Back to Eden Blog

Summertime!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Hello everyone! We hope that the summer has been treating you well so far. Back to Eden always looks forward to this time as year as we have a plethora of fresh, bright ingredients to use in our product lineup. Have you had the opportunity to try our rosewater pistachio doughnut yet? The floral notes pair so well with the earthy, nutty flavor - it’s sure to rock your world!
We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our loving customers that voted us as Portland’s Best Gluten Free Restaurant! We are honored to be considered such a trusted establishment for those with specific dietary needs and consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to serve you all. We are committed to working diligently to provide the community with delicious, plant based, gluten free treats for many years to come.
As part of such a supportive, proactive community, Back to Eden strives to contribute to local events as often as possible. You can find our products at some really exciting upcoming events that you might be interesting!
Pink Hanky, a local queer-femme production team providing a space for queer performance, is one of the wonderful groups we will be supporting this month. Pink Hanky’s space is inclusive for all bodies, abilities, identities, and performance genres. Join Pink Hanky and Gothfox Designs for a night of performance dedicated to Beyoncé at Disjecta located at 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217. Gothfox will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a special fashion show that is not to be missed. 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to PFLAG Portland Black Chapter! Celebrate the Queen and give to an organization that is doing incredible things for LGBTQ folks here in Portland. You can learn more about Pink Hanky and their upcoming events by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pinkhankypresents/.
Love animals? Us too. We are huge fans of Out to Pasture located in Estacada, OR. They are hosting their annual open house on Saturday, July 30th. Out to Pasture Sanctuary is a 501(c)3, all volunteer, non-profit, farm animal sanctuary. Their primary goal is the care and feeding of abused, neglected or abandoned animals including large farm animals, pigs, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs. They promote the humane treatment of all animals and advocate for an end to factory farming through public education including leafleting, tabling at public events and newspaper articles in the Portland area. Out to Pasture also promotes a vegan diet for reasons of compassion, health and the environment.  Their open house will have tons of interactive events and plus you’ll get to hang out with some adorable animals - that’s a no brainer! Feel free to check out more about this rad organization at http://www.outtopasturesanctuary.org/.
Lastly, we’d like to let you all know that our SE Division location has dialed in new hours to better serve all of you. Monday through Friday we will be open from 10am to 10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday we will be open from 9am to 10pm. Of course our Alberta Street location will still be open 8am to 10pm seven days a week.
We hope you are all staying safe out there, taking care of each other, and finding happiness and love in all aspects of life. We thank you for your continued support!

With love,
Back to Eden Bakery

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT ON ORLANDO

Posted on Jun 16, 2016

It has taken us a few days to process what has happened over the last week and figure out how to respond as small business owners. It goes without saying that this is personally deeply upsetting to me and Garrett, my partner of 10 years now. As we have been sifting through our own emotions and responding to the people in our communities who are hurting we’ve struggled with knowing how to best represent the complex feelings and perspectives of 25 people. We like to think of our company as a family drawn together out of mutual respect for all life and a desire to be of service to our community and the planet the best we can. When we are using our “Back to Eden” voice we make a point to avoid speaking for the people employed by us because we appreciate and honor each one of them, for their voice, their passion and their own unique expression of themselves. Besides, the world we live in right now is so complex that using our social media presence to address every tragedy the befalls humankind would certainly detract from the food and all the good work we aim to do as a dedicatedly vegan business with a commitment to social change, equality and justice.

With that all said, there are moments in our lives when we are called to step out from the curtain as business owners and use our platform to speak towards the collective’s best interest. As our country has been grappling with the unrelenting injustices suffered by all people of color and the transgender community most visibly only recently we haven’t been able to keep up with the frequency of these attacks on America’s promise for equality let alone say anything more relevant to the situation than what is being said. And in these situations we believe that we need to be listening to those most affected by gun violence, police brutality, racial injustice, poverty and mental illness. But, for the public record, black and brown and trans lives do matter if we haven’t said it here before. When you are in the business of peddling baked goods there isn’t a lot of time to personalize every thing that rightly calls for our attention so we largely have let our food and actions and commitments to our local community speak for itself.

But this feels like one of those times when the world is in as much pain as it is, we can’t help but weigh in with our perspective as the proprietors of this little bakery you have come to love. It should come as no surprise to anyone that knows us or our story of how we came to be in business when I say that we are a proudly gay owned "ma and pop” operation started right out of the garage of our NE Portland home. Garrett Jones, our Co-Owner and Culinary Director, and I met 10 years ago, it was the definition of love at first sight, and I was fully moved in by the end of two weeks. Immediately upon coming together we knew that our union was going to bring big things, for our lives personally, and for the communities we would bring together and serve. Garrett, a longtime vegan with a passion for feeding his friends, also had a desire to be some sort of entrepreneur in service to people needing access to good clean food. Admittedly I was always less interested in being a business owner and only hoped that my Environmental Ed degree (that I am incidentally still paying off 16 years later) would somehow serve me in making a difference in the world of humans and non-humans alike. So when we came upon the idea to open the bakery you could say it was done with one’s person’s genuinely one-of-a-kind talent and passion for vegan food and another one’s totally blind leap of faith. The journey we have been on as a couple and as small business owners in order to get to this point in our lives where we can truly be of service and plant something back has neither been easy nor without an incredible amount of blessings, support and non-monetary reward.

