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Freeze bread now, enjoy it later

Freezing bread is a great way to make it last longer and ensure that you always have delicious toast to butter in the morning or sandwich bread on hand for lunch. It’s also a smart way to prepare for the holidays. Freezing bread and rolls will save shopping trips and ensure you have everything you […]



Dry out bread to make delicious stuffing Homemade bread cubes make a big difference in the texture and flavor of stuffing. The better the bread, the better your stuffing. Make our Classic Stuffing Recipe It’s important to use dried bread so it can absorb all the flavorful liquid ingredients in your stuffing. Making bread cubes […]


Pay it forward with a Community Loaf

Our Community Loaf program helps address hunger in our communities. Since it started in late 2020, this partnership with our customers and local food banks has been a huge success! What is it? The Community Loaf is a donation that allows customers to pay it forward. You can purchase Community Loaves at any Grand Central […]


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 […]