Brand New Hudson Valley Bakeries

Fresh from the oven, two new Dutchess County bakeries heat things up


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Tanner Townsend and Victor Lucio met as students in the Culinary Institute of America’s baking and pastry program several years ago. They spent the next few years in various parts of the country honing their baking chops, and then ended up together again at Babycakes Café in Poughkeepsie.

“After we’d been back in the area for three or four years, we both realized there were no traditional bakeries here that focused on handmade breads, cakes, and pastries,” Townsend says. So they found a vacant storefront on Main Street in Beacon, across from Hudson Beach Glass, renovated it to accommodate baking equipment and ovens, and launched Crumb this past August.

“We want to be the Hudson Valley’s full-service bakery, where everything is made on-site, from scratch, with real ingredients and no preservatives or additives,” Townsend says.

He and Lucio have focused on artisanal breads so far. “We already have regular customers coming in for their weekly loaf,” Townsend says. “The community got a sense of what we’re doing and the word spread quickly.”

Seasonal pies and cakes are being added for the holidays, he says, and eventually they will offer a full line of pastries, as well as soups, salads, quiches, and sandwiches.

He describes the café as “modern comfortable,” with table and window seats for 12 customers. Crumb also has a growing wholesale business, supplying goodies to several restaurants and organizations in the area, including the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt estates, Poppy’s in Beacon, and others.

“It’s been great,” Townsend says, “We have really been welcomed here. We feel like we are part of the community already.”

Crumb. 157 Main St., Beacon. 845-765-8080. Open Mon. & Thurs. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Tues.-Wed.)

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