LOCATION

407 W. Main Street
Payson, AZ 85541


PHONE

928-363-4049


We are open

MON-FRI: 6:30AM–4PM SAT: 7AM-4PM

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Pick 4 Bruschetta Menu

FOR $25 CHOOSE 4 BRUSCHETTAS AND GET A DELICIOUS
KALE, CRANBERRY AND PINE NUT SALAD FOR TWO.

 Mogollon Moose Bakery, First Fridays on Main Street

—Creamy Chevre topped with slow Oven Roasted Tomato Relish
—Caprese – Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato
—Ricotta, Basil and Melon topped with Honey and Cracked Peppercorn
—Salami, Basil Pesto and Provolone
—Mascarpone, Prosciutto and Fig Jam with Pistachios
—Smoked Salmon, Green Onion Cream, Dill, Lemon and Capers
—Sopressata, Manchego and Kale Pesto

Our Pick 4 Bruschetta Menu is available the First Friday of the month during our First Friday’s on Main Street events.  Our next event will be on March 3rd from 5PM to 7PM. Learn more and RSVP here>> https://www.facebook.com/events/396516014053034/

Mogollon Moose and Cafaste – A Perfect Match

It’s hard for me to imagine anyone not having a love for coffee. That is until I met my husband Brian, co-owner of Mogollon Moose Bakery. He was born and raised in Seattle of all places…and while he enjoys the delightful smell of coffee brewing, he doesn’t like to drink coffee. At all. (I know, right?)

The rest of our Moose Crew happens to LOVE coffee… some of us even love it so much that it nearly runs through our veins! When we opened the bakery, we knew that we wanted to source a nice, non-acidic dark blend, much different from the flavors you get from the local Starbucks.

During the planning stages of our bakery opening, I wasn’t aware of Tom Plets and his experience with espresso. I had heard of him briefly throughout Payson circles, however, didn’t understand his capabilities until after we had a chance to meet. I was instantly impressed with Tom and his company Cafaste – he had a passion for his roast and offered an organic, fair-trade, non-GMO blend of delicious beans.

When I owned my espresso cafe in Anchorage, I completely fell in love with Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company. Their dark blend was roasted to an oily perfection that provided a deep and spicy coffee experience and it was a proven brand, Kaladi has a huge following. I knew when starting the Moose that I wanted to give our Alaskan’s (see coffee tab for my thoughts on the Arizona – Alaska pipeline of people) a taste from home. When Tom and I first met to chat on the blend I wanted for our Moose Peeps, he was gracious enough to help us achieve our goals for our clientele and now we have a following of our own (awesome!). However; it took a little time to perfect our blend.

Over the course of a few months, Tom worked with Brandon, our barista to come up with the exact blend that makes our espresso so delicious that keeps our daily coffee clientele coming back. It’s absolutely perfect, and it’s very robust, bold with the right amount of dark chocolately tones.

Our family felt it was important to not only use a local company but one that was also dedicated to finding the best sourced materials just like we do for every other item on our menu. Here’s what really matter though and this goes one step deeper. It’s not just Tom and Cafaste, but what they stand for and what they’re all about. Just working with Tom we are reassured that the coffee we are sourcing is holistic, organic, Fair Trade Certified and follows our company guidelines of treating ingredients with respect. Tom not only created us several perfect blends for our bakery, he also loves what he is doing and marries science with his passion and creativity to birth new blends that his patrons love.

The coffee beans Cafasté uses, are respectfully sourced, roasted with intent, and delivered with pride. Which of course, were all things we valued and wanted to find in the company we used to help us create our perfect cup of Joe.

A Look Behind Our Coffee Blends, Mogollon Moose Bakery

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Our Blends

Cafasté created two unique blends of coffee, that represented what we wanted for our Moose customers.

A Look Behind Our Coffee Blends, Mogollon Moose Bakery

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Moose Espresso Blend: Is the coffee blend we offer all year round. This Blend digs back into our Alaskan roots with it’s dark roast level and rich taste.  Some additional flavor profiles we asked for were chocolate, savory, and smokey with some caramelized sugars.

