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Barrio Bread: From Seed to Eat with Owner/Baker Don Guerra
September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$7
Come learn about the process behind Barrio Bread, about growing the local grain economy, and how your purchase of the bread or making it at home supports these efforts. This presentation by Don Guerra includes a bread tasting and a grain milling demo with Barrio Grains.
About the Instructor: Don grew up in the Phoenix area and enjoyed baking with his mother and eating his nana’s tortillas. He attended the University of Arizona to study anthropology and then headed to Flagstaff, Arizona. Don worked in several bakeries before opening The Village Baker of Flagstaff in 1995. A few years later, he moved to Ashland, Oregon to open The Village Baker of Ashland.
After returning to Tucson, Don completed a degree in education and taught K-12 grade students for seven years. As time passed, he yearned to return to the artistry and passion of his baking days and started experimenting with new recipes. A “garage bakery “remodel yielded Barrio Bread in 2009 and the Community Supported Baker was born. Barrio is Spanish for neighborhood, a name he chose since his neighbors were the lucky recipients of his first Tucson loaves. This sense of community is embedded in every aspect of the business.
Don is committed to working with local farmers, chefs, and other food producers to strengthen the local grain economy and grow the local food network. In 2015 he was awarded a USDA Local Food Promotion Grant that significantly helped him to increase collaboration with others and expand production with a new bakery. He has taught a variety of baking classes and presented at conferences and workshops, highlighting his business model and work with heritage grains. Don has consulted in Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States.