came to New Orleans from Deidesheim, Germany, and founded the bakery
that bears his name in 1896. The bakery was located on Dryades Street,
but in 1904 it moved to the handsome brick building on Simon Bolivar
Avenue where Leidenheimer's descendants still operate the family
Originally Leidenheimer baked the heavy,
dense brown breads of his native Germany but it was by producing
New Orleans French bread, with its crisp crust, that Leidenheimer
found fame. Leidenheimer bread is still unique because over a century
later it continues to be made using the same time-honored process.
In a city like New Orleans, where eating is almost a religion, producing
the perfect French bread is a sacred mission to the employees of
Leidenheimer Baking Company.