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. . . .
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 â they seem to be very popular." You can special order cakes and pies from Jamee, contact the store for more information.