Come & Decorate a Cake with Us!

You know what the the 1st of October means?!?  Time to dial up that spirit, beginning with the fall variety and quickly followed by the holiday variety.  We’ve got just the thing to help!

Join us for an evening of spiced cake with pumpkin buttercream frosting, a plethora of decorating tools, plus our expert tutelage…not to mention old friends, new friends, bubbly, cheese and crackers.  We’re thinking we’ll be ready to face the end of 2016 after a night like this!

$130 is your ticket to fall spirit (all included), so RSVP now to reserve a spot.  Tell all of your friends too!  We’re hosting a class in San Francisco on October 9th and Berkeley on October 15th, so the bay can’t keep you from spirit!!  Note: this is a basics class, so if you can’t begin to decorate a cake, but would like to learn, this is the class for you!  Here are the details:


Call Kita at 415-952-8160 (she can also help you with catering if so desire ;)) or email her at  She’ll get your information and answer questions you may have.  Hope to see you for some cake!

~ Emily

The Bakery Life: Countdown to Thanksgiving

Happy November!  We’ve been getting in to the holiday spirit via smells of baking pumpkin, apples, and butternut squash.  The weather helps too with it dipping into the blustery 50’s at night!

If you want to leave dessert to us, we highly suggest that you pre-order your goodies for pick up the two days before Thanksgiving.  The earlier the better!  While we plan to have desserts on hand these two days for last minute grabs, they may go quickly.

If you plan on doing it all yourself, we can help with frozen bake-at-home helpers, such as pie shells, pie dough, and unbaked buttermilk biscuits.  Shhhh…we won’t tell.

Here’s our lineup:



To pre-order, simply stop by, call, or email ( your order by November 22nd.  Note: If you leave a message or send an email to place an order, your order will not be complete until you hear back from us, and we take your credit card information.  Another note: These desserts will be available all month long for special order.  We just need 24 hour notice.

Here are a few other photos to help your cravings…

Harvest Pie
Harvest Pie
Apple Crostata
Apple Crostata
9-Grain Dinner Rolls
9-Grain Dinner Rolls
One of our gift packages for the holiday season...can be customized to you!
One of our gift packages for the holiday season…can be customized to you!

Thanksgiving Hours:

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, as well as the day after, Friday, November 27th.  We will be open regular business hours (6:30am-6pm daily) all other days Thanksgiving week.

Thanksgiving & Holiday Gift Baskets – we have a number of pretty holiday gift packs that are prefect for hostess gifts, corporate gifts, teacher treats, friends and family.   We can customize them too.  Just ask, reserve ahead, and we’ll have them ready for pick up at your convenience!

~ Happy Holidays from Flour & Co!


The Bakery Life: Progress Report Berkeley

We’re nearing the countdown and so the lists that only get longer, not shorter, begin.

This was our weekend in a nutshell:

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Can you guess what this is for?
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Getting some new wheels and some elbow grease

We’re heads down, so there isn’t a lot to say, but there’s plenty to look at!

The cases
The cases
Hello - what goodie can we get for you???
Hello – what goodie can we get for you???

You’ll see it in person in no time, sans ladders and brooms.  We’re beginning to train our team on Thursday for an October opening!

Until next time…

~ Emily

The Bakery Life: It’s Starting to Look Like Flour & Co!

The construction sight at 1398 University Avenue in Berkeley is soon going to undeniably look and feel like Flour & Co.  We were seeing major hints of the warm colors and earthy tones this past week.  Wood seemed to be the week’s theme.

The big picture
The big picture

Our wood tables, bread shelves, and baked goods case were delivered by our carpenter extraordinaire, Pascal’s Workshop.

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Gorge maple tables
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Bread shelves minus warm out of the oven bread
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Picture it filled monkey bread, toasty tarts, and good old buttermilk biscuits

Ryan spent the majority of the weekend refurbishing wood tables.  We also sanded and sealed some long wood planks for a dining room design element (you won’t be able to miss it!).

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Sanded, oiled, and ready for dough
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you will have to wait and see

Garret at California Epoxy spent the last few weeks refinishing the floors.  They are looking dynamite!

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Oh, but that’s not all.  Lights are coming on, water is being plumbed, walls are being painted, the credit card is getting more exercise than it can handle, and we started interviewing our future teammates today.

With September approaching, we’re going to be intensely working the next few weeks to ready the space, people, and baked goodies.  Before you know it, you’ll smell cinnamon swirl bread baking in our ovens!  Can’t wait to share it.

~ Emily


The Bakery Life: Cool Caffeination on Tap at Flour & Co Berkeley

Does this not make you want to drink cold brew by the gallon??

