Au Soleil Levant: A Story of Bread in Black and White.
The French Bakery is tucked away in a little shop off of a side street in a back lane. The sign out front reads Au Soleil Levant (The Rising Sun), with a small open or closed sign hanging below. They have been there, quietly baking delicious breads and treats, for fifteen years.
The process that goes into making each loaf of bread is pretty remarkable. It begins with their sourdough starter, in the very early morning (way before the sun or myself have risen) and it takes hours and a few different bakers to complete the entire process from start to finish. I can understand that tradition, hard work, and a love of baking is really the back bone of the Bakery.
The owner Raymond was born in Quebec and grew up watching his Grandfather work as a Baker. Raymond learned the trade at a famous bakery in Montreal, before moving to the Kootenays. The Ladies who work at the bakery are very friendly and make great recommendations if your not sure which loaf to buy. They tell me it is an excellent place to work, and Raymond is great to work for. He is also very generous, contributing to the community often. The day before I was in to photograph them, they had baked 72 loaves (as much as they could fit in their ovens), to donate to the food bank!
If you haven’t been here yet….. go and get some of their amazing bread! It is definitely worth it.
They are at 281 Herridge Lane in Nelson, all year round, and at the Farmers Market in the summer.