Back to Eden Blog

Spring Updates!

Posted on May 13, 2016
Hello and happy spring! We’re so glad to see the sun again and are sure many of you would agree. With longer days comes nicer weather and more reasons to enjoy delicious treats! Our baked goods are perfect for picnics, parties, BBQs, or just a nice sunny day when you’re craving an ice cream cone - Back to Eden has you covered.
As events and parties start kicking into high gear for the season, we are so excited to announce that our Weddings page on www.BacktoEdenBakery.com has officially launched. This online resource will hopefully assist anyone looking to provide their wedding guests with vegan and gluten free baked goods on their special day! You can access this information here. For anyone looking to place a wedding order, please feel free to send any inquiries to weddings@backtoedenbakery.com.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been nominated for three of Willamette Week’s 2016 Best Of Portland categories. We’re so honored and grateful for the love that this community consistently shows us, and we hope you feel the love we try to send back out to you all. If you have a moment, please click over to Willamette Week’s voting page and cast your ballot for some of your favorite Portland places - and maybe include Back to Eden in some of those if you feel so inclined. You’ll see us under Best Gluten Free Restaurant, Best Dessert House, and Best Bakery!
We’d also like to take a moment to share with you a cause that’s very important to us. One of the things we love most about running this company is the incredible community that is drawn to it and the opportunity we have to use this platform to champion causes that are important to us. Our transgendered friends and family are very dear to us and especially during this time when their civil liberties are under assault across the nation it is vitally important that we not only stand together in solidarity against all forms of bigotry and discrimination but that we offer our support wherever we can. Well our friend Hazel is one brave and blossoming soul who could use our collective support to feel her absolute best in her body as she transitions into the woman she is meant to become. Please take a look at HazelLiberated and donate if you can and feel called. There are some great incentives if you need one such as a gift certificate for a special occasion cake from us among other things!
It’s likely that you’ll be hearing from us again soon as we share new spring and summer updates regarding Back to Eden Bakery and our lovely community. Either way, we hope to see you around the storefront and cart location soon!

With love,
Back to Eden Bakery

 

Did you know that we've expanded?

Posted on Mar 10, 2016
Hello friends! We hope that this rainy season hasn't dampered your spirits too much by now. With spring so close, we are all anticipating a lush, vibrant season ahead. With the changing of weather, we felt we should share some information about our second location with anyone that hasn't had the pleasure of visiting it yet. The outdoor experience of dining at our food cart is perfect for longer days and warmer weather, so be sure to keep reading! We don't want you to miss out.
While our flagship store on NE Alberta St. has certainly served us and this wonderful community well, we couldn't help feel it was time to make our products more accessible to a greater swath of Portland food lovers! That is why a year ago this April, Back to Eden Bakery installed a "food cart" on SE Division St. at the Tidbit Food Farm & Garden cart pod on the corner of SE 28th Pl. and Division St. More of a bakery shack than a food cart, we're thrilled to be able to bring our one-of-a-kind vegan gluten-free treats to this part of town.
So in case this is news to you, you'll want to put visiting us at Tidbit on your spring to-do list. The pod serves up some really diverse cuisine with lots of vegan and gluten-free options. You can find anything from Hapa ramen bowls, Hawaiian lunch at Namu, Paper Bag Pizza,Thai, Indian, or Mediterranean, and our favorite all vegetarian Earth Burgers PDX with 5 world-inspired patties and fries that can't be beat. You can even score some amazing hand-made local gifts at Menagerie, thrift a new outfit at Lodekka  and grab a stellar microbrew from Scout PDX's beer garden while sitting around the fire pit located at the center of the pod. It really is a quintessential Portland experience that pairs perfectly with our 100% plant based vegan gluten-free baked goods, desserts and dairy-free soft serve ice cream, shakes and sundaes!
You'll be able find many of your favorite items from our NE location, like our fresh array of morning pastries with a cup of Trailhead Coffee, cupcakes, mini pies, whoopies, and savory items like tomato kale cashew tarts, quiche and GF bagels from New Cascadia with sundried tomato rosemary cream cheese. We also carry our popular biscuits & gravy on the weekend until we sell out - so the earlier the better!

Our hours are currently Sunday through Wednesday 10am-6pm, and Thursday through Saturday 9am-9pm. Starting Sunday, March 20th, our hours will switch to 9am-9pm, 7 days a week as we welcome in the spring!

