We regret to report that one of the bakery industry’s icons has sadly passed away. Scott “Scooter” Frank, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Rustic Bakery, passed on December 1, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Frank graduated from Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in 1993, and Syracuse University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Studies. He worked his entire career in the specialty food industry, spending the last eight years with Rustic Bakery. Frank was a mentor and helped launch the career of many friends and family in the gourmet food world, a release explained. He was known as a true friend to all of his colleagues, vendors, and customers.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel Blackman Frank, and son, Sterling Harrison Frank. Frank is the son of Eddie and Ellen Frank; son-in-law of Dr. Harris and Bonnie Blackman; brother of BJ and Mary Frank; brother-in-law of Valerie and Alan Posner; and uncle of Corinne and Tillie Posner and Audrey and Graham Frank. He was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2010. He never missed a Mardi Gras parade or the opportunity to try out a hot new restaurant.
Nothing brought Frank more joy than spending time with his wife and son building LEGO, perusing a car museum, traveling together, or laughing at an irreverent joke. He hosted many joyous holidays and made Sunday dinner with the family a top priority. He always cooked more of his magazine-worthy meals than his headcount to ensure anyone who wanted leftovers had a care package when they left.
The family would like to thank all the kind people at Ochsner Hospital, particularly the 8th floor oncology team, and Dr. Jon Mizrahi for his unwavering support, care, attention, and devotion.
Donations in Frank’s honor can be made to Cafe Reconcile at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA, 70113.
We send our condolences to all who knew and loved this industry icon.