Mary Pappas comes from a tradition of Greek culinary entrepreneurs. In the 1930s, Mary’s father, a Greek immigrant, owned a candy store called Alpha Sweets. Later, her family’s Alpha Restaurant was a popular dining spot in the Green Bay area from 1941-1968. This strong work ethic—combined with her mother’s natural warmth, hospitality and great cooking—made a strong impression on Mary.
Mary knew that she was destined to be an entrepreneur herself.
While on a trip to Greece, she and her husband Rick came to the conclusion that they wanted to bring the distinct charm of a Greek taverna home to Green Bay. They had a desire to create a genuine, unpretentious bakery and café offering beautiful, truly scratch European-style pastry… a destination designed for sharing with friends and family in a relaxed, accessible atmosphere. They envisioned a place that would feel “right” to travelers who had experienced the allure of a European café firsthand. The result—after much hard work and planning—was Alpha Delights European Bakery & Café…
Central to the Alpha Delights experience is the food. Mary’s original idea of serving exceptional pastry evolved into a full café offering much more. Everything on their unique menu—including many popular lunch specials—is prepared from scratch, using favorite recipes that promise a balance of delicious taste, great texture and artistry on the plate. Their chicken salad is as legendary as their unmatched specialty cakes and hand-made croissants. Mary’s goal is to hear customers say, “This tastes just like when I was in …” And she hears it often!
Alpha Delights is excited to be a part of a renaissance in the world of food and bakery. Lately, there is a return to traditional recipes, ingredients and methods that respect the integrity of the food and celebrate its ingredients and inherent goodness. Everyone on the Alpha Delights team, from pastry chefs to cake decorators to cooks, is proud of their profession. Creating delicious, quality entrees, sides dishes and desserts—from scratch and with an eye for detail—is their passion. This enthusiasm and dedication comes through in everything they do and customers can taste it with each and every bite.
Today, Alpha Delights is fulfilling Mary & Rick’s dream; a welcoming Greek-Style café… an outstanding menu featuring European favorites, hand-made pastries, American “comfort foods” and thoughtful new dishes… and customers who come back again and again for great food and hospitality in a warm, inviting atmosphere.