Marsee Baking is a local, family owned, wholesale bakery serving the Pacific Northwest. We have facilities in the Portland and Seattle areas, and we deliver delicious bakery goods as far north as Burlington, Washington and as far south as Eugene, Oregon. Marsee was established in 1993. It has a long-standing reputation for premium, high-quality desserts and breads. Derek Moeller bought the bakery in 2000 at a time it was struggling to survive. His determination, business sense, and an AMAZING group of employees helped Marsee emerge a healthy, thriving business.
In 2013, Marsee expanded into the Seattle area with the acquisition of a bakery in Kent, Washington. Two years later, Coeur D’Alene Bakery was added to complete the Marsee Family. The mission remains the same: to provide the best product while caring for our employees, our communities, and our environment. As the years have passed, we have gained clarity in our purpose (along with some gray hair and creaky joints!) Our focus has become more about “How to Use Business as a Force for Good” (quotation from The B Corp Handbook). About making a positive social impact. About baking a better world!
We may be biased, but we really believe we have the best team around! Marsee employees are a diverse bunch of hard-working, team-oriented people. Our employees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations. They have been known to help each other out in numerous ways, from helping with transportation to helping with unexpected financial expenses. We have received too many compliments to count from customers, vendors, even interns about the friendly, caring culture at Marsee Baking. We are truly blessed and proud to be a part of such an amazing community of people. A family.
The talent and inspiration behind Marsee’s beautiful, edible creations is found in its General Manager, Daniel Bes. His tireless work ethic and limitless creativity have earned him a devoted following. Some of Daniel’s masterpiece’s truly are too beautiful to eat…uh, but we eat them anyway. And we are always glad we did!
Daniel grew up and trained in the South of France. He worked in Africa for 2 years prior to coming to the United States where he built an impressive culinary resume. He has owned bakeries, taught Pastry Art at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and Le Cordon Rouge in Sausalito, was a guest chef at Culinary Institute of America Greystone Napa Valley, and consulted for several large bakeries. His journey brought him to Oregon in 1994 when he became the executive pastry chef at Moonstruck Chocolatier, and when Moonstruck’s baking division merged with Marsee Baking, well, the rest is history! Marsee definitely came out ahead in that deal!
Daniel knows his stuff. He is involved in every aspect of producing our baked goods, from carefully and deliberately selecting the finest ingredients, to perfecting the mixing and baking processes, to seeing the product shipped safely and accurately out the door. Daniel truly puts his heart into creating the finest, most exquisite baked goods available. He loves the fast paced demands and variety that come with running such a diverse bakery.
Ten-year-old Derek, calling his mom at work: “Mom, I’m trying to make cinnamon rolls, but something is wrong with the dough.”
Derek’s mom: “Derek, did you knead the dough?”
Ten-year-old Derek: “No, mom, I didn’t NEED the dough. I just WANTED it.”
No one could have guessed that Derek would own a bakery one day! And he still loves cinnamon rolls, but he loves people even more! Derek cares about people first. Family, friends, coworkers. It matters to him how their lives are affected by the decisions he makes. He takes joy in helping people…fixing a coworker’s car, helping a friend move, donating and delivering food…are a few examples of ways he cares.
Derek is the definition of DIY! You might find him changing a flat tire on a delivery truck, working on the accounting, filling in for Customer Service on the phones, repairing an oven, meeting with a vendor or a banker, or making a last minute delivery to be sure an order isn’t missed. This “roll up your sleeves” kind of work ethic is in large part the reason for Marsee’s success.
Marsee is a family business in the true sense. Derek and his wife, Rhonda, both work at the bakery. All three sons have worked in various capacities, starting with litter patrol in the parking lots, helping with distribution, customer service, sales, cleaning ovens, even re-roofing one of the buildings! Native Oregonians, they love to hit the mountain once or twice in the winter and the lake in the summer. Finding breathtaking hiking destinations is at the top of their favorites list. Waterfalls and viewpoints are the best. Send us an email if you have a favorite destination you would like to suggest to them!
(Blog Text Sourced from Marseebaking.com)