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Thank you Minds Matter of Denver!

Seeing as how it’s almost the end of September, I want to give a HUGE thank you to Minds Matter of Denver. They have been the nonprofit for the past couple of months and have been awesome to work with! I’ve loved this partnership and hope that we can continue partnering together in many ways for many years.

Stop by Zuni Street Brewing this Thursday from 5-8pm for live music, limited supply of sample cookies and $1 of every pint sold is going to Minds Matter!

Good Sugar Baking has seen a lot of growth within this quarter. From adding more Beer and Cookie pairings, gaining more accounts, creating new cookies and meeting many new people, it has been an incredible time. A lot of that has happened because of the ability to partner with great nonprofits around the world. Minds Matter does substantial work not only in the Denver community  but across the country as well. I’m excited to see them grow more and more. I can’t wait to get them their check for all of the work they have helped Good Sugar accomplish.

Now it’s time to announce a new nonprofit for the next quarter!

This nonprofit comes from one of the Kickstarter backers. It’s perfect timing because they are located in Florida and have been dealing with some of the hurricane. The nonprofit is Foundation for Foster Children. You can learn more by going to their website: https://foundationforfosterchildren.org/

foundationforfosterchildrenI will be writing a post shortly to tell you more about Foundation for Foster Children!

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September Events!

Can you believe it’s September already?! I can’t. I can’t even get over that it’s September and it’s STILL SO DAMN HOT OUT. In Colorado it is anyways. Or it’s because I’m constantly baking so it’s just actually always hot.

Anyways, this month is going to be a good one! I always love September. It’s a great month to have a birthday, to celebrate your pup’s birthday, to travel and to make more connections. I’m lucky enough to be going to Chicago over my birthday with some of my very best friends! Cubs game, Riot Fest, all the beer and all the food! I can’t wait.

Besides that, next week I’m busy getting dirty in a brewery for a change of pace. I’m brewing a cookie beer with Mockery that will be released during Great American Beer Festival at the beginning of October. It’s going to be a good one!

Wednesday, September 20th will be my monthly beer and cookie pairing at Zuni Street Brewing.

The next day is a beer and cookie pairing at Great Divide, a first at this location and I’m pumped!

Thursday, September 28th is a special end of the quarter event with my partnered nonprofit. From 5-8pm at Zuni Street Brewing a $1 of every pint goes to Minds Matter. cheersforcharity

A week off and we’re into October already with a beer and cookie pairing at Mockery (releasing the cookie beer as well) with a Great American Beer Fest beer and cookie Thursday the 5th at Zuni Street!

It’s a busy month as always, make sure you come find me at an event and say hi!

Seedstock Beer and Cookie Pairing!

This week!!! Don’t have anything to do on Wednesday?! Then you have to come to the beer and cookie pairing at Seedstock Brewery. This brewery has been open for a short period of time, but they’re pumping out the beers and making a good name for themselves.

Which is why I’m super excited to have a beer and cookie pairing there!

16992421_936254316510145_9068343059202787375_oI’m also SUPER EXCITED that Mile High Brass Band is going to be playing during the pairing too. These guys are fantastic musicians and include two of my favorite Denver people.

(Photo Credit: Kelly Maxwell)

Come check it out from 6-8pm. Make sure to hit “going” on the Facebook event page to secure your pairing!

Here’s the link: Hump Day Beer and Cookie Pairing

Back to School Time!

Can you believe that summer is basically over?! Everyone’s heading back to school, vacation time is winding down and I’m already thinking about what to do with the upcoming seasons.

What’s really cool is this means lots of meetings, lots of events and lots of stress for many people. Good thing there’s a bakery in town where a percentage of every sale goes to a nonprofit (here’s to you, Minds Matter!).

Speaking of Minds Matter, what a great time to be partnered up with such an outstanding nonprofit. They help prepare students for their future by providing them with the necessary tools to success. It’s a perfect time to be aware of everyone’s future!

