Soul food adapted to a Northwest influence, including butter-flaky pies, fluffy biscuits, creamy mac, and organic veggies & meats.
Butterpat is a unique take on the food cart phenomenon. Using fresh seasonal ingredients from local organic suppliers, we will provide all-natural, heartwarming Southern food with a unique regional influence. Call it Southern-Northwest Fusion, if you like!
Why Butterpat? Well, I grew up in the Mississippi Delta. I've been gone for a few years now, but we in the Southern diaspora never lose our taste for butter. It represents the ultimate in damn-it-all comfort food; bread may feed the body, but butter feeds the soul. And it's so versatile! Everything, even a food cart, is better when topped with a sunny little butterpat.
I've spent my life in the Delta and on the West Coast perfecting my recipes, specializing in pie. Now I'm finally ready to share my tender, flaky, buttery pie with the world! Sweet and savory pies will change on a daily and seasonal basis to take advantage of the produce when it's at its best. Look for savories like Herbed Chicken Pot Pie, Spring Vegetable Quiche, Tomato-Basil Caprese Pie, Sunday Pot Roast Cottage Pie, and Turkey Leek Pie. For dessert, you might try my legendary Maple-Bacon Cream Pie (also available without bacon if you prefer), a Salted Lavender Caramel Tart, Meyer Lemon Icebox Pie, Butternut Squash Pie, or Peach-Marionberry Pie. A la mode? Oh yes ma'am!
Butterpat will also offer breakfast - my soft fluffy biscuits (seriously, they're the best in Portland!) with my own secret-recipe gravy (or honey, or homemade herbal jelly); my pancakes come in seven different flavors, including gluten-free. For lunch, if for some reason you've had enough pie, you can try a Plate Lunch of slow-cooked blackeyed peas, collard greens, and creamy corn casserole with your choice of meat (vegetarians, try the tofu fatback). And you can't beat our Mac & Bleu, a creamy bleu cheese mac available with or without thick-cut bacon. Daily specials will round out the menu!
So where do you come in?
I'm asking for $15,000 to supplement my own savings. After Kickstarter and Amazon take their cut, this will allow me to purchase and outfit the cart, as well as meet my county licensing & insurance requirements. In exchange for your pledges, you'll be entitled to some pretty awesome rewards!
Note: If you're not in the USA, please add $5 to your pledge to help me out with shipping!
By the way, NPR says pie is the next big thing. Move on over, cutesycakes, it's time for PIE to shine!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 5, 2011.
Feb 13, 2011 - Apr 5, 2011 (50 days)
Pledge $10 or more
A lovely handwritten thank-you note. We Southerners love our thank-you notes. I'll also say a more public "thank you" on our website!
Pledge $25 or more
Handwritten thank-you note, a shout out on our website, and two pie coupons to use at Butterpat. If you're not in Portland, you can do a good deed and donate your pie coupons to a hungry Portlander in need, or I'll send you a jar of my homemade lavender jelly instead!
Pledge $50 or more
Handmade thank-you card, a shout out on our website, two pie coupons (or lavender jelly), and a great T-shirt with the Butterpat logo and an old Southern expression: "Butter my butt and call me a biscuit!" (It means you're pleasantly surprised.)
Pledge $100 or more
Everything listed above (card, shout out, and T-shirt), but with four pie coupons and a bag of my own pancake/waffle mix (makes 18-20 pancakes, in your choice of flavor) and a bottle of 100% maple syrup on the side.
Pledge $250 or more
Card, shout out, the T-shirt, four pie coupons, and three bags of pancake/waffle mix with maple syrup. That's a lot of breakfast! (Don't worry, you don't have to eat it all at once!)
Pledge $500 or more
All of the above, AND a beautiful handmade Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion recipe book containing some of my greatest hits (not just pies)!
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
All of the above, plus a two-hour pie baking class for three people. I'll show you the tricks to the perfect crust, how to handle the dough properly, the secret to a perfect custard filling, and more! (If you're not in the Portland area, we can do this on video chat!)
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
All of the material goods above, and a four-course Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion meal prepared and served in your own home for up to 4 people (beverages not included, Portland area only).
Pledge $3,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
A thank-you card, shout out on the website, T-shirt, TEN pie coupons, FIVE bags of pancake/waffle mix, Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion recipe book, and a 12-course Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion dinner in your home for up to 4 people (including wine and sherry, in Portland, Memphis, or Los Angeles metro areas only, age 21+).
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
A thank-you card, shout out on the website, T-shirt, FIFTEEN pie coupons, SEVEN bags of pancake/waffle mix (that's all 7 flavors!), Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion recipe book, and a 12-course Northwest-Southern Soul Fusion dinner for up to 6 people (including wine and sherry where legal, anywhere between Seattle and San Diego, age 21+). That's right, I'll come throw your dinner party!