Black Bear Bread Co. Brings Fresh Perspective to Grayton Beach

Chef Phil McDonald and restauranteur Dave Rauschkolb. Photo by Sean Murphy.

The Shops of Grayton Beach will soon be home to a new neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and all-day seasonal café. Black Bear Bread Co. is the newest culinary creation from Chef Phil McDonald and restauranteur Dave Rauschkolb of Bud & Alley’s fame.

“We wanted to bring a true artisan bakery to South Walton,” said Rauschkolb.

Black Bear Bread Co.’s speciality is making bread naturally from a fermentation, and then supplying it at both the retail level and wholesale to local restaurants.

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“Freshly-baked naturally leavened bread, dynamically seasonal produce and sensible sourcing are the inspiration for our café menu,” said McDonald. “Baker Debbie Swenerton’s creations are always evolving, but currently include naturally leavened country sourdough, multigrain sourdough, baguettes, focaccia, bagels, challah, cinnamon rolls, cookies, kouign-amann, and a weekly seasonal sandwich.”

Black Bear Bread Co.’s Debbie Swenerton. Photo by Sean Murphy.

McDonald said the company’s name was inspired by the presence of black bears behind their bakery kitchen.

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“When we we began testing our sourdough starters, we soon discovered bears were climbing into our dumpster to eat the starter,” said McDonald. “We thought we would pay homage to our furry neighbors who apparently share our appreciation for great sourdough.”

Black Bear Bread Co. has partnered with Stumptown Coffee Roasters for its coffee selections, and they eventually hope to add a beer garden for those lingering afternoons.

While finishing touches are still being put on the new retail shop/café at 26 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach, Black Bear Bread Co.’s breads and pastries are already available at the Seaside Farmers Market every Saturday (8am-noon) and via a pop-up market on Thursdays (3-6pm) right at the bakery kitchen, which is located at 54 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.


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