An Inside Look at Rye Goods in Newport Beach
Name: Sara Lezama
Job Title: Owner and Founder of Rye Goods Best Bakeries Newport Beach
One step into this quaint bakery located at Lido Marina Village and it’s love at first sight (or should we say, smell). Rye Goods is a fully organic sourdough bakery and deli that emphasizes natural, organic and seasonal ingredients. From their best-selling country loafs to their sweet and savory pastries, the menu focuses on utilizing well-sourced ingredients (almost all of them coming from California) by partnering with local farms like The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Best Bakeries Newport Beach
Female-founded and owned by Sara Lezama, she explains, “I’ve never worked with so many people that care about the ingredients and want to get hands-on with the farms and farmers.” The bakery is 80% women-employed and strives to better the community.
“I’ve never worked with so many people that care about the ingredients and want to get hands-on with the farms and farmers.”—Sara Lezama
A variety of bread and pastry items can be found at local coffee shops and small businesses around Orange County (think Daydream Surf Shop, Reborn Coffee and Neat Coffee). While the breads and pastries definitely stand out, specialty items like sandwiches, dumplings and ramen from the grab-and-go deli are not to be overlooked. Lezama explains, “My family is Peruvian-based and my partner is Taiwanese, and we tried a bunch of new foods [during the pandemic]; everyone is super accepting, tries it and likes it.”
Rye Goods recently launched a dinner series that celebrates women in the kitchen through a mix of Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine. It’s a playful, intimate dinner that’s held in the evenings, Thursday through Saturday, and hosted on the back porch of Rye Goods. Seats must be reserved for the dinner series, and if you’re stopping in for a pastry or loaf, be prepared for a line out the door. With a strong ethos and mission of celebrating the earth, real food and diversity, Rye Goods has become much more than a bakery—it’s become a beloved community staple that fills the tummy and warms the heart.
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Photography Provided By: Kailee Walters
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