We are currently running a special all month long: visit us at our SE location Monday through Wednesday and receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone for every $20 you spend!

We thank everyone for their continued support through the years and beyond. It is the dedication and love from our community that keeps us motivated every day to provide you all with fresh, organic, plant-based products. We hope to see you all soon!

With love,

Back to Eden Bakery

 

Cultivating Community through Back to Eden Bakery

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

Hello everyone! We wanted to take some time to update you on some endeavors we have taken on at the bakery and how you can be involved.

At Back to Eden Bakery, we consider it our personal duty to contribute to our community as much as possible. We admire and support those that take the time to organize and facilitate events that generate funds and goods to help those in need. Here's some events that we are currently supporting within the community..

ROCK’N’ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS

This past weekend, Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls hosted a weekend long event that allowed women to come together, learn an instrument, create a sense of community, and allowed them all to express themselves creatively and openly. The event was a huge success and we couldn’t have been happier to provide some fuel for all of the wonderful, talented individuals. To learn more about this organization, you can visit their website here.

THE FRESHWATER TRUST GALA

The Freshwater Trust’s 33rd annual event held February 26 at the Portland Art Museum will showcase how technology and innovation are helping move agriculture into the 21st century. The event will be auctioning off goods and services from a variety of organizations, and Back to Eden is one of them! You can click here to learn more about this organization and future events!

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SCHOOL

On March 5th, MLK School will be holding an event to support some necessary upgrades within the school. They have organized what is sure to be a wonderful event, with wine and craft beer sampling, live and silent auctions, live music, local food vendors, and more! Participants will have the opportunity to bid on a multitude of goods and services from local companies, including yours truly. Their website gives alot of great information and provides a variety of ways to contribute to their cause.

ABERNETHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On March 11th, Abernethy Elementary School will be holding an event to bring the community together, as well as raising funds to support the school in future educational endeavors. The event will provide food, wine, and an auction which will include something special from Back to Eden! Be sure to check it out. Find out more about the event on their school calander!

Have you ever found yourself out running errands, hungry and craving something nutritious but unsure of where to go? You can now find our baked goods throughout town as we take on more wholesale accounts. Currently you can find our baked goods at: People's Co-op, Townshends Tea on Alberta St, Townshends Tea on Division St, and Spin Laundry Lounge. We plan to extend our reach in the future, so if you or anyone that you know may be interested in setting up a wholesale account with us, please forward all inquiries to info@backtoedenbakery.com.

We thank you for your continued support and hope to bring you more exciting news in the future. Until then, be well and don’t forget - spring is almost here!

With Love,

Back to Eden Bakery

 

What's happening at Back to Eden Bakery.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

 

Hello friends! We hope you all have had a great winter! As usual, we've been busy working behind the scenes to provide you with delicious and thoughtful plant-based baked goods. If you've stopped by either location recently it is likely you've seen some of these new products and flavors gracing our pastry cases. We always love the shifting of winter into spring because it gives us an opportunity to utilize fresh and innovative ingredients in our products. Not only does the change of seasons bring new flavor profiles, but the sights and smells of spring around the corner certainly piques our enthusiasm about the upcoming months.

Whether you celebrate with a significant other, a group of friends, or on your own - Back to Eden has some lovely treats coming your way for Valentine's Day. Starting Friday, February 12th, you'll find a variety of lovely items at both of our locations! We will be creating Valentine's Day themed cupcakes, cakes, brownies, whoopie pies, mini cakes, and cream pies all weekend long. Stop by and grab something to share with a loved one, or treat yo'self to something delicious.

In case you haven't heard, we created a new and delicious menu item for you to try! We are so excited about our latest cheesecakes and hope you are too. We are offering a classic style cheesecake in assorted flavors and styles, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion. You can enjoy our cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache, or a fresh berry compote such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. No event would be complete without one of these delicious desserts at your table! You can pick up a slice of this delicious treat in-store, or call ahead to place an order to pick up a whole cheesecake. We ask for 48 hours notice for all special orders, which can be placed via email or by calling us at (503) 477-5022.

Do you have a love for cake decorating? Back to Eden is currently looking for an inspired, passionate cake decorator to add to our team. If you or anyone that you know may be interested, please refer to our job posting on Poached.com.

