Meet Samantha Moitke of Mayfield Bakery and Cafe in Palo Alto. We caught up with Executive Pastry Chef Moitke at the first food and technology event called BiTESV at Santa Clara.
Moitke was part of the original team when Mayfield Bakery and Cafe opened. In this interview we spoke about the food served in the bakery and cafe, a typical day in her life at the bakery and her favorite places to eat in Silicon Valley. Manresa Bread of Los Gatos was on the top of her list.
We caught up the talented Avery Ruzicka, head baker and partner of Manresa Bread in Los Gatos, CA at the BiteSV conferencein Santa Clara. BiteSV was the first food and technology conference that was held in June 2015 in Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara.
Chef/Owner David Kinch heads Manresa, a Michelin-starred restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews. About a couple of years ago Ruzicka started selling her bread at local farmers market in Campbell and Palo Alto. Then about a year ago Chef Kinch and Ruzicka decided to take the plunge and open a bakery right next to the restaurant. Manresa Bread opened in February 2015 and has already acquired devoted followers.
LISTEN TO AVERY RUZICKA OF MANRESA BREAD
In this interview we talk to Ruzicka about how she got into baking and what led her to start a bakery? We also wanted to find out about the artisanal bread trend in the San Francisco Bay area. We were also curious to find out how she gets her loaves is such perfect shape? We also wanted to find out what tips she had for bakers, especially those that are just starting off. Don’t be afraid when it comes to baking and bread dough is very forgiving were some of her tips. And yes, we did talk to her about Chef Kinch and what is it about Manresa’s food that draws so many people to its restaurant? Finally, we could not resist – we had to ask her about Superbowl 50 since we were recording the interview at Levi’s Stadium, the venue of Superbowl 50.
Manresa Bread is located at 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos,CA.
Here is a short video interview with Avery Ruzicka.