Seraphim Bread Community Education
SALINA, KANSAS’ ONLY ARTISAN BAKERY PROVIDES
COMMUNITY EDUCATION WITH CULINARY DEVELOPMENT
Soul Bloom Nonprofit Sponsored Project: Soul Bloom sponsors the nonprofit community education programs provided by Chef Tyler Gallagher, owner of Seraphim Bread. The programs Chef Tyler has provided include a lecture to students at the Kansas Wesleyan University on entrepreneurship, a culinary class through the Salina Library, and participation in the "Feast on the Fe". Chef Tyler also provides an internship for a local culinary student through Salina South High School. Donations of bakery items are made to local charities. Chef Tyler continues to involve himself in charitable opportunities for education and culinary development.
When you think of Central Kansas, you picture a waving endless sea of golden fields. This is the heart of America, and the home to the ever providing wheat fields that drives this country’s love for bread, pastries, and baked goods. Salina is the center of this region, providing a mecca for the rural areas to enjoy cultural, medical, and industrial options. While Salina boasts to inhabit over 47,000 residents in its metropolitan area, there is one major underlying problem. There is not one single independent bread bakery to be found!
Renowned American Chef Thomas Keller states in his book Bouchon Bakery, “A bakery is an anchor – it draws a community around it. Baking is a unifying force.” This is the same philosophy that local chef Tyler Gallagher with the concept of his artisan bakery, Seraphim Bread.
Tyler Gallagher is a professional chef with over thirteen years of culinary experience who wishes to bring his trade, his passion, and his philosophy back to Salina. He has spent the last six years honing his craft in the Kansas City area, working at acclaimed restaurants like The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Novel, and Justus Drugstore. His specialties include baking and specialized meats and he plans to open an artisan bakery in downtown Salina in the near future.
The reason this mission is so important is that the commercialization of the food industry has crippled the livelihoods of skilled chefs, forcing them to live paycheck to paycheck with no chance of savings while following their dreams. This is even more exemplified outside of the larger metro areas where wages are low, and a competent workforce is even lower. Yet, Tyler has big dreams to not only start a successful independent bakery, but to revitalize and grow a local culinary culture that showcases the abundance and wealth of our regional agriculture.