As always, we appreciate the support and dedication from all of our customers and friends. We wish you all a prosperous 2016 and hope to expand Back to Eden's mission and outreach even further than before. We're working on some new and exciting oppurtunities that will make our baked goods more accessible to everyone and can't wait to share those things with you soon. We encourage you to stay in touch with us via instagram, facebook and twitter where you'll find specials, promotions, new products and more.

Best Regards,

Back to Eden Bakery

 

New Year Updates!

Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Hello and happy 2016! We've been busy here at Back to Eden Bakery and have so much to update you all on. While most people look forward to things settling down after the holidays, we’ve kicked into high gear to provide you all with fresh, new products and compelling, engaging content. If you haven’t checked in with us recently, here’s what’s new with your favorite vegan bakery:
In case you were following our December Donation Drive, you’d be pleased to know that we’ve managed to raise over $300 in funds for three local, non-profit organizations with all of your help. If you don’t recall, those organizations are Outside In, Out to Pasture, and Solve!. All three organizations are wonderful, compassionate groups that truly embody everything that Back to Eden stands for, and we’re so grateful to you all for your contributions in an effort to cultivate support within our community. If you participated in this donation drive, then you’re probably curious as to which donation receipt was chosen as our $50 Back to Eden gift certificate winner - we’d like to congratulate Ann H. on being chosen as our gift certificate recipient! We hope Ann enjoys a lot of delicious baked goods with that money and hope to offer more events like this in the future so that everyone has a chance to be involved in Back to Eden’s message of compassion and sustainability.
Did you know that we now carry coffee at our SE Division location? That’s right - you can now enjoy a delicious cup of Trailhead Coffee along with any of our pastries at both locations! If you have been down to visit our SE Division location lately, you may have noticed our hours have changed. Currently, our cart is operating Sunday through Wednesday 10am-6pm, and Thursday through Saturday 9am-9pm. We plan to switch back to 9am-9pm 7 days a week once the weather shifts towards brighter, warmer days. You can expect that change to come in early March but until then, please don’t hesitate to visit us during our current operating hours. We also would like to extend a warm welcome to a new cart coming to Tidbit Food Pod next month - Tortoise & Hare. Tortoise & Hare is a farm-to-fork cart looking to bridge the gap between slow food and quick service. Food lovers from omnivores to vegans can expect to find a curated selection of hearty soups, rustic stews and tender braises being served up at the new Tortoise & Hare cart. We’re looking forward to sharing our space with another local, hard working company and encourage all of you to come visit us at Tidbit Food Pod to check out the wonderful space these carts have created.
Lastly, we’re very excited to announce that you’ll be seeing some new flavors and products popping up on our shelves over the next few weeks. One new product that we’re really looking forward to is our new and updated cheesecakes! It’s been awhile since you’ve seen cheesecakes on our shelves but we can assure you this will be an entirely new item and flavor profile. Be sure to keep an eye out for new items and if there’s anything we currently make that you haven’t indulged in yet - now is the time!
While there’s so much more we could indulge in right now, we’ll sign off here and encourage you to stay up to date on all of the exciting, new things happening around the bakery through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We’re always rolling out new and fresh information through those sources so be sure to stay linked in. We thank all of you for your continued support and hope that 2016 is the best year for all of us!

 

With love and warmth,
Back to Eden Bakery

Winter is upon us!

Posted on Nov 30, 2015

It’s official: winter is upon us! Rain, chilly temperatures, and fallen leaves are abundant. We’re feeling the effects of daylight savings time and moving into cold, damp days. While to some people that may sound bleak and unwelcoming, we at Back to Eden Bakery know that this only means great things! After such a hot, dry summer, we are welcoming this change with open arms. We feel moved by changing of seasons, and admire the way Mother Earth cleanses and regenerates during the frigid months. We find it both beautiful and inspiring!

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been busy expanding our reach at Back to Eden, with the newest addition of our food cart located at 28th & SE Division. If you haven’t stopped by yet, we encourage you to visit us and enjoy the cozy setting that this food truck pod has to offer. We now carry hot drinks, coffee, and savory options there to compliment the chillier months ahead. In the midst of our hard work and countless hours, we feel so grateful for the wonderful Portland community in supporting us and what we do. We feel so blessed that we would like to give back to the community that we so love and admire during this holiday season..

