On a chilly Wednesday night, Hartford's yelp Elite warmed up with a visit to Hartford Baking Company. From housemade pastries to an array of breads, savory sandwiches, and some of the best coffee around, the night’s offerings gave guests a new outlook on fresh, local fare.
As Courty C so eloquently puts it, “You know that squishy "bread" in the supermarket, with the brown top in the white bag? Sorry, but it's not bread. Hartford Baking Company definitely showed us the true power of flour.” Thank you, HBC, for an amazing event!
Julia W gravitated towards the night's savory offerings, noting, “the hummus and caramelized onion sandwich on French peasant bread was my favorite sample of the evening” with “the kalamata olive bread with lemon and chive butter” as a close second. As a café regular and self-proclaimed HBC addict, Anna E “loved the brie and apricot jam crostinis” and gives props to the bakery; “They use the highest quality ingredients, put forth their best effort in creating desirable product, and make everything they can in house from scratch.” Can’t beat it!
Looking back on the brewing demo, a caffeine-fuelled Carol M says, “I loved the coffee tasting and nerding out with the owners about all the different brewing methods.” Who knew there were so many?
On to the sweet stuff, Courty C recalls, “HBC showed us their repertoire only begins with bread. The gingerbread cookie was divine with the crunchy flecks of coarse sugar on top of its soft, spicy inside. That and the other delicious cookies met stiff competition with the rich, salted caramel peanut bar.” Throw in some brownies, raspberry almond bars and caramel popcorn for what Steven T refers to as a “fresh, delicious and just downright satisfying” experience.
Thank you Hartford Baking Company for a phenomenal event! I think we all echo Sarah D’s sentiment: “I could eat my way through HBC any day of the week.” Take a look at the rave reviews here and check out Nick Caito’s photos of the event on Flickr.
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