Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Boudin SF enters Solano market, makes splash

Boudin SF 2_11_14

Baker Angela Ehmann, left, and head baker Irene Alvarez, right, form loaves of bread for baking at the Boudin SF “Sneak Peek Eats” event Tuesday in Vacaville. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | February 12, 2014 | 9 Comments

VACAVILLE — They call Freda Way the ring leader.

That’s how Way, a Vacaville resident, and her group of friends, most of them former co-workers, ended up at Boudin SF in Vacaville on Tuesday afternoon during the business’s “Sneak Peek Eats” event to benefit Opportunity House.

“We will be back,” Way said, as she and her friends left the restaurant after a filling meal and loaded with bags of fresh French bread.

The fabled restaurant and bakery with its trademark Fisherman’s Wharf flagship location is set to open Thursday. The “Sneak Peek Eats” on Tuesday was the second of three sold-out days when the restaurant does a pseudo soft opening while holding an event for a local charity.

Diners, who heard about the event from various sources, hurried to gain one of the 1,500 spots on one of the three days that sold out within a couple of days. Diners were encouraged to make donations to Opportunity House while they enjoyed a free meal and the restaurant employees ironed out any kinks that could befall the opening of any business.

Victoria Montano, the director of marketing for Boudin, said that on average the local chosen charity for each opening brings in about $5,000.

“We do (this) at all the openings,” she said. She said that Opportunity House was chosen because it meets the company’s mission of benefiting women, children and families in transition.

“Opportunity House was chosen because it provides a safe, secure, drug-free and helpful environment for homeless people and families in Solano County,” Montano said.

During the “Sneak Peek Eats” event, diners were given a set of cards that gave them a range of entrees they could order. Cards varied between the diners and changed with breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving  the “back-of-house” employees experience preparing all meals.

“It’s the only way we can ensure that ‘back-of-house’ are trained across the entire menu,” Montano said. “It helps manage the flow.” She joked that if they didn’t do it this way, the employees would be spooning clam chowder into bread bowls all day – one of the restaurant’s signature meals.

Vacaville resident Janis Rankin came for lunch with her teenage daughter Sarah Rankin. Janis Rankin said she was excited to find out the restaurant was coming to Vacaville.

“I love Boudin,” she said. “Wherever I find it, I eat it.”

Like Way and her friends, Janis Rankin will be back.

“I told my daughter I’m going to be a regular,” she said, laughing. “They’re going to have a table for me. They’ll know what I want.”

The three-day event is just one of several to mark the opening of the Vacaville Boudin location – starting with a police escort for the arrival Feb. 5 of the “Mother Dough” or sourdough starter, which was first cultured in 1849 to make the famous sourdough bread. Given its mid-1800s start, Boudin is the oldest continuously operating business in San Francisco.

The dough is leavened with wild yeast from San Francisco’s fog-enshrouded air – the original 1849 dough has been replenished with flour and water every day for 165 years, according to Boudin press materials.

Diners at the restaurant can get a bird’s eye view of bakers making the French bread as they stand in line at the brightly lit establishment located in the Nut Tree shopping center at 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave.

The first 100 people who enter Boudin in Vacaville at 9 a.m. Thursday will receive a free loaf of original sourdough bread every day for a year. It comes in the form of 365 bread cards nestled in a tin. The No. 1 spot in line is always reserved for the local food bank. In this case it will be the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

But don’t plan on arriving at 8:45 a.m. in an attempt to be one of those 100 people. They start lining up early – like the night before. The 100 mark is usually met by the wee hours of the morning, Boudin representatives said.

Two of Way’s friends, Susan Billias and Danette Williams, plan to be part of that crowd of 100. After lunch at Boudin’s on Tuesday they discussed times and tried to encourage their other friends to join them.

“We’re going to be in line early,” Williams said.

Opening festivities at Boudin in Vacaville will also include discounted lift tickets to the Homewood Mountain ski resort, and a daily 20 percent military discount.

