Jun 19 2012 TRACY CITY, Tenn.

Dutch Maid Bakery located in Tracy City, TN is on the historic registry for being the oldest family owned bakery in Tennessee. Celebrating the bakery’s 110 year anniversary, the festivities will launch year-long activities commemorating this milestone. Join Dutch Maid Bakery to blow out the candles and taste the flavors of years gone by as well as celebrating with a 10 foot banana split at  11:00 a.m. CST, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  Dutch Maid Bakery & Café is located at 109 Main Street, Tracy City, TN 37387

The bakery was founded in 1902 as Baggenstoss Bakery in Tracy City, Tennessee by John Baggenstoss.  John was a master chef who moved from Switzerland to the Swiss colony of Gruetli, now Gruetli-Laager, located north of Monteagle in Grundy County.   Due to the unpopularity of German named businesses during World War II, the bakery’s name was changed to Dutch Maid Bakery by the women in the family who were left to run the business.

Today, the same quality that John Baggenstoss put into his breads, cakes and pastries in 1902 is still followed today, using the same traditional recipes that the Baggenstoss family passed down for generations. The bakery’s famous salt-rising bread was included in Southern Living’s 204 Food Finds Across the Region. Every loaf of bread is still hand-rolled. Many of the old reliable mixers and ovens from back then are still used today to produce real taste and real texture for their customers’ enjoyment.

Dutch Maid is not only a popular destination for locals, but is a frequent stop-off for travelers west of Chattanooga along nearby I-24 at Monteagle, tour groups and adventure tourists hiking in the nearby Salvage Gulf/Stone Door area. It is also a recommended stop-over on the Pie in the Sky Trail, a driving trail created by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

For more information on the bakery, please contact Cindy Day, Owner, Dutch Maid Bakery & Café, Dutchmaid@blomand.net, 931-592-3171 www.thedutchmaid.com

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