NEWS RELEASE · 24th November 2010
Ann and Charles Claus
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Baker Extraordinaire Begins Baking in Terrace
Ann and Charles Claus, owners of Baker Extraordinaire, are very pleased to be operating in their newly renovated Park Avenue location. “We are delighted with the outcome of the building renovations,” commented Ann Claus.
The general contractor for the renovation, John Vandevelde, supervised the transformation of the former residence into a workable, efficient bakery space. Local cedar was used for the timber frame porch accent and the exterior trim. Uplands Nursery, their next-door neighbor, handled the landscaping.
Baker Extraordinaire has been grinding grain since its inception and continues to mill stone ground whole wheat flour each day. They mill certified organic grain that comes from the Canadian Prairies. Their unique stone ground whole grain breads are made without fat, sugar, dairy or preservatives. They also offer gourmet pies, cookies, muffins and their own stone ground pancake mix. Everything they bake is made 100 per cent on site. For instance, the custard for the banana cream pies is made from scratch each day and the lemon juice that goes into the lemon meringue pies comes from freshly squeezed lemons.
Ann has a lifelong commitment to baking and studied Food Science at the University of Alberta for several years.
Ann and Charles also plan to grow fruit and berries that they can utilize in their Bakery. Although it will take a number of years to come into full production, they will grow rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, apples, cherries and pears. Charles, an avid gardener and garden researcher, has a strong interest in contributing towards local food production.
For the previous twelve years Ann and Charles successfully operated Baker Extraordinaire in Prince George. The decision to move to Terrace was motivated by a desire to experience better air quality and was also an opportunity for Charles to return to his hometown. Charles was born and raised in Terrace graduating from Caledonia Senior Secondary in 1974. The Clauses have three married sons and four grandchildren.