FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

The Gourmet Ghetto (page 2)

“Acme Bread,” 1989

“Acme Bread,” 1989

Steve Sullivan, the first bread baker for Chez Panisse, and his wife Suzie opened Acme Bread Company in 1983.  They supplied artisanal bread to many Bay Area restaurants.  David Lance Goines’s poster features their bread loving daughter and pet rabbit.

Lent by Steve and Suzie Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Boules (“ball” –shaped French-style raised breads) were among the loaves baked by Steve Sullivan at Chez Panisse.

Courtesy of Steve and Suzie Sullivan

Sign, 1980s

Sign, 1980s

Acme bakers had to hand this sign in the window every afternoon during their first years of operation.  Because handmade, artisanal, and fresh mean small production, the bakery simple ran out of bread.

Lent by Steve and Suzie Sullivan

Bannetons, about 1986

Bannetons, about 1986

Acme bakers used these linen-lined baskets to raise (“proof”) the dough for their Italian bread (in the French bâtard shape). These sturdy French baskets replaced the original and not-very-durable bannetons, made by the bakers themselves from baskets and canvas.

Lent by Steve and Suzie Sullivan

Flyer, 1999

Flyer, 1999

When the Acme Bread Company shifted to organic flour, the Sullivans sent this flyer to their customers.

Gift of Steve and Suzie Sullivan