Our Story, Our Team, Slow Food Movement
Culinary artisans Shannon Talty and Janice Talty teamed up to create Olde Hearth Bread Company in 1998. Their original vision was to establish a retail and wholesale business offering high quality artisan breads and pastries. However, once Central Florida chef’s got a taste of Olde Hearth’s quality breads, their wholesale business ignited, giving the company a new focus and direction.
Olde Hearth purchases only the highest quality ingredients to create healthy and tasty products. Unbleached and unbromated flours and preservative-free ingredients are essential to our healthy baking process. Minimal automation and a commitment to old-world “hand-made” processing ensures our breads are pure and flavorful – all aspects of which are unique to this market.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Shannon travelled to San Francisco in the early 1990s to work at Stars Restaurant with Jeremiah Tower, one of the nation’s premier chefs. Realizing the importance of good bread to the enjoyment of a meal, Talty decided to focus his culinary skills on the art of baking. This decision led him to Acme Bread Company, San Francisco Bay’s top artisan bakery. “Acme was the ideal place to learn about artisan bread,” recalls Shannon. “The bakery had recently moved to a new facility in Berkley and almost everyone was on an even playing field. I was taught the foundation for proper mixing, shaping, proofing and baking. Acme represents the benchmark for artisan baking and I was fortunate to learn from the best.” After successfully starting up a bakery for an investor in Southern California, Talty returned to his home state of Florida. One year later, he opened the Olde Hearth Bread Company, Orlando’s first handcrafted artisan bakery.
A graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Janice began her professional career at one of South Florida’s best bakeries where her passion and dedication enabled her to ascend to the Head Baker position. Her unique experiences, including working with a wood fired oven from Spain, made her the perfect fit when Olde Hearth was looking to complete the team that would introduce Central Florida to artisan baking.
Janice is also a partner in the business. She brings a “sense of urgency”, a love of the craft, and a “can do” attitude, which resonates among our longtime and loyal staff.
Father, mentor, partner, investor, and builder of our wholesale market, David believed in Shannon’s vision and made it happen. Having opened hundreds of restaurants and taught thousands of students at the F.I.U. hospitality program, David has influenced and inspired countless professionals throughout the industry.
Sabine is one of the most unique and talented individuals you will ever meet. In addition to being a GM extraordinaire, Sabine is an accomplished woodworker, avid gardener, bookkeeper, baker, seamstress, and an all-around caretaker to all things living. She has allowed the rest of us to focus on specific areas while serving as the “glue” that keeps our infrastructure together.
Olde Hearth Bread Company is proud to have introduced the Slow Food movement to Central Florida.
In a nutshell, Slow Food is defined as:
“An idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”
Interested is becoming part of the Slow Food movement? Contact us or drop and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We salute local Slow Food businesses!
- The Ravenous Pig
- Homegrown Co-op