Every now and then, I have the pleasure of being presented with an idea that is so fun and quirky, I cannot help but get positively giddy over it. Bring Us Bread was formed over the love of pre-dinner bread service; something we can all identify with. Susan Fisher and Meg Weichman noticed that the world was lacking a bread database for people to access. This is important because people obviously NEED to know what to expect when dining out. These lovely ladies are now not only having a blast sampling Northern Michigan’s best breads, but they are fortunate enough to have an excuse to go out to dinner more often.
Both Fisher and Weichman work full time for the Traverse City Film Festival and share a love for Traverse City and the surrounding areas. Currently, their bread operation is only taking place in these areas, however, they are accepting submissions from friends who travel and live in other areas. Look forward to their blog publishing these submissions in the near future. These ladies are certainly not opposed to taking their love of bread around the world.
So let’s get down to the real question of interest here; what makes a good bread basket? As it would turn out, a lot of things go into making these various baskets of delight. First of all, what is the quality and freshness of the bread like? Was it baked in-house? Locally? What is the texture? Is it soft? Are there a variety of breads in this basket? Another item of importance to be measured is the variety of essential adornments that come with the bread basket. Is the butter soft, seasoned, or salted? Are there any fun spreads that come with the bread? Are the oils and vinegars unique and tasty? It is also important to gauge the amount of bread in the basket. Was it enough? Did you have to ask for refills? Were you given the judgmental “stink”, aka “carb”, eye? And of course, the overall experience needs to be rated. Was the wait-staff helpful in the experience? How was the bread presented? Was the bread basket a priority and an opportunity for creativity or just thrown together as an afterthought? Now many of you may have originally scoffed at this seemingly simplistic bread experience, but now you know, it is much more involved than that.
Though these ladies are just getting started, they have already deemed Trattoria Stella‘s bread basket as the winner in Traverse City, with Pearl’s coming in as a close second. They haven’t found a bread basket that they didn’t like just yet, which excites me as a Traverse City local. One of the best parts about starting this blog is that Fisher and Weichman have been receiving tips from locals and readers about where the best bread is located and where they should head next.
The ladies of Bring Us Bread recognize the bread basket as “a real opportunity for creative expression” and a means to know what to expect for the rest of the meal. It really sets the tone and has the ability to excite customers about the rest of their meal. I couldn’t agree more, a well thought out bread basket has the power to energize people and create high expectations for a great meal. Check out Bring Us Bread’s Facebook, website, and Twitter to see who they have evaluated already and where they plan to go next.
Do you have any restaurant suggestions for the ladies of Bring Us Bread to check out? Where is your favorite bread basket located?