Essential Difference

Core purpose

We nourish the body and soul of the community by providing superior artisan baked goods, using only the highest quality ingredients. We do this with passion, integrity, innovation, and authenticity. We are committed to being environmentally and socially responsible while maintaining the highest respect for our employees, customers, and business partners.

Tradition & History

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 we 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 our original bakery space, in 2010 we relocated to the Georgetown neighborhood in south Seattle.

Today we proudly provide breads, pastries, crackers and desserts to the finest establishments through out the Pacific Northwest including grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, schools and hospitals.

George De Pasquale, Founder