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It’s ALL About the Starter @Homestead Bakery!

Where the Magic Happens!

It’s all about the starter when it comes to the delicious Sourdough Bread at Homestead Bakery!

That’s where the magic begins.  The starter here was developed completely naturally 8-10 years ago.

Sourdough or naturally leavened bread is historically an incredible piece of art.  Using a starter with a long fermenting process allow enzymes to open and the gluten to change.  This lets some customers who have a celiac disorder able to enjoy bread once in a while.  It’s also great for diabetics as the process also allows the glucose in the bread to be released at a slower rate and lowers the glycemic index.  Actually for everyone, natural sourdough bread is easier to digest.  Not only that – but this Sourdough isn’t overly tangy and definitely has a lovely “chew”.

Small Batch Crafters

Everything made at Homestead Bakers here in Barrie is crafted by hand in small batches, using locally milled flours and local organic provisions.

The owners, Cait Patrick and Lise Ravalli studied the art under renowned certified Master Baker Jeffrey Hamel – and we’re sure glad they did!

Every month there are Featured Breads and Pastries on the menu offering a wide array of scrumptious goodness to every table!

Check out their website and prepare to feel hungry when you see their daily offerings….Yummy!!

Even Homestead Bakery Shops Local!

Homestead also offers a breakfast and lunch menu to die for!

Once again, everything possible comes from local suppliers.  There is maple syrup from Williams, honey from Adams Honey and as much as possible from Barrie Hill Farms in Springwater.

There are just so many choices!  And they all look so wonderful!  There are even Grab and Go meals in the freezer.

Just remember that you can always email, call or check out the website to see what’s new and exciting!

And the Coffee...

Even the coffee that Homestead makes for you, and smells so delicious – is roasted in house.  You simply can’t get fresher than that!

The store is open for Walk-in services Tuesday to Saturday and the patio will be open in the very near future!

There is the option to shop online with in-store pick up or their local delivery service every Thursday.

An Invitation...

General Manager, Nick Graham, invites you to come in, have a look around and ask all the questions you have.

He tells us that they care about their customer’s health in general – reminding them to “Eat Local”, “Eat Healthy” and “Eat no Preservatives”!

Enjoy Bread Again – It’s the Simple things in life that Count!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credits: Stephen Elliott

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It’s So [email protected] Italian Bakery Cafe

One of Italy’s most well known culinary ambassadors was Catherine de Medici.  She’s credited with introducing a long list of Italian cooking ingredients to France when she became Queen.

From there Italian culinary dishes became known throughout Europe; coming to Canada in the 1950’s.

The Queens of Italian Cuisine!

Barrie is so lucky to have Rosie Carvhalo and her staff creating such wonderful culinary dishes for us. Offering wonderful homemade creations of Tomato, Rose, Alfredo and Meat sauce, and some of the best Cannolis around!! 

Liscious Italian Bakery Café on Mapleview at Huronia offers some of the freshest and tastiest Italian meal choices to be found.

Licious Catering

Rosie, with her background in catering, also operates Licious Catering; mainly catering to local Daycare facilities.  They provide our younger ones with a 4 week rotation of menus that are nut free, healthy wholesome meal choices.  They also have great event catering options!

Rosie worked at Fortino’s to our south in 3 different food departments.  Her love of creating wonderful, authentic dishes to serve grew right into a dream of opening her own bakery.

Barrie residents were blessed late last year when the dream became a reality.

Fresh Never Frozen

Everything at Licious is fresh and never frozen.  All food is prepared from scratch and sourced as locally as possible.

Helping Hands

Throughout the Pandemic, Licious has sure done their part to help!  Partnering up with a program called meals2frontline, a wonderful program that was created to say Thank You to our frontline workers for everything they are doing during these difficult times. Next month the 240 staff at Bradford Valley will be receiving their delicious hot meals as a THANKYOU!

Mangia! Mangia!

The goodwill at Licious doesn’t stop there though.  Because they pride themselves on “fresh daily”, leftovers are donated at the end of each day!

As most Italians – Rosie and Carm are well known for their love of feeding people!  They make bulk orders available to families with discounts as well.  Rather than only offer particular combinations, Rosie would have her customers “not choose just to choose – but to choose because it’s what they want.”

There is a hot table at the bakery tucked behind the scene to allow for short wait times.  The staff wishes everyone could see it but feel that following COVID protocols is extremely important.

Licious is a family owned bakery that offers fresh bread, espresso, coffees, specialized lattes, veal, and chicken sandwiches and much more!

Plans to Expand!

As they expand they’ll soon be introducing made to order custom cakes 

Call and place your order – there is curbside pickup and delivery as well as the usual food delivery options…Skip the Dishes/Uber/and Door dash.

Come on people – Mangia…Mangia!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Staying Connected: Barrie’s Bakeries

Staying Connected: Barrie’s Bakeries

Staying Connected: Barrie’s Bakeries

Every Wednesday, we’ll focus on one service or industry in Barrie and highlight how they are staying connected to you during this latest lockdown. Whether it’s online sales, curbside pickup or virtual sessions, we’ll share the ways you can support them. Even if it’s as simple as providing you with their online presence so you can leave them a positive review!

