30th Anniversary Celebrations: Baking Classes with Leslie

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary than by sharing the joy of baking with our beloved community. As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations this summer, Macrina’s founder, Leslie Mackie, will teach two hands-on baking classes this July.

Leslie will guide a select group of seven guests through the art of baking some of our favorite summer treats. These classes are a unique opportunity to learn from one of Seattle’s finest culinary talents, regardless of whether you’re a seasoned baker or a curious novice.After years of travel, training, and working with acclaimed chefs and bakers, Leslie opened Macrina in 1993 in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood with just six employees. With the upcoming launch of our Maple Leaf café, Macrina will have six cafes, employing many more people. Over the years, Leslie has authored three cookbooks, been featured on Julia Child’s Baking with Julia, and even been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Her dream for Macrina has ascended to heights she never imagined.

Both classes are limited to seven people and will take place at our Belltown café (July 11) and Sodo café (July 18). There will be plenty of tasting and camaraderie with fellow baking enthusiasts. Without our dedicated community, we would never have reached our 30th anniversary. These classes aren’t just a part of our celebrations, but also a way to share our love for baking. Here’s to you, our community, and to the many more anniversaries to come.

Pie Making Class – July 11th, Macrina Belltown Café

Join us on Tuesday, July 11th, from 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. for a hands-on pie making class. Leslie will kick things off by demonstrating how to prepare the dough for a flaky pie crust. Then, you will have the opportunity to create a gorgeous Blueberry Nectarine Pie and Rustic Apple Cherry Tartlets. Each participant will take their pie home to bake and will also prepare and bake the tartlets on-site. Leslie will provide samples of baked pies for everyone to taste. From mastering the perfect lattice crust to crafting tartlets, you’ll depart with a newfound appreciation for the art of pie making.

Baking with Raspberries Class – July 18th, Macrina Sodo Café

There’s nothing quite like the raspberry days of summer! If you relish the just-picked, bright flavor of raspberries straight from the vine, join us for Leslie’s Baking with Raspberries class on Tuesday, July 18th, from 4 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Leslie will guide you through the process of baking with raspberries. You’ll create a mouth-watering Raspberry Lemon Coffee Cake, which you’ll bake on-site to take home. You’ll also learn how to assemble elegant Summer Berry Charlottes, which you’ll take home to chill overnight and bake the following day. Leslie will have samples for everyone to taste.

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo of something you’ve baked from a Macrina cookbook or one of our recipes of the month OR share your favorite Macrina product/Macrina story
  2. Post it or message it to us via Instagram by July 7
  3. Tag @MacrinaBakery and mention the date of the class you’d like to attend in the comments.

The top 25 entries for each class will be entered in a drawing for available spots. We will notify the winners on July 7.

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