Faces of Bloomingfoods: Jamee Deford

The baking begins early in the morning every day of the week at the Near West Bloomingfoods, where Head Baker Jamee Deford and her assistant, Jay Record, rotate responsibility for baking dozens of scones, muffins, pies, brownies, and other desserts for both the Near West and the Downtown stores.

Jamee is known to Bloomingfoods guests as the Encore baker who perfected many of their favorite desserts. . . . 

From Friday night Napoleons to specialty pumpkin cheesecakes and pecan pies (available at any time by special order), Jamee developed her love of baking in the kitchen with her grandmother as a young child. She came to us from Babs Super Valu in Spencer, Indiana, and now travels before dawn from her home in rural Owen County.

Jamee worked with commissary kitchen co-workers Dan and Rodney during the Near West construction, continuing to develop recipes and keep the Downtown location stocked with plenty of baked goods.

"It's fun to have a fresh case in the new store," she says, "and we're having a good time with the new muffins and savory scones – they seem to be very popular." You can special order cakes and pies from Jamee, contact the store for more information.