The Montclair Bread Company is a community owned and operated bakery. We strive to make the highest quality baked goods for everyone to enjoy. Our breads, croissants and doughnuts are handcrafted using traditional, European techniques of baking with pure, all natural ingredients.
I grew up in Chestertown, MD where my grandmother made wedding cakes for a living. When I was little, she put buttercream in a piping bag and let me decorate paper plates while she adorned the cake. I thought I wanted to follow in her footsteps. After graduating with a French degree from the University of Florida, I went to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY to study baking and pastry In my first class, "Hearth Breads & Rolls," I fell in love with making bread. There was a soulfullness about it that wasn't found in the fancy cakes. I found I wanted to make something that appeared on the family dinner table every night rather than a special occasion show piece.
After baking up and down the east coast (Wegmans, Bread Alone, Amy's Bread, The Ritz-Carlton) my family and I made a home for ourselves in Montclair. Kevin stayed at home with our two kids, Josie & Keegan while I went to work developing bread recipes for Tribeca Oven. When I was pregnant with our third, Malachi, I started attending prenatal yoga classes where I met a great group of local moms. Once a week, I invited the "bread moms" into our home to pick up loaves I baked. It was through this network of moms that Kevin and I found out about an opportunity to take over the local bread company.
I grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland with my seven brothers and sisters. My mum got bread delivered to our home daily…everyone did. My dad would bring us “baps” or rolls for a treat after school. Breads in Ireland were mostly plain. I had no idea bread could be so involved until I met Rachel!
I moved to New York City in July, 2011 where I worked in construction up until I became a stay-at-home-dad. I always hoped for a way to get out of the physical labor, to find a place where I could connect my community on a personal level. I dreamed of having a little coffee shop where friends and families could come and hang out. Our shop allows us to spend more time together as a family while doing what we love.