Join us for a captivating and educational 2 and a half hour sourdough demonstration class that will unravel the secrets behind crafting the perfect artisanal loaf. In this hands-on experience, our resident bread baker, Chelsa Smith owner of Bread by Chelsa, will guide you through the intricate art of sourdough baking, from cultivating and maintaining a robust starter to mastering the techniques of folding, shaping, and baking.
As you watch and learn, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, troubleshoot common issues, and gain insights into the nuanced timing and temperatures that elevate sourdough to its exceptional form. Whether you're a beginner eager to embark on your baking journey or a seasoned baker looking to refine your skills, this class promises to enrich your understanding of sourdough and send you home with the inspiration to create your own flavorful creations.Unfold the mysteries of sourdough in a supportive and engaging environment, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the magic of sourdough bread—crispy crust, airy crumb, and an unmistakable tang—in a delightful 2-hour demonstration that will leave you craving more.
Unfold the mysteries of sourdough in a supportive and engaging environment, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts. Don't miss this opportunity to discover the magic of sourdough bread—crispy crust, airy crumb, and an unmistakable tang—in a delightful 2-hour demonstration that will leave you craving more. All participants will get a sourdough guide, sourdough starter and samples and snacks.
Chelsa Smith is a self-taught sourdough baker. After a lifelong love affair with bread, she decided, in December of 2019, to teach herself via cookbooks and the internet how to make sourdough bread. After spending the pandemic honing her skills in sourdough baking and making breads for her friends and neighbors, she officially launched Bread By Chelsa B in 2021.
Bread By Chelsa B is a home-based microbakery in Des Moines, Iowa specializing in small batch sourdough breads and naturally leavened treats. All baked goods are made with wild yeast sourdough culture, organic flours, and a lot of time and love in a certified home bakery. Her baked goods are sold via preorder from her site, at local restaurants and markets, and at popups across Des Moines.
Chelsa has been featured as one of Iowa Restaurant Associations 2021 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality honorees and on Eater.com in The 33 Essential Restaurants in Des Moines.
Originally from Idaho, Chelsa has lived in Des Moines on and off since 2009. Prior to opening her business, she worked for men’s clothing company Todd Snyder. She is also a mother of two, a partner and when she isn’t baking or running her business, she enjoys skiing, playing tennis and travelling with her family. She is passionate about her community and bringing healthy and delicious bread to Des Moines.