All Good Things, the European-style food marketplace, opens at 102 Franklin on Saturday, Sept. 1. As a preview, we’re meeting the vendors. Next up—after Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Blue Marble Ice Cream, and Nunu Chocolates—is Orwasher’s Bakery on the Upper East Side.
Owner and bread architect: Keith Cohen. [Interesting side note! His father, Allan Cohen, was long known as "the Bread Guy" at the Tribeca Greenmarket. The Tribeca Trib ran a nice farewell article in 2007, when he decided to retire.]
A brief history of Orwasher’s: “Orwasher’s was started on the Upper East Side back in 1916. It really is one of the only artisan bakeries still operating from that era. For the past 96 years we have been making bread that has fed the mouths of millions.”
What makes Orwasher’s stand out: “Orwasher’s commitment to old-world baking standards and local ingredients is one of the ways we stand out. We have created special starters and our doughs have a long fermentation time.We hand shape all our loaves! The bread develops great flavor and texture. We pride ourselves in coming up with new and interesting breads all the time.”
What shoppers can expect at All Good Things: “People can expect all the same products that they can get on Upper East Side—including Levain Locale, Chardonnay Miche, Cabernet Rustica, Morning Spelt, and the Ultimate Whole Wheat. We’ll have a great selection of breads, pastries, cookies and donuts (which we fill to order with Beth’s Farm jam). We will be up early to start baking and delivering fresh bread there every day!”