the Great Harvest near me. I’ve never actually been there – they close too early for me to get there after work :(

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82 Maggie January 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

This post literally made my mouth water. YUM! Great Harvest needs to come to NYC! (Yeah, yeah, I know it’s an amazing food/bakery city, but there’s nothing like Great Harvest bread.) Glad you’re having fun!

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83 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Oh man, that is what heaven must look like! There is nothing better than warm, fresh, doughy bread. :D

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84 Kaitlin With Honey January 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I literally almost drooled looking at all of those breads… they look AMAZING!

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85 stacey-healthylife January 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm

So jealous of all that bread, yum.

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86 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

the bread bar is my favorite part of the GH experience! all stores should offer free samples.

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87 Ida January 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’m a lefty too!! The bread looks delicious, GH should come to Cali

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88 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

The bread looks ah-mazing. Such doughy deliciousness. :D

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89 jaclyn@todayslady January 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I’m a lefty too!!! All of that bread looks amazing!!!! I’m having chili tonight and that cheddar bread would be the perfect accompaniment! So jealous!

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90 Rachel January 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

mmm cheddar garlic bread is my favorite GH bread…except that I find myself unable to maintain any semblance of self control. The closest GH is 17 miles away, but I need to get my butt out there.

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91 Tina January 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Wow that garlic cheddar bread looks divine! Did Great Harvest absorb Montana Mills, or are they related at all? We used to have a MM and it’s pretty much an identical set up. I used to stop in on my walks to school (back in the day) for free slices.

(oh and yeah Lefties! haha)

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92 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I’m pretty sure Montana Mills was a knock off of GH opened by a former employee and was bought by them in 2004 according to the website: http://www.montanamills.com/aboutus.cfm

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93 Erin@ Shortcut to Bliss January 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Ok, well now I want to open a GH just so I can go to the training. The bread looks CRAZY good!!! I may be in the wrong career field!

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94 Ramona January 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I wish we had a Great Harvest in Arkansas! It looks soo yummy!

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95 missy January 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

YUM!!!
that is all… :) lol

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96 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Oh I am drooling through the computer screen for sure! That looks so good!

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97 Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Ahh warm yeasty bread!!! Looks like you are having a doughball of fun! LOL!

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98 Charity January 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hi Kath! Long time reader, first time commenter :) I actually went to a Great Harvest for a sandwich today after reading your blog for so long. When it was time to get my free taste (huge slice I might add), I was so excited and overwhelmed. I thought to myself: “Which names do I recognize from Kath??” I stopped the guy at cinnamon chip and boy did it not disappoint. I left there thinking to myself, I need to open up one of these too! I’m a believer!

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99 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Oh how fun!! You should have found the owners and told them KERF got you in the door :)

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100 Carla @ Will Run for Health January 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I don’t know how you survived…I have no self control around delicious fresh baked breads! I would have literally poped or had to be carried off in an ambulance. What a great working vacation!

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101 amyjogo January 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I WANT that bread! I started salivating at the first picture. I am dreaming about that bread.

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102 Canadian January 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Question: Does Matt or the GH folks have any advice about baking with Red Fife flour? It’s a heritage wheat that I just bought, and I don’t want to mess up.

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103 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I don’t have any help…sorry!

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104 Matt January 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I’ve never used that, so no advice there… sorry!

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105 Canadian January 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

Ok, thanks anyway — just thought I’d check!

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106 Linds January 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I ADORE great harvest bread!!! Discovered upon your recommendation, actually :) The one closest to me shut down, so whenever I get a craving I have to make a pilgrimage to another. I only wish they were less than even bucks a loaf though…but maybe it’s a good thing so I’m limited to just one at a time ;)

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107 Lily's Health Pad January 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I don’t see the cinnamon swirl bread in this post…but I certainly hope you will be purchasing that recipe for your store!

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108 kerri Beth@tinybuttons January 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Yum! I am craving warm bread and soft butter n’ jam!

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109 Kat January 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Oh my goodness that bread looks so delicious! I wish there were a store near me

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110 Kel@The Kel Show January 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Heaven. This must be what Heaven is like!

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111 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!

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112 Gena January 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Dear lord, you can serve ME a slice of that bread! Looks divine, Kath!

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113 Shrinkella January 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

All I can say is yum, yum, and more yum. It all looks SO good!!

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114 Janna January 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Remind me to tell you on Saturday about my first time slicing the cheese that goes into the cheesy Great Harvest bread! Its a good story!

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115 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

OK!

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116 kaila January 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

wow all that bread looks amazing! especially (what looked to be) the cinnamon raisin!!! and you’re so right about hot bread being the best…its so much softer and and flavorful in my opinion! aaahh you are going to love going into your store everyday and being surrounded by great smelling freshly mad bread! :)

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117 Kristen January 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

So… now that I am STARVING, I am think I absolutely MUST go get some GH bread after I get off work tomorrow…

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118 Maria January 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

All those delicious carbs! YUM! And I love the color of that purple mug!

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119 Erin January 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Can you ship GH bread to Okinawa? :) Looks so good!!

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120 Gill (snaxandthecity) January 14, 2011 at 3:49 am

Congratulations Kath, it looks like you guys are having a great time! How exciting.

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121 Asya January 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

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122 jenna January 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

oh my gosh all these bread pictures are driving me insane!!! you all need to open your doors in cville asap!!! I need some dough bread in my life!

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123 Lori Blackmore January 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

Hi! I am a huge fan of Great Harvest but do not have one here in Cincinnati, OH. Used to visit Cleveland from time to time and would stock up at the Mentor location. Do you know if there are any future plans to put a store in the Cincinnati area? Good luck with all your plans for your new shop! Thanks!

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124 Evie January 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hi Kath, I was sent to check out your blog from my mom’s good friend, Mary Hobbs, I think y’all might be related? Anyways, I just wanted to say hello, and I look forward to following now!

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125 Kath January 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hey Evie! Mary is a good friend of my mother in law Karen! I’ve stayed at her country house too :)

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126 LauraJayne January 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

I am SO hungry for lunch now! Lunch AKA bread and as much of it as I can find!

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127 Smuddpie January 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

Those big ol’ sample slices are definitely the best part of Great Harvest. I have to restrain myself and my daughter from going in to get a slice just for the sample! My favorite breads are the Finnish Pulla and the spinach feta. Yum. I want to go now!

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128 Libbie January 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Love, love, LOVE Great Harvest! There’s only one in Atlanta, but luckily my boyfriend works right by there, so I get it often. You’re not alone…I could easily eat an entire loaf myself!

Thanks for the post. Now I’m hungry…

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129 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

mmm the bread looks good.

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130 Melissa January 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Oh man! I wish we had a GH in New Orleans area; you make me crave some every time I see it even though I’ve never had it before.

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131 sarah January 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

oh GEEZ! The raisin bread and the cheese bread look OUT OF THIS WORLD… now all i want is some fresh, hot, warm crusty bread!!!

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132 Ashley C. June 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

How far are you from the Charlotte Airport? I find myself there a lot lately going, damn, I wish I had time to see Kath! lol

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133 Ashley C. June 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

oh wow, just realized you are in Charlottes-VILLE, VA!
HAH nevermind that then. But now I want to fly to VA for this bread. Best of Luck with your new business.

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