Finding a place to bake

One of the most common questions I get is people asking me where I bake. Most people seem to assume I bake out of my home, which was the case at the very beginning when I was sampling out cookies, but I have moved my production over to a place that has more than one oven, a giant mixer, space for more bulk ingredients and just more space in general. It’s also illegal to sell any kind of cooked or baked product that you produce in your home in Colorado ( I did a lot of research on this because I figured baking out of my home is the cheapest option). Not to mention I have two animals running around and I don’t want anyone to get a furball cookie.

So where do I bake out of?

I looked at commissaries because that seems like a good go-to for a lot of food trucks and carts. That was pretty expensive, you never know how much space you’ll get to use that day and there are people running around all the time. I wanted to be able to play my crappy punk music, bake all the cookies and have a good time without being in anybody’s way.

Luckily, at my last job I managed the food trucks and made some pretty great contacts. When someone that I had worked with in the past came in to check out the new brewery, I told him what I was doing and he said, “why don’t you use our kitchen?” I totally forgot that their food truck also had a brick and mortar! Of course I wanted to know more, so we started talking, came up with a good deal and that’s where I’m at! The brick and mortar (and food truck) is called Pasty Republic. They have a pretty cool thing going on and they also run a couple of different food trucks. This provides me with a lot of opportunity for room and growth, while being affordable, and the people I work with are amazing!

Sometimes you might think what you’re doing is never going to work out. But when that happens, someone might be right around the corner waiting to help you out. That’s what happened with me, whether it’s luck or just being by kind people, I’m okay with it.

Happy Memorial Day, folks. While you’re out BBQing and whatnots I’m pouring all of your beers. Be kind to the service industry, not everybody gets holidays off!

Finding a place to bake

Isn’t easy, turns out. Well it is if you just have the money laying around to give to kitchen spaces. Or if you just happen to know someone that wants to let you bake out of their kitchen, like a restaurant or other bakery. I don’t have those things though.

I decided to go the commissary kitchen route because it’s the easiest way to avoid working too closely with the city. I mean, the city is pretty great to work with for the most part, but it’s time consuming and I really don’t know the first thing when it comes to fire codes and basically other building things. I know all about kitchen safety, health safety and all those shenanigans but I’ve never had to operate or manage the fire codes and building requirements part of a business. I’ll learn that all when the time comes and I’m excited for it, but right now just going the easy route seems the best way.

Hence a Kickstarter project. Which will launch….TBD. You’ll know about it because I’ll make sure you know about it!

A lot of great things are happening in the next month. Launching Kickstarter, trying new recipes (peanut butter captain crunch cookies?!), dog treats and even potentially marijuana cookies. We’ll see! Watch out! It’s all happening soon.