This week we focus on Barrie’s Bakeries.

Andro Cakes

Located on St.Vincent street, this bakery is the domain of Chef Dimu. Offering online ordering for events of all sizes.

Cal’s Bakery

Offering a variety of gluten free desserts, breads, and baked goods. In need of a wakeup? Cal’s also carry an all natural hyper-cafinated coffee from New York that contains up to 50% more caffeine than your average cup of joe!

The Vegan Pantry

With a focus is on vegan recipes, people with gluten, dairy, egg and soy sensitivies, and the health-minded. Vegan Pantry are 100% vegan and gluten free. Operating with store pickup, and currently running a few cool contests on their FB page!

Cakes By Design

Celebrating 17 years in business, Cakes By Design is a fixture in the culinary scene in Barrie. They’re open for delivery and online.

Sigrid’s Bakery

Sigrid’s Bakery is owned and operated by the fourth generation of professionally trained, European bakers.

Known for their wide variety of cakes and torts, pastries, cookies, breads, and buns which are baked daily. They also offer a variety of organic chocolates, truffles, facial creams and bath products specially imported from Europe.

 Staying Connected: Barrie’s Bakeries

Homestead Artisan Bakery

Specializing in long ferment sourdough breads and baked goods, crafted by hand in small batches using locally milled flours. Homestead focuses on sourcing local ingredients and creating strong relationships with the food entrepreneurs in the area. Currently, their storefront is closed. However, they are open for curbside pickup twice a week.


Fuda/ The Italian Bakery

Another stalwart of Barrie’s culinary scene. Furthermore, it’s a prime destination for groceries and baked goods from Italy.

The Sweet Oven

Known across the country for their amazing Butter Tarts, The Sweet Oven has locations in Barrie and throughout the region. All their Tarts are all hand made from scratch using the freshest ingredients and baked on premise.

Need more? be sure to check out Tastebuds Bakery, Fox’s Bakery, Cup Cake, Mmm Donuts, Holly’s Sweets & Eats, and Don’s Bakery!

What did you think of Staying Connected: Barrie’s Bakeries? Did we miss any locations? Let us know! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

What’s Open For Great Food

Once again the staff at Barrie Uncovered are working behind the scenes to help keep everyone updated on Restaurant and Food Services in town.  We hope everyone is staying in and staying safe!

Just a note:  There’s a new delivery service coming to town called  “What’s for Dinner?”  Keep an eye out as many of our restaurants will be using this app as well!!

Here’s the list for this week!


20 Dunlop Street E.

705 252 6757

Open 7 Day a Week 7:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Skip the Dishes/Uber Eats/Curbside Pickup


10 Dunlop Street E.

 705 252 1225

Open 7 Days a Week:  11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Skip the Dishes/Uber Eats/Curbside Pickup

Dunlop street diner eggs benedict


28 Dunlop Street E.

705 252 7733

Sunday – Thursday:  11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday:  11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Skip the Dishes/Uber Eats/ Curbside Pickup



3 Clapperton Street

705 503 5626

Sunday – Thursday:  4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Skip the Dishes/Uber Eats/Door Dash

705 503 5626

Daily Specials

Monday – 5 Tacos $15.00

Tuesday – Buy 2 Taco Get 1 Free

Wednesday – $8.00 Burritos with Free Guac

Thursday – $8.00 Large Loaded Nacho

Friday Family Deal 2 Large + 2 small Quesadillas or Burritos 29.99 

Saturday – 5 Tacos $15.00

Sunday – Kids Under 12 Eat Free


331 Bayfield St. Unit 5

705 792 1769

Closed Sunday/Monday/Wednesday

Delivery Days – Wednesday/Friday

Tuesday/Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 10: a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.


50 Dunlop Street E.

705 503 6516

Monday – Saturday:  12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday:  12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Skip the Dishes/Uber Eats/Curbside Pickup

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Cal’s Bakery & Cafe!! You’ll be surprised it’s all gluten-free!!!

You'll be surprised it's all gluten-free!!!

Cal’s Bakery & Cafe offers a variety of baked goods, bread, desserts, cakes and much more. Their amazing tasty treats are so good that it’s hard to believe it’s all gluten-free! 

They make a wide range of creative cakes and desserts for all occasions including birthday parties and anniversaries. They are a dedicated bakery that has more flavours than Baskin Robbins! 

Everything is made from scratch in a peanut-free facility using natural ingredients. They offer lots of samples so you can try them and see if you like it. Head over to Cal’s for donut Saturday and try their freshly baked sugar-cinnamon donuts. 

Cal’s offers many unique items and customer favourites including organic hyper-caffeinated coffee, gluten-free Tiramisu cake, Chocolate Bubble cake and much more. You will have to go in and check it out for yourself. 

Their customer service is amazing and they have some excellent ratings and reviews.  They take their time to learn about individuals to tailor to their needs. You can go to Cal’s Bakery & Cafe with any dietary concerns and they will be happy to answer your questions.

For more info visit Cal’s Bakery & Cafe their Facebook or Instagram