Three years ago, Sean M. Starowitz co-founded Bread! KC with Andrew Erdrich and Erin Olm-Shipman.
By Sarah Gish
Since then, Bread! KC has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars and community support for creative projects such as CartWheel, a mobile retail store, La Cucaracha Press, a silk screen and letterpress studio, and Maker Village KC, a group working to transform a building in the urban core to a member-based workshop.
Now Starowitz is cooking up a new project that combines his passions for art, food and community. Fresh Bread, a pop-up bread shop, debuts this (First) Friday from 5-10 p.m. at the Better Block KC event at 19th and Main Streets in the Crossroads Arts District.
But Fresh Bread is about more than, well... fresh bread. Starowitz wants to draw attention to food deserts, so he plans to position his pop-up shop in Kansas City neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.
At 7 a.m. Saturday, he’s opening Fresh Bread near Oddly Correct at 39th and Main Streets. Starowitz chose that location because he’s friends with the owners of the coffee shop – and it’s right across the street from a CVS pharmacy where many midtown residents go for groceries.
“I want people to have access to good, fresh food,” Starowitz says.
He’s baking his Fresh Bread with local and all-natural ingredients and selling it for less than $5 a loaf. Regular varieties include sliced white and honey wheat bread, but Starowitz plans to mix it up with seasonal recipes and croissants. Prices will vary based on neighborhood income levels.
The artist and baker says he also wants to help find new uses for vacant lots and buildings. Look for Fresh Bread to pop up in unused urban spaces this fall.
To follow Fresh Bread’s whereabouts, follow @freshbreadstand on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining columns and guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a dining column for 913 and tweets about food @sarah_gish and @chowtownkc.