Ohio’s Own: Seaworthy Breads
Seaworthy is an intriguing moniker for a local bakery. First, because Columbus is pretty landlocked. And also, the term usually describes boats. And outside of being ‘B’ words, bread and boats don’t have much in common.
It’s a play on words, though. The Seaworthy team came here from Seattle, Washington, and the name is a hat tip to those roots. They learned baking from award-winning regional chefs out West, and they team those lessons with some colorful personal backgrounds: as in Registered Dietician, herbalist, former doula.
The only thing better than bread is bread with an interesting backstory, and Seaworthy scores on that front.
It also scores in the Good Eats department. Sourdough is Seaworthy’s speciality, and it bakes loaves in a million variations. The wares are not just sea-worthy, they’re knife-worthy. You to want cut slices using your house bread knife (that’s the large serrated one), because it’s got the chops to glide through the sturdy crust without crushing the oh-so-tender insides.
The loaves have a little something for everyone. For crust-fans, a built-in toasty-ness and resilient chewiness on the outside. And for those who like easier eating: the inside of each loaf is dewey soft. Also, and this goes without saying, the bread soaks up butter nicely. Although, cold butter on top also works well.
The Seeded Multigrain Sourdough is highly recommended. As might be expected from Seattle roots, the ingredients are kinda groovy. In addition to regular flour, there’s also spelt flour, hard red wheat flour and flax seeds. Each loaf sports a “Baked on” date, so buyers can assess freshness transparently.
Seaworthy Breads’ available loaves shift from week to week, with the occasional experimental loaf added in. The selection ranges from a familiar Country White Sourdough to something a little more adventurous in a Fig and Walnut variant. You can find Seaworthy breads at a few surviving farmers markets. Seaworthy also delivers to Bexley Natural Market and Black Radish Creamery Farm Store. And it’s used in-house at Skillet, too.
For more information, visit seaworthybread.co.