At Work

May 11, 2011

It’s still unbelievable to me that this is our workplace! We can customize the office however we want!

Photos to come later!

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Have you ever used a laminator!? Very cool! We now have signs all around the bakery. Whoo!

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OH, and WE PASSED INSPECTIONS! And the oven works!!!!!!!! It’s video time!!!

I worked straight through morning, came over here, worked through lunch and finally had to stop to eat for nourishment.

Packed into my lunchbox, and eaten at a Great Harvest Cville table…

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Salad with honey + olive oil + lavender salt plus zucchini, green pepper, leftover tomato basil risotto and leftover chicken and chickpeas.

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Plus the last slice of High Five bread Sad smile

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Can’t wait to eat our own bread in here!!

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Sorry to those of you who missed out on the Justin’s Nut Butter OpenSky deal! There is a place on the promo page to sign up for the wishlist – we’re trying to get Justin to authorize another batch to be released and if you’re on the wishlist you’ll be the first to know.

Back 2 work!

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1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

mmmm I love salads brought from home<—they taste oddly so much better?! ha.

The bakery is lookin good over there. Congrats! And yes, I LOVE using laminators–so cool and pretty how the stuff turns out 😉


2 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming May 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

So glad you guys passed inspection! :) Lunch looks yummy!


3 Lauren May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Congrats on passing inspections! Looks like things are really coming together, it’s so awesome to watch this process as a reader! It makes me want to open a business of my own some day.


4 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Your salad looks delicious — and how nice to eat at your tables and chairs!

I can’t wait to see how things are coming along. Congrats on passing inspections!


5 Beth May 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Congrats on passing inspections! The place looks fabulous. I have a Great Harvest question I’m hoping you can answer. As someone concerned about portion control (and no scale) I’m wondering if GH breads are often sold pre-sliced . Or is it up to each individual store to choose whether or not to do so?


6 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Beth,
It’s up to the store whether or not they do slicing, and also up to the customer to choose. If you have a food scale at home, you could weigh a few of your hand slices and get an eyeball idea of what a 2 oz serving looks like?


7 Mom May 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Big news. Yeah for passing inspections!


8 Mom May 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Oh I meant “Yea!”


9 Emily @ Savory and Savage May 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Grats on passing the inspections!

It is always impressive how you continue to eat healthy no matter how hectic your day gets.


10 Donna @ Love, Run & Travel May 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m a total office depot nerd and i LOVE things like laminators!
Yay for office and passing inspections
Everything looks great :)


11 staceyhealthylife May 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Sounds like things are moving right along and going really good. Best of luck. :)


12 colleen May 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

So glad to hear you passed inspections!


13 Johanna B May 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

YAY on passing the inspection. Another milestone ticked off your list.

Oh, and as usual, I want your salad.


14 kaila @ healthy helper! May 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hmm that salad looks delicious for a light lunch!


15 Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED JEWELRY May 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Already got the nut butter deal email. :) Love his nut butters!


16 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love it when I bring salads from hme for lunch. They take longer to eat then my standard sandwich.. and for some reason.. my mind things.. the longer it takes me to eat something, the fuller my stomach


17 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Congrats, guys! All your hard work is paying off!! Totally deserving.


18 Lisa Fine May 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Love that cute salad container. Is that a bread loaf pan? :)


19 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

It’s just a glass tupperware set I have!


20 Molly May 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Could you get that awesome water bottle into OpenSky? I really want one!


21 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I can ask!


22 Lara May 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

OOOh, I second that! :)


23 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Do you ever think of offering cooking classes at your bakery? I think that would be so much fun, especially if you can have them be very specific (for kids, mom and daughter date, for diabetics, etc.) Not sure what goes into something like that, but it might be a fun addition. Especially since you know so much about healthy living and *enjoying* it to boot! I think so many people fear that dietitians eat cardboard. You prove the opposite. 😀


24 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Definitely a possibility !!


25 Karen May 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Oh, that’s a terrific idea, Kath…sounds right up your alley and would further boost your GH community profile!


