You could say that the idea for Annie’s Bakery™ began forming the day that Joe and Annie met in 1991.
Joe, like his mother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, worked in his family's Italian bakeries from an early age. His father moved to the United States in 1952 from Italy and met Joe's mother when he started working in her father's bakery. Together they opened 3 bakeries and then moved to Greenville, SC in the late 80's and formed Boiano Bakery, a large wholesale bakery.
Joe met Annie in 1991 when he started delivering bread to her natural food restaurant in Greenville. Annie’s respect for slow food began as a child when she would watch the love that her mother put into cooking and serving wonderful meals for her family. When she opened her restaurant, Annie’s Naturally Café, she knew that she wanted to show the same love to her customers by serving delicious and wholesome fare.
With Joe’s experience as a 4th generation baker of European style breads and Annie’s commitment to using wholesome and all natural ingredients, Annie’s Bakery™ was born in 1998. For three years Joe and Annie baked out of a garage in western North Carolina until their business had grown so much that an expansion was necessary. In 2002, Annie’s Bakery™ moved its baking operation to downtown Sylva and Annie’s Naturally Bakery and Café.
In spring of 2010, Annie’s Bakery™expanded to a 21,000 square foot space in Asheville, North Carolina to meet its increasing wholesale demands from across the Southeastern region. Annie’s Bakery™ is a perfect fit with the Carolinas’ growing reputation as a mecca of local food, micro brewed beers, fresh produce, and home-grown meats and cheese, and now Annie’s Bakery™ artisan breads.
Annie’s Bakery™ truly combines the best of both Annie and Joe’s experiences resulting in delicious European style breads baked with organic and all-natural ingredients.