The Granville bakery has become a wholesale darling for Central Ohio restaurants.
If you dine out often, you may have noticed baked goods from Lucky Cat Bakery, a longtime farmers market favorite, popping up on the menus of more and more area restaurants. From sliced breads to dinner rolls, ciabatta, focaccia and a variety of scones, Lucky Cat's offerings attract those in search of fresh, locally crafted, artisan bread.
Owner Andrew Semler started the company in 2009 as produce-focused Lucky Cat Farms, but pivoted toward a cottage baking operation after noticing a lack of bread products available at local markets. With a desire to “provide a loaf of bread that your great-grandmother would have been proud to pull from the oven,” Semler focused on high-quality ingredients from local suppliers, such as Snowville Creamery cream, organic eggs from Green Field Farms and organic whole wheat and whole rye milled to order by Stutzman Farms in Millersburg.
“Lucky Cat's vision is in line with our vision at Wolf's Ridge Brewing,” says executive chef Seth Lassak. “They use good-quality ingredients to make quality breads, no shortcuts, while fulfilling the demand that we have. Their bread is consistently produced, so we can then have a consistent product for our customers in the restaurant.”
After meeting through the farmers market, Selmer brought in Nate Roderick in 2015 to shepherd the operation's continued growth as it moved into a 4,000-square-foot production facility. According to Roderick, the shared vision is to offer a “higher-quality product, in line with what you'd get from a local neighborhood bakery, but with capacity and consistency to be used as a wholesaler.”
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar chef-owner David Tetzloff appreciates Lucky Cat's approach. “The spelt porridge bread is a pretty unique offering for a table bread. We like to focus on local producers who are doing things the right way, and they have been great for us,” Tetzloff says. “Our guests have really liked the switch to Lucky Cat.”
Lucky Cat products can be found at other high-end establishments like The Guild House and The Avenue Steak Tavern, but also coffee shops like Brioso Coffee and casual eateries like Acre. Looking to bring some home? Try grocers such as Lucky's Market in Clintonville, Whole Foods at Easton and Oats & Barley Market in the Short North, or you can order through Green Bean Delivery. True to its roots, Lucky Cat remains on the farmers market circuit in Clintonville, Worthington and Granville. luckycatbakery.com