Microbes at their best: we harness ancient sourdough fermentation technology to transform people’s expectations of wheat and wheat-based pastas.
Our mission statements ground us, remind us every day why we put so much energy into producing top quality pasta:
- To enable people to fall in love with wheat again, preparing it with a traditional technology (sourdough fermentation) that makes it easier to digest and better for us;
- To provide high quality, healthy food that can be shared with family and friends;
- To support our local Canadian farmers, by including as many high quality Canadian ingredients as possible; and
- To do business following a quadruple bottom line, which considers the environment, our social and community fabric, business and innovation.
Meet the Kaslo Sourdough Family
Kaslo Sourdough is a second generation family business located in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada.
Silvio and Gabriele Lettrari, Owners/Inventors
Gabi and Silvio immigrated to Canada from Germany, bringing their taste passion for good food with them. Together, they have successfully run the Kaslo Sourdough Bakery for over twenty years, improving recipes, trying different combinations of seeds and flours, and fundamentally changing bread in the West Kootenays. They continue being food innovators, and work with both head and heart.
Heidi Lettrari, General Manager
Heidi is dedicated to healthy living. Growing up in Kaslo, BC, she has firsthand experience watching her parents maintain a thriving local business, the Kaslo Sourdough Bakery. After she completed her BA from the University of Victoria, she stepped into the expansion of Kaslo Sourdough, and became the General Manager of their growing fermented pasta business. Look for her on the road and at health food shows!
Stefan Lettrari, Production
Upon graduation, Stefan moved to Germany and completed an apprenticeship under a reputable bakery/pastry business in the Erzgebirge region. He discovered his passion for bread baking early and returned to Kaslo to take on Silvio’s role in the bakery, and later, manage the production of our sourdough pastas.
In his spare time, he is the President of the Kaslo Search and Rescue society, and part-time paramedic. He has also been involved in several key community projects, such as volunteering with the Kaslo Trailblazers Society to build the Kaslo River Bridge, a popular attraction in town.
Heike Lettrari, Sales
Heike recently finished her master’s in environmental studies at the University of Victoria. She joins Heidi on the road for numerous health shows throughout the year, and manages the majority of Kaslo Sourdough’s accounts. Have an inquiry about starting a new account with our pastas? You’ll probably be hearing from her!
Kaslo Sourdough’s Extended Team
Laura Ellis, Sales Representative
Laura has always been intrigued by innovative products and great food. She started her own business, Emerge-In-Markets, four years ago after completing her business degree at the University of Western Ontario. Her business seeks out unique emerging products and works with local Canadian producers to expand their sales. She does this by establishing new distribution channels and promoting their products at store level.
When Laura discovered Kaslo Sourdough Pasta, she knew she had to be a part of our team. Laura currently resides in Vancouver, where she works front-line introducing new customers to Kaslo Sourdough Pasta at retail locations across BC’s Lower Mainland. She enjoys seeing customers rejoice at being able to once again enjoy pasta.
Renee Altman, Demos & Chef
Renee is a long time family friend and our recipe-guru! If you’re in the Okanagan, there’s a good chance you’ve already met her at one of the many in-store demos she has done in the region. See her complete bio here.
Tania Lettrari, Sales & Marketing
Tania was born and raised in Kaslo BC. After graduating in 1997, she left for Alberta to pursue a job in hotel & restaurant management. After spending 7 years with CP & Fairmont Hotels, she returned to Kaslo in 2005 where she worked in sales & marketing, accounting & editing for a newspaper company. Since her arrival back to Kaslo, she had become a paramedic, volunteer firefighter, and mother to 3 amazing children and is excited to be a part of the team at Kaslo Sourdough!
Our Production Crew
We value our staff and appreciate that their enthusiasm for good food matches our own. These Kaslonians are a major part of making sure our products gets made and delivered for you to the highest standards:
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