Break Bread Together

February 9, 2011

What do you do when 30 loaves of bread arrive at your doorstep?

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Eat it!

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No, really, Pablo and Lynda, owners of Great Harvest Warrenton (our closest neighbors) brought us bread to give in gift baskets around the community to announce that Great Harvest is coming to Cville!

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I had postcards printed that introduce GH and Matt and me to the community

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Of course we saved a loaf or two for ourselves ;)

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We took Pablo and Lynda out to see our bakery location (demo has begun!) and Mike (the CEO!) and Karen joined us for dinner. Mike is in town speaking at the UVA biz school. We always like to feed him when he passes through!

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I slurped down a small pour of Matt’s Dubbel during cocktail hour

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And we opened some Virginia wine with dinner

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We served a recipe out of the Happy Herbivore’s new cookbook!

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Lindsay sent me a copy to have and the Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki on page 127 seemed like a great use of the pineapple, scratch-made garbanzos and cilantro I had on hand. Also easy for a crowd!

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The recipe was fantastic! I can’t share the details – cause I would be cheating on the cookbook – but it was super simple and easy and tasted great.

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We also of course had bread (Cheddar Garlic!)

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I think this was the best part of the meal :)

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And I made a green salad that was simply pecans, crumbled stilton and a drizzle of olive oil and Black Cherry Balsamic dressing, salt and pepper.

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Karen put the icing on the pie with her famous Pecan Pie

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Which was smashing, per usual!

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Mid-week dinner parties are fun!

I am now drinking some more of our beery bubbles and am hoping to be in bed within the next 20 minutes!

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1 Chelsey (Cookteen) February 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

thats so exciting to have started work on your bakery! congratulations! Those chickpeas look AMAZING!

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2 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

What a fun dinner party!

That’s a lot of bread! I wish I was a business in Charlottesville so I can get a loaf :)

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

That looks like the best pecan pie I’ve ever seen. So gooey.

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4 Ashley February 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Ohmyword!! That is so completely exciting about delivering bread around the community and having demo start on your store!!! Everything about your dinner looks superb. Especially that bread!!

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5 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Wow — that’s a lot of great bread. What fun! Mike seems like a really cool CEO, nice and casual, not what one would expect from a CEO :)

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6 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Wow sounds like a big day! I love those little postcards you are handing out – sooo cute!! Also, that pineapple and chickpea dish sounds amazing. Love the idea.

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7 Kamaile February 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Looks like a fantastic vegan entree! I didn’t know happy herbivore had a new cookbook. Must.find.it!

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8 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Bread and Happy Herbivore deliciousness = my kind of evening! Send me a basket full of loaves?

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9 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Congratulations! Can’t wait till the bakery is done! :)

That pecan pie looks amazing! And your dinner… I can’t get over it! Have a great evening!

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10 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Cute postcards! How exciting that demo has begun already…yay!

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11 Marie@feedingfive February 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I love the whole story unfolding with the bakery. What a great way to announce to everyone that soon all that delicious bread can be theirs.

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12 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I’m so excited for you guys! Having the bakery will be so fun.

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13 Sana February 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

What an awesome introduction to the community!!!

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14 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

That pecan pie looks amazing!!!

How cool to get all that bread — I love that you get to start spreading the word of the bakery opening :)

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15 hippierunner February 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Pineapple with chickpeas sounds so interesting! I am gonna have to get ahold of that book!
The postcards are so cute! Craving bread now!!

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16 Kristen, Sweetly February 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Bread!!! And tagged in the photo, no less. :-p I love that all the Great Harvest locations are like brothers and sisters.

I bought a French baguette to go with my chickpea soup yesterday (only because there aren’t any GHs around here, scout’s honor). This baguette was the most delicious thing ever. Aside from every other food I’ve said that about this week. ;-)

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17 JenATX February 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I can’t believe the whole bakery is coming together.. it has been so cool to see an insider view of how a business gets started. PLUS you and Matt are a source of motivation. Yall are so brave; idk if i would have the balls to start my own business.
Can’t wait to see more of everything :)
PS the picture of yall w/ the bread cracks me up

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18 stacey-healthylife February 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Wow the CEO, he must REALLY like you guys.

