In-house Bakery Thrives Off Campus

Published in FSD Update

Sweet treats from Azusa Pacific’s off-campus bakery.

As the 10,000-student Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif., has grown, real estate has been harder and harder to come by. By last summer, things had gotten so tight that Director of Hospitality Services Samuel Samaan decided to take a bold step. He chose to move his bakery off campus, to the community of Glendora, about three miles away.

The move has paid off, so much so that Samaan opened a retail outlet on the site. The Glendora Café and Bakery has become a local destination, as well as a lab for the Azusa Pacific business students who work there as interns.

“We had no more real estate we could dedicate for production,” says Samaan, who explains that his department produces all of its own baked goods from scratch. “Our bakers were working in the same kitchen that services one of our dining halls, and they were confined to about 300 square feet of space. We didn’t have the right equipment or the right tools.”

The space the bakery now inhabits, which itself was a commercial bakery until the 1990s, has 10 times that production space and proper equipment to match. And the café helps to offset some of the bakery’s operating costs, while at the same time creating a new dining venue for Glendora residents.

“The location was a very popular bakery back in the ’80s and ’90s, and there were a lot of memories here for residents,” Samaan says. “We’ve
tried to capture all those good stories while also creating a new experience for the community.”

The café serves Peet’s Coffee, along with a variety of bagels, croissants, breakfast sandwiches, cakes, pies and other baked goods.

Each week, the bakery produces 650 dozen large muffins, 650 dozen hamburger buns, 600 dozen sandwich rolls, 250 dozen loaves of bread and 800 dozen cookies for use in the dining halls. In addition, the bakery creates special-occasion desserts such as fruit tarts and gourmet-style cupcakes for campus events and meetings. 

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion
Shedd Aquarium White Sox Shedd The Straw

The Chicago White Sox have partnered with the Shedd Aquarium to support their “Shedd the Straw” initiative: a plan that the groups expect to curb the use of plastic straws by about 215,000 this baseball season.

Beginning on Earth Day, April 22, drinks at all dining locations throughout the Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field will not be automatically served with plastic straws. Guests will be provided with biodegradable straws upon request. Guaranteed Rate Field is said to be the first in Major League Baseball to ban the use of plastic straws.

“At one of Shedd Aquarium’s local...

Industry News & Opinion

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation, a philanthropic group that aims to create a more sustainable food system in New England, has announced its creation of the New England Food Vision Prize .

The foundation is inviting foodservice leaders from colleges and universities throughout New England to submit their ideas on how to create a stronger food system that will help the region produce at least half of its own food by 2060.

Qualifying ideas must be collaborative and replicable, among other requirements. The foundation hopes that by reaching out to large food purchasers, like...

Industry News & Opinion
CP building

Central Point School District in Central Point, Ore., is sprucing up its lunch program by adding more locally produced foods and scratch-made dishes, KDRV reports.

A nutritionist and chef from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council trained school staff on 15 new recipes with the goal of upgrading the school lunch menu.

The ongoing project has been successfully implemented in other Oregon school districts over the last eight years. The trainings focus on Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA nutrition standards and incorporate locally sourced...

Industry News & Opinion

Carson City School District in Carson City, Nev., hosted its Breakfast with a Hero event this week, Carson Now reports.

Held at an elementary school, the event invited local law enforcement to serve breakfast and eat with students. Officials say the event was intended to help students connect and engage with local officers in a casual setting.

Read the full story via carsonnow.org .

Photo by Dan Davis at Carson City School District

FSD Resources