GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The dough is rising and the ovens are just getting heated up!
Voyageurs Sourdough is celebrating a grand opening for their new bakehouse. The baking experts are hand-crafting bread with local grains right here in Green Bay. One of the unique traits about Voyageurs is the fact they pride themselves on using local Wisconsin grains and products.
The vision for the bakehouse began when owners Ben Cadman and his wife Celeste began baking bread in the kitchen of St. Judes Parish. After gaining quite a following in the surrounding area, they decided they wanted to expand their operation and turn it into a full time business. Now, they have a new location- The Railyard District off Broadway.
“My husband is English so he looks at things from the ‘high street’ perspective, that you may have in England where there’s always a bakery,” said Celeste Parins, co-owner of Voyageurs Sourdough. “There’s a multitude of them and we really wanted to bring that essence back into Green Bay.”
With a big enough space to bake bread and accommodate hungry customers, Voyageurs is hoping to bring the community together with one bite at a time. By dining in, visitors can choose from a full menu that includes a plethora of sandwiches, breads, coffees and desserts. They can also catch a glimpse of the artful process of creating sourdough bread.
“These local ingredients are really important to us,” says Parins. “We also want to support our local economy, our local growers, farmers, people who are really trying to make this place great. We feel that if we can take their produce and their ingredients and transform it in a way that respects the integrity of that ingredient and that we are really honoring their work and also putting it on display, so to speak.”
The sourdough they bake is truly hand-crafted; meaning the majority of the work is done by hand. The rise in the loaf is created by the use of a wild yeast starter- there has never been any commercial or powdered yeast used in their products.
And if you can’t make it in-person to the bakehouse, they also deliver.
“We wanted to see if we could get some interest through delivering bread to people’s homes- the way that things used to be done in the past,” said Parins. “The milk would arrive on your front doorstep, we wanted to do the same with bread.”
Voyageurs Sourdough Bakehouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.