Dave's Killer Bread
December 2, 2014 4:18 PM   Subscribe

"We see the good in everyone, and we believe in offering jobs to felons who have shown a commitment to turning their lives around. Our goal is to serve as an example to other employers that being a convicted felon should not be a deterrent to finding gainful employment. Our success with this practice shows that there is a largely untapped pool of loyal and hardworking people who simply have made bad decisions in their past. Currently about one-third of our workforce are felons. "
posted by Juliet Banana (22 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
 
Also cf., Homeboy Industries here in SoCal. This is what real social justice looks like.
posted by mykescipark at 4:26 PM on December 2, 2014 [13 favorites]


What a great approach to hiring. One of the tragedies of this country is that we hold convictions as a permanent black mark against those who have served their time, severely restricting their employment and life opportunities and greatly increasing the chance of recidivism out of desperation.
posted by Existential Dread at 4:26 PM on December 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


Huh. I just bought it because I liked it. Nice.
posted by GuyZero at 4:28 PM on December 2, 2014


One of the tragedies of this country is that we hold convictions as a permanent black mark against those who have served their time, severely restricting their employment and life opportunities and greatly increasing the chance of recidivism out of desperation.

Dinesh D'Souza and G. Gordon Liddy would disagree that a felony conviction means very much at all.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 4:35 PM on December 2, 2014 [4 favorites]


Sorry, should have added a class qualifier in there. Of course, let me know if you ever see those two performing actual work of value, like baking delicious bread ;)
posted by Existential Dread at 4:38 PM on December 2, 2014 [16 favorites]


Now I want to see a sketch about a cooking show starring Dinesh D'Souza and G. Gordon Liddy.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:41 PM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


Dave hit a rough patch last fall and was found guilty in October. I haven't followed the case closely enough to do more than link, but I still buy the bread: it's by far the best supermarket-style regional loaf, and it actually does have decent regional competition.

When the initial news of Dave's bad day was reported, it was a big enough deal in my house that I had to read news stories out loud to my wife, and not in a spirit of fun.
posted by mwhybark at 4:43 PM on December 2, 2014 [8 favorites]


Dave's is, hands down, the best bread you can buy in a supermarket. Can we even talk about the sin dawg? The blues? I mean my god.

I think it's great they hire felons. I always kind of thought actually that the former felon Dave thing was mostly a marketing thing, since Dave's Dad owns Nature Bake, and when I've heard Dave speak it's always been a bit more of like he's the spokesperson for the bread buy doesn't maybe have all that much to do with the bread or business per se. So I'm glad to hear they sort of walk the talk, so to speak.
posted by Lutoslawski at 5:02 PM on December 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


Similar style of bread in Southern California: http://www.eurekabakingcompany.com/

Though, they do stock Daves in the Fairfax Whole Foods, it runs pretty pricey here at $5-$6 a loaf.
posted by wcfields at 5:13 PM on December 2, 2014


Rubicon Bakery here in the Bay Area also does this sort of thing. Their baked goods are great, too-- they sell through TJ's and a number of other local outlets.
posted by suelac at 5:18 PM on December 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


"People here often hear me say I believe business has the greatest chance to make a difference in the world we live in. It’s not government, it’s not religion, it’s business that’s going to ensure we leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren."
Business: the cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems.
posted by Poldo at 5:28 PM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


This is a great post, thanks.

Anyone who's interested in this should also check out (and support) the Ban the Box campaign (if they're not already aware).
posted by triggerfinger at 5:52 PM on December 2, 2014 [2 favorites]


On this issue, Men's Wearhouse does well as well.
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:32 PM on December 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


Coincidentally, earlier this evening I looked at the wreaths at the local grocery (we live in a one-bedroom apartment and have no space for an actual tree) and thought "No, we'll get ours from Delancey Street as usual." (Who may have a lot conveniently near you!)
posted by Lexica at 6:59 PM on December 2, 2014 [2 favorites]


I picked this up off the shelf a few months ago (Slick packaging!) and if this is what bread made by felons tastes like, then, by God, I want every chef who makes me a meal to swipe a candybar before hitting the kitchen. The best bread that isn't coming out of your own oven
posted by GilloD at 9:00 PM on December 2, 2014


His charges stemmed from a Nov. 14 confrontation with Washington County deputies when he charged at them from behind the wheel of his black SUV during a mental health crisis.
Presiding Circuit Judge Kirsten Thompson reviewed police reports, psychological evaluations and toxicology reports in the case before she found Dahl guilty except for insanity.
Dave Dahl, 51, could remain under the supervision of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board for up to 15 years.
Safeway carries Dave's bread.
posted by Cranberry at 11:10 PM on December 2, 2014


Another vote for this being the best bread. Also, another vote for giving ex-convicts mental health care, and an opportunity besides the current unemployment -->homelessness--> drugs and alcohol-->repeat offense-->incarceration plan that we currently offer them.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:22 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


There used to be a restaurant in Baltimore, the Dogwood, that hired ex-convicts and recovering drug addicts. It was a pretty great restaurant, a real shame that it closed.
posted by troika at 7:58 AM on December 3, 2014


+1 Dave's is the best bread. They sell packs of 2 loaves at Costco here in Oregon so we always have one in the freezer ready to go as soon as the last slice is gone from the fridge loaf. Dave's + cheddar + avocado = the best grilled cheese ever, ever, ever.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:27 AM on December 3, 2014


I've bought this bread many times and I agree it's the best-tasting (that's also relatively very high in fiber) supermarket bread out there.
posted by cell divide at 9:15 AM on December 3, 2014


SIN DAWG IS THE TRUTH
posted by beefetish at 10:11 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


It tastes hecka sweet to me, unfortunately, because I do like their schtick.
posted by small_ruminant at 10:46 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


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