The Essential Baking Company was founded in 1994 by George DePasquale and the late Jeff Fairhall. Jeff founded Essential Foods, a startup company that made and sold wrap sandwiches. George came to Seattle from San Francisco to pursue his passions of baking and playing bass guitar. Luckily, George and Jeff’s paths crossed and they started a business selling George’s signature breads at the Fremont Farmers Market.
In 1998, the bakery moved to the old Buchan Bakery building in Wallingford and established its first bakery café. A dozen years later, The Essential Baking Company joined with Parisian Star Desserts, founded by French native Pierre Fauvet. Pierre brought decades of experience, making exquisite desserts that look as good as they taste. Having outgrown the original bakery space, in 2010 the bakery relocated to the Georgetown neighborhood in south Seattle.
The Essential Baking Company proudly provides breads, pastries, and desserts to establishments throughout the Pacific Northwest, including grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, schools, and hospitals. The company also distributes Take & Bake and Gluten-Free bread nationwide, with availability in grocery stores and online.