Boudin Bakery

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Boudin Bakery
IndustryFood manufacture
FounderIsidore Boudin
Area served
Key people
Fernando Padilla (Master baker)
ProductsBaked goods
OwnerDaniel Giraudo

Boudin Bakery (Anglicized pronunciation: "boo-DEEN") is a bakery based in San Francisco, California, known for its sourdough bread (trademarked as "The Original San Francisco Sourdough").[1] The bakery is recognized as the "oldest continually operating business in San Francisco."[2][3] It was established in 1849 by Isidore Boudin, son of a family of master bakers from Burgundy, France, by blending the sourdough prevalent among miners in the Gold Rush with French techniques.[4] The Boudin Bakery is San Francisco's oldest continuously operating business.[1]

Steven Giraudo, an artisan baker from Italy whose first job in America was at Boudin, bought the bakery in 1941 but later sold it in 1993 after Boudin became the cornerstone of the San Francisco Frenchbread Company.[5] After a series of ownership changes the bakery was reacquired by Steven Giraudo’s grandson, Daniel in 2002. Under Daniel’s leadership Boudin’s products are available globally through retailers such as Costco, Safeway and other grocery retailers.[5]

The bakery has locations on Fisherman's Wharf near San Francisco Bay, Disney California Adventure Park, and 30 other cafés scattered throughout California. The main bakery in San Francisco is in the Richmond District on the corner of 10th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The Boudin Bakery hosts the attraction "The Bakery Tour" at Disney California Adventure, where tourists are given a tour about how sourdough bread is produced. The bakery still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture it developed during the California Gold Rush.[1]

The first outlet outside California was established in 1979 in the Yorktown Center mall in Lombard, Illinois. It was closed in mid-2009.[6]


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  1. ^ a b c "Our Story." Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Bevk, Alex (2014-03-14). "The Oldest San Francisco Bakery Got its Start in North Beach". Curbed SF. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  3. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco's Historic Boudin Bakery". San Francisco Travel. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  4. ^ Brown, Daniel. "San Francisco baker needs mother dough for tradition to live." Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, December 27, 2015. Page 1G.
  5. ^ a b Sarkar, Pia. (30 August 2010). "Rising at the wharf: Owners of historic Boudin Bakery, home of the original San Francisco sourdough bread, to open flagship store". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  6. ^ Jennifer Olvera. "Boudin brings San Francisco sourdough to the 'burbs". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2010.

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