Duke’s Chowder House Very Own Baker – The Essential Baking:
Our founder, George DePasquale, plays a vibrant role at The Essential Baking Company. His passion for excellent bread steams form his childhood in New York where he frequently baked with his mom. At the age of 18, he moved to San Francisco to further develop his baking skills and learned about wild yeast and the important role it plays in giving artisan bread its deep, complex flavor. Twenty years later he moved to Seattle and opened The Essential Baking Company, where he continues to hone his skills in the bakery every day.
From humble beginnings at local farmers’ markets to becoming the largest artisan bakery in Seattle, our commitment to organic, sustainable and socially responsible practices has never wavered. Our artisan loaves are created in small batches with great attention and care by experienced bakers. Wild yeast, hearth-baked ovens, and only the best USDA organic ingredient have you superior quality and distinctive flavors you can count on time and time again.