Step inside our cozy, rustic boulangerie and you instantly feel a connection with the old-world charms of France. From rows of wicker baskets holding our freshly baked bread to the glass-encased display of hand-crafted pastries, St. Honoré Bakery's ambiance and design have mixed traditions of France with the Northwest vibe. "We create an experience for customers, as well as our workers," says Dominique. "Everything is out in the open so people can talk with me while I roll out bread." The boulangerie uses available natural light with floor to ceiling windows. The flagstone floor and thick wooden tables evoke images of the French countryside, and the smell of freshly baked bread fills every nook of this neighborhood bakery. Choose an intimate table for two or congregate at the long, wooden community table where you may hear whisperings of French from your fellow diners.
Casual and warm, we like to call our customers by their first name. We are passionate and enthusiastic in offering an inviting gourmet experience and providing a memorable time that will uplift a moment of your daily life.
Stepping inside our cozy and rustic boulangerie on Thurman Street or elegant and chic boulangerie in Lake Oswego, you will instantly feel a connection with the old-world of France. Come to break away from your daily worries. We are the perfect place to meet with family, friends or the person sitting next to you.
Our clay firebrick bread oven is a return to traditional French baking. The bricks are made from the remarkable kaolin earth of the town of Larnage, located in the foothills of the Rhone Valley and surrounded by the famous vineyards of Tain-l'Hermitage. The quarries in the area have been in use since the time of the Roman Empire. The refractory properties of the clay have a natural moisture retention which transfers the heat evenly, creating bread with great taste, flavor and texture.
Every day, we put our passion to work, loving what we do and sharing it with others. Our work is never done. By empowering each person to bring their unique perspective and skills, everyone has a place to contribute their true creative selves to the organization, offering everyone a sense of belonging. At St Honoré Boulangerie, everyone has a role to serve one another and ultimately our top priority is to serve our customers with quality products. We are serious about delivering passionate service without compromising our values at any time.
THE MASTER BAKER
The Pacific Northwest has so much bounty here and we are committed to using sustainable ingredients in all our pastries and breads. I've come far from Normandy, but I am still living up to my family's high standards - at least, when it comes to baking.
MEILLEUR OUVRIER DE FRANCE
CHEVALIER DE L’ORDRE DU MERITE AGRICOLE
After high school, Dominique enrolled in The Baking School, in nearby Rouen. There, he was noticed and invited to move to Portland, Oregon in the early 80s to help open Le Panier, an authentic French bakery in Old Town. It was during this stay in the Pacific Northwest that Dominique began to appreciate the Northwest lifestyle. After five years in Portland, Dominique returned to France and the family bakery. During this time, he also consulted to specialty French bakeries around the world from Africa to Asia. He continues to work closely with some of the most prestigious French bakeries in Japan.
SAINT HONORÉ: OUR PATRON SAINT OF BAKERS
St. Honoré Boulangerie is named for the patron saint of bakers, Saint Honoré. As tradition goes, a young man named Honoré became the Bishop of Amiens in 554. During his service a number of miraculous events occurred, which spared farmers, millers, and bakers from natural disasters. Residents of France connected the miracles with Bishop Honoré and in 1204 a Parisian baker built a chapel to commemorate him. Today, the chapel is no longer standing, but the name, Saint Honoré, is etched in a gate leading to Faubourg and Rue Saint Honoré in the heart of Paris.
Make sure you look for our own statue of Saint Honoré perched next to our claybrick bread oven.