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I’ve been able to fulfill a couple of back to school cookie needs and would love to get some more! Remember that not only do the kids need cookies but so does the staff, so whether you’re a teacher, parent or just want to give some sweets, keep Good Sugar Baking in mind! You can reach out to me here to place a cookie order.

Happy Monday!

Account Spotlight: Mockery Brewing

“For beer drinkers looking for creative & delicious brews, Mockery Brewing is the innovative producer of damn good beers that break the rules in all the right places.”

Mockery Brewing has been one of my go to breweries since they’ve been open. They have always been putting out really fun, experimental and innovative beers in a setting that’s warm and welcoming. I’ve gotten to know a few of the people there just from working in the industry and I’m ecstatic that they wanted to carry my cookies. When they first opened they were carrying cookies but evidently health inspectors didn’t like that. Good thing I have all the licensing and other jazz necessary so now they can have cookies again!

Anyways, their cucumber Berliner Weisse is such a refreshing and tasty beer, just one of the many that I’ve come to enjoy there. Although I don’t know either of the owners, I’m assuming they are some pretty cool dudes just because of how amazing their brewery is.

This Friday, you can find me at Mockery with cookie samples and to party for First Friday!

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Seasonal Cookies

You know what one of the best parts about starting a bakery is? Coming up with new recipes. Although I’ve had a lot of these recipes for a long time, so they’ve been around for awhile, now I get to experiment with them more and more.

I am finalizing one of my cookies: White Chocolate Lavender. This one is fantastic! With a chocolate base, white chocolate chips and hints of lavender it’s a great cookie for the summer. It has so many delicious flavors going on in it; the lavender isn’t overpowering and who doesn’t love chocolate?! To be quite honest I have a hard time coming up with recipes that don’t include chocolate because chocolate is just so damn good.

Now I’m thinking of a Fall seasonal cookie. I’ve had a lot of good ideas and have been doing my best to stray away from pumpkin because I think it’s overused and not original at all.

The other day I was at one of my favorite breweries, Spangalang, chatting with one of the bartenders and we were brainstorming some ideas. A gentleman sitting next to me threw out the idea of pecans. Pecans aren’t my favorite, but I do think of the Fall when I think of them. I’ve also been having a hard time not having a butterscotch cookie…so it sounds like there could be something there!

What are some of your favorite seasonal flavors that you’d love to see used with a cookie? I’m always open to new ideas and love including everyone in the cookie baking new idea process!

Account Spotlight: Zuni Street Brewing

With the start of business it’s hard to keep up with everything. One thing I’ve been wanting to do is Account Spotlights. I think it’s important to make sure everyone that carries your product feels appreciated and knows how much it means to your business that they support you. Besides providing accounts with sample cookies for their staff to try, updates from me and an open line of communication I try my best to make sure they get exposure via social media. So this week starts the beginning of the Account Spotlight posts.

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First up is Zuni Street Brewing. These guys have been substantial in helping Good Sugar Baking grow. Not only did they provide me with a bartending gig that has helped me promote Good Sugar while promoting their delicious beers, but they are the first place to sell the cookies and let me host Beer and Cookie pairings at the brewery once a month.

There are two people behind Zuni Street Brewing: Tj and Willy. Willy has an outstanding background in craft beer, has worked for two amazing breweries and is now putting out some of Denver’s best beer. Tj manages front of house and outside sales (along with a ton more things) and I’m not exactly sure how he balances all of it.

Besides the beer, Zuni Street is a great place for events, they love having large groups for birthdays, anniversaries, receptions, etc. With two large patios that are very dog friendly, giant jenga, cornhole and other fun games, this brewery is a must-go to this summer! They also have food trucks that rotate every day to provide you with a fresh new food option. Besides food trucks they have locally made popcorn and chips as a savory option and Good Sugar Baking cookies as a dessert!

Check out their Facebook page to see what food trucks are there, RSVP to the many events they’re always hosting (run club every Monday night, live music Thursday’s and Sunday’s, Beer and Cookie Pairings every third Wednesday) and to see what new brews are coming out: https://www.facebook.com/ZuniStreetBrewing/

Why craft beer and cookies??

