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About City Bakery

City Bakery was founded as a local, wholesale artisan bakery in 2007 by owner, Michael Bortz. Michael is a third generation chocolatier whose family came over from Germany in 1906 and founded the Bortz Chocolate Company in Reading Pennsylvania. Michael has an extensive and diverse repertoire both culinary and otherwise.

His approach to baking bread is to fine tune formulas to his personal tastes while staying true to traditional methods and great quality. It is a difficult task to balance maximum freshness and quality alongside timeliness and efficiency but somehow he has it down to an art.

His background in the restaurant industry as an Executive Chef helps him understand and accommodate the bread and pastry needs of local restaurants. Michael’s greatest growth experience was being the Corporate Chef and Corporate Baker under David Birzon, the president of Paradise Bakery & Cafe in Scottsdale, AZ where he developed recipes for baked goods and other products for the company’s 40 national cafes.

City Bakery, located in Denver and Phoenix, bakes breads that are all-natural, with no preservatives, chemicals, or fillers. Each loaf is hand-shaped and baked fresh daily.

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