Boudin Bakery

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Boudin Bakery
IndustryFood manufacture
FounderIsidore Boudin
Area served
Key people
Fernando Padilla (Master baker)
ProductsBaked goods
OwnerDaniel Giraudo

Boudin Bakery (Anglicized pronunciation: "boo-DEEN") is a bakery based in San Francisco, California, known for its sourdough bread (trademarked as "The Original San Francisco Sourdough").[1] It was established in 1849 by Isidore Boudin, son of a family of master bakers from Burgundy, France, by blending the sourdough prevalent among miners in the Gold Rush with French techniques.

Steven Giraudo, an artisan baker from Italy whose first job in America was at Boudin, bought the bakery in 1941 but later sold it in 1993 after Boudin became the cornerstone of the San Francisco Frenchbread Company.[2] After a series of ownership changes the bakery was reacquired by Steven Giraudo’s grandson, Daniel in 2002. Under Daniel’s leadership Boudin’s products are available globally through retailers such as Costco, Safeway and other grocery retailers.[2]

The bakery has locations on Fisherman's Wharf near San Francisco Bay, Disney California Adventure Park, and 30 other cafés scattered throughout California. The main bakery in San Francisco is in the Richmond District on the corner of 10th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The Boudin Bakery hosts the attraction "The Bakery Tour" at Disney California Adventure, where tourists are given a tour about how sourdough bread is produced. The bakery still uses the same starter yeast-bacteria culture it developed during the California Gold Rush.[1]

The first outlet outside California was established in 1979 in the Yorktown Center mall in Lombard, Illinois. It was closed in mid-2009.[3]


References in popular culture[edit]

In the 1997 theatrical film Home Alone 3, a bag of "the famous San Francisco sourdough bread" is central to the plot. Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes) buys a loaf of the bread, while a quartet of terrorists uses the same type of French-flag design bag to smuggle a stolen computer chip contained in a radio-controlled car. The two bags get mixed up at airport security, and the terrorists are thwarted in retrieving the car because a large number of people in the airport terminal have bags from the bakery.

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  1. ^ a b "Boudin Bakery: Meet Boudin". Boudin Bakery. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Pia Sarkar (30 August 2010). "Rising at the wharf: Owners of historic Boudin Bakery, home of the original San Francisco sourdough bread, to open flagship store". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  3. ^ Jennifer Olvera. "Boudin brings San Francisco sourdough to the 'burbs". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2010.

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