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Zak The Baker is reaching out to the community for the final push into the new Wynwood Bakery & Cafe (that happens to be kosher)
Zak The Baker is reaching out to the community for the final push into the new Wynwood Bakery & Cafe (that happens to be kosher)
419 backers pledged $31,950 to help bring this project to life.

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Zak The Baker: Wynwood Village Bakery 

In April 2014, Zak The Baker will be moving its production into a brand new storefront bakery in the Wynwood Arts District. The new bakery will be 75% bread production and 25% café, both of which will be certified kosher, KM.

So far we’ve managed to finance the entire project without any partners; that means 100% of the bakery is run and owned by the bakers!  With one more month to go until the projected opening, we have exhausted our funds and need some help with the final push to get this bakery to the finish line. In exchange for your help, we have put together a variety of gifts that we think are worth every penny. 

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Miami New Times - Help Zak The Baker Open Wynwood Bakery

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Bio 

 Zak The Baker, born and bred in Miami, bowled at Don Carter’s, played t-ball at Red Barry’s, and banned from Bet Shira. Left to study science, traveled a bit afterwards, learned how to bake bread along the way, ran out of money traveling and returned home to shower. Put an oven in Sandy’s garage, got some goats, moved to Ken’s commissary, got hitched, and now opening in Wynwood! 

2012 Sandy's Garage / Zak's Bakery
2012 Sandy's Garage / Zak's Bakery

ZTB Bakery 

We bake natural leaven country bread. Our goal is to make delicious and beautiful bread using traditional techniques and as few ingredients as possible. At the moment we focus primarily on sourdough country bread, but the new Wynwood bakery will allow us to blossom into a full line bread bakery that can produce baguettes, ciabbata, challah, and more. 

Wynwood Bakery under construction
Wynwood Bakery under construction

ZTB Café 

Our goal is to make everything from scratch. Cure the salmon, pickle the herring, smoke the white fish, jar the jam, butter the nut, dry the herb, ferment the kraut, etc. We’ll make soup, salad, and sandwich, and hummus on Friday, and maybe some shakshuka on Sunday. All things savory will be overseen by South Florida native, Chef Sasha Ariel.

Baked Falafal on Sourdough Country Wheat
Baked Falafal on Sourdough Country Wheat
Melted Chedder w/ Reduced Guiness Mustard on Sourdough Sesame
Melted Chedder w/ Reduced Guiness Mustard on Sourdough Sesame

Risks and challenges

The bakery is about 3 weeks away from opening. We've managed to turn an empty warehouse space into a functional food space in a very short amount of time with only minor obstacles. The electric, plumbing, gas, floors, ceilings, and ac are all finished. We are now installing major equipment which will be followed by minor equipment.

As the bakery continues to grow, our number one risk is that our quality becomes compromised by our volume increases. We intend to grow with grace and composure.

Two other major challenges will be finding strong team members to run the bakery and sustainable accounts to bake for. The bakery will have the capacity to service 4 - 5 major accounts along with many small accounts. In order for our business to truly flourish and accommodate these accounts, we will need to have a team of bakers that share our ethos and are committed to the craft.

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    A loaf of bread from the new Wynwood Bakery and a thank you.

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    A ZTB sticker, loaf of bread, and a thank you.

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    Lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, a loaf of bread, and a thank you.

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    Invitation to Grand Opening!

    Anyone who pledges $45 or more will receive an invitation to the bakeries grand opening. Broken Shaker will offer refreshments, fiddles will sing, mezuzahs will be nailed, and bread will be broken!

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    A ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, a loaf of bread, and a thank you.

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    Sourdough Bread Starter Kit (includes: dough scrapper, bench scraper, dough box, proofing basket, flour, mother, and instructions). Plus, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, a loaf of bread, and a thank you.

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    ZTB Cafe Sneak Peak Tasting

    You plus a guest are invited to an evening in the bakery to taste our new menu before we roll it out to the public, plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, and a thank you.

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    Bread for a year!

    1 loaf of bread a week for a year from the new Wynwood Village Bakery, plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, and a thank you.

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    Lunch for a year!

    Lunch on the house once a week for a year at our new Wynwood Bakery, plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, ZTB sticker, and a thank you.

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    Shabbat Dinner for you plus 4 guests.

    Join Zak and Batsheva for a Shabbas feast at the their farm house in little haiti for you and 4 guests, plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, and a thank you.

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    Apprentice for a day: Apprentice Zak The Baker at the new Wynwood bakery from mixing to shaping to baking! Plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, and a thank you

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    A Night at the Bakery

    Get a private baking lesson from Zak the Baker for you and a group of 5 of your friends in the new Wynwood Bakery, plus a ZTB T-shirt or canvas bread bag, lunch on the house, ZTB sticker, and a thank you.

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Funding period

- (30 days)