Wednesday Nov 18 2020
Have you heard the GREAT news?! The Naborhood Bakery & Café doors are open once again. Sadly, with the COVID-19 crisis, this Gardner Village cornerstone was forced to close. Until not so long ago, when Christine Mason helped the business RISE.
Introducing… Rise at Gardner Village!
With Good Day Catering, Christine has been a food-based business owner for 20 years. Two years ago, she expanded on her business to include the downtown location of Rise by Good Day Bakery. When Christine saw the gorgeous bakery space available at Gardner Village, she decided to open a second Rise location. Pandemic or not, she felt the opportunity too good to resist.
“It’s Gardner Village,” Christine said with a smile. “I’ve always loved this place. I used to bring my children here, and now I visit with my grandchildren. It holds such a special place in my heart. Plus, I hate to see a good bakery go to waste.”
Of course, when your primary business is catering and a pandemic hits, it forces you to look at options.
“My catering business was having a record year when COVID hit,” Christine recalled. “Expanding Rise was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but it felt necessary. I have many really good employees, but there simply wasn’t work for them. Now there is! And people still want breads and pastries, even in a pandemic. Bakeries fill that need.”
Amen to that! Now more than ever, comfort food seems a must. And that’s just what you’ll find on the Rise menu, typical bakery and café favorites (soup, sandwiches, salad, pizza, baked delights, etc).
Beyond traditional menu items, Rise offers unique Polish imports. Christine is a first generation American who loves sharing her Polish heritage with the Salt Lake community.
“Just the other night, I took home some beet soup and pierogi,” Christine said. “It was such an easy dinner to prepare. Pierogi are potato, cheese, and onion dumplings. They go perfectly with the soup. And the soda, which is made from natural cane sugar, is a tasty way to wash it all down.”
Yum! Want to make it a full Polish meal experience? Add dessert. You’ll find freshly baked goods popular in Poland, including paczki, a filled pastry similar to bizmarks. Flavors include plumb, rose, and cream.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Naborhood Bakery without delicious Parkerhouse Rolls (butter flake and orange). Christine learned this almost by accident.
“Our customers want these rolls,” Christine laughed. “We didn’t originally offer them, but we got so many calls and requests that we quickly changed our ways. We listen to our customers and adapt. That’s what you have to do, now more than ever. We’re glad we responded. The rolls really are amazing!”
The bread available at Rise is almost too pretty to eat.
Check out the flour design on this loaf. Christine kindly shared her secret for this wow factor.
Step 1: Spritz your bread with water before you bake it.
Step 2: Position your stencil and add flour.
Step 3: Remove the stencil and bake your bread as you normally would. The design will stick. Neat!
Pro Tip: Home Depot offers great stencil options.
ADDING COMFORT TO THANKSGIVING
Christine brings a unique perspective, years of experience, and a genuine passion to all she does. Gardner Village is so thankful for her and all of the small business owners who work so hard to fill our small shops with fresh ideas, friendly faces, one-of-a-kind products, and personalized touches you simply won’t find online. Now’s an ideal time to show these business owners what they mean to our community. Stop by for some holiday shopping. While you’re at it, grab a quick bite at Rise, take a cool Polish treat for the road, and, of course, get some bread and rolls for your Thanksgiving meal.