During the entire month of December, we will be running a donation drive for three wonderful organizations working to make our community better for all its inhabitants.. Customers will have the option of donating an amount to any or all three groups, and each purchase will be automatically submitted into a drawing for a $50 Back to Eden Gift Certificate. Plus, the runner up will receive a Back to Eden T-Shirt! Every donation will count as an entry, and there will be no limit as to how many times someone can enter. The more you donate, the better chances you have of winning!

The first organization we are working with is Out to Pasture Sanctuary. They are a non-profit animal rescue that is located in Estacada, OR. Out to Pasture currently cares for 150 rescued, displaced, abused and neglected animals that otherwise would be suffering less fortunate fates. Out to Pasture opens up their farm for educational and volunteer purposes, without ever asking for any admission fees for any event. They simply wish to inform and educate people on the benefits of a vegan, compassionate, ethical lifestyle. You can learn more about Out to Pasture on their website, www.outtopasturesanctuary.org.

The second organization we are partnering with is Outside In. Outside In is a local, non-profit group working towards providing homeless youth with resources necessary to better their lives and their surroundings. Outside In creates a safe, productive space for displaced young adults to access medical care, safe housing, counseling, employment, and more. Their efforts have done wonderful things to improve the lives of countless young adults, including being leaders in serving LGBT youth. You can learn more about Outside In on their website, http://www.outsidein.org.

Lastly, we will be working with SOLVE as well. SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and take good care of this great state of which we are all so proud. SOLVE facilitates Oregonians of all kinds coming together to volunteer, focusing on beach and illegal dump cleanup, planting native trees, removing invasive plants, and other environmental maintenance projects. SOLVE annually creates an average of 40,000 volunteer opportunities in 170 communities all across this diverse state. Feel free to learn more about SOLVE at http://solveoregon.org.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning your holiday meals. If you haven’t yet, stop by our store or check out our special orders page to explore all of the wonderful treats that could have a place on your holiday feast table. We are already accepting orders for Christmas and New Years, so don’t hesitate to place those orders soon. These spots do fill up quickly! Simply give the shop a call at 503-477-5022 or email info@backtoedenbakery.com to place an order.

Stay tuned for more blog updates through the months, as we anticipate new seasonal flavors, more donation drives, employee field trips, and more! Thank you all for your continued support and we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

With warmest regards,

Back to Eden Bakery

A Very Personal Plea To Help Rebuild Nepali Homes Devastated By Earthquake

Posted on May 11, 2015

Greetings Friends and Supporters of Back to Eden,

Normally when we reach out to you as a business we aim to keep it non-personal and from the collective voice of Back to Eden Bakery. Well, today I am breaking protocol a bit and addressing you from my own perspective, as one of the co-owners of this outfit with a personal request to share. If you only come to this page or joined our newsletter to hear about our latest tantalizing treat I apologize in advance for any presumption on my part that you want to hear from me personally. I do know that one thing that draws all of you together onto the same “friends” list is your compassionate spirit and that is what I hope to appeal to in writing this post.

With that preface now out of the way I am going to do my best to keep this brief so you can really focus your attention to the matter at hand. One year ago today I lost my younger brother rather unexpectedly and needless to say it has been quite a journey learning to fully live again while holding onto that much grief. If I can say anything about healing from that kind of loss is that there is no better medicine than doing something to alleviate the suffering of others. So on the 1 year anniversary of the hardest moment my own family has ever suffered I would like to bring your attention to an opportunity to help out another family in desperate need of our support.

On April 25, 2015 Nepal was rattled by a devastating earthquake that has left many people homeless and without aid or relief. One of the families whose home was was destroyed happens to be very dear to our own family whom our stepmother first developed a profound connection with many years ago. She has organized a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild homes in rural Nepal and this Mother’s Day she dedicated the campaign in my brother Joey’s honor. Would you please be so kind to read her story and consider making any kind of donation to help her reach her goal? I can assure you that every bit will go to this Nepali family directly. And if you prefer to show your support in another way Tuesday, May 12th we will be donating 25% of our total sales from our Alberta St. storefront and our Division St. food cart to help this GoFundMe campaign really succeed. From our family to yours we thank you for your generous spirit and continued support!

With warmest regards and an open heart,

John Blomgren
Co-Owner and General Manager
Back to Eden Bakery

 

Announcing Our New SE Division Street Food Cart Location!!

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Until now fans of Back to Eden Bakery have had to be willing to travel to our NE Alberta storefront to get our 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free products. But now anyone living or working on the south side of Portland can find our entire baked goods and ice cream menu at our new bakery cart located at 28th Pl. & SE Division St!