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19 emily February 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Oh wow, that bread! I’ve never lived near a GH before but I recently discovered that there’s one a 30minute drive from my new home; the trip is seeming more and more worth it!

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20 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I can’t take my eyes off of that pecan pie!! Mmmm :)
The bread looks wonderful as well – I REALLY want to try GH bread!

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21 Hannah February 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Oh, if only you’d done this in 2008, when I was in Cville! Bad timing strikes again ;)

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22 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) February 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

First, I love that you labeled “BREAD” in the photo! :D And now I know what Pablo looks like next time I’m in Warrenton! Hopefully I’ll be able to say hiiii to him.

I love that GH passes bread out in the community, such a great touch! When do you expect the bakery to open? I may be able to arrange a lil wine/bread tasting adventure whenever that happens. ;) I’ve got lots of carb-loving friends!

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23 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Oh my goodness! I want a bread delivery like that!! I’d have a hard time giving it away, though! LOL :D

Your dinner looks amazing! YUM!

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24 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I’d be in bread heaven if I had all that bread delivered to my doorstep!!

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25 Annette February 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I love mid-week dinner parties too! And I would scarf so much GH bread if all that arrived on my doorstep….. ;)

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26 Chetney (Czesia's Adventures) February 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I’m so excited for you guys! I must check out the great harvest in my neck of the woods!

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27 Christin@purplebirdblog February 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I love how supportive the GH family of folks seems to be!!

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28 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I would PAY Karen to make and ship me her pecan pie. It looks amazing!!!!!!

Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki = delish!
I just blogged about a recipe i made two days ago using Mango + Chickpeas + Rice.

I need to pick up Lindsay’s book to see how she made hers :)

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29 Kiran February 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

Wahoo!!! I love the introductory card and gift basket :)

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30 Anne @ Baking Me February 10, 2011 at 12:41 am

What a a fun evening, I love Great Harvest bread and their cookies too!

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31 Brandy February 10, 2011 at 12:54 am

I had never heard of Great Harvest until I started reading your blog late last year and then discovered there is one like 15 minutes away from me. Their cheddar garlic IS MY FAVORITE indulgence bread. I feel like I need it under lock and key so I don’t just cut off hunks all day. Ahhh so hard to resist. Thank god for you and your blog, Kath :-D

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32 Marina February 10, 2011 at 1:48 am

What a great idea to introduce yourself into the community!

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33 Bronwyn Coyne February 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

So cool that you’re opening a business! I’m a little jealous.

And your meal looks delicious. I really need some bread I haven’t had bread in what feels like forever. And chickpeas and pineapple sounds heavenly.

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34 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 10, 2011 at 5:49 am

How exciting that demo has begun! You are going to have fun delivering all that bread to the locals and introducing yourself! Enjoy:)

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35 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) February 10, 2011 at 5:54 am

It’s getting closer and closer to opening day! That must be very exciting (and a little nerve wracking)! You must be excited!!

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36 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

That is such a fun way to get people excited for Great Harvest! That looks like a perfect dinner!

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37 Lauren February 10, 2011 at 6:50 am

Looks like a wonderful group of people!! Glad you guys were able to get together and enjoy some business over good food. Always a perk of business meetings. ;)

Tell Karen her Pecan Pie looks OUTSTANDING!!! I have a thing for Pecan Pie. ;)

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38 Jen February 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

Nothing tops Great Harvest bread. Nothing! I’ve never had the garlic cheddar though and that must change, immediately!!!

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39 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 10, 2011 at 7:15 am

I wish you’d deliver some of the gluten free bread to my doorstep. I only live in Chicago – that’s not too much of a hike, right?

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40 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am so excited for you three! It is getting closer. Looks like a great night. Have fun delivering baskets!

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41 Meryl @ Scribbled Musings February 10, 2011 at 7:24 am

There are going to be some happy people in the future. Looks like a really fun night and adventure.

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42 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 10, 2011 at 7:25 am

Baha – I love that you labeled the bread in the picture, and yayy this is wonderful!

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43 Simply Life February 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

oh that meal looks fantastic!