26 Khushboo May 12, 2011 at 12:53 am

My desire to move to Charlottesville is growing each day :)


27 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oh I love the glass bowl salad. So pretty!

And congrats on passing your inspections! As with new construction on real estate or any type of construction project, if the city doesnt like you, the buck stops there til they do! Glad that’s all handled. The things that one has to do before you can open a store are mind boggling. One day you could write a How To Open A Retail Biz book :)


28 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous May 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I actually really like the loaf pan turned salad bowl also! Looks like the bakery is really coming along…how exciting! :)


29 Natalie May 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Kath! It looks FAB!!
The Great Harves here in Jackson, WY is one of my favorite places, especially their red-velvet cupcakes and whole-wheat cinnamon rolls.
You and Matt are so inspiring. Keep up the awesome work =)!


30 Amy May 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I can’t wait to eat some GH bread too!

I really like that green water bottle, where is it from?


31 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm
32 Susan (Oliepants) May 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

That bread looks scrumptious. I love how the store is coming along. I wish I had a laminator now. For what? I have no idea. It looks super cool. :)


33 Namaste Gurl May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hehe, love how you have mason jars on your tables- so cute :) I feel you on the tiredness and stress- it’s finals time around here!


34 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

It’s so awesome how everything is coming together! :)

It looks like you were your own first customer today :) Best wishes with everything


35 Baking 'n' Books May 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Kath – what is your favorite bread of all of them? What makes the High 5 different?


36 Nikki (BareFootPrint) May 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Kath- Whats in High Five Bread? It looks so good! Enjoy your new workspace!


37 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Flax, millet, doughy whole wheat flour – it’s so crunchy!!


38 Kelly May 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I used to be a teacher so yes, I have operated a gigantic dinosaur of a laminator many times, but I was never very good at it and always ended up with some bubbling in places. Can’t wait to see what you do with the place, Kath!


39 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats May 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Congratulations – how exciting!

The salad looks scrumptious. Where is the glass container from? Our glass containers with plastic lids are not the right depth for salads, so I am always on the lookout. Currently I am relying on plastic way too much.


40 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

It’s Anchor brand – was a gift


41 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Salad looks craaaazy good!

You guys are rockin it out at the bakery! It’s going to come out awesome!


42 Ellie@fitforthesoul May 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

for some reason, I find laminating things to be fun! but I always make it crooked hahaha. so exciting for you guys! it’s a step forward :)


43 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I want to laminate things… just for fun! lol

I like your salad bowl.


44 Rachel May 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Ah, it’s all coming together! It’s been so fun to watch your progress.

By the way, you mentioned lunchboxes. I’m in the market for a new one. Any suggestions? I feel like you’re the person to ask. Needs to fit big salads!


45 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I use Built NY because you can fit ANYTHING in them and machine wash. We have two and have used them for 3+ years


46 Kris May 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I really like the Built NY bags too. So handy. I’ve found good prices on them at Wal Mart, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Think Target has them too (online also).


47 Amy May 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I had a piece of High Five this morning! :)


48 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I am a Staples/Office Depot fanatic and love all things office supplies, so your laminator has me excited!! Watch out to anyone that gets between you and that drill!


49 Katie May 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

i LOVE using laminators – so fun!! 😉

Congrats on the inspections!!


50 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I actually got chills that you ate lunch in your own bakery! That must have been pretty great! Good luck with getting things ready for the video!


51 Morgan @ moments of mmm May 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I used to have the job of laminating signs for my 5th grade class. I will never forget how exciting I thought it was to watch the machine fuse the plastic together!

Your salad looks yummy and interesting! When you use honey and olive oil as a dressing, do you just drizzle each on separately or do you whisk them together first?


52 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Just drizzle!


53 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Congratulations on passing the inspection! I used to use a laminator at a bookstore I worked at. It ws so fun!


54 Lea @ Healthy Coconut May 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

You’re a mean machine with that tool your are holding, lol!

I wanted to buy a laminator for some wedding DIY, but I decided to go to Staples instead and paid them to laminate customized luggage tags for me for our guests.


