The Baker Over Yonder


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About The Baker Over Yonder

Hi! My name is Sara Monte. I've always had a passion for cooking and baking. Being burned by the Easy Bake Oven as a young girl didn't dissuade me from this passion. I started my culinary career at the age of 15 and continued after graduating high school by enlisting in the U. S. Army as a Food Service Specialist. After being honorably discharged, I continued my culinary journey with a career in food safety. I longed for the day I could pursue my childhood dreams of having my own restaurant. When the opportunities presented themselves in my adult life, I quickly found a balance between my work life and my family (husband & 4 kids) to make this happen. Without their sacrifices, I wouldn't have made it through school.

I attended the intensive programs at Le Cordon Bleu where I earned my Basic Pastry Arts Certificate in Ottawa, Canada in 2004 and my Intermediate Pastry Arts Certificate in Paris, France in 2007.

This education and experience was life changing in ways unknown to me at the time. Learning about my own food allergies and sensitivities later in life led me on a search to find a solution to an issue I initially thought was only experienced by a small section of the population. What I found instead was a niche not being filled in the local markets to the extent I needed or desired. The flavor. The variety. The availability. While I found gluten free OR vegan products available to satisfy certain dietary restrictions to the general public, my specific needs weren't being fully represented on the market. While having various people help eat and critique my pastries, I discovered many people in similar situations like myself. The lack of options in baked goods created stressful situations daily. I knew nowthat this was my mission because I knew that I could help others in similar situations. 

Gluten free products have become more popular as well as nut free products but the "no gluten, milk, and egg" combination in various products was very sparse. I work full-time, love to travel, AND eat but the options out there are severely limiting to my lifestyle and I'm sure yours as well.

Having the education, need, and desire for creating pastry focused my energy from the self-pity "I can't have anything" to "what can I make with what's left?" attitude.  Now that my attitude was adjusted, I realized that I needed to adjust my expectations as well but where do I start?

The beginning.

It all started with wanting a gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookie. I realized that with allergy friendly baking that I had to start with recreating the classic desserts I loved growing up. The challenge was to make these desserts delicious while adhering to my dietary needs. In that process, I found that many classic baked goods can be made without the major 8 allergens (wheat, soy, milk, eggs, peanuts/tree nuts, fish/shellfish) while also including other major food allergens identified throughout the world. This fueled my passion to create the best allergy friendly baked goods anywhere!

Bringing people joy again by easing the stress surrounding the basic of human needs is what I was meant to do. This is how The Baker Over Yonder started. 

The Baker Over Yonder is a 100% female veteran owned business. 




Sara Monte, Owner

15 Great Rd. 

Stow, MA 01775


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