The restaurant will open at 9 a.m. Thursday but regular restaurant hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

More information is available on the company’s website, www.boudinbakery.com.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or swinlow@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 9 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • CD BrooksFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:15 am

    Really pissed about this. I've been asking that somebody solicit these people for years. Great, we keep ignoring opportunities and letting business go. Vacaville keeps getting them. I will continue going to Walnut Creek and San Francisco to get my bread.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FDCFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:26 am

    You are right on, CD. But, just a reminder that Vacaville can be pretty stupid, too. Texas Roadhouse originally wanted to be in the Nut Tree area but Vacaville and the Nut Tree nuts said no, your image just doesn't belong in our high-toned place. Silly them. Texas Roadhouse is a tax-generating powerhouse. So, even Vacaville doesn't get it right all the time.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 12, 2014 - 6:47 am

    FDC, gotta give it up, thanks for the reminder! I an grateful for the Roadhouse! :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Boudin has a place here in Roseville, too. They tend to cater to a more, uh, higher-end clientele. Trader Joe's is like that...very picky about where they put their stores.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Titfortatter.February 12, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Picky, like in Fairfield? For many years in Fairfield? I guess FF has enough "higher end clientele."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Jason KnowlesFebruary 12, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    I almost moved to Visalia 5 years ago. The closest TJ's was in Fresno, an hour away. When I asked their corporate office why, that is essentially what they told me. Visalia did not "fit our target market segment." In a city with over 125,000 people!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • P.J.February 12, 2014 - 8:48 am

    At one time Fairfield was eager to attract business and went the extra mile so secure them, Budweiser and Jelly Belly are good examples, but retail? Look at the Gateway Shopping Center.....Linen & Thlngs - gone, has nothing in that empty space, and now World Market is gone.....isn't there one in Vacaville? We have to stop letting Vacaville be "the trendy place" to shop. We need to find another...B.Gale Wilson, who put Fairfield (besides Travis) on the map!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Kene WinstonFebruary 12, 2014 - 9:22 am

    these look freshly baked..french bread for 1044?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • macFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Because you're looking for a Great Loaf doesn't mean you'll have to go to Vacaville. Mary's Pizza carries--and sells--Sourdough bread from the Basque Boulangerie in Sonoma. About $4 for a fresh-that-day loaf.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Delta barriers no longer needed

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
 
Supervisors voice concern on state Delta plans

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Dental clinic coming Friday, Saturday

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
Rotarians talk about running clinic to help Haitians

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District eyes new auditor

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A4

 
County honors Purple Heart recipients

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Solano recognizes 1,300-strong volunteer corps

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Highway 12 night work scheduled in Delta

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

 
Kids fishing derby in Fairfield is part of Earth Day

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
Garamendi to host open house at Fairfield office

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A7

 
County approves Icon agreements

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9

 
Ceremony set to break ground for Suisun City Walmart

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B9, 19 Comments | Gallery

Dutch Bros. opening with free drinks

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B9, 8 Comments

 
Mustangs and More event moved back to October

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A10

Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
Golf tournament to raise funds for children

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Rotary club to host clay shooting derby

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A11

 
Ghost Walk returns to Suisun City

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A11

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A11

 
NAMI talk on reducing mental health stigma

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A11

 
.

US / World

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
In Internet TV case, justices show concern

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

GOP candidate releases education policy overview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Biden: Russia must ‘stop talking and start acting’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Jet stowaway at hospital; security issues linger

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

SKorea ferry toll hits 146 as search gets tougher

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Ukraine orders new ‘anti-terror’ operation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

In Ukraine’s east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

‘Piles and piles’ of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Obama views mudslide scene, mourns with survivors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15, 3 Comments

.

Opinion

 
Editorial cartoons for April 23, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A13

 

Groundwater becomes next big California fight

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A13

 
Fairfield’s main problem is the mayor

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 6 Comments

.

Living

Solving and resolving life’s problems

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

 
Today in History for April 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: April 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
 
A healthy take on the very not healthy Scotch egg

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

How can I get my 12-year-old grandson to sleep in his own bed?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

DeGeneres making design series for HGTV

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Bieber seeks delay in Fla. DUI trial

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

5 Fairfield runners finish Boston Marathon

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Prep swimming update: Postseason looms on horizon

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
SCC softball ends regular season with 29 straight wins

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Seahawks acquire QB Terrelle Pryor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NFL playoff game to air on ESPN for 1st time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pujols’ 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A’s

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Beverly Hanson, forgotten pioneer in women’s golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warriors announce new plans for SF arena

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP Source: N.Y. Giants’ Hill facing 3rd suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors’ Curry eager to erase Game 2 nightmare

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Spurs’ Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Raiders begin offseason workouts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NBA Playoffs: Raptors even series with Nets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

.

Obituaries

Robert James Carty Sr.

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Richard P. Horn

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Dondi Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Kyong Hee Maxwell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Norma O’Regan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard Of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7