Fresh Baked Bread
April 20, 2007 (WLS) -- Remember a few years ago, how the Atkins diet forced people to give up bread? Those days are long-gone for one local baker. ABC7's Hungry Hound says they are not only baking up lots of bread these days but also creating some delicious sandwiches as well.
At first glace, it could be just another sandwich shop. But the big difference at Red Hen Bread in Lake View - and their other location in Bucktown - is that they're baking everything they serve those sandwiches on.
"We're a retail-wholesale bread business, we represent anywhere between 300-400 restaurants, depending on the time of year," said Rose Picchietti, Red Hen Bread. "It's made by hand, all the bread is made by hand. Its an artisan bread so its made at our bakehouse delivered fresh everyday to both locations."
Sandwiches range from a honey roasted ham with romaine, tomatoes and purple onions on maple cream cheese to an elegant veggie version with honey walnut goat cheese, roasted peppers, tart apples and fresh watercress. The choice of breads is dizzying: rustic boule, intense pumpernickel and even an Italian roasted garlic ring.
"The one we have been promoting a little bit is our organic breads and also the sweet potato pecan, it is one we like a lot too; it's a little bit different, you don't see it too often," said Picchietti.
Even if you don't want to pick up an entire loaf, you can always find things to snack on.
"It's way more than just a croissant, we do all kinds of cookies, scones, brownies, pies, hot cross buns during the holiday season. All kinds of specialty items, cinnamon buns, puffin muffin, applewheels, it just goes on," said Picchietti.
Like most bakeries Red Hen has the usual assortment of cookies, scones, and muffins, but if you don't want to make the commitment of a full loaf of bread, you can always opt for a sandwich to go.
While the Atkins craze put a temporary dent in the bread business. All seems to have returned to normal for local bakers like Red Hen.
Red Hen Bread
500 W. Diversey
1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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