55 Melissa May 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I LOVE laminating! And collating and hole punching . . . I should have worked in an office! I find that kind of work strangely satisfying–it’s fun to make things! But even more fun to make things to eat!

The place looks so great!!!


56 Angel7 May 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

You can add “Carpenter” to your resume, huh? :)

It is great news that you passed inspections! Everything seems to be going smoothly!


57 Gina May 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Yay! It’s REALLY happening, that must feel so great!


58 Katherina May 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I just made an identical looking salad because of those pictures. I even used the same casserole dish! I want to hang your food pictures up on my walls at home <3


59 lee May 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Congratulations on all the progress!!

I really like the simple glass dish you used for your salad…does it have a lid? I’ve been looking for alternatives to my plastic storage-ware, but haven’t been able to find smaller sized pieces with lids.


60 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Yup, it’s anchor brand


61 lee May 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh, okay – thanks for the info. =)


62 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

congrats on the inspections! and that salad looks as always!!


63 Katie May 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Yay for passing inspection!!!!!!

Loving the glass dish you have your salad in too!!!


64 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I am so pleased to see how wonderfully everything turned out!


65 Natalie @ will jog for food May 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

So happy for you! Can you send me some bread? hehehe 😉


66 Vanessa May 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

So cool! I want to play with that laminator!! Hehe. Congrats on passing inspections, huge sigh of relief. Can’t wait to see videos :-)


67 Alaina May 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm

That is so cool to see everything come together! I will have to plan a trip down to C-ville. 😉


68 Jeannie May 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I found your blog a few days ago & LOVE your updates. Great Harvest is one of our favorite places, but we don’t have one here (Andover, MA):-( You mention lavender salt a bunch — I assume it’s good? Thinking of buying some to try on my salads.


69 KathEats May 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm


I bought the salt from the San Fran farmer’s market, but you can make your own. Check out my friend Faith’s recipe at


70 Amy May 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

So awesome about passing inspection! Congratulations!


71 r8chel May 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love that you ate lunch at a Great Harvest Cville table. :)


72 Morgan May 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Congratulations on passing inspection!! Looks like things are moving along great for your prospective opening date!!!


73 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

What a pretty salad! So much nutritiousness packed up to go.


74 Crystal May 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Is it me or does this warm weather just make you crave big cold salads?
I can only imagine the bread coma I would constantly be in if I owned a Great Harvest!


75 Ally at AGIHK May 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

The salad looks beautiful but is the zucchini raw? I love zuke cooked in every way but I don’t think I could ever eat it raw!


76 Beth@naturallyyoursbeth May 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I love that the bakery is coming together! It’s going to be amazing :). You have worked sooo hard :)


77 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic May 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Mmm, the high five bread looks so good! I love bread – I’m afraid I’d consume way too much if I owned a bakery. :-) I love using laminators – so fun.


78 katie May 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

i can’t wait to see final pictures of the bakery! you have put SO much time and effort into it, just judging from what we see on the blog not to mention everything else that goes on in ‘real’ life!


79 Spencer May 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

The bakery is looking good! I’m so excited for the opening day. All these months reading about your Great Harvest adventures made me want to look one up and visit! So I looked to see if there are any in my area (I live in GA), and there are! So now I HAVE to visit :) I can already taste the warm, fresh bread… And if I’m ever in the VA area, I’ll definitely have to drop by and see the fruits of your labor in person! :)


80 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

It must be so exciting to see the bakery coming together!


81 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I want to try that bread so badly! It always looks so good.


82 Katie May 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Congrats on passing inspection!! That rocks. When are you on track to open? We’ll be down in C’ville next weekend for UVa graduation, would love to check it out if you’re up and running by then!!


83 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley May 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Congratulations on passing inspection!


84 Khushboo May 12, 2011 at 12:51 am

Given Matt’s bread-making skills, will he also be making bread when the bakery opens??


85 KathEats May 12, 2011 at 8:26 am

Sometimes yes, but not full time


86 Hannah May 12, 2011 at 3:54 am

You must be feeling so, so proud right now… and just imagine how it will feel when you open!


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