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More than a Bakery

Scratch makes real, honest, hand-crafted food. We support and nurture relationships with local farmers and producers and are proud to be a part of Durham, North Carolina’s growing, vibrant food community.

About Phoebe

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©Lissa Gotwals

Phoebe Lawless is the owner and chef of Durham, North Carolina’s Scratch Bakery.

During her time as baker and pastry chef at Durham, North Carolina’s Magnolia Grill under the guidance of Ben and Karen Barker, Phoebe developed her passion for food, and her understanding of the delicate balance of texture, temperature, and taste necessary to produce complex desserts and cuisine. And she conveys this same respect in her work today. By drawing on seasonal, local ingredients and classic southern techniques she creates sweet and savory pies and crostatas, delicious cakes and tarts, robust breads, and beautifully prepared plates and salads. When a customer sits down to eat at Scratch, everything at the table brings a sense of place and season, of craft and creativity.

Throughout her career Phoebe has been committed to the promotion of sustainable food systems, the joys of eating locally, and the benefits of being connected to the foods we eat. She has been an active member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and SlowFood USA, and is former co-chair of the  SlowFood Triangle chapter. Phoebe also teaches cooking and baking demonstration classes in pastry and the art of piemaking at her bakery.

Her pies and Community Supported Pie program have been featured in Bon Apetit, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Saveur, and North Carolina’s Our State magazines. Phoebe’s recipes have been published in Savuer and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and featured on the TODAY Show and North Carolina Public Radio.

Phoebe was a 2013 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Pastry Chef award.