Wining & Dining
Great Harvest Bread Company to Open Soon
11/7/2016 10:48:41 AM

Michael and Shelly Migues are nearly set to open their new Great Harvest Bread Company franchise at the corner of Lake and Sale Sts. in Lake Charles. This locally owned bakery and cafe will offer fresh whole grain breads, baked goods, and made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls. Future outdoor seating beside the bayou, beneath oak and cypress trees, promises to become a popular lunch spot.

Great Harvest bakeries grind premium Montana wheat berries using a classic stone mill into whole-wheat flour daily to ensure freshness, nutrition, and flavor. The fresh flour is used within two days to guarantee the best taste and nutritional value. Great Harvest’s breads
are also made without preservatives, additives or dough conditioners, providing a high quality, made-from-scratch product. "The fresh, healthy, whole food farm to table concept is very appealing,” says Michael. "Hand made from scratch products with no preservatives or additives are unique to Great Harvest.”

"We are excited to bring fresh, phenomenal tasting products with all the health benefits of milled fresh wheat to Lake Charles,” says Shelly. ”We believe it is all about the customer experience and we want to provide a comfortable gathering place away from home and work -- a neighborhood place that bakes delicious products from scratch.”

The couple first discovered the Great Harvest whole grain philosophy in 2012 when they visited the Great Harvest in Lafayette. That piqued their interest and after much consideration, they decided to put a Lake Charles franchise in motion in late 2015. The Great Harvest mission statement, "Be loose and have fun, Bake phenomenal bread, Run fast to help customers, Give generously to others,” represents values they appreciate and will exemplify in their store. They
are second-generation owners of Bare Wood Furniture who value locally owned businesses and appreciate the Southwest Louisiana community.

The opening day menu will include delicious bread like Seed-filled Dakota and Honey Whole Wheat, a signature bread crafted from five simple ingredients: water, honey, salt, fresh yeast, and wheat flour. Rotating specialty breads include Cheddar Garlic and Cranberry Orange. The bakery will offer a variety of other items including granola, brownie, and pancake mixes, and an assortment of cookies, muffins and scones with seasonal berries. From the cafe, customers will find salads, soups, and grain bowls. The daily made-to-order sandwich menu offers many choices including Baja Chipotle Turkey, Italian, Three Seed Veggie Hummus, Roast Beef Chimichurri, Granny’s Chicken Salad and more. Also, look for a new hot sandwich line. The full espresso bar offers lattes and cappuccinos.

The couple will sell honey from Louisiana honey bees and fresh roasted coffee beans from Reve Coffee Roasters in Acadiana. When making Cheddar Beer bread, they plan to tap Lake Charles’ first and only brewery, Crying Eagle Brewing Company. Special vinegars and sauces from a local food boutique will also be used in the bakery.

"It is our goal to bring our community a locally owned café and bakery with a rustic, relaxed, ambiance. Customers will have healthy choices all day,” adds Michael. "The Great Harvest concept allows us freedom to give our bakery a special Lake Charles-owned feel.”

Originally founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Montana., Great Harvest has more than 200 bakeries located throughout the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. All bakeries are individually owned and operated and no two are alike. Great Harvest is known for handcrafted breads made with freshly ground whole wheat purchased from family-owned farms. These neighborhood bakery/cafes create an array of legendary fresh-baked breads and treats, as well as specialty items during the holidays.

The Lake Charles bakery will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday because man can’t live by bread alone! Find Great Harvest at 4112 Lake St., Suite 100, Lake Charles. For more information, visit the bakery’s Facebook page

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