Sandwich Wizards

May 23, 2011

Matt did a wonderful job leading our sandwich training this morning! He is something!

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We talked flow, equipment, food safety, cleaning, prep, labeling, and more.

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There was some product evaluation

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Some bread slicing…

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And the tricky bagging of sliced bread..

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Then we made sandwiches – and ate them!!

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Turkey + Swiss with veggies, mustard, a touch of mayo – our classic sandwich

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Served with an apple

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The Sandwich Wizards did a fabulous job!!

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I just biked home and wanted to take shower #2 but I’m going to settle for a sponge bath – I’m running late!

SEE YA!

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1 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I wonder if you will start to get sick of the smell of fresh-baked bread. Gosh, that would be a terribly sad day – but seeing, smelling, touching, tasting bread everyday has got to get old! The sammies looks yum though, who could ever get sick of those?

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2 Megan (Running Foodie) May 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

In college I was part of a musical theater company that rehearsed in a warehouse. The space next to us was a bakery and, sadly, I grew very tired of the smell of fresh-baked bread :(

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3 Sarah May 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I worked at a bakery for 4 years and I did not ever get sick of the smell, nor sick of eating fresh bread and pastries!!! :)

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4 Megan (Running Foodie) May 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Maybe the fact that I could SMELL it but not EAT it was part of the problem! :)

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5 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Ahhh everything must be seeming SO real now. Not that it wasn’t real before. But training.. that is REAL real!

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6 Allie May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Can I be a sandwich wizard?! That is the best training, actually trying the food. It is all coming together, how exciting!

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7 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Yummy sandwiches! And LOL you crack me up…sponge bath?!?!?

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8 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

How cool! It is all happening for real! Yah for yummy sandwiches :)

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9 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan May 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I can’t believe this day is finally here and you two are doing sandwich training! :-)

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10 Sophie May 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

One of our local Great Harvest’s has this fabulous sandwich that I love to get: turkey, avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion, and bleu cheese mayo. It is amazing!

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11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I just went to Great Harvest for the first time this morning and picked up all kinds of goodies :) So excited to try them! I wish I lived near one :)

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12 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Whee!

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13 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Ahh – how exciting. Glad that training is going well!

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14 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My mom called it a “bird bath” when you weren’t able to really shower… babywipes to the rescue!

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Dang, now I want a sandwich! That looks so good!

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16 Angel7 May 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

That apple looks so crisp and refreshing! I can actually hear and envision someone biting into it :)

Like the one post said, if you added avocado and bleu cheese mayo on that sandwich, it would be my all-time fave :) Even though I am sure your version is great, too :)

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17 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Your “classic” sandwich looks delicious!

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18 Sarah for Real May 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Yay! It’s really coming together! I’m so excited for you.

I’m not sure if my GH does sandwiches… if so it’s not very obvious, since I’ve been in there a few times. Though I have been known to be extremely blonde/oblivious at times. I will have to investigate!

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19 Sarah for Real May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

And by “my” I mean the local one near me… I am not cool enough to own a bakery.

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20 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

So exciting! That bread looks DIVINE!

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21 Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I’m getting so excited for you two and your GH Opening! I can’t wait to see the finished bakery and hear all about all the customers I’m sure will be visiting every day :)

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22 Marisa @ Loser for Life May 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

My favorite lunches are sandwiches! I wish I could come to your bakery, Kath! I know it’s going to be a smashing success!

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23 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

That apple looks so fresh — like it was just plucked from a tree!

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24 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles May 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

You’ve made so much progress! I love that you serve apples with your sandwiches. And such a lovely apple to boot!

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25 Kelly May 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Oh, I hate shower #2’s! I usually opt for an extremely quick shower minus the hair washing. My hair does not like to be washed everyday, much less 2 X in one day. It’s as dry as the Sahara when that happens.

