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									                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                      August 2, 2012

                                                      CONTACT: Susan Nicolais, CAE
                                                      Executive Director
                                                      1.800.638.0924
                                                      snicolais@retailbakersofamerica.org

                        All Things Baking – Bakery Tours Announced
 Slidell, LA – All Things Baking on September 9-11, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention
Center in Houston, Texas is sure to attract bakers and food service professionals. This show is a
high-energy, innovative trade event geared to appeal to today’s forward-thinking baking
professionals. A popular part of the event is the bakery tours. This year there will be 3 tours for
attendees to select. To allow for more attendees to participate, there will be morning and
afternoon tours. The tours cost $30 per person.

Tour A: Buses load at 7:00 am at the Hilton Americas and return at approximately 10:30 am to
the George R. Brown Convention Center.

  Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
  www.oohlalasweets.com
  With three locations Vanessa O’Donnell offers customers a vast choice of her signature
  cupcakes, cupcake towers and dessert platters, as well as cookies, pies and cheesecakes in a
  charming atmosphere. One of her customer’s favorites is the Cupcake Bar where young and
  old love customizing their own treat.

  Patisserie Mabis
  www.mabispatisserie.com
  At the bakery Mabis Ratel adapts and customizes all kinds of specialty cakes for all occasions
  and for all clients. The featured style of Mabis Patisserie is modern. You can sit with your
  coffee, relax listening to the music and view the art.

  Cakes By Gina
  www.cakesbyginahouston.com
  Gina Yobbagy has been located in her 9,000 sq. ft. bakery/store for 9 years. With a spotless
  and totally open concept kitchen, she inspires customers who watch the art of the decorators
  while they are placing an order for their special cake. Gina has a reputation for unique and
  spectacular cakes, whether it’s for a wedding, a birthday, or a big corporate event.

Tour B: Buses load at 7:00 am at the Hilton Americas and return at approximately 10:30 to the
George R. Brown Convention Center.

  El Bolillo Bakery
  www.elbolillo.com
  El Bolillo Bakery, owned by Kirk Michaelis and his father-in-law, is one of the premier
  panadarias in the Houston area. They have three stores. The one we will be touring is the
  newest one that was built across the street and about a block away from the oldest store. Both
  stores are doing a “land office” business with so many customers there is always a line.

  Dessert Gallery—Commissary
  www.dessertgallery.com
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  Dessert Gallery has rocketed to success because of Sara Brook’s unique style of marketing her
  desserts. The whimsical, colorful and super fun style is carried throughout her store, signage
  and social media efforts. We will be touring the Commissary where they also make the food
  menu for her substantial lunch crowd at her stores. At the Commissary they are creating
  festive and fun packaging for the online orders as well.

  Three Brothers Bakery (main store and production facility)
  www.3brothersbakery.com
  With a 200 year, five generation baking history, one would call this family survivors. Today,
  fifth generation baker, Bobby and his wife, Janice and Estelle Jucker, own the Bakery. This
  location is the production location and main store making all products such as poppy seed
  strudel, hamantaschen, sour dough rye and challah, cupcakes, pastries, dessert, wedding
  cakes, extreme cakes and most recently creating the “Pumpecapple Piecake.”

  Michael’s Cookie Jar
  www.michaelscookiejar.com
  Michael's Cookie Jar is Houston's premiere bakery of all-butter, hand-made cookies.
  Chef/Owner Michael Savino is a professionally trained pastry chef and graduate of the
  Culinary Institute of America. Michael's customer base is very diverse and includes
  wholesale clients, corporate customers, bridal customers, on-line customers and folks who just
  wander into the bakery for a snack. Michael's Cookie Jar also ships gift boxes of cookies.

Tour C: Buses load at 3:00 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center and return at
approximately 7:00pm to the Hilton Americas.

  Slow Dough Bread Company
  www.slowdoughbreadco.com
  Slow Dough Bread Company is the brainchild of Heath Wendell, a fifth generation baker. In
  France, Heath learned about the passion and soul involved in baking a loaf of bread—now,
  they are the secret ingredients in every Slow Dough loaf. Slow Dough fired up its ovens for
  the first time in April of 2009, commencing business officially on May 1. The bakery quickly
  established itself as the premier artisan bread company in Houston.

  Kegg’s Candy (Chocolate Factory, Retail Store, & Ice Cream Parlor)
  www.keggscandies.com
  Kegg’s Candies began humbly with the young Kegg brothers experimenting with chocolate
  candy recipes in the kitchen of their mom’s home in the spring of 1946. Houston entrepreneur
  Carl A. Bartuch Jr., purchased the business in 2004. Today, Kegg’s Candies produces its
  gourmet chocolates and confections in a new 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art production facility
  on Westpark Drive. Adjacent to the factory is a new retro-themed 2,000 sq. ft. retail store,
  reminiscent of a 1940’s candy stop.

  Whole Foods Bakery - Production Facility
  www.wholefoods.com
  The Whole Foods Market Bakehouse in Houston, Texas employs 130+ team members to
  produce breads, pastries, and decorated cakes for 25 Whole Foods Market locations in Texas,
  Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The facility was opened in 2007 encompassing 24,000
  square feet, and has recently added additional space increasing the footprint to 37,000 square
  feet. The bakery runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days each year. Massey serves as the
  facility team leader at Whole Foods BakeHouse.
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For more information and to register visit: www.allthingsbaking.org

Retail Bakers of America (RBA)—a 501(c)6 not-for-profit national trade association located in
Slidell, LA- caters to retail bakeries, allied suppliers, educators, students and other industry
partners, and is committed to the success of the retail baking industry. Founded in 1918, RBA
works as the bakers’ business partner and resource provider, and is the nation’s premier source of
industry information. More information is available at www.rbanet.com.
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