However, before we pull back the curtains it’s important that I acknowledge the real reason we’re able to converse at all. That would be you, the consumer. The vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, chef, meat eater looking for an alternative, or anyone else who put a piece of our tofu or seitan into their shopping cart. Everyone here knows how good our food is but boy does it resonate when you guys hit the stores! For that we offer a most hearty “Thank You” and an invitation to read on and learn a little more about us.

Back in the mid 70’s a community began to form in the Middletown area. Based in part around the Good Harvest Food Cooperative folks also came to begin studying macrobiotic cooking and philosophy with two
of the founders of The Bridge, William and Joan Spear.

Their teaching and the relationships that grew out of their work in the community made our business possible. The third member of the founding group, Roberto Marrocchessi arrived from Italy by way of Boston and Cleveland where he had learned an essential skill, how to make tofu. Along the way a great many folks have spent time with us, working, learning and moving on. A few of us have made it our livelihood and believe the market is better served by that choice. Certainly for all of us here no roster would be complete without acknowledging the support, teaching and inspiration of Michio and Aveline Kushi. Without them, would any of us be here?

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Originally The Bridge was designed to serve the local community with fresh tofu, seitan and other foods we were using regularly.
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However it soon became clear that not only could The Bridge serve a larger market but it would have to in order to continue. It was not without some kind of divine intervention that all of us ended up in Middletown. It is, after all, in the middle of Connecticut and halfway between New York and Boston. And so, distribution began. Fast forward to the present and the stores are bigger and more beautiful, they offer a vast product mix and are visited by folks from all walks of life..
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Our products are in most of those stores and are being chosen by a great many of those people, but they still look the same, taste the same and, most importantly (we think) are still made the same way.

We hope you find the site informative, appealing and easy to navigate. The sections that are incomplete will be finished soon but please call if you need more information.

You will never know how much we appreciate your role in the success of The Bridge over the last quarter century.

Many Thanks,
Stephen Lapenta
Owner and President

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For almost 25 years we’ve been offering our line of simply made foods. Back then the natural foods industry was in its infancy and now, as it grows closer to maturity, natural foods have become an integral part of the American food shoppers’ experience.
How and where The Bridge fits into this panoramic view is the purpose of my words to you now.


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