Ben was born in Romania and raised in Israel. He emigrated to Toronto in 1999 where he met his wife Sharon, moving with her to the Okanagan in 2005. He left a technical career to follow his passion for excellent baking and food, teaching himself old-school artisan bread baking (many of Walla’s gluten-intolerant customers can eat his breads, including some Celiacs) and cooking so he could bring the flavours of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods to his new home in the South Okanagan. Using only the finest natural ingredients as well as long-fermentation techniques, with no chemicals, preservatives or shortenings, Walla Artisan Bakery and Cafe in Penticton, British Columbia operates a retail artisan bakery and cafe for brunch, lunch and take-home fine foods, such as the best Brioche French Toast you’ve ever tasted, lunches of gourmet focaccia sandwiches, including our Pastrami that is smoked in -house, home-made soups, rustic comforting dishes such as Beef Bourguignon, Osso Buco, and Polenta with Mushroom Ragout, fine desserts, and also a selection of artisan bakery items and prepared foods such as: Rosemary Focaccia buns, artisan breads, Chocolate Babkas, Savoury Bourekas, Quiches, Frittatas, firey hot Z’houg Yemeni condiment, Baklawa, giant Meringues, Clafouti and pastries made with seasonal fruits, and Callebaut dark chocolate flourless cakes. Specialty items include a line of handcrafted, old-style preserves, aged Balsamic crema, spicy pickles and cabbage, preserved lemons, and always some new surprises. You can also call to custom order any of the other products on our list (usual minimum order of 6), or to find out what we’re baking/serving that day. Bring your friends and enjoy. . .
Our Winter Baking Schedule, as of Oct. 11, 2016
Tues. to Fri.: Rosemary focaccia buns (long-fermentation dough)
Thurs.: Jewish Rye with Caraway (long-fermentation dough)
Fri.: Jewish Rye with Caraway (long-fermentation dough), pastries or Chocolate Babkas
Saturdays (our big baking day) at The Cannery: a selection of artisan items that will include many of the following: Focaccia buns, Challah/Brioche (plain & cinnamon-raisin), Jewish Rye with Caraway and other artisan loaves, several varieties of Hot Bourekas, large Foccacia ‘Pizzas’ with Tomatoes & Olives or with Mushrooms, Fougasse with cheddar and chilis (hot!), Pain au Chocolat., Cheese & Blueberry Danish, Almond Croissants, Sour Cherry Turnovers, Kouign Amann, Meringues, Baklawa, and more . . .
(We accept cash, Debit, and cheques.)
Walla Foods – Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Artisan Bakery and Cafe.
114-1475 Fairview Road. Penticton, BC. V2A 7W5 (corner of Duncan & Fairview)
The Cannery Trade Centre (entrance through side door off parking lot)
Tel. (250)770-2001. Ben’s cell: (250) 486-2224.
Winter Hours (Oct. – May) :
Retail: Tues-Fri. 8 am. – 3 pm., Sat. 9 am. – 3 pm.
Brunch/Lunch: Tues-Fri. 11 am.- 2 pm., Sat. 9:30 am. – 3 pm.