Hewn Bakery featured on Illinois tourism’s YouTube channel


Katie Pach/ Daily Senior Staffer

Hewn Bakery, 810 Dempster Street. The Evanston bakery was recently featured on the Illinois tourism YouTube channel.

Ryan Wangman, City Editor

Hewn Bakery may become the bread and butter of Illinois tourism ads after the local bakery was featured on the Enjoy Illinois tourism YouTube channel as an Illinois Made business video according to a post from Evanston’s Twitter account.

The tourism site also wrote a profile of Hewn, tracing the history of the bakery’s name and the qualities that make the bakery unique. Ellen King, the bakery’s co-owner and head baker, said the word “hewn” comes from structural beams made by master craftsmen in past centuries, according to the profile.

“The word ‘hewn’ is really going back in time to when an artisan made something by hand,” King said in the video. “Artisan means to me that there’s a face behind who’s making it.”

King said the foundation for the bakery started in her kitchen in between her son’s naps, as she would mix the bread, shape the loaves and deliver the bread across the community. As Illinois is known for farming, she said, it is important for her to support local farmers who grow various products including wheat.

King added that the atmosphere of the bakery, not just the product, is important.

“I want people to feel, first off, that they just ate the best loaf or had the best cookie, best pastry that they ever had,” King said. “But I want them to walk out feeling like the environment that they were in was one that was really welcoming.”

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