Founded by George DePasquale in 1994, Essential Baking Company was the first local, certified oraganic artisan bakery in Seattle. It now operates two cafes: one in Wallingford and the other in Madison Valley. It also supplies fresh baked bread and baked treats to a number of outlets on the Hill including Madison Market , Trader Joe’s and most recently – the 15th Avenue Starbucks . In fact, on a tour of their bakery in Wallingford, we learned that they daily go through a ton of starter to meet their obligations to restaurants and grocery outlets in town. To celebrate their 15th birthday, Essential is offering a free taste of chocolate hazelnut cake all day today at both of their cafes.