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Help a neighbor – Donate a Community Loaf

UPDATE – March 15, 2021: To date, we have delivered more than 7,376 fresh Community Loaves to local food banks in Portland and Seattle. Thank you for supporting this program! Updated April 8, 2021 We are SO hopeful about the future. But let’s be honest: Our communities have been hurting. Since the pandemic started in […]


5 Summer Tart Fillings

Baking a rustic free-form fruit tart is an easy way to use up ripe summer fruit and make a memorable dessert. It’s nothing more than fresh fruit tossed with sugar and baked in a pie crust that’s loosely folded around the filling. Now is the time to experiment with flavors and fruit combinations, using what’s […]


Announcing B Corp Certification

To Our Customers: I am pleased to announce that Grand Central Bakery is a Certified B Corporation – and we’re proud to be the first B Corp-certified bakery in the Northwest! For nearly 30 years, we have dedicated ourselves to serving delicious food made from authentic, well-raised ingredients, to creating welcoming places for customers, and to […]


New Summer Fruit Pastries

We bake summer pastries using what’s fresh, local and perfectly ripe – which can change in a heartbeat and vary from location to location, depending on weather and the harvest from local farms. Here are a few highlights from the last two weeks. To keep up and never miss a favorite, follow us on Instagram […]


Grand Central Supports Pedal Power

  Bike month is here! Our employees are saddling up for bike challenges in Seattle and Portland and we’re excited to share our love of cycling with our customers through May and beyond. How do we support pedal power? We give out free baguettes on Bike to Work Day/Bike Everywhere Day. Visit us by bike […]


2017 Community Grant Winners

Over the years, Grand Central Bakery has generously supported neighborhood and school fund raisers, donated leftover bread to food pantries, and directed dollars to a range of worthy nonprofits. In 2017, we felt it was time for a more targeted approach to our giving. We did two things: To support volunteering by our employees, we established Community Time, […]


Field Notes from Mudbone Grown

On a tidy plot next to the Oregon Food Bank’s headquarters, Shantae Johnson and Arthur Shavers grow food crops. But as they go about the routine work of weeding, tilling, planting and harvesting, they’re breaking down racial barriers, creating a place where skills are shared and empty pantries are filled with fresh vegetables. Grand Central’s […]


Baking With Mr. Gates

Earlier this summer, Mel Darbyshire got a call from the WSU Bread Lab a few hours north of Seattle. Would she be able to come up and bake bread for a special guest? And that’s how Grand Central’s head baker ended up spending an afternoon with Bill Gates. This top-secret visit was Gates’ deep dive […]


Change Menus, Change Lives

In 2001, farm-to-table dining was in its infancy in Portland, led by pioneering chefs like Greg Higgins and Cory Schreiber. The idea of buying food directly from farmers and considering how ingredients were grown was new and novel. At Grand Central, we were busy running a growing artisan bakery. But as we started hearing about […]


Hello there, Shrimp Roll

Guest post from Robb Hengerer, Grand Central’s Portland kitchen manager. Where I grew up in the Northeast, shrimp rolls and lobster rolls defined a proper summer lunch. So it was sad news when, last summer, we decided not to put the Oregon Shrimp Roll on Grand Central’s cafe menu. We had heard from our fishermen that the Oregon catch numbers were too […]