The blend includes Doka Estate Costa Rica Gourmet Coffee which is considered one of the highest quality coffees.  The reason for this is the geographical location of the farm – a much desired location of the farmers that grow beans.  The estate is located in beautiful Costa Rica on the fertile slopes of the Alajuela Poas Volcano, and the rich soil plus the altitude and climate make for a high-quality coffee.

This blend also has Organic Sumatra Gayo Mountain Fair trade coffee.  This coffee is known for being cultivated, harvested and naturally processed without using any chemicals or pesticides.

A Look Behind Our Coffee Blends, Mogollon Moose Bakery

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Moose Special Holiday Blend: Our holiday blend is a special edition coffee that is released throughout the year during the holidays. It’s so delicious and well received that we are considering releasing it full-time. It has a medium roast level with a flavor profile that includes spicy, berry and cedar taste.  It includes both the Doka Estate Costa Rica Gourmet Coffee and the Organic Sumatra Gayo Mountain Fair trade coffee from our Moose Espresso Blend.

In order to achieve that spicy taste they also included an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee bean.  These coffee beans are amongst the highest quality coffee beans in the world and Cafaste roasts them to perfection.

Stay tuned, we have some more unique blends in the works and can’t wait to share the details with you!  Stop in today, say hi to Brandon and try out these amazing blends.

 

Holiday Menu

The Holiday’s are upon us and it’s the most special time of year! Your team at The Moose is here to help reduce holiday stress in your kitchen. We are taking special orders for holiday pies, cakes, breads, rolls and side dishes that will be a wonderful and tasty compliment to your holiday meal.  Place your orders by December 23rd for Christmas and by December 30th for New Year’s!

Pies:

Cranberry Apple

Classic Apple

Country Apple Streusel

Pecan Bourbon

Apple, Pear and Ginger

Pear, Blueberry and Date Tart

Chocolate Pretzel Cream

Mexican Chocolate Cream

Mochaccino Latte Cream

 

Cakes

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Eggnog Bourbon Cake

Hippity Hoppity Carrot Cake

Southern Hummingbird Spice Cake

Chocolate on Chocolate Cake

Strawberry White Chocolate Cake

Spiced Eggnog French Toast Bread Pudding

 

Breads

Baguettes

Sourdough Round

1 Dozen Holiday White Buns

1 Dozen Cracked Wheat Buns

Croissants

Cinnamon Twist Babka Bread

Craft Wheat Pan Bread

Multi Grain Artisan

 

Sides – Dinner Portions

Kale Cranberry Pine Nut Salad

Hummus & Crostini

Quinoa Pasta Salad

Oven Roasted Root Veggies

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

Contact us today or stop in to place your order!  928-363-4049

*Order pick-up for Christmas is December 24th by 4:00PM. Pick-up for New Year’s is December 31st by 4:00PM.

Our Values; What We Are All About

Hello Moose Friends!

With Labor Day behind us now, we’re settling into our daily routine. Our team is doing well and we’re beaming with pride serving our delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods!

I’m excited to share with you some of the feedback we’ve had recently. Mostly all good – the only bad (which isn’t really bad) that we’ve heard is that we need a bigger location (which yes, we’re working on it!) and that we’re a little pricey.

So I want to address the latter – yes we are. When I planned our menu I went around town and did some research on everything from local fare to the many fast food options. I was concerned that the residents of our beautiful little dusty town of Payson wouldn’t be happy paying $10 for a sandwich.

It was after I went through Carl’s Jr that I realized the value of what we really bring to the table. We ordered for one person; a Carl’s burger, fries and soft drink – which came to $10.65. None of that being clean food – it’s fast food filled with preservatives.

We Stand On Our Values

So, let me explain our values as bakery owners.

We want to serve:

Healthy food for a happy body and food that blesses your body and soul! What’s better than that?!?

We celebrate organic when possible and believe in wholesome ingredients from farm to your table.

We believe that food is love and we love to support local in any way possible. We serve Organic Fair Trade Certified coffees and teas. In fact, we get our special espresso blend from a local roaster – CAFASTE’! We love that we are supporting Tom! Stop in to his Facebook page and give him a “like”.. I promise you won’t regret it!

We are Gluten Free and Gluten Lite – and still have plenty of Gluten! So we have something for everyone.. well almost! We aren’t vegan, dairy free, nut free or soy free…

All of our recipes are developed in house – our bakery goods are delicious and made with the best Non GMO certified ingredients… YES! That’s a WIN!

I have watched the decline of the food industry and have seen restaurants come on board in other cities in which I’ve lived selling good food only to see their quality fall over time. They give in to the pressures of not making a larger profit or having a high employee percent to sales and ultimately they compromise and settle for lesser quality ingredients so they can meet their sales goals.

I have always operated my businesses with some transparency so I have no problem telling you that if we don’t make our goals, we will find other areas to balance the numbers. We will never trade quality food or staff to make more money. That’s not who we are. We truly stand on our values.

No Preservatives in our Meats

I am so proud to tell you that we also stand on the foundation that NONE of our in-house meats have any kind of sulfates, nitrates, caramel color or sodium phosphate. Even the lunchmeat you buy at the grocery store is filled with all kinds of preservatives and additives to extend shelf life. We don’t want to eat that and in addition, we don’t want to serve that to our community. Even if it saves us money.

For our ham, roast beef and chicken – we actually went around our food suppliers and worked to provide you the best of the best, preservative free – and our sandwich prices fall right in alignment with other local prices.

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We cook and slice our roast beef and chicken in house – our chicken breasts are thick and delicious and make our Chicken Pesto Sandwich (our second highest selling sandwich) melt in your mouth goodness and our roast beef is cooked to perfection to give you the best flavor profile possible in what I call our “man-sandwich”; the amazingly delicious Roast Beef and Salami Sandwich. If you’d like to learn more about these sandwiches and more, click herehttp://www.mogollonmoose.com/menu/turkey-pesto/.

Thank You for Supporting Local

The difference is that when you order lunch from us, you’re supporting local families and getting a premium healthy product that doesn’t contain additives that are on the FDA known carcinogen list. It’s honest, healthy food that you’ll feel good about eating! And we love that!

Also, like large restaurant conglomerates that come to town, we don’t have a big executive corporate bank roll keeping our lights on during the slow months. Every penny we make here keeps us going and supports our employees while allowing us to continue to bring you the best possible meals.

So, thank you to all of you who have supported us since we’ve opened! It’s truly appreciated and if you’re not dining at our little establishment, please support one of our other locally owned restaurants. Here’s a quick search of all the local restaurants in Payson, Arizona for your convenience. It’s not hard to figure out who is who. There are plenty that didn’t make the recent Top 10 that was posted on AZ Central that are still just as delicious!

It’s an important responsibility of living in a small town – helping each other like family. There’s a special feeling in our dusty little, cowboy town. It’s that we all have chosen to live here and want to make our community a better place. It really is like we are all family. And that’s the one thing that I love about living here.

Till next time!

In gratitude and love,

Kristi

Hello Payson! We Did It!

Hello Friends!

So.. this is my first blog as the co-owner, executive chef, head baker, chief bottle washer (oh wait, that’s Brian!) and creator of yum! of Mogollon Moose Bakery. I’m not even sure if anyone will be interested in what I will share, but I’m finally going to give in to my own marketing advice that I have given for years and start writing.

About me… I’m a marketer that loves to bake

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Mogollon Moose Bakery has been a life dream turned reality this year. I cofounded a marketing company, Infinite Reach Agency (based in Phoenix) in 2013 and loved every minute of building that agency and growing my team of 12. I set up the company to be remote, to allow us to work from anywhere and I have to say, I have the best team ever.

Katelyn, our operations/marketing manager is holding down the fort while I am focused on getting the bakery up and running. I feel so fortunate that our team is strong and competent and can handle taking care of our clients for the interim. Kellie (our social media account manager) Alli and Ashley  (both of our graphic designers) are also very involved with our marketing and creating our Mogollon Moose brand. I hear something about our graphics at the bakery almost every day and I’m very proud that they helped bring my vision to reality. 🙂

Last October, we made a life change that moved us to Payson, Arizona –  I absolutely fell in love with the town, but most of all – the people. There is a sense of family here that I love. After living in Alaska for 20+ years (spent the last 8 in the Valley) I feel like I’m home – very much like I did when I lived in Alaska so this has become my little hometown Alaska…right in the heart of Rim Country in the high desert mountains of Arizona. It’s special.

I didn’t expect to open up a bakery so soon in my life journey but timing has everything to do with it. After moving here, I found there were not many options for a kale salad or even just a good balanced sandwich filled with enough protein and high fiber carbs to get me through to dinner.

I noticed that Payson had plenty of fast food restaurants (and they’re still coming!) but they were and are….missing the mark. So I started researching and together with my husband Brian, and sons Brandon and Beau – we decided that now was the time to launch our food concept.

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I’ve hung my marketing hat for an apron – for now….

All of the recipes have been in development for over 12 years and after my significant weight loss (I’ve officially lost 150 pounds. Yay!) – were also adjusted and tested to be sure they met a few objections. One being that they were healthy and delicious!

With that said, our baked goods aren’t all healthy. As Alexis Bechman wrote in the Payson Round Up “The menu at the Mogollon Moose is not all healthy though. Church is baking up something sweet everyday.” Read the full article for our history here.

She’s right. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve baked dozens of 12 different types of gluten free and non-gluten free muffins, baked and sold over 90 loaves of bread, made a host of different pastries, invented a few new treats such as our already famous Chocolate Butter Braid and created a new spiced pear bread pudding muffin from our day old croissants.

We love being a small batch bakery. Every day I can choose to bake specialty items based off of ingredients I have on hand which allows me to reduce waste and go with seasonal ingredients. I’m loving it and so do our guests! I’ve made great use of plums, nectarines, peaches, strawberries and other summer berries, pears, figs, apples and even baked some kiwi-strawberry scones!

It takes a village, indeed

We’ve experienced some amazing support since starting this journey. Bobby Davis and the Town of Payson has been really great to work with. (Just a side note: Bobby Davis is running for a seat on the Star Valley town council —click here to learn about Bobby and his plans to help Star Valley grow.)

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Chris Bertone and Jaimie Hilgendorf of The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce were there for us when we really needed a boost. They planned our ribbon cutting ceremony on August 5th –  20 of our new dear friends from the business community attended and stood with us as we opened our bakery! Including former Payson Mayor, Kenny Evans and Payson Town Council-woman Su Connel. How special is that? Just the remembrance of that day still brings tears to my eyes.

Everyone has been very helpful and encouraging and the people who come and dine at our bakery have just made the whole experience remarkable. Without the help, love and encouragement from everyone, we wouldn’t have made it this far. We’re so grateful… Thank you all!

Giving Thanks

We’ve seen so many smiling faces since we’ve opened on August 1st. I feel so blessed that we get to make new friends every day (and get some hugs in there too) and have old friends stop by and see us too! It’s been a really special journey, and we’ve been very surprised by how well received our little bakery has been in our dusty little cowboy town.

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Mogollon Moose Bakery Customers

 

We have regulars that bless us each day by coming in and enjoying our coffee/espresso or having breakfast or lunch. It’s really neat. I feel at home welcoming them in and am so excited to hear about their life stories. I tell our guests daily – “Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you today”… and I really mean every word. Thank you!

Up Next

So that was my inaugural blog. This week we’re working on tightening our processes for better and faster service and I’m already planning ahead and designing our new fall menu. We want to stick with seasonal ingredients and I’m very excited about the possibilities of utilizing sweet potato, different squash, fall nuts and we’re looking at adding a new side to our breakfast sandwiches and serving soup starting later in September/early October.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please reach out. I’d love to hear them, get to know you and share from inside the bakery.

Till next time… and Thank YOU for your support!

Written with Love,
Kristi

Owner, Executive Chef/Head Baker and Creator of Yum!