Hayes Valley Bakeworks: Baking for Good

  • By Camila McHugh
  • Wed Jul 4th, 2012 4:00am
  • DiningEat
Baked goods that do good.

Sure, you can switch out sugar with agave nectar, butter with low-fat yogurt, or throw in some whole wheat flour, but it's hard to make baked goods truly guilt-free. Hayes Valley Bakeworks may have an edge on how to make you feel good about yourself while nomming on a wedge of Four Barrel Coffee cake or licking the icing of a maple bacon cinnamon roll off your fingers.

Hayes Valley Bakeworks is a nonprofit bakery and café started by Toolworks, a local NGO that offers professional and vocational training and other support to individuals living with disabilities. Bakeworks will be staffed by people involved in Toolworks programs, allowing them not only to gain work experience and training, but also to build up their confidence in their own abilities.

Beyond this mission, Bakeworks is created to be a place for community. It can be your spot to grab iced coffee before heading over to Del Popolo's somehow still-secret no-line location a few blocks over. Or it can even be your pizzeria, with a daily pizza — on a signature potato quinoa crust — sold by the slice or half-baked to finish at home. We would also come back to do some work over a Morning Porridge Bowl ($4) which features a changing selection of hot grain cereals and toppings.

We're most excited about the Celebrity Soups program. This month Sean Baker of Gather, Justin Nilson of Soup to Cake, and Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi will each contribute a recipe for the kitchen to prepare. These local food industry icons will also meet with the Bakeworks staff to explore the possibility of a career in the food industry.

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