If you had to pair your favorite beverage with your favorite food, what would it be? That’s a pretty loaded question because there are a lot of great pairings! Seeing as I’ve worked in the craft beer industry for over five years now I’ve gotten to know a little bit about one of my favorite drinks: craft beer.

I wasn’t much into beer until later in college. Actually, when I studied abroad I was 19 and didn’t drink much except super fruity vodka drinks because I just didn’t know any better. Everytime we went to a pub I would steal one of my friends’ beers and try it out to see what I’d like and wouldn’t like. The first “beer” that I thought I liked was a radler in Germany and that’s hardly even beer!

Later on, back in Fargo, that same friend and I started doing Old Chicago’s World Beer Tour. We’d go once a week and get the max four beers towards the tour. By the time I moved to Colorado I had completed two of those silly tours (110 beers in a tour) and knew a lot more about craft beer. Of course a lot has changed the five years that I’ve lived here and now I love pairing beer with food.

IMGP3442So of course when I started a bakery I knew I was going to try and get into as many breweries as possible and do some beer and cookie pairings with them as well! It has been a lot of fun seeing what cookies go great with different beers.

You can come and see what the pairing is all about TOMORROW at Ratio. You have to get tickets here: https://nightout.com/events/good-sugar-baking-cookie-beer-pairing-at-ratio-beerworks/tickets

If that doesn’t work out, next Wednesday at Zuni Street Brewing I will be having a beer and cookie pairing from 6-8pm. No tickets for this pairing, just come on out and try some delicious cookies with one of Denver’s newest breweries!

New Nonprofit Partner!

When I started Good Sugar Baking I knew that I couldn’t just have a bakery. I have wanted to work with nonprofits for a long time and even though I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and understanding on how working in the nonprofit world works, I never found a position that I knew I would enjoy fully with one. I’ve always been a fan of supporting others, whether it’s collaborating together to create delicious meals, craft beers, or whatever, it has always been important to me.

So it’s important to me that my own business supports others. That’s why a percentage of every sale goes to a nonprofit. Although I know that at the beginning I might not be giving as much as I’d like to just because I’m starting off small, it’s still better than nothing. My hope is that I work with nonprofits who want to include Good Sugar Baking in any of their events, letting me volunteer alongside them, hand out cookies, whatever the case may be.

I’m really excited about this new partnered nonprofit. Minds Matter of Denver is a pretty great organization. I spent a lot of time researching this nonprofit so I could properly tell people what this nonprofit does and how it benefits our community.

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Minds Matter supports students from low income families by preparing them for college and their future. When I first moved to Denver, I taught tennis to low income family students and I really enjoyed it. It was with a different nonprofit (future partnership!) and it really opened up my eyes to the importance of helping those who have a lower income, even if it is just teaching some kids how to play a sport that they don’t really care about.

I look forward to working with Minds Matter and providing them with some help as well!

 

July is here!

Now that June is pretty much over, I’m definitely enjoying this summer so far. I’ve been keeping busy planning events, distributing cookies and creating new recipes. July is destined to be a solid month with more new stuff to come!

First off, July 11th is a beer and cookie pairing at a new brewery! Ratio is definitely one of my favorite breweries; the beer is great, it’s dog friendly and the people are awesome. This beer and cookie pairing is going to be so delicious. Get your tickets here: https://nightout.com/events/good-sugar-baking-cookie-beer-pairing-at-ratio-beerworks/tickets

July is also the start of a new partnered nonprofit. It was great to support 2BAB for the first quarter of the year and I’m excited about writing them a check! That being said, I am really excited to announce the new partnered nonprofit. Stay tuned to find out who the next nonprofit will be!

I am also going to be launching a couple different programs. Refer a friend for a discount on your next order, a loyalty program as well as a couple other programs that will help boost sells and get cookies into everybody’s hands.

Don’t forget the Fourth of July is coming up! Bring some Good Sugar Baking cookies to all of your get togethers, bbq’s and pool parties!

OH! I also just added gift cards: Give a gift card!