Uppercrust would not be the bakery it is without the community that supports it. Click on the links below to learn about our friends:
19.8% of residents in Alachua County are food insecure, or, simply put, do not know where they will get their next meal. Bread of the Mighty is a non-profit food bank that collects, sorts and distributes donated food to food pantries, churches and homeless shelters in Gainesville. They do good work.
Chef Gill is one of Gainesville’s first and most vocal supporters of the local food economy. His restaurants, Blue Gill, Mildred’s and New Deal Cafe are three of Gainesville’s finest. He also happened to give Ben his first kitchen job. Ben was a terrible employee: too much mayonnaise in the tuna salad; roasted red peppers with seeds left in; never enough washed lettuce for salads; really, really slow; and opinionated besides. It’s a testament to Chef Gill’s generosity that he’s been a supporter all these years.
Chef Terwillegar is a true pro. His connections in the area seem to know no limits, and routinely finds incredible deals on specialty products. His Blue Water Bay is a Melrose institution and one of our area’s best interpretations of old Florida cuisine. He takes equal pride in his catered events, which, besides providing delicious food, can be staggeringly large.
Chef Cacciatore’s Cacciatore Catering is the premier catering service for the University of Florida. Catering is not easy, and Chef Cacciatore pulls it off with uncommon grace and kindness. It explains his employees who have stayed with him for decades – and his many, many happy clients.
Also, his two sons are extraordinary tennis players. They will join the UF tennis team this fall, and started beating Ben pretty badly when they were sixteen (okay, maybe fifteen). Go Gators!
Finding good broadline food distribution is a fraught but essential business for all but the most rarified of, ahem, “food service establishments.” Cheney Brothers Inc., is a privately-held Florida family business. Their offices and warehouses are utilitarian, and their resources go toward the quality, availability and breadth of their products. Our rep, Mike, has also paid out of his pocked the few times we’ve had an order issue.
Gonzalo Oliva has been a wine supplier and distributor with Uppercrust for many years. Many of his selections are our guests’ absolute favorites on the list. He schleps all the way from Jacksonville for many of our Saturday wine tastings, making his charisma and charm all the more winning during those events.
JF Wine Imports provides quality wines from single-estate vineyards. Jean Francois Christini personally selects every bottle he sells.
King Arthur is the pre-eminent artisan flour mill and distributor in the US. Their flours are consistent and taste of wheat.
Mayflower Cellars is Uppercrust’s first wholesale partner. And a true partnership at that. Uppercrust is grateful to bake ciabatta for their fine sandwiches. We *cannot wait* to try the ham they’re making for us from Dave and Ginger’s pigs. Jon, Kerry and Brandon are good people, and Gainesville is lucky to have such passionate, knowledgeable culinarians.
Opici is a family-run wine distributor based along the Eastern seaboard. Their portfolio includes bottles from every major wine-producing region, and their selections bring great breadth to our list.
Pastured Life raises pastured, free-range meat and poultry, as well as the eggs and milk from those lovingly reared animals. Uppercrust purchases as much turkey breast as we can from them, and look forward to incorporating their hams into our menu. One taste – one conversation with Dave and Ginger Shields – will make you a believer.
Our food-obsessed friends should know (if you already don’t) that UF’s Agricultural Sciences school has a meat market from 9am to 5pm every Friday. From field to store, each step of the process is cared for by future industry leaders. Uppercrust has the distinct pleasure of using their bacon for quiches, and often cures their fresh hams for roses and sandwiches.
Uppercrust uses Plugra butter for all our pastries, enriched doughs and croissants. Plugra is a European-style churned butter based in Kansas City, Kansas. It is dense and consistent. It’s awesome.
Rainbow is a local fruit and vegetable supplier located just a little past Satchel’s. Visit the stands Monday-Saturday and support a great local business that spends nearly all its resources on the products themselves.
Stacole is the Florida-based branch of the Winebow group, a national wine distributor. Like Opici, their compendious wine list allows us to provide delicious wines for many palates.
Terroir is a Tampa-based wine distributor that sells wine now to 30 states. That’s not why it’s special to us, though. It’s special because their wine rep with us is Mike. Mike’s awesome. A straight shooter who tells you when something isn’t good, Mike has helped us find more than a few gems.