So some people would be within their right to ask, why now are we using our voice and platform to speak out against hate crimes and bigotry? As two white gay men living in the relatively safe haven of Portland, Oregon still enjoying our white male privilege are we only personalizing it because the gay community was the target? It is true that we have been struck by how easily it could have been one of us in that late night club (if I had only ever been to Florida) and we do know people who knew people there that night. But that is not the only reason we feel the need to be vocal and get active in response to what is happening in our country. Every time a woman is disrespected instead of being celebrated for the goddess she is and we get to learn about it we take that personally. Every time a person of color is made to feel less than or unsafe in their own skin we take that personally. Every time one of our transgender brothers and sisters is assaulted or made to be afraid for their life simply for existing the best way they know how we take that personally. And every time a child is gunned down at school or in their own neighborhood no matter whether their parents are nothing like us or are our best of friends we take that personally too. All life is sacred and we are all so intrinsically connected whether we realize it or not that what happens to you happens to me. This is a big part of what makes being vegan such a joy for us as we feel this deep down in our bones for all living beings on this planet.

The devastating attack on the LGBTQI community in an Orlando nightclub last Sunday that left 49 people dead and many more injured was not the deadliest mass shooting in American history no matter what the news media might want to tell you. No, that honor, it could be argued, goes to Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 when as many of 300—mostly unarmed—Lakota Sioux men, women, and children were killed at the hands of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment. The truth is our country has been at war with itself and just about everyone else since its inception and the body count due to gun violence against unarmed citizens is beyond comprehension let alone calculation. Our inability to look at our own predilection towards violence and brutality towards our fellow human beings is enough to drive one mad into the dregs of nihilism and as a couple of vegans it is not lost on us how true the words ring “we are what we eat”. We consume violence and brutality on the daily (and in some cases three times a day) in more ways than one and the world seems to get crazier and scarier by the minute. What’s the correlation?? Maybe that’s one question we need to be asking ourselves.

But for the queer community, what happened in Orlando was, as I see it, a watershed moment in the fight for justice and equality, much like Stonewall was for the generation of LGBTQI pioneers that preceded me. For a little while there things were admittedly feeling pretty good. We finally had a president that seemed to understand and be on the side of the people. As gay people, gaining the right to marry who we love was something many of us never thought we would see any time soon or at least not in time for those brave fighters, who paved the way for us to feel as safe and free as we do in 2016, to see it. While we have been beyond frustrated with the delay to take action on climate change among many other unkept promises or broken trusts we recognize that we have made great progress as a nation in the last 8 years. If this election hadn’t become such a downer we would say that things were looking up for America. Again as I see it, the choices we’ve been given are love, fear and hate and super delegates be damned love is winning. I applaud you if you been able to remain sane listening to it all.

Maybe you are feeling it too but suddenly on Sunday around 2am EST when the beat was pumping and queens were looking their glittery best something shifted and we are all being called to wake up the f*** up and look at the world we are creating. Together. As. One. Human. Family. People we love, when they are reminded that we are waiting to hear from them try offering their support by telling us that “all lives matter” and this loss of life is no more tragic than any other when that is what we have been trying to tell you all along. The queer people, the black and brown people, the women people, the original people of this nation of “ours” have been trying to tell you this with the walk they walk and the mirror they sometimes hold up for you to see yourself in. When we are doing your hair and makeup, or educating your children or caring for your dying parents our “gay agenda” is only to reveal within you just how beautiful and in your power you can be as a human being. You have likely heard MLK’s words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where.” Well this is what intersectional justice is all about. If you aren’t familiar with the term it is time to get so. We all need to be fighting for each other’s right to feel safe whether that’s in the home or in a crowd, walking through the city or in nature, and an attack on a gay bar, which might just be the only place we and the allies that surround us truly feel safe to be our most expressed selves, strikes at the heart of the transformation that awaits us all on this planet we call home. Now is the hour when our true characters are being revealed and we, as a company trying to walk our talk and simply as human beings, want to make sure that we are doing whatever we can to stand on the right side of history. There is a revolution afoot and it is one completely driven by a love for all beings. It may be time for us all to get on board.

Are you hearing the call?

So, I am not about to put all this out there without at least attempting to plant some seed of regeneration if not for me than for the 7 generations to come.

You might ask yourself, when the world is as messed up and as complicated as it seemingly is, "I am only one person, what can I do?” Well, the best I can come up with right now is to lean in to that shiny, happy future you have in mind for you and all your loved ones.

But don’t just stop there. Put your heart forward for all of us, the ones you know and the ones you don’t know, the ones that make sense to you and the ones you think you can’t relate to at all. Use your voice, your hands, your sweat and tears, use what quite possibly might be your one and only chance at a life here on Earth to advocate for and comfort those whose voices are often silenced or shouted over. Let everyone know that nobody is in this alone and ask anyone you can what you can do to help. Call your gay friends/family if you haven’t already. Or as I might put it, call your family. Most of all listen to what the plants and animals are saying to us, listen to the land that is so thirsty for us to step into our birthright and steward this garden we were mistakenly told we lost. Peace is under your feet if you choose it.

With all the love, strength, positivity and forgiveness we can muster,

John Blomgren, Co-Owner and General Manager
and the incredibly funny, talented, passionate and inspiring people that work at Back to Eden Bakery

It’s Pride Weekend in Portland. Go out and celebrate the magic of being alive right now at this precise moment in time.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

 

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

 

~Some Words to Keep You Going~

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.


There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

~John F. Kennedy


Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

~ Thomas Jefferson


Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.

~Mahatma Ghandi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead


The civil rights movement didn’t begin in Montgomery and it didn’t end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.

~Julian Bond

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

~Frederick Douglass


I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

~Rosa Parks


Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else.

~Malcolm X

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

~Nelson Mandela

The truth shall make you free.

~Jesus

 

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