This past Wednesday, we celebrated a very special birthday here at Companion Bakeshop: Jeremy Lampel, co-founder, owner, husband, father, and mandolin virtuoso . He celebrated by taking a relaxing camping trip with his family & friends at Costanoa.
Jeremy and his wife, Erin, created the current Companion Bakeshop as a family bakery, selling only the highest quality loaves & pastries to the community that they love. Today, the family is much larger, but the sentiment is still the same, and Jeremy still embodies the spirit of the company he helped create; he is a generous man, with sincere compassion for his community.
If you’ve met Jeremy, you probably know that he is an extremely talented Mandolin player who plays in a few Santa Cruz-based bands, including The Naked Bootleggers, The Down Beets and The Lampel Brothers, — a bluegrass quartet featuring Jeremy and his brother Jason on the Banjo. You may also have his CD in your music collection from his days playing in Strung Over. Jeremy loves to stay in touch with the local music scene by teaching Mandolin, and hosting local bands at the bakery on weekends. He takes his bluegrass obsession seriously! If you haven’t heard him yet, you should seek out his next show!
As a career, Jeremy works for the WIC program as a Supervising Dietitian. WIC is a program that aims to provide food, information on good nutrition, and health care referrals to to low-income women, or to low-income families with infants and children under five years old. In this program Jeremy combines his love for good, local food, with his love for people.
We decided to highlight some of Jeremy’s most impressive achievements & quirks from his first 39 years. There were plenty to choose from, but here is what we were most impressed with:
Jeremy has been to 85 Grateful Dead shows. WOW!
He has 20 years of mandolin playing under his belt!
He has a degree in engineering that he doesn’t use.
He can eat at De La Hacienda every night of the week and be happy
He can get away with wearing board shorts UGG boots and a fluorescent shirts– daily.
He makes a mean cappuccino.
We asked Jeremy what he thinks his greatest achievement has been in his last 39 years and he answered that he is super excited and proud to be the father of little Annie Rye. We agree; she is pretty darn cute– cute enough to name a loaf of bread after!
Well, happy Birthday Jeremy, we hope you have the best year yet!