Bread Or Bust!!

October 19, 2009

Whew!! The day at Great Harvest went really well. We met a selection of key directors and learned so much about the process of opening and running a bakery. If anything I feel less nervous about the process – the company provides owners with as little to as much support as one could possibly need, and I believe we are perfectly cut out for the job as owners :mrgreen:

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We should find out in the next 24 to 48 hours if we are offered a franchise and then the ball starts rolling and never stops! We saw a beautiful rainbow upon leaving Dillon, so I’ll take that as a good sign.

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Between meetings we sipped coffee, hot tea and munched on a delicious trail mix!

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I had 3 handfuls – heavily filled with M&Ms!

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Bocker had a fun time playing in the bear nursery while we did grownup things

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At noon we were treated to lunch as this darling cafe just around the corner called Sweetwater.

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Janet recommended the HOT lemonade – freshly squeezed lemon mixed with hot water and sugar. It was DIVINE!!! Perfect for a cold rainy day. I got the lemon and Matt got the orangeade – (mine was better ;) )

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For lunch I had Dottie’s Blue Salad, romaine with teriyaki chicken, blue cheese, walnuts, tomato, cuc, parmesan, cranberries and Grape Nuts!!! It was fab. Blue cheese dressing on the side –

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And a cup of homemade vegetable soup

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Matt got the T3C – turkey with romaine and cranberry cream cheese on a cheesy bun. I stole two delicious bites (and gave him some salad bites in exchange)

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Thanks to Dawn for being so good to us and making us feel so welcome these past few months!

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And thank you to the rest of the team for the wonderful day!

Bakery bound?

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Our drive back to Bozeman was long and kinda scary when we encountered a blizzard on a mountain!!

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To…

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But in the valleys it was just wet and rainy and we made safely in less than 2 hours.

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And headed straight to Aleworks!! We debated between Aleworks and Plonk, a swanky wine bar with a tempting menu, because both were highly recommended, but we decided on Aleworks for Matt’s beer craving. Per usual. I agreed that we could drink wine anywhere, but Montana local brews were coming to an end when we got on the airplane tomorrow.

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The boy is obsessed with beer!

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I ordered the Bayern Octoberfest, which was deliciously malty and sweet. Absolutely loved it!

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Per our guidebook’s recommendation, we ordered the Bison Potstickers for an appetizer. And they rocked!! Best bison of the weekend.

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In a mango chili sauce!

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I drank my beer too fast and ordered another.  Was just that kinda night.

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And we made friends with our dinner neighbors!

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For dinner I was craving salad #2 of the day. Can’t get enough salad after 2 days of meat! I got the Gallatin Salad with organic greens, goat cheese, veggies and a homemade dressing, served with blackened wild Alaskan salmon. Awesome. I ate it all!

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Matt ordered the Bacon-Wrapped Bison Meatloaf, which was totally awesome. It came with an onion gravy, which I tried because of the Thanksgiving aroma. Big mistake. Onion breath = yuck.

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After dinner we didn’t want our vacation to end. It was one of those "let’s think of something to do" nights. So we went out for dessert and wine to Plonk!

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Loved the atmosphere

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We asked our waitress which reds would go best with chocolate and she didn’t have a specific recommendation, so we went with a Zin and a Granache – half a glass of each. When you don’t want a whole glass, just ASK if they’ll do half (and then tip extra ;) )

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And that chocolate? Local artisan chocolates!

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Chocolate sorbet

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A dark sliver, an almond milk, a toffee, a raspberry champagne, and an Aztec (that tasted like pumpkin!)

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Bocker’s feelin’ a little tipsy and took off his shirt and has been streaking around our hotel room!!

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Better go lasso him in, cowboy ;)

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1 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Beautiful pictures!

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2 Diana October 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Good luck!! :)

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3 Ashley October 19, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Love the little mug of veggie soup…so cute! Your day looked awesome and you even got to see snow! Gooood LUCK, to both of you!

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4 Mama Pea October 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Bocker is a lush. He reminds me of my college roommate, only she was more hairy.

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5 kay (eating machine) October 19, 2009 at 11:27 pm

good luck!
your salads look fantastic after my day of travel food :-)

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6 Tay October 19, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Awww yay!!! I’m so happy that it went well :-)

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7 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Ahhhh!!! I hope you get it!! What an amazing lookin’ din–I love the design in the mango chili sauce.

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8 Kathleen October 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Seriously love the pics of the vacay and especially Bocker! I thought it was adorable that he got tipsy and streaked shirtless around your room…I actually laughed out loud when I read that! Good luck, hope you get the offer!

