- Louis J. Basile Jr, CEO
- Open 14 years in Arizona, with the newest location in Flagstaff at 530 East Piccadilly Drive (Southeast Corner of Bulter and Lone Tree)
- www.wildflowerbread.com (You can find menus, soups of the day, locations, etc there.)
- Twitter: @WildflowerBread and Louis is @WildflowerCEO (Louis responds to Twitters and really cares about customer input I've found in my Twitterings with him!)
Examiner: What makes your establishment unique?
Louis: We bake over 15 varieties of naturally leavened, artisan bread daily in our store. These award-winning breads are part of everything we offer including soups, salads, sandwiches, homestyle breakfast and pasta entrees.
Examiner: What is a little known factoid about your place?
Louis: Giving back to our community is one of core business values. We contribute 10% of our baguette sales to Arizona’s at-risk schools, donate leftover bakery items to local shelters and support local causes through time and in-kind contributions. Additionally, we donate office space to a non profit organization called Open Table which is focused on helping people in poverty get back into the workforce; we work closely with Open Table to create job placements in our restaurants.
Examiner: What is your specialty?
Louis: Our specialties include hard-crusted artisan bread, specialty bakery, soups, salads, sandwiches, pancakes, pastas, café beverages and catering.
Examiner: What is your patrons' favorite thing about your establishment?
Louis: High-quality, freshly-prepared food that doesn’t break the bank. We’ve created raving fans for our cranberry scones, chopped salad, potato cream cheese soup, passion fruit iced tea and more.
Examiner: What's your favorite?
Louis: Our favorite quality about our restaurant is making the design fit within the neighborhood so that it truly is a place created for and enjoyed by our customers.
Examiner: Anything new on the horizon that people can look forward to trying?
Louis: This Valentine’s Day we created a fun, affordable heart-shaped Valentine’s cake. It’s sumptuous white cake layered with vanilla cream and strawberries and coated in a dark, velvety chocolate ganache. It’s perfect for a couple to share but can serve up to four. Around springtime, patrons look forward to our homemade Irish Soda Bread and Hot Cross Buns.
Examiner: What is the top thing you recommend visitors to your city do/see - besides your business, of course?
Louis: Visitors should spend a day skiing at Snowbowl or hiking the Grand Canyon then head over to Wildflower for a tasty meal and comforting atmosphere!