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Naper Settlement’s new dough-ful tour of Chicagoland bakeries


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Naper Settlement’s new Bus & Bakery Tour will take guests on a sweet trip to four of Chicagoland’s historic bakeries including Labriola Baking Company, Weber’s Bakery, Lutz Café & Pastry Shop and Roeser’s Bakery. The tour leaves at 9AM Thurs., September. 20 from the Naper Settlement Visitor Center at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, and returns at 4PM.

The first stop is a unique, behind-the-scenes tour at Labriola Baking Company, one of the last all handmade artisan bakeries in Chicago. Learn how Rich Labriola combined his Italian heritage and studying with the masters of the French, Italian and German methods of bread making, to create his own style. The 75-minute tour will include a first-hand look at bread production, including dough fermentation, hand rolling, the ovens from Europe and the packing department.

The next stop is the South Side’s iconic Weber’s Bakery, one of the oldest family-owned bakeries in Chicago, to sample such signature items as their distinctive chocolate cake donuts. Founder Erich H. Weber emigrated from Germany to Chicago in 1924. Today, Michael Weber, the third generation in his family-owned business, respects the values established by his father and grandfather and is committed to the Chicago tradition of his family’s bakery.

After sampling and shopping at Weber’s Bakery, Lutz Café & Pastry Shop is the next stop. In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Lutz founded Lutz Pastry Shop, Chicago’s first Konditorei, or pasty shop, in its present location on Montrose Ave. Lutz offers an amazing selection of cakes, tarts, tortes, cookies and chocolates all created using traditional European recipes that have been in the Lutz family for generations. The group will enjoy a lunch of bacon or spinach quiche and salad in the quaint café, followed by shopping for pastries to enjoy on site or to take home.

The final stop on the tour is Roeser’s Bakery, the oldest family-owned bakery in the Chicagoland area, located on North Ave. Today, Roeser’s Bakery is still in the hands of the Roeser family, with John Roeser and his wife, Deb, guiding the bakery as they celebrate their 100th year anniversary.

The bus will finally return to Naper Settlement.  Tickets are $60 per person and reservations are being accepted through Sept. 14. Call (630) 420-6010 or purchase tickets online at www.napersettlement.museum.


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