Making sure everything in the Café and The Cache run like clockwork is no small feat, but Bradley Hinkleman, our restaurant manager, is more than up to the task.
Born and raised on the Magothy River in Arnold, Maryland, a tiny town outside Annapolis, Bradley’s family has been on the same property since 1929. “I’ll always cherish cooking with my mom on holidays surrounded by piles of family recipes, and the smell of steaming crabs in the summer with my dad and brother. So there’s a lot of history there, which is one of the things that excited me about Ginger and Baker and its historic space,” Bradley said.
Bradley graduated from UMBC with degrees in political science and biology and went to work for a cabinet member at the White House. He then moved into event management, handling events small and large – including the Preakness.
Most recently, Bradley managed food and beverage at another historic venue, the Annapolis Yacht Club, which has been around since 1886. “It’s a decorated five-star Platinum Club member and rated among the best in the world,” Bradley said. “I was very happy to be a part of that.”
A career move brought Bradley’s girlfriend to Colorado and he decided to make the jump too. “My girlfriend’s family is here in Fort Collins and I love snowboarding, boating, and the view from the mountains,” he said. Their little Aussie/Chihuahua mix, Buuren (or Little BB), named after a Dutch composer, came along for the ride.
A true Renaissance man, Bradley also enjoys building computers, audio engineering, and playing the piano. “Music has always been a part of my life with the support of my family,” he said. “I was taught by my grandmother, she was a true gem and a wonderful singer.”
Here at Ginger and Baker, Bradley’s mission is “to build a staff that gives platinum service but is as warm and welcoming as the residents of Fort Collins have been to me, so guests feel not only special, but interested and inspired.”
“I like to provide the things people don’t even know they need yet,” Bradley continued. “It‘s not just about coming in to eat, but having a consistently outstanding experience that feels like home.”
His favorite pie? “I daresay I make a lot of scratch pizza at home so I’d have to say that, but for sweet pie, the chocolate midnight pie here is seriously delicious.”Back To Team