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9 Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com October 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

So happy to hear your day went well. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you two!

Bocker streaking?!? Is he auditioning for “Bears Gone Wild?”

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10 Rachel October 19, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Holy cow! I passed through Dillon once when I was 17? I think? and went to Sweetwater and wrote in my travel journal and it’s stuck with me ever since (7 years ago)! So neat that you went somewhere I recognize.

Glad you enjoyed your time in the West! Best of luck!

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11 Alyson October 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I think this is such an absolutely awesome thing you are doing, how exciting! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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12 Linda October 19, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Your scenic drive is absolutely amazing, although a bit scary at times with the snow and all. Are those bison or cows along the highway?

Long live bread!

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13 Shelley (Pink House) October 20, 2009 at 12:55 am

So glad that you made it back to Bozeman and to two of my favorite Bozeman spots – Montana Aleworks and Plonk.
Hope your bakery plans work out too! Good luck

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14 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans October 20, 2009 at 12:56 am

I hope the bakery works out! I think if it doesn’t you two might want to consider opening a brewery…

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15 maria October 20, 2009 at 1:00 am

Those pot stickers look great. We call them gyoza in Japan. Pretty sure they are just the same thing with a different name!

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16 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 20, 2009 at 1:24 am

Glad everything went so well today!

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17 Lara (Thinspired) October 20, 2009 at 3:08 am

I will cross my fingers for you guys! I really hope you get it :)

Really enjoying the photos from this trip–it really looks like you guys are enjoying yourselves. Lunch looks so good–I love that little cup of soup ;)

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18 Diana October 20, 2009 at 3:44 am

I hope everything works out! I’m sure it will :)

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19 Mike Zurick October 20, 2009 at 3:51 am

I never realized you and Matt had such a height difference! That’s cool!

My roommate is from Helena and just graduated from Missoula. She loves Bozeman! She’s now in Chicago with me.

I believe the man who wrote “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” taught in Bozeman.

Good luck on the franchise! Can you ship bread to Chicago? I can ship White Castle hamburgers and Frango mints to you!

Mike

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20 Molly October 20, 2009 at 3:58 am

Congratulations and good luck!!!

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21 christie @ honoring health October 20, 2009 at 5:09 am

Good luck on getting the bakery deal!! You guys would make great owners!

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22 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

I’m impressed by all of the wonderful places to eat. We don’t even have as many elegant selections in our part of rural upstate NY. Very nice!! :)

Jenn

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23 Stacey October 20, 2009 at 5:27 am

Yay! Im crossing my fingers for you! So is the location you want your store to be in, or just one you visited?? Glad you have had a fun time on the trip! And yummo to that salad :)

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24 Kirsten October 20, 2009 at 5:31 am

Looking forward to hearing the news! Good luck.

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25 Shannon October 20, 2009 at 5:45 am

What an exciting weekend! Good luck! I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be offered a franchise!

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26 Susan October 20, 2009 at 5:56 am

Oooh, I hope things work out with Great Harvest!! I always ask for half-pours on my beer too. Some places give me a weird look, but it’s worth it to not have to down a giant draught! That chocolate sorbet look good!

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27 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 20, 2009 at 5:58 am

I hope you guys get it!!!

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28 Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 20, 2009 at 6:09 am

Good luck – you guys look like great bakery owners!
I love the idea of that hot lemonade. Yum – I’ll have to try making that myself.

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29 Kristen October 20, 2009 at 6:10 am

I love that Bocker has a wild side! ;-)

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30 Gabriela October 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

Must get to Montana- your eats for this trip look amazing! Good luck with the bakery, you’d be great at it :) Have a safe trip home!

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31 megan October 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

Good luck Kath! And that is a fantastic idea to ask for half glasses of wine! I have a question . . . does having both wine and beer on the same night give you stomach issues? That always happens to me so I never do it but I love variety so I wish I could. Any suggestions? Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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32 Julie October 20, 2009 at 6:28 am

Good luck, you guys must be so excited!!!

The snowy mountains remind me of driving through Vermont to go skiing…oh winter, I love/hate you.

I think I want to move to Montana based on your pictures.

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33 Kara October 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

Glad GH went well!

I’ve heard of hot lemonade, but not orangeade! I’d like to try both!

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34 Stephanie October 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

chocolate + red wine = heaven!

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35 rhodeygirl October 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

good luck Kath & Matt!

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36 Jen(eatmovelove) October 20, 2009 at 6:53 am

Yum to M&M’s. Everything looks so delicious to comment on! I love the photo of the blizzard (I’m sure it wasn’t fun to drive through of course!!) but it’s looks amazing. Great photos, very classy and professional! And you guys are such a gorgeous couple !

