Contemporary out of the oven, a brand new enterprise is coming to Yellow Springs. Opening quickly is the Yellow Springs Baking Firm, situated within the coronary heart of the Millworks enterprise middle.
The Yellow Springs Baking Firm is getting down to be the village’s latest hub for artisanal and handmade breads, empanadas, soups, pastries, baked sweets and extra.
Though a tough date for the official ribbon chopping hasn’t been set, the brand new enterprise has however drummed up an excellent quantity of native enthusiasm round their edible wares. As a part of an prolonged comfortable opening, the baking firm opened its doorways to the general public the previous two weekends.
In keeping with co-owner and proprietor Rob Houk, the comfortable openings have been a rousing success. Between the 2 weekends, scores of villagers and guests alike got here by to get a style of the restricted menu, which featured generously glazed cinnamon buns, a smattering of empanada varieties, deep-dish quiches and a hearty bean and kale soup.
“The turn-out and common responses have been extremely encouraging,” Houk advised the Information.
“We’ve been listening to lots of people throw across the phrase ‘superb,’ which to me, signifies we’re doing one thing proper.”
Houk stated that social media, an area curiosity and the word-of-mouth promotion among the many village’s foodies have been what introduced the majority of the gang to his comfortable openings.
Although the actual secret to the baking firm’s preliminary recognition, Houk stated, is his spouse/enterprise accomplice’s culinary experience.
“That is my ardour,” Karina Tafolla — co-owner and head chef on the new enterprise — advised the Information in a latest interview. “I like baking and cooking — however right here, I’m attempting to make one thing extra refined.”
Tafolla, who was born and raised in Mexico, stated cooking has all the time been a household affair. A few of her earliest recollections contain her working within the household kitchen along with her grandmother. Later, she stated her dad and mom would host dinner events for household, pals and neighbors.
“Right here, on the Yellow Springs Baking Firm, I need to put a twist on every kind of conventional recipes utilizing my background and my heritage,” Tafolla stated.
And that background isn’t only a cultural one — it’s additionally technical. Within the early 2000s, Tafolla earned a level from the Morelia Institute of Expertise in pc engineering. Years later, after she immigrated to the U.S. and landed in Pasadena, Calif., Tafolla stored her ardour for cooking on the again burner to work in info processing, largely coping with property administration and inspection.
That’s when she met Houk — a local of Enon, Ohio, and a Greenon Excessive Faculty alumni — who additionally discovered himself in Southern California round that point. Working as a licensed contractor rehabbing and reworking properties, Houk’s path crossed with Tafolla’s one fateful day.
“We clicked immediately,” Houk stated.
Quickly after the couple obtained married in 2014, Tafolla’s curiosity within the culinary arts started to resurface. She enrolled within the famed Le Cordon Bleu culinary faculty in Pasadena. It was an intensive yearlong program, she stated, involving a smorgasbord of hyper-specialized programs and volunteer stints in various high-end kitchens all through Pasadena and Los Angeles.
“At Le Cordon Bleu, I used to be in a position to study from totally different cooks from all over the world,” Tafolla stated.
“Japanese, English, French and different cooks from throughout. However the chef who taught me probably the most was from Thailand. I discovered about utilizing every kind of spices, find out how to combine them and which spices pair with others.”
Upon graduating from culinary faculty, Tafolla spent the next 12 months persevering with to volunteer and work in upscale eating places across the metropolis, typically as a visitor chef.
“The meals was good even earlier than she graduated,” Houk stated. “She’s simply all the time had this superb means to know meals and what works. However nonetheless, she obtained higher and higher. I’ve all the time recognized she was much better at her work than I used to be at mine.”
Then, in late 2017, Tafolla and Houk moved to Yellow Springs.
“Yellow Springs simply made lots of sense to us,” Houk stated. “It was a pleasant change to go from a metropolis of just about 4 million — with what pals we had residing over 40 minutes away. Now, I don’t need to commute to see my pals or argue with my neighbor.”
After the transfer, Tafolla discovered work heading the kitchen of St. Anne de Tart, a now-closed bakery and occasional store in Dayton. Later, she discovered a job nearer to dwelling, working as a baker at Yellow Springs’ personal Present Delicacies for a bit over a 12 months, starting in early 2020.
With the reprieve from routine supplied by the early pandemic months, Tafolla and Houk discovered themselves with extra time to think about a longtime dream of theirs: beginning a baking firm.
“The village simply made sense for this sort of factor — personally and professionally,” Houk stated. “We thought that lots of people right here may respect what Karina can do.”
