Sales Manager Rebecca Early remembers that downtown Bellevue’s restaurant scene was just starting to heat up when she met Bradley Dickinson and Mikel Rogers at their new restaurant Pearl in 2008. It was one of her first calls as the new Sales Manager for Macrina Bakery, and she was a bit nervous. She knew that Bradley and Mikel had been in the restaurant business for a long time and wanted to make sure that she gave them a good impression of our bakery.
She needn’t have worried.
In addition to finding a sleek, urbane space that, while polished, had a cheerful, upbeat vibe, Rebecca found a big fan of our bread in Executive Chef Bradley Dickinson. “The quality of the bread made it an easy choice,” says Bradley. He was familiar with our product from a previous job and was also impressed with the attitude and friendliness of the Macrina community.
Bradley says that while Pearl’s menu changes with the seasons, bread pudding is always available. This fall, they are using our brioche in their pumpkin bread pudding with cinnamon rum sauce. Pearl slices our baguettes to toast as their crostini, and our potato rolls are the perfect base for their pulled pork sliders. Our potato rolls are their house bread as well!
We’re proud to say that Bradley and Mikel also use our bread at their newest restaurant, Koral, which opened this year. The versatility of our potato bread is showcased in their very popular garlic bread and as the foundation for their take on the classic meatloaf sandwich. Koral’s housemade meatloaf, BBQ mayo, lettuce and sweet onions are layered between slices of our grilled potato bread.
We’re thankful that Bradley and Mikel think highly enough of us to feature our bread at both of their restaurants.