(This article appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Pastry Arts Magazine)
Ellen King and Julie Matthei, Owners
Hewn’s mission is to serve Evanston and the surrounding communities the best grain and plant-based foods in an authentic environment. Hewn is a return to a time when a bakery was a gathering spot and a vital part of the community. We source local and seasonal ingredients when their flavors are at their peak. Our foods rely on peak taste without preservatives, additives or chemicals. Our bread is unique in the community because it is naturally fermented and made with locally grown, organic, stone-milled flour.
Country Bread and laminated doughs, especially our Morning Bun and Kouign Amann.
Secret of Success
Our team – no one person is above doing the dishes! They are resilient, dedicated and hard working. Also, understanding how to repair your own equipment. Ellen took HVAC classes at the local community college, and that knowledge gained has helped us immensely.
Shop’s Best Feature
Right now – space! We purchased our new building and renovated it within the past year. Our larger space has helped us stay safe and maintain proper social distancing during the pandemic.