Holding down the corner stall at the Tidbit Food, Farm & Garden cart pod you can’t miss our marquee “bakery” sign inviting you into a quintessentially Portland dining experience. Grab a meal from any of the 20 or so food carts offering anything from traditional Scandinavian food, hearty Hawaiian bowls, Earth Burgers and fries, wood fired pizza, waffle sandwiches or ramen noodles, (there’s even one featuring local microbrews and ciders) and then follow it all up with cupcakes, whoopie pies, milkshakes, sundaes or coconut cream pies. Are you drooling yet?

Back to Eden Bakery Division (open daily 9am-9pm) located at 2880 SE Division St. quietly opened April 15th and serves as a unique outdoor alternative to our adorably petite flagship cafe firmly rooted on Alberta Street. Offering a delectable array of cakes, pies, confections, morning pastries, non-dairy soft serve and so much more you’ll want to check out either one of our two eastside locations soon! Before the lines starting forming!

And stay tuned as we will be sharing more details about our Grand Opening event slated for Friday, May 1st.

Thank you for all your support,

Back to Eden Bakery

 

Spring is here and we're growing!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Happy Spring! You made it through another Portland winter...well, almost! The Vernal Equinox is this Friday, March 20th at 3:45pm to be exact and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome in another growing season with you all. Many seeds were planted over the past winter and if you feel like you haven’t heard from us in a while its because we’ve been busy...germinating. You might have seen on Facebook or heard the chatter but we want you to know the rumors are true, Back to Eden Bakery is finally coming to SE Portland this spring!

Since we first opened up our storefront in 2009 we have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Alberta Street community and can’t imagine that relationship ever changing. That being said we know there is a lot more to Portland than just our little neck of the woods and we feel that it is time to grow another branch of the Back to Eden tree and extend our reach. When the good folks over at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden reached out to us with the invitation to join their thriving food cart pod at 28th and Division we knew that the time was finally right to expand.

So in January we began working on building our own food cart from the wheels on up Back to Eden Bakery style! All the pieces are still coming together but if you are trying to picture it think woodland cottage with vegan gluten-free pastries and ice cream! From the moment we started talking food carts we said that if we were going to do it it had to be the cutest food cart Portland has seen. Fortunately we were able to pull together the talents of many helping hands and we can say with confidence that our SE Division location will certainly have all the charm you’ve come to associate with our little shop on NE Alberta!

At this point it is still too soon to predict the exact date we will be opening as the next two weeks are most critical when all those pieces we mentioned will be coming together. As soon as we can tell you when we will but for now we just wanted to check in and give you something to look forward to! Over the weekend the cart was blessed to have our incredibly talented artist friend Flora Bowley paint a mural backdrop in her signature style. You might have noticed one of her works hanging in our shop since the day we opened and it only seemed fitting to have her help us establish Back to Eden’s food cart aesthetic. Needless to say it turned out beautifully and here are a couple of other shots that will serve as a preview of what’s to come!

Thank you for all your years of support and visiting us on NE Alberta Street where we hope to continue welcoming you for years to come. When we open up on SE Division Street next month we hope to make you feel as at home and as satiated as ever before. With these two bookend East side locations we intend for Spring 2015 to be huge leap forward for our company and it’s mission of bringing you the highest quality 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free baked goods Portland has to offer.

With your help we make it so!

More to follow! Thanks for reading! Be well!

John and Garrett
Back to Eden Bakery

 

The Holidays Are Just Around The Corner...

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

...which means it is time to start placing your special orders! With our 100% plant-based vegan gluten-free desserts and pastries in the house your Thanksgiving and winter holidays are sure to be deliciously memorable. With all the running around that comes with this festive season you might want a little help lightening the load of your prep list. Whether you are looking for pies, cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies or cookies, Back to Eden Bakery is more than happy to help impress those out-of-town guests. And keep in mind that we don't simply specialize in desserts! We also have a great line of morning pastries and savory bites that will keep you and your guests fueled as your dinner preparation gets underway! 

Check out our 2014 Holiday Special Order Pricing Guide linked below for more details! And remember, while we require 48 hours for all special orders the calendar can and will fill up fast so make sure to get those orders in as soon as you can! Simply give the shop a call at 503-477-5022 or email info@backtoedenbakery.com to place an order.