Midvale • The kitchen boasts 3,200 sq. toes of cooking house. There’s an enormous oven, industrial mixers, walk-in fridges and an extended butcher block desk for making pumpkin bread, bacon chipotle caramel corn and rosemary lemon sables.
However that’s not one of the best factor about Flourish Bakery’s new residence in Midvale, stated Government Director Aimee Altizer. “It’s going to permits us to rent new interns and proceed to develop.”
That’s one thing the nonprofit bakery — a culinary coaching and rehabilitation program for individuals recovering from habit or incarceration — has not been in a position to do for almost a 12 months.
It was going to be troublesome to discover a industrial kitchen with workplace and classroom house in Utah’s aggressive actual property market. Add to that the must be close to public transportation, because the bakery interns often have misplaced their driver licenses or don’t have autos to get to and from work.
After which the recipe received sophisticated by a pandemic.
Flourish Bakery operated in a short lived house at Salt Lake Metropolis’s Odyssey Home whereas it seemed for a everlasting residence, Altizer stated. It continued to make and promote cookies, pies and breads — in addition to soups, sandwiches and different savory objects — at farmers markets, from its meals truck and thru its website.
The unknown future — and the small house — was troublesome for intern Dennis Sisneros, who has been sober for almost two years. “It’s been robust,” he stated, “and pushed our endurance.”
But it surely additionally reminded him — as soon as once more — methods to face challenges.
It was the coronavirus shutdown that in the end led Flourish to the industrial kitchen at 752 W. Middle St. in Midvale (behind the Cricket Wi-fi retailer).
When giant occasions had been canceled, the catering firm that had as soon as leased the house was compelled to shut, stated Altizer. The constructing got here on the rental market on the finish of July, and by mid-August Flourish Bakery had signed a brand new contract.
“The spot picked us,” she stated, including that it got here with all the pieces this system wanted, from storage and classroom house to industrial home equipment. “It’s the best reward that we don’t need to buy kitchen tools.”
It additionally has a central location — on a UTA bus line and 5 blocks from a TRAX station. That may enable the bakery to broaden its buyer base into the south valley of Salt Lake County, stated Altizer, a educated pastry chef who labored at a number of Utah eating places and resorts earlier than changing into an Episcopal priest.
She mixed her passions two years in the past when she helped launch Flourish Bakery with 5 interns, two instructors and several other volunteers.
To be employed, interns have to be in restoration, attend remedy and addiction-recovery conferences, and do the opposite onerous work wanted to stay sober. In return, they work 32 to 40 hours per week at Flourish Bakery, incomes $12 an hour. This permits them to pay hire, purchase meals and canopy different bills whereas additionally receiving job coaching.
After they full this system, interns take part in an externship at a restaurant, bakery or ski resort. After the real-world expertise, they’re able to get a job within the business.
This system operates on donations and gross sales, which ought to get a lift when its new retail retailer opens to the general public someday quickly. The house will work particularly nicely this Thanksgiving for the bakery’s annual “Pie it Ahead” marketing campaign.
“We’re excited,” Altizer stated, “about now not being nomads.”