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Kneading Conference West 2012 Part II

The Business of Baking

Kneading Conference West is a three day event held in September at the Washington State University Extension and Research facility in Mt. Vernon. It brings  together bakers, plant breeders, millers, brewers and even oven builders, all with some connection to grain.There is so much to learn, to do, to taste and so many people to meet, who are passionate about their work/hobby. Passionate people are fun people. In Kneading Conference I, I posted about some of the workshops which were available this year. I would like to continue that with this post.

Some of the other workshops included:

Professional Baking with Michael Eggebrecht and Jesse Dodson. I stopped in on their workshop several times and took pictures. I took this workshop last year and it was a very informative, interesting class taught by professional bakers.

Professional Baking instructors, Jesse Dodson and Michael Eggebrecht


Dough proofing


Bread from the Professional Baking workshop


Pan loaves


I thought this was funny...


Kiko Denzer gave a workshop on building your own earth oven for a micro-bakery. His workshop is always well attended and very fun.

Building the foundation


Looking quite nice...


Demonstration on a small test oven


Kiko also gave a demonstration on how to build a bigger oven by building a small scale test oven. I have a video of the demonstration that I will post soon on my youtube account (Northwest Sourdough), so you might want to subscribe to get updates, I will be posting all of the videos as I finish them.

Mark Doxtader is pretty handy with a wood fired oven. He had a workshop on Bagels in a Wood Fired Oven and also baked pizzas for the first evenings dinner. His delicious bagels were also very popular in the mornings with coffee…

Mark Doxtader and his wood fired oven


Simmering Bagels




Pizza for dinner


Andrew Whitley gave the keynote speech on “Bread Matters” and he also has a book by the same name. His talk was very inspiring. You can read more about his speech here at Farine’s. Andrew also was a teacher at the workshop, “The Business of Baking,” along with Piper Davis and Byron Fry.

Andrew Whitley - Bread Matters


I still would like to cover Pizza in a Wood Fired Oven, the Brewers, the Bread Lab Demo, Artisan Sourdough for the Home, and other workshops. I will cover those in Kneading Conference West Part III. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the demonstration videos, it is almost like you were there….

See Kneading Conference West 2012 Part I



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  1. breadsong breadsong
    October 3, 2012    

    Hi Teresa,
    Great photos – those bagels, the pies, so many wonderful things coming out of the ovens…! Lovely posts capturing so many of the good things happening at KCW…
    Oh, and thanks so much for your pointers on pizza shaping!
    :^) breadsong

    • northwestsourdough northwestsourdough
      October 4, 2012    

      Thanks Breadsong, I did capture the pizza demonstration on video, if you want to attend that workshop… go here: Stay tuned for more videos of the workshops….

      • breadsong breadsong
        November 13, 2012    

        Hi Teresa,
        I did check out that video – thank you so much for sharing it!
        :^) breadsong

  2. WildeGrainz WildeGrainz
    October 28, 2012    

    Breads, pastries and pizza oh my! Would love to have gone to this conference Teresa. Is there a site to sign up for next year? I am opening a micro bakery next year at our farmers market (foundations have been laid yay!) and this would be so beneficial to attend.

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