Davis-born bakery and boutique coffee shop prepare to move to Winters
By Aaron Geerts, McNaughton Newspapers
WINTERS – Upper Crust Baking moves in hoping to fill a void. This new company comes to town with a resume filled with decades of experience, family tradition and service to its community.
The Upper Crust Baking Co. was originally opened in Davis in 1986 by New York natives Mo and Trudy Kalisky. Specializing in Jewish and French pastry styles, the duo have been delighting customers with a wide variety of baked goods for decades. Their son, Lorin – who spent his teenage years working in the bakery – has now taken over the business and carries aspirations that are anything but half-baked.
“The baking traditions that are close to our hearts are French and Jewish. My family is not religious, but of Jewish culture, and a lot of their motivation was because they grew up in New York and really missed that East Coast style of cooking that they loved,” Lorin said. Kalisky. “The products they started with were a lot of East Coast style deli meats and deli style rye bread, pumpernickel, challah and a New York cheesecake that is out of this world. of sugar cookie crust rather than a graham cracker crust, and it’s a very dense cheesecake rather than too sweet.
While Upper Crust Baking isn’t a specialty donut bakery, it’s a family-run business that shares its own baking “mojo” that it’s been bringing to its community for decades. From their croissants and pastries to their cheesecake, Upper Crust Baking brings a unique flavor to town that it would be silly not to taste.
“We’re not Lester Farms, we’re not going to try to be Lester Farms, but we might end up trying our hand at donuts at some point in the future,” Kalisky said. “There are a lot of similarities between Lester Farms and Upper Crust Baking. The Lester’s used much of their produce in their baked goods, and we call ourselves a “farm to oven” bakery. Since our inception, we have always used local ingredients as much as possible. From the Farmers’ Markets we did in the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe, we have connections with all kinds of farms and agricultural producers throughout Northern California and leveraging those connections has been a key part of our work to source our ingredients locally. .”
Beyond baked goods, Upper Crust Baking is also both a cafe and a shop. This not only means that one can get coffee and tea, but also third-party products from family farms like jam, honey, olive oil, nuts, and dried fruits. The local community of local business owners have been very supportive of this local, community-focused bakery.
“The reception we have received has been overwhelming. Everyone was super positive and excited and we got loads of great feedback,” Kalisky said. “My parents are still very involved in the bakery, I try to keep them busy and they will be very involved here in Winters as well.”
With the whole family on board, Upper Crust Baking is set to officially open in Winters at some point in late July and early August.