Recently on a visit with my sister to Larkspur CA I rediscovered The Rustic Bakery and Café. I was thrilled to see how much they had grown in such a short period of time. The thing that I find inspiring about the company is they are so true to their mission of providing organic, local food but with enormous style. Their branding is great but the food is even better. In the course of a 2-day stay in the area we ate there 3 times! It is that good. The salads were amazing. I can truly say possibly the best I have ever had. Don’t believe me? Ask my sister! She felt the same way.
The pastries… where shall I start? A bit like a quick trip to Paris. The thing that is exciting to see is the expansion of their product line of crackers (to die for, in an array of flavors, each one better than the last), cookies that taste homemade, just to name a few.
As a designer, it is always satisfying to see a company be so cohesive in how they present themselves not just in their branding and identity but also all the way through the very core of their product. The ingredients are top notch, the space thoughtfully designed and the staff passionate about what they sell. You can feel the pride they all take selling something that provides a lot on so many levels.
Next time you are in Larkspur do not, I repeat, do not miss a visit to The Rustic Bakery and Café. If you’re not so lucky and live far away, seek out their products at an upscale market near you.