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!
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.
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.
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.