Before Boulangerie, Kennebunk did not have a bakery. That is, Kennebunk did not have a proper bakery. There are plenty of lovely bakeshops and cake shops and bagel shops in town, but no proper bakeries. A place where bread is mixed and proofed for hours, and baked in the dark of morning, sending warm yeasty aromas wafting down the street as a harbinger of dawn.
Boulangerie, A Proper Bakery, was conceived and created by Amy and Zachary Tyson. Before the doors opened in early 2015, over 10 years of planning, testing and tasting were invested in the hearth stone oven. In 2019, Michelle McGuire took over leadership of the bakery and continues as a driving force for quality, tradition and hospitality.
The founders of Boulangerie attended the Cordon Bleu in London and the International Culinary Center in NYC. Together they developed their own starters (a stable culture of natural yeast maintained over time to act as a leaven in bread dough) for the various sourdough and levain baked daily at Boulangerie. Michelle attended the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. The bakers continue to collaborate and create new variations of classics – such as the Everything Croissant – Butter Croissant filled with Chive Cream Cheese and sprinkled with Everything Topping. In addition to bread, Boulangerie offers traditional pastries such as a variety of croissants, scones and muffins. The lunchtime menu includes chicken salad and super kale salad, soup, focaccia pizza, and a selection of both sliced and baguette sandwiches including a local Blythedale brie with local tomatoes and Casco Bay sea salted butter.
Supporting Maine farmers and businesses is a priority at Boulangerie. Whenever possible, ingredients are sourced locally. From the eggs in the dough to the cream in the roasted coffee, Maine Made and New England sourced is featured as often as possible. Honey, cheese, coffee, tomatoes, beer… the list goes on and on. In addition to supporting local business, Boulangerie supports local charitable organizations on a daily basis including the Kennebunk Free Library and the Food Pantry by donating all profits from our recyclables to the library and donating unsold bread to those in need.
Boulangerie, A Proper Bakery, is located in Downtown Kennebunk, just behind the Pavilion. The interior of the big, red barn, which dates to the early 1900s, was finished using reclaimed wood, stained glass, cornices and antique fixtures. The space is unique, warm and inviting. A lot like Kennebunk itself.