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SJCCtv: Bagel Bites – Episode #6: Mt. Bagel
May 24 @ 10:30 am
Episode #6 of Bagel Bites features an interview with Roan Hartzog of Mt. Bagel. A series of six “well-rounded” interviews with Seattle’s old and new crop of bagel makers. and how to support these Jewish-owned businesses now. Watch live on SJCCtv on YouTube. New episodes premiere every Sunday at 10:30 am. Hosted by Pamela Lavitt, Director SJCC Arts+Ideas and Festivals director and Warren Etheredge, SJFF shorts curator and founder of the Walla Walla Movie Crush short film festival.
Baker Roan Hartzog doesn’t fit the profile of someone making some of Seattle’s most sought-after bagels this side of the Cascades. The former frontman of the now-defunct Northwest post-grunge garage band Cabana is not Jewish. When a friend brought him some New York bagels, the North Florida native asked the perennial question,”Why can’t I get a good bagel in this city?” and now he’s dispelling that myth as the person behind the mysterious Mt. Bagel — a new, lo-fi operation that has neither a shop nor its own commissary.
In 2007, while working as a baker at Tom Douglas by day, Hartzog started making bagels on his days off, documenting the process and selling on Instagram. The business grew naturally. As more and more people wanted his bagels, he had to sub out workdays just to satisfy the demand; and since January 2020 he has been making bagels full time. With a strong social media presence, no brick-and-mortar, and low overhead, we ask Hartzog if it’s a terrible or perfect time for Mt. Bagel’s upward climb? The last of six Bagel Bites interviews, like the previous five, Mt. Bagel proves that Seattle’s got bagel game and a reason to celebrate, not complain.
Check out Mt. Bagel’s delivery map and order online here.