This week is a replay of the very popular interview with Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread.
Dave Dahl is the son of healthy baking pioneer James Dahl, founder of the company now known as Dave’s Killer Bread/Naturebake. Dave suffered from self-described “mental illness” through his teens and beyond, turning to drugs and rejecting the family business. As a result, Dave would spend about 15 out of the next 20 years incarcerated for everything from methamphetamine distribution to armed robbery and assault. During his last prison stint, Dave re-trained his mind with the help of anti-depressants and educational opportunities. He was released from prison in December of 2004 with the conviction that he could do whatever he set his mind to. Within 6 months, Dave had designed 6 varieties of whole grain, organic bread, 4 of which were introduced to rave reviews in August of 2005 at Portland Farmers’ Market’s “Summer Loaf” artisan bread festival. Dave and his partners—brother Glenn and nephew Shobi—have been inspired “to make the world a better place, one loaf of bread at a time.” This means not only baking bread that is delicious, healthy and organic, but also always looking for ways to be more socially and environmentally responsible as well. Dave and his company don’t want to be known as a company that “has it all figured out,” but one which strives continuously to get better. Located in Milwaukie, Oregon, Dave’s Killer Bread now makes 15 varieties, which are available throughout the Northwest. The company’s mission is “To bake the highest quality whole grain and organic bread without compromise, to contribute positively to our community, and to create a respectful and enjoyable place to work for our employees.”