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26 Kristen @ Change of Pace May 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Sponge bath is better than a baby wipe bath ;)

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27 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I need sandwich wizards in my life! They can work their wizardry here, for sure!

I love the wizard with the tiedyed shirt. Uber funky, lovin’ it :)

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28 Sarah Jane MacMillan May 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

She is the best!!! and my sister! GO LARS!!!!!

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29 Donna May 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I just had a hummus sandwich from my (not very, unfortunately) local Great Harvest. The best sandwich ever.

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30 Baking 'n' Books May 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I’m guessing the apples won’t be served with the sandwiches though ? :) Looks great – will you be doing it up before hand or kind of like “Subway” style where people can request what they want and see it? Can they determine how thick the bread is?

It’s so great – I just thought it was selling bread – but it’s so much more!

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31 The Teenage Taste May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

That sandwich looks fabulous and that bread looks so delicious and hearty! Mmmmm…the sandwich wizards make the BEST sandwiches! :-D

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32 Sarah Jane MacMillan May 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yeah lars! way to look casual yet hipster in your awesome anthropologie shorts..also dangit you’re so tan! you must have great genes

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33 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm
34 lynn @ the actor's diet May 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

what’s better at the end of a training than getting to eat it?

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35 Victoria May 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

That sandwich looks so delicious. I wish you were in CT — I would totally come!!!

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36 Sam May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Are you still committed to no onions at GH?

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37 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yes

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38 Meg May 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

YEEHAWW! SO pumped for you Kath :)

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39 Jane May 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

You hired all girls?? I work in HR and that has discrimination written all over it. They all look like high school girls too, as a customer, I wouldn’t like that.

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40 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

They aren’t in high school, and we have boys on the staff too

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41 Matt May 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

This is so stupid.

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42 E May 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

No kidding…

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43 missy May 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

ir this was facebook, i would*like* it! lol

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44 Christine May 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Sorry, but if you wouldn’t like younger looking girls making your sandwich who is discriminating?

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45 AmyD May 24, 2011 at 1:01 am

Yowzers! Sometimes you just hire the best people available – even if it’s all women. You’re doing great Kath and Matt! I’ve loved watching the progress of the bakery. :)

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46 Marieke May 24, 2011 at 3:52 am

Uhm Jane, wouldn’t it be “reverse” discrimination if they hired people just to balance out the genders?? You for all should know working in HR and that. They should hire the best people for the job, and not base the decision on gender, race, age etc. I’m glad I don’t work in your company..

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47 Karen May 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

Indeed…hiring a mostly/all female staff is not discriminatory in the eyes of the law. As someone who claims to be educated in the HR profession, certainly you would know that females are a protected class…who is the aggrieved party? Caucasian Males?

Looks like you’ve assembled an awesome bakery team, Kath and Matt!

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48 Mary Frances May 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Jane, really?
OK, maybe you didn’t intend for your comment to come across judgmental, but if so, have your facts straight first.
* Just this morning in the ‘Super Soaker’ post, currently comment #s 20 & 21 clearly spell out about 12 employees…not even sure if that counts Matt, Karen & Kath.
* Do you honestly believe, what you referred to as, 4 high school girls would be able to run an entire bakery from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. six days per week? Not that they wouldn’t be capable, just that it would not be realistic for four people to consistently run a successful bakery of this type and size for that amount of time. (Also, while Karen might be flattered, I think she is a little older than high school age too :) !!! )
* What about Alex, who was featured on the ‘Bun In The Oven’ post, not even a week ago on May 19th. Surely, you don’t intend to insult him.
* Question, if your business was a bit heavy on one gender and you had a trans sexual individual working for you, would you record the gender to suit your numbers instead of what their preference would be?
It makes me happy I am not the only person who felt compelled to reply to your comment so I don’t have to spell out everything they said, of which I agree with.

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49 Alexa @ Simple Eats May 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I worked at Panera and bagging sliced bread was one of the hardest things! That sandwich looks great!