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37 Paige(Running Around Normal) October 20, 2009 at 6:54 am

Good luck to you both!!! I can’t wait to hear the results, although I have an idea it will be you got it!

That wine and dessert bar looks fabulous!

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38 Caitlin October 20, 2009 at 6:58 am

I’m so thrilled things are moving towards you two getting a bakery in Charlottesville – such a wonderful city! And it doesn’t hurt that my sister goes to grad school there, so it’ll be easy to stop on by and see :)

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39 Simply Life October 20, 2009 at 7:04 am

Wow, I’ve never heard of hot lemonade before but it sounds great!

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40 JENNA October 20, 2009 at 7:11 am

it sounds like your time in MT has been great :) and your ‘blizzard’ has brought back soooo many memories! :)

I’m praying for ya all! I know you are the right fit! I can’t wait to come visit your cute little Great Harvest in C’ville! :)

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41 Lee October 20, 2009 at 7:25 am

Your whole trip sounds fabulous. I never would have thought to go to Montana (I know you went for business, but still) but now I’m definitely thinking it would be an awesome vacation.

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42 Sarah R October 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

Oh my goodness! How exciting! I’m excited to hear what the next few days will bring :)

Loving Bocker as well… glad the stowaway is having a good time too!

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43 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? October 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

Good luck! Your choccy dessert looks so yum – nothing better than choc and red wine :)

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44 MelissaNibbles October 20, 2009 at 7:50 am

You make the good bears go bad!

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45 kraileen October 20, 2009 at 7:54 am

Good luck! We need a Great Harvest in Charlottesville! YUMYUM!

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46 AnnQ October 20, 2009 at 8:09 am

Congratulations – SO cool !!!

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47 Erin October 20, 2009 at 8:22 am

It’s been so much fun reading about your adventures out west. Thank you for sharing them.

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48 Mellissa October 20, 2009 at 8:28 am

Sending positive vibes your way!!

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49 Nicole (dishin') October 20, 2009 at 8:31 am

Looks like a great day! Good luck!!!!

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50 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

Bocker is one funny little guy! :)

I really hope you guys get the franchise!

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51 Eileen October 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

Your Montana posts have been fabulous! I really, really hope you guys get the franchise. You’d be awesome.

Thank you for sharing your adventurous food spirit. I’d probably have passed on the bison potstickers, but when you describe them, they actually sound kind of yummy!

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52 Heather October 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hot lemonade is one of my favorites – a caffene free afternoon drink. I usually use True Lemon and some honey…delish!

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53 Sarah October 20, 2009 at 9:18 am

I definitely think you guys are going to get the offer and it’s going to be great!

I laughed out loud at the streaking bear ;-)

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54 Karla October 20, 2009 at 9:33 am

Good luck! They would be crazy not to offer a franchise to you guys… Can’t wait to hear the big news!
PS – I LOVE your blog! It’s def one of the best out there.

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55 Tina October 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

AH that’s so exciting!! Good luck to both of you.

Salmon is the best!!

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56 sj October 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

jesus christ!? who brings a teddy bear on a job interview? much less a trip if your over the age of 1! ay yi yi!

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57 Ashley October 20, 2009 at 9:54 am

Good luck! Hope you get it!

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58 Tracey October 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

Good luck! I’m so happy and excited for you. You will be the best bakery owners, ever! :)

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59 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

Don’t you just love being in vacation-mode and exploring new restaurants in a strange town? Nothing beats it!

Fingers crossed you guys get the franchise – I can’t see why they wouldn’t want to give it to you!

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60 Jenna October 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm

great eats! your dinner salad with salmon looks sooo yummy :) hope you get the franchiseeee!
jenna

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61 Hannah Jane October 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

That homemade veggie soup looks so nice and homey and comforting! I want some now!
That chocolate sorbet looks awesome too!
Glad you’re having fun!
-Hannah

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62 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

this is all so exciting for you – yay!

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63 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

this is all so exciting for you – yay!

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64 Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn October 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Another one that made me smile :) I really hope you guys get it. Love the bear cameos.

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65 Amanda October 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Can’t think of two nicer people that would be more suited to opening a bakery – and I don’t even know you!

Good Luck!

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66 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Hot Lemonade and Orangade remind me of all the hot tang I drank on hiking trips early in my college years.

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67 Bev October 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Matt, your so thin. Good luck with you guys new adventure :o)

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68 Kelly October 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Ahh! This post made me homesick..glad you enjoyed your trip. It has been fun reading about home on your blog!

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