Initially, the couple had their eyes on the previous Miami Township hearth station on Corry Avenue as a possible website for the longer term baking firm, however after its sale to native comic Dave Chappelle for a comedy membership, Houk and Tafolla needed to return to the drafting board.
Late in 2020, they discovered a gap on the Millworks enterprise middle within the north finish of the village. By January 2021, the couple signed a lease for an area nestled between Millworks tenants EnviroFlight and Tuck-N-Pink’s Spirits & Wines, simply down the gravel lane from the Yellow Springs Brewery.
The Yellow Springs Baking Firm was born.
Drawing from his previous expertise in development, and enlisting the assistance of native builder and baker Frank Doden, Houk quickly set to work reworking the area to accommodate a completely purposeful kitchen. Within the months since January, Houk and Doden have outfitted the area with wiring, plumbing and all of the skilled gear and home equipment — largely chrome steel — to, as Houk stated, “enable Karina to do what she does finest.”
“I see this as a possibility to construct a brand new livelihood round Karina’s skillset that I consider will actually join with folks,” Houk stated.
Now, with the kitchen totally completed, Doden is approaching as a 3rd co-owner and part-time prepare dinner, and Houk is stepping right into a extra “boots-on-the-ground” managerial position.
“I’m right here to ensure that the cooks have the most effective setting to create,” he stated. “I'll attempt to handle the whole lot that occurs exterior of the kitchen — whether or not that’s conserving observe of the books, washing sheet pans, mopping flooring or ordering substances. I’m simply attempting to make it simpler for them to do what they do.”
In a latest interview, Doden advised the Information he’s now trying ahead to the artistic alternatives working on the Yellow Springs Baking Firm will afford him.
“I like making laminated issues,” Doden stated. “So, from me, folks can count on croissants and danishes and issues of that nature. I additionally make British-style savory pies — I hope to make each individual-sized pies in addition to family-sized pies with a wide range of fillings. And there are some cookies that I’d wish to toss in every so often.”
Taken collectively, Doden and Tafolla’s recipes quantity to a singular intersection of culinary types that they see as a form of cultural fusion — a coming collectively of various views and gastronomic talent units: Doden along with his Western European-inspired fashion of baking, and Tafolla along with her steady of Central American-style recipes and lifelong experiences in kitchens throughout the continent.
“We come from totally different communities, totally different cultures. We now have totally different [kinds of] creativity,” Tafolla stated. “You'll be able to all the time study one thing new from another person.”
Owing to those components, Houk stated he expects the menu to alter and evolve over time.
“I’m not going to presume to know what the market of Yellow Springs needs proper from the beginning,” he stated. “We'll regulate our choices as folks inform us. I believe that in Yellow Springs, folks will inform us what they need — both by their wallets or face-to-face feedback.”
However these adjustments, Houk stated, are down the street. Following the final two weekends of soppy openings, the trio continues to be ironing out what they need the baking firm’s menu to function completely.
“Initially, we’ll be fairly restricted,” Houk stated.
Along with the menu, Houk stated the logistics of operating the Yellow Springs Baking Firm are nonetheless being decided. With no dine-in choice, the trio envisions their operations predominantly involving carryout and preorders. Upon the completion of the Yellow Springs Baking Firm’s web site — which Houk stated is within the last levels of growth — clients will place their orders virtually solely on-line.
“We need to preserve it easy for the client,” Houk stated. “We’re having it developed so you possibly can order and pay on-line, versus simply seeing a web-based picture after which calling in to order what you noticed. For us, it’ll be ‘click on, click on, click on,’ after which come and choose up your meals.”
Houk stated he imagines an occasional exception can be made for these with restricted entry to know-how.
“However for some objects, like marriage ceremony muffins or muffins with customized ornament, even some breads, we'll need you to order over 24 hours prematurely,” Tafolla stated.
“In lots of methods, we see ourselves form of like a meals truck with out wheels,” Houk stated. “However as an alternative of going as much as a window, you are able to do it from the comfort of your pc or telephone.”
Within the meantime, whereas the Yellow Springs Baking Firm continues its weekly comfortable openings, Houk, Tafolla and Doden encourage clients merely to stroll as much as their brick and mortar to put their orders.
In keeping with them, one of the best ways to maintain up with the corporate’s weekly hours, choices and any specials is thru their social media — on Fb at fb.com/yellowspringsbakingco and on Instagram at @ysbakingco. For now, orders may also be positioned by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The official opening is ready for early 2022, and an announcement will seem in a future difficulty of the Information.