In The Wild With Hope Tejedas Of Sunday Bread Project
Meet Hope Tejedas from Sunday Bread Project. Hope is a badass baker from Portland, Oregon and a huge inspiration to me. We sat down with a charcuterie full of Sunday bread and Italian cheeses while we sipped some red wine and talked about her business, Sunday Bread Project, because that's what best friends do. Check out our interview below.
Tell us your background and how your interest and passion for baking grew?
Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by food. My Mom always tells the story about how I begged to make creme brûlée for my 5th birthday haha. I have so many great memories sharing food with friends and family and if you know my Dad, there is always bread at the table.
What led up to Sunday Bread Project?
Tell us about the process of working with sourdough that leads to the delicious bread and bagels you have been baking!
Baking with sourdough is kind of a nonstop process, since you’re keeping the starter alive even when you aren’t actively baking. I often feel like I'm living in the future. Day one of my work week started two days prior and somehow i’ll have bread in three, haha. Between working for Scotties Pizza Parlor and myself, often at the same time, i’m in the kitchen 3-4 full days a week nerding out on dough, it’s tight and I love it.
Where do you see all of this heading?
Donating to organizations doing racial and social justice work. I always aim for SBP to be able to support these organizations and invest in people who are making great changes. I want to bake bread for a bigger picture.
Busy summer with Sunday bread?
Yes! Week to week it’s somewhat of a controlled chaos, haha. Between working with Scotties Pizza Parlor, hustling bagels and bread and trying to enjoy the Oregon summer with my dog daughter, Bobbie. I try to be flexible with myself and I really appreciate my community of customers being supportive of my ever evolving baking schedule. I will be doing weekly bakes and pop ups throughout the summer. We will be at Wild Cactus Boutique’s birthday party on Tuesday, June 15th from 2-5 pm! This month were donating 10% of sales to Skate Like A Girl PDX.
My clothes have to be functional, comfortable, and fun to wear. I need to be able to lift a 50 lb bag of flour, run errands, and hit the skate park with my dog all in the same day haha. Whether that be bike shorts and sneakers or jeans and a t-shirt, WCB always has the kits. I love to express myself through clothing and style but being a baker and in the kitchen, I have to be practical with what I am wearing. Usually I am wearing a comfortable fun pant or Girlfriend bike shorts, Girlfriend tank top or a sweater or jacket, bucket hat or beanie. For self care, I also use all of the bathing culture and salt & stone products on the daily.
Anything else you want to share with us?
Thank you for letting me explore my craft and trying new systems and schedules as this is an ever evolving project :) Thanks for supporting and stay tuned for what's to come!
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All photos by @meaganforbes