October 25 & 26, 2002: New Oven Arch

American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen


Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2002

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to


New Oven Arch


            Yesterday morning I received a call from Camilla, “You might want to come in on your way to Burlington (I was off to the 14th Vermont Traumatic Brain Injury Conference) and have a look at the oven arch. Some material has fallen away and there’s a gaping hole in the top.”

            “I’ll be there as soon as I can,” I replied. When I arrived, the bakery was operating, but only because of the tenaciousness of the bakers and Jan Brodeur’s good counsel. We had had difficulty with the oven arch in the past, but this was by far the worst I had ever seen it. The stability of the entire oven dome was in question. After a thorough inspection, we decided to continue baking- with an extra degree of caution, and put together a plan to fix the arch Friday morning. I went to Burlington and returned mid-afternoon, and found things stable, due in great measure to the extra effort of the bakers and assemblers. While putting together tools and supplies for the repair, Mary Campbell came up to me and said, “Is there anything I can do to help?”

            “Sure,” I replied, “We need four buckets of clay.” Mary and Freddie dug six buckets, got their truck both stuck and unstuck, and came back smiling. Matt Holland asked if I had any help for Friday morning. “Nope, but I could use some.”

            “I’ll be in at 9AM,” Matt said. Lisa Townsend called this morning at 8, “I’m here mixing clay.”

“Great! Thanks!”

            Megan Duni came in with Matt this morning. Matt, Megan, and Lisa worked all morning and half the afternoon. We had one big setback, but no one lost their spirit. If you are reading this dedication, the repair worked. I could not have done it alone. You guys are great.






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