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44 megan @ blackberries for jam February 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

You guys are such fabulous entertainers! Dinner parties are so intimidating to me. I usually just suggest to meet at a restaurant!

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45 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

That’s so exciting that the renos have begun! When are you expecting to open?

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46 happy herbivore February 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

glad you’re lovin the book! thats one of my fave recipes and YUM hand me some of that freshly baked bread

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47 Amanda February 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

yayyyyyy Warrenton Great Harvest! Lovveeeee them! I’m glad you guys are a family :)

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48 Amy February 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

OK, so you’re stopping by the City Hall Annex today, right???? My office is on the second floor ….. ;-)

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49 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

Don’t know if we can manage today, but I’ll put you on for next time!?

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50 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

That meal looks amazing. I love anything with pineapple. I may have to purchase that cookbook!

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51 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews February 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

That is so awesome about all that bread!! I am so excited for you guys opening the bakery!

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52 Susan (Oliepants) February 10, 2011 at 8:27 am

Oh~ I love the sight of that bread – and the pie! Karen is awesome!

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53 jennyh February 10, 2011 at 8:30 am
54 Courtney February 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

If you can’t share the chickpea recipe, can you share the pecan pie recipe? It looks delish!

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55 Meg February 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

What a great celebration :D

Can I just say Karen is probably one of the most joyous and brightest-looking women I’ve ever seen!

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56 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

Aww thank you

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57 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 10, 2011 at 8:52 am

How sweet of your Great Harvest neighbor! Not to mention, a fantastic promotional idea. :)

Dinner looks fab!

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58 Kristina February 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

Yay bread!!! Also that pecan pie is quite drool-worthy.

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59 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

I’m so excited for you!!! That bread looks awesome :D

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60 Hope February 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

That is so exciting about your store! I can’t wait to see how it comes along! Dinner looks amazing! Oh, and that pecan pie! Holy yum! I’ve never had pecan pie before. It looks so incredible! :)

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61 Trainer Kjirsten February 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

I see Mike has an Embry Riddle t-shirt on…did he attend the school or teach at the school? I live in Prescott and we have an Embry Riddle here! It’s a small school so I am curious! You pictures of dinner look amazing! It all looks so organic and beautiful! : )

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62 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

His son goes there (I believe!)

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63 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

I love the bread basket idea! And the second picture is too cute! :)

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64 Eliz@The Sweet Life February 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

What a great adventure you’re embarking on–so fun to watch!

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65 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

Working on Pecan Pie recipe.

Hoping to open bakery in April/May!

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66 lynn @ the actor's diet February 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

breeeead!

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67 Leslie February 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

Just wanted to say I’m so excited for you! I hope to make it to C-ville one day to visit your Great Harvest and meet you in person. In the meantime, it’s fun to get to see this journey you are on.

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68 Jamie February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Kath,

I’m new to your website and find your active lifestyle, healthy appetite for wine & food and drive for life very inspiring. Thank you for this.
I’m curious about two things…What is your relationship with Mike, the CEO? And two, do you make your own Cherry Balsmic Dressing or buy it? I’d love a recipe, brand or website if you have one for this tasty treat.

Thank you!

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69 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Welcome!!

I’m not sure what you mean by relationship? He’s the CEO of our franchise company, but he’s also become a friend and mentor for us!

The Cherry Balsamic is from Boston Olive Oil Company

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70 Jane February 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm

My local GH is Warrenton and the owners are always so friendly. It is funny to see them on your blog.

The breads are so amazing. I stock up weekly. ;)

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71 Tina February 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Congratulations!! Everything looks lovely, and the pie is beautiful!! Can Karen share her recipe??

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72 Maria @ The Fitted Apron February 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I think I’m gonna have to buy that cookbook. The dinner looks simple but amazing!

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73 Chelsie February 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Your friend Mike has an Embry-Riddle Tshirt on!! That is where my husband went to school and no one has ever heard of it when I tell them where he went. I always get a little happy when I see someone else that knows!

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74 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 11, 2011 at 1:33 am

I just discovered that Great Harvest bread is available on Sundays at my local farmer’s market – Woot!!

I can look forward to trying out the bread this weekend :-)

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