food and wineIssue 31

Cobblestone: Local Flavor, Bay Area Flair

By Noel Daniel

After opening on Aug. 15, Cobblestone Bakery has been serving as Downtown Modesto’s only bakery. Owner Gerit Sand—whose education and expertise spans from previous work with Ethan Allen and First Data to a current study of law—has big plans in mind for his Valley flagship.

Sand has already been approached by several large mall chains and plans to eventually place Cobblestone Bakeries in local and Bay Area malls. As for his downtown Modesto store, he’s confident that it’s been a success.

“It’s been great,” Sand said enthusiastically. “We’ve gotten a warm welcome from the community.”

Sand has a passion for his business and plans to see franchises open in the Bay Area—a goal that manifests in the bakery’s “Bay Area flair.” It wouldn’t be the first time Cobblestone has popped up around the state. They also showed up at the Almond Festival in Ripon, as well as a myriad of farmers markets that stretch from Valley to coast. His store in Modesto is just the beginning.

“I’ve had a large clientele base ask me to do a nice lunch open to the public,” Sand said—and ultimately he agreed: He wanted to serve the public in Modesto.

“It’s been great… We’ve gotten a warm welcome from the community.”

For a better idea of what they’re serving, Sand offered up some local favorites like the Buffalo Chicken Pizza, topped with grilled chicken tossed in Frank’s Red Hot sauce, onions, peppers, garlic ranch sauce, and bleu cheese crumbles. There’s also the Chicken Pesto Pizza, a pie topped with grilled chicken, roasted garlic-basil pesto, and asiago cheese.

According to Sand, the lunchtime paninis are also a hit—like the Turkey Cranberry with cream cheese spread or the Italian that’s stuffed with Molinari salami, mortadella, soppressata, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella cheese. Cobblestone Bakery also lists artisan breads and pastries as specialties, including offerings like Jalapeño Cheddar Asiago Bread, Marbled Rye, Raspberry Cannolis, Orange Pineapple Scones, and many more. “My family raised me with high expectations and high standards,” said Sand, “and I feel like this is a reflection of all I’ve done.”

To taste Cobblestone Bakery  or yourself, visit the downtown location at 938 11th St. in Modesto, or request their catering services for your next event by calling 209-522-2253 (BAKE). visit for more information.

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