Our Story

A history of baking, a future of giving.
This is a photo of Ed and Lisa Mitzen on the beach with their children and family dog.

The Bread Basket Bakery was born in 1982 when Joan Tallman began baking out of her home kitchen for friends and family.  Over the next four decades, Joan grew the business into a thriving staple in downtown Saratoga Springs.  

In 2020, Joan decided to retire her apron.  The Mitzen family of Saratoga Springs purchased the business and building in 2020, committed to keeping the same delicious recipes that made the Bread Basket so successful for years and years. 

Philanthropists Lisa and Ed Mitzen made one change: the decision to donate all the profits from the Bread Basket every year
to charities committed to food insecurity and hunger.

Please visit us to not only taste some amazing food, but also help us do good, too.

Our Team

This is a photo of Mary Garofalo, the Executive Chef

Mary Garofalo
Executive Chef

Mary Garofalo has been an integral part of the Bread Basket family since 2017. Mary’s mission is to spread joy through her food creations. A classically trained Chef Culinary Institute of America graduate, Mary brings to the table 30 plus years of experience and multiple dishes. Mary’s exuberance and passion for the business comes thru in her daily specials, to your “go-to” lunches and dinners.Mary hugs every single customer that comes through the door with her food.

This is a photo of Head Cake Artist/Manager Angelina Tallman

Angelina Tallman
Head Cake Artist/Manager

Angelina comes from western New York, near Buffalo. She is a graduate of Alfred State, graduating with a degree in baking, production, and management.  Angelina has been with the Bread Basket bakery for more than four years.  She brings over 20 years of cake decorating and baking experience.  Angelina originally worked at the Bread Basket in the late 1990s, before moving to a different career.  She returned to her passion of baking professionally upon her return to the bakery and has built a huge following for her cakes!  

This is a photo of General Manager Matthew Tallman

Matthew Tallman
General Manager

Matthew has been and owner and manager at the Bread Basket for almost 20 years under his mother who started the bakery more than 30 years ago.  He now continues his mothers legacy as the general manager and oversees all operations at the bakery.  He is a graduate of the university of Connecticut with many years of IT and database experience before moving home to run the family business.  Born and raised in Saratoga, Matt is very active in the community!

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Christina Gross

Growing up in the Southern Mississippi gave Christina a deep appreciation for the life of the city and the ways of the country.  From a very young age she has always loved baking and cooking. She worked at various bakeries in her youth until relocating to Louisiana in 2007.  She started her culinary career as a pastry cook in the historic Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans. Self-taught, she worked her through the ranks to become the Executive Pastry Chef in 2018.  Christina has worked with such renowned chefs as Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Torres and Duff Goldman. 

With 13 years of experience and a background in fine dining, Christina came to the Bread Basket during the summer of 2020 to become the baker.

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Paola Simo
Baker + Chef

Paolais a baking and pastry graduate from The Culinary Institute of America. She has worked in multiple fine dining restaurants including; Union Square Cafe in New York City, Deuxave and Mistral in Boston. Paola has always loved the beauty and the failing trials that get you to the perfect chocolate chip cookie or croissant. She feels The Bread Basket is a wonderful place to get back to homemade baked goods and become diverse in many areas of hospitality and management.