The Bench Bakehouse: New bakery opening on Commercial Drive

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There’s nothing like the scent of freshly-baked breads and treats to inspire appetites and more. Now Vancouver’s Commercial Drive will have a new destination for all things baked, thanks to the addition of The Bench Bakehouse.

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Operated by Tracy Steele and Matt Steele, The Bench Bakehouse will be located in Il Mercato at the corner of East 1st Avenue on The Drive.

Focusing on naturally-leavened artisan breads and French-style pastries, the Steeles’ first venture in the biz punctuates the turn in their lives that turned a hobby into a way of life. Tracy and Matt both left their jobs to travel Europe and to study pastry in Paris.

Back in Vancouver, the baking duo have been a presence at local artisanal market events, and have been doing weekly orders online for their growing business.

Now they are pleased to share what they’ve learned and what they do with everyone, and have carried that sentiment to the design of their bakeshop, which is open concept with some seating.

The Bench Bakehouse will use fresh, high-quality ingredients, preparing everything onsite and from scratch. On the menu will be a variety of
traditional and savoury sourdough breads, 100% butter croissants, morning buns, seasonal fruit tarts and daily sandwiches on fresh house-made bread.

With plans to open later this year, The Bench Bakehouse can definitely tempt tastebuds with their Instagram images of what they’re baking up as they prep to launch:

 

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The Bench Bakehouse will be located at 100-1641 Commercial Drive in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom