Our Story

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We bring beauty into our community by creating artful pastries with love and respect for traditional methods.

Our Story

With our arsenal of sweet and savory pastries, fresh breads, and cakes – The Salty Tart has instantly left an indelible mark on the Twin Cities food scene.

Our motto is “Cooking with Integrity”. It means seasonal, local and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. For almost a decade, we baked everything in a 400 square-foot bakery. From scratch. Every day. Two of those three things haven't changed. We still bake from scratch, every day, but we outgrew our tiny kitchen. In July 2017, we moved from a 400 square-foot kitchen to a 4,000 square-foot kitchen.  Our storefront is still located in the Midtown Global Market, our home, where it all began. Every morning we bake and deliver fresh pastries for our customers to enjoy!

Wake up with a pastry cream-filled brioche, savory caramelized onion and goat cheese tart or a crème fraiche-filled cake. Don’t forget to bring home a loaf of our house-made bread: baguettes, sourdough, and seeded wheat.

The Chef

Michelle Gayer is the most critically acclaimed pastry chef currently living in the Twin Cities and is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2002 and 2010, she received a James Beard "Outstanding Pastry Chef" nomination and has been named "Best Pastry Chef" by the editors of Bon Appetite magazine.

Gayer gained fame as the Executive Pastry Chef for Charlie Trotter’s and Trotter’s To Go in Chicago, where she also partnered with Trotter to write, “Charlie Trotter’s Desserts.” In 2008, Gayer fulfilled her dream by opening her own bakery-Salty Tart in South Minneapolis in the Midtown Global Market.

Salty Tart features Gayer’s extraordinarily stylish to free-form rustic creations. Sweet to savory selections like creamy coconut macaroons, golden rosemary corn cakes, pastry cream filled brioche and savory puff pastry all perfectly compliment the custom desserts and breads made fresh daily. Gayer features the best in seasonal fruits, flavors and baking creativity.