“Eat Like a Local: Restaurant Edition” – East Mill Bakeshop & Catering


East Mill Bakeshop and Catering is everything you picture a hometown bakeshop to be, offering freshly baked, homemade breads, muffins, & scones, delicious cookies, and homemade granola, with hand selected ingredients from local farms.  Seasonality and freshness is incorporated into everything you see at East Mill Bakeshop, from their selection of breads and baked goods, to seasonal menu items, and a weekly farmers market on their grounds.  This gem on Grandview Avenue in Dubuque is a great place to stop for some delicious local, freshly prepared treats.

Chefs Nick and Emily Puls started East Mill Bakeshop in May of 2012 across the river in East Dubuque. A few years later, at the end of 2014, they opened up their Dubuque location in the former milk house ice cream shoppe on Grandview Ave.  Nick and Emily had started their life together in the Dubuque area, but moved away for their culinary training and experience.  Nick trained at Kendall College Culinary Arts School in Chicago and Emily is trained as bakery and pastry chef from Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, California.

Their culinary training has told them that fresh is best, and the best ingredients make the best food.  So, East Mill Bakeshop uses local ingredients and products to craft their offerings and have personal relationships with the farmers that supply their goods to bring the best products to you, the customer.  In fact, they even host their own very own farmers market in the parking lot of their shop Monday evenings from 3:30-6:30pm May through October.  The shop works with several local farms to supply the ingredients that you find in their kitchen.  Because they are buying locally, the menu at East Mill changes seasonally to incorporate the best and freshest from each season.  Everything from the eggs they use in the doughs, the produce they use in their lunch items and savory breads, and the fruits they use for fruit fillings and jams, are all obtained from local farms.

“The best thing about our business is the seasonality and freshness of everything we do. We make great cupcakes and pies for any occasion. From our specialty sandwiches to our homemade potato chips, we will cater to any of your desires,” says Chef Emily.

Right now, Chefs Nick and Emily are gearing up for the spring season and are excited to start working with local producers and their spring produce again.  One of the first spring items are strawberries.  With strawberry season, you can look forward to strawberry shortcakes, strawberry jam, and strawberry cream cheese scones.


But you don’t need to wait until spring to enjoy some fabulous eats from East Mill Bakeshop!  East Mill Bakeshop’s goods are available at many different locations around Dubuque, including HyVee stores.  You can also find them at both the summer and winter farmers markets in Dubuque on Saturday mornings. If you’re looking to feed a crowd, East Mill Bakeshop also has an extensive catering menu and ordering options for their baked goods, specialty pies, and cupcakes.  Just call ahead!

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and try out East Mill Bakeshop and Catering today, and enjoy the freshness and seasonality of this great hometown bakeshop.

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