By: Tom Fink | Category: Restaurants | Issue: December 2021
Melissa Holt, owner, Front Porch Bakery
Front Porch Bakery is an Amish style bakery with a smokehouse that prepares food from the heart, and few seasons have more heart than Thanksgiving and Christmas.
With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start making plans for your company and family gatherings, and what better way to simplify the occasion than to have the culinary professionals at Front Porch Bakery to deliver the goods to your front porch.
“We’ve been catering for more than five years – pretty much from the time we opened the smokehouse, which was when we purchased the bakery six years ago – the catering aspect of the business just followed,” said Melissa Holt, owner, Front Porch Bakery. “We cater all kinds of cuisines and sizes of meals. Even though we have a smokehouse, we can prepare most kinds of cuisine, so long as it’s not fried.”
Whether seasonal get-togethers like Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, special occasions like weddings, showers, graduations, birthday parties, retirement parties or other special events, Front Porch Bakery offers full catering services with their homemade baked goods, smoked meats, veggies, meat and cheese trays, and more.
“We can do carryout or curbside pickup, we can cater and even work the event for the customer,” she said. “I don’t ‘waitress’, as such, but we can definitely set up a buffet line and serve your guests in that way, to help your party or function go smoothly, as far as the dining is concerned.”
Holt said Front Porch Bakery caters across much of northeastern Oklahoma, but with the holidays approaching, it’s important to call orders in early to allow her and her staff time to prepare and deliver their delicious, home-cooked meals.
Too busy to make time to cook for the family? Every week, Front Porch Bakery prepares ready-to-serve family dinners, available to pick up between 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to learn more about the weekly dinner special and for ordering instructions.
“In addition to our weekly meal specials, we have a lot of frozen dinners, which our customers really like because it’s a homemade dinner that people can come by, pick up and take home to heat up in their oven,” Holt said. “One of the things we really try to maintain is freshness, making everything from scratch, with fresh ingredients – we only use fresh ingredients, and use real milk from Swan Bros. Dairy in everything we make that requires milk.”
Front Porch carries many local and regional items, including milk from Swan Bros. Dairy, real Amish butter, jellies from Kayterra Farms in Durant, Beacon Hill Ranch beef, and more.
Meals Holt and her staff prepare are reminiscent of what one might find around the Sunday dinner table, with Amish favorites, traditional homemade baking goods – made from scratch daily – and savory main courses from the finest meats out of the smokehouse, be it brisket, ham, turkey, bologna or more.
Be sure to ask about Mamaw’s cornbread dressing (stuffing), a Front Porch Bakery original recipe, handed down through the generations to Holt, and a delicious side to Thanksgiving – or any – meal.
Salad lovers can pick from any of 15 different kinds of fresh salads, from a standard garden salad to a spinach salad, a unique salad sprinkled with smoked cheddar cheese, smoked chicken salad and more, all with homemade dressing.
Holiday specialty items, be they Christmas cookies, brownies or other goodies, are added to the regular menu, upon time and availability.
Cookies, pies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, smoked brisket and ribs are all made fresh daily.
Holt’s passion for baking is shared by several members of her family, from her granddaughter, Kacey, to her mother and her husband, all of whom pitch in where needed.
Front Porch Bakery is located two miles north of Claremore on the east side of SH66 at 18435 S. Highway 66. Front Porch’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
To inquire about catering or more information, contact Front Porch Bakery at (918)341-7505 or visit them online at frontporchon66.com.
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