The Growler of Cold Brew available in the near future at Flour & Co Berkeley
The Growler of Cold Brew available in the near future at Flour & Co Berkeley

I was excited when I opened the mail yesterday to find these.  We’ll fill them and refill them, on demand, with our oh-so-smooth Stumptown Cold Brew.  Okay — we have a ways to go before you can fill ‘er up, but when you can, it will be a beautiful thing.

Cold Brew

Need I say more??  Coming this fall at Flour & Co Berkeley.

Progress pictures coming next!

~ Emily

The Bakery Life: We’re Hiring – Flour & Co Berkeley

We’re hiring!  With a planned opening by October 1st (crossing fingers), Flour & Co Berkeley (1398 University Ave) is about to get real. That’s why we’re looking for some dynamos to join our already dynamic team.

The team on a Saturday - having some fun
Some of our past dynamos!
Our team earlier this year at the SF Food Bank, sorting apples
A volunteer outing as a team

Are you a fit???  Well, are you a person who enjoys people?  Are you team-oriented?  Are you positive-minded?  Do you like feeling accomplished at the end of each workday?  Do you love baking or at least have a great appreciation for eating delicious baked goods?  Do you have high expectations of yourself and others?  How about lots of energy to go around? In other words, negative nellies need not apply.

Here’s what’s open:

Evening Bread Bakers – bread baking experience required; passion for bread baking preferred; shift starts at 6pm

Retail Team Members – must be a ‘people person’ who excels at multi-tasking and loves keeping busy

Production Team Lead – baking production and supervisory experience a must + must love to bake

Bakers – professional baking experience preferred; must have the ability to work quickly with a high degree of accuracy and pride

Dishwasher/Bussers – must be clean, organized, and on the ball

Prep Cook – prep experience required; sandwich making experience preferred

Driver – valid drivers license, clean record, safe, polished with people

If you’d like to join our team, send you resume to  In the email, note your #1 and #2 position desired, your hourly wage requirement, and tell us why you want to work at Flour & Co. Paste your resume in your email. Attachments will not be read.

Due to the potential number of respondents, we will not be able to respond to each person who applies, but we will review each application. If you don’t hear from us within 2 weeks, we thank you for your interest and will keep your resume on file for future needs.


The Bakery Life: Progress makes perfect…with the help of a fab GC

A day filled with ordering table legs, frantically trying to find a marble company that will install on time, and contacting the stainless steel company for the 12th time for yet another request is about status quo these days.  In the vein of trying to save money, I do it to myself.  Thank goodness for my General Contractor, Echo Summit Construction, who has a strong hold on the rest of the project…the majority of the project.

A GC can make you or break you, and in my case it’s a make you.  You may remember that last time (Flour & Co Hyde) I used ACI as my GC.  I loved working with them, but they tend to work on bigger projects.  So, how lucky was I that an old and dear colleague was just breaking off to start his own business.  Win-win!

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Chris Brown (Partner), Kevin Ann Jordan (Dir of Ops), and Levi Hunt (Partner) of Echo Summit Construction…at Echo Lake

Levi Hunt and his partner, Chris Brown (also an old colleague), started Echo Summit Construction to focus on restaurant buildouts in the Bay Area.  They both have a slew of related experience, managing restaurants, working for GCs, and working for a restaurant group in facilities which included managing new restaurant build-outs.  They have a great perspective from both sides.  It’s their super power and it packs the biggest punch of them all.

So, it’s easy to see why my project is full steam ahead and on schedule (after permitting which was far from on schedule).  Thanks to Levi and Chris for getting ‘er done and splitting seconds (another super power).

Here’s the progress…

The new sidewalk/entrance - where was I when the cement was wet??
The new sidewalk/entrance – where was I when the cement was wet??
The kitchen line
The kitchen line
Freezer walk-in, in progress
Freezer walk-in, in progress
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The retail counter taking shape

Next up: floors, paint, finishes, equipment.

The Bakery Life: Breaking Ground on Flour & Co Berkeley

Lookie here…now doesn’t this look like a little old permit for which we’ve been waiting months!?!?permit

I (and probably you too) was starting to wonder if these coming soon signs would ever come down.

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Coming soon…

Wonder no more.  The ground has been broken!  But first…some pictures of the kitchen empty (after lots of sorting, moving, and trashing).  Phew!

Clearing the space out for construction
Ryan clearing the space out for construction

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And the retail area with lots of stuff (but not for long!)…

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Check out this progress!  Impressive for only a couple weeks.  Eeek!  This is moving quickly!  Exciting and terrifying!  So much to do.

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What’s next??  Well, with an early fall opening date, we’re diving into the project with details like ordering lights and tile to planning the logistics of baking in this kitchen.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, really.  Stay tuned for more on the play by play.

I’ll leave you with the cutest picture of them all.  Andy, helping us with the floor plans.

Andy approves

We can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!  Oh – and we really can’t wait to share all of our baked goodies…warm and gooey out of the oven!

~ Emily