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50 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

how good do those sandwiches look YUMMO!

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51 SquatLikeALady May 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Ooooh those sandwiches look wonderful!!! And I totally want a spongebath now. Sounds relaxing :D haha

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52 tina @ vanillandspice May 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Very nice! That sandwich looks great.

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53 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

It is my goal to go to my local Great Harvest this week and get a sandwich there!! Can’t wait!!

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54 Allie May 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Yay for training! How awesome that you guys are at this new step for the bakery :)

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55 Hannah May 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

So I knwo bread is the passion and all… but sometimes I think Matt should start his own hat company ;)

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56 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I would love to work for you guys just so that I could have sandwiches on fresh bread all the time! :D

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57 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I realy wish that I could be one of your “Sandwich Wizards”! I would love it

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58 kaila@ healthy helper blog! May 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Sounds like a wonderful sandwich to be your signature one! I wish I could come work on the sandwich team….but I probably wouldn’t be to efficient with all that wonderful food around!

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59 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

That is the perfect classic sandwich! I have been on such a swiss cheese kick lately! :D

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60 Katherine May 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Make me a vegan samich! Lol, so pretty! Make that a cupcake bakery, and you are living my dream!

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61 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

You guys are getting closer and closer!!!

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62 katie @KatieDid May 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm

oooh i’m so jealous they get to work at your bakery! I bet it will be a fun environment for a job, and the sandwiches aren’t a bad perk either!

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63 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yum! Sandwiches are the best :D You can seriously do anything with them! Your bread looks so amazing.

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64 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I wish I could run my own bakery!!! :)

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65 Lu @ A Mix of it All May 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Sponge baths just don’t get the respect they deserve. The sandwiches look amazing! I wish your Great Harvest was closer to me. I would eat one of those sandwiches every day if I could.

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66 McKayla @ Green Groats May 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

SOunds like an exciting day! I’ve always been intrigued by bread slicing machines…great sandwich!

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67 Kristin May 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Those look DELISH! :) Where does your GH get its veggies and meats for sandwiches? Just from the grocery store? And how do you guys know how much to get per week???
Just curious. Wish my GH did sandwiches!

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68 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Veggies are from local farms (when available, but this week our tomatoes + lettuce + eggs are) and unfortunately are meats are all natural but not local or organic – because we cannot find a vendor for those!

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69 Kay @ ditch lazy; get crazy! May 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Oh, Kath! I need a summer job now that school’s out and seeing your sammie crew has me jealous. I would LOVE to work at your GH! Jealous :)

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70 Khushboo May 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

I ordered a turkey and emmenthal sandwich for lunch the other day- if only we were in middle school and could trade sandwiches :)

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71 Lenna May 24, 2011 at 2:01 am

The look at those breads you post alway makes me sooo hungry!!

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72 ariel May 24, 2011 at 6:13 am

Excited for you guys to open! Do you plan to be a GH that ships bread? It would probably be awesome business for you guys, I know i’d be a customer :)

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73 KathEats May 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

We might in time, but not at first

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74 Alyssa May 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

If I lived in Cville I would ask to be a sandwich wizard!

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75 Summer @ Well-rounded Hippie May 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I see that at least one of the Sandwich Wizards are wearing Toms. Nice!

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76 Amykinz May 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hey Kath,
I visited the Great Harvest Bread Co in Woodbury, MN today. Told them I had heard about the company through your site & the owner (Natasha & Bob) was like, “I was just at conference with Kath & sat right next to her!” Thought that was a fun little story! :) I bought some of the Dakota bread to try (I have Gestational Diabetes, so I have to see how it will affect my blood sugar). Anyway, thanks for letting the world know about GHBC. I was getting frustrated w/all the crap in the breads at the stores & my homemade breads not turning out! The Dakota bread is delicious & nutritious!

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77 KathEats May 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Oh how fun! All of the GH owners are so nice :)

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