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Know Your Baker

Neighbourhood bakers play a hugely positive role in their communities. One that goes far beyond basic nourishment. Their stories deserve to be heard.

The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they create and the people they serve.

Join Mark Dyck as he talks with bakers and bakery owners from across North America and around the world. Hear about their struggles and triumphs and learn about the satisfaction that feeding a community can provide.

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May 30, 2018

Jennifer Vialette has been on the road for a long time.  For the past 17 months, she's been doing stages at bakeries big and small, from sea to sea, in Canada and the USA.

In this episode, Mark and Jennifer talk about how she started on this adventure, some of the ultra-cool bakeries where she's spent time at the bench...

May 23, 2018

After 18 months of working around the clock, Arlo Brandl decided to remake Tecumseh Bread and Pastry into a one man shop.  Right in his back yard.  And so far, it seems to be working.

In this episode, Mark and Arlo talk about the decision to settle in the small town of Tecumseh, Michigan and the even bigger decision to...

May 16, 2018

Everyone makes mistakes.  Hopefully, after the initial fury or embarrassment subsides, we can laugh at our biggest mistakes and learn from them.

That's the hope anyway.

In this episode, Mark deals with the sadness over messing up the recording of his favourite Baker Chat to date.  To avoid dwelling on this technology...

May 9, 2018

When Andy Wysocki settled down in Palm Springs, California, he was a freelance computer programmer.  Then he started taking fresh bagels to his morning coffee buddies and everything changed.  Now Andy and his partner Bill own Townie Bagels, a cute little bagel shop and cafe that locals love and tourists love to...

May 2, 2018

Carolyn Doyle was looking for something to do when she wasn't rafting. She started making bagels and the rest is history.  Carolyn owns Big Bang Bagels, a cozy, warm and extremely tasty bagel shop in Fernie, British Columbia. It's the perfect place to hang out and wile away the day, except that it lies in the shadows of...