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Denver, CO Food Trucks
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The Bumblebee is a sweets truck serving French influenced desserts with fun retro American inspiration and local, seasonal ingredients.

Denver, CO Food Trucks
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The Buzz

Inspired by classic French pastry and retro American charm, The Bumblebee is a whimsical food truck offering seasonal sweets made with local ingredients. A fun, tasty, and unique dessert adventure - let’s get The Bumblebee buzzin’!

Malt Shop Cookies: chewy chocolate wafer cookies, malted cream cheese filling, crushed malt balls.
Malt Shop Cookies: chewy chocolate wafer cookies, malted cream cheese filling, crushed malt balls.
Grapefruit Bombe: honey soaked grapefruit, lemon bavarian cream, chewy butter crust.
Grapefruit Bombe: honey soaked grapefruit, lemon bavarian cream, chewy butter crust.

The Vision.

When I was planning my wedding a year ago, I would have loved to hire an adorable pastry truck to serve desserts, but I couldn’t quite find the right one. I wanted something that offered an assortment of treats from a dainty and charming vehicle. And while Denver has trucks that are cute, and trucks with a varied menu, there aren’t any trucks that have both. In fact, there aren’t that many pastry trucks to choose from at all.

With my love of classic American desserts and my background in classical French pastry techniques, I knew I could bring this dream to life. I have found endless inspiration in the idea of wholesome elegance, and the positive feedback about my desserts has only amplified my passion for it - I want to share my sweets with people! I want to bring joy to people and inspire them with my food...

… and so The Bumblebee was born!

The Bumblebee will bring food, fun, and charm to any event!
The Bumblebee will bring food, fun, and charm to any event!
Denver has so many markets, events, breweries, and more that the options really are endless for where The Bumblebee can buzz. We look forward to taking part in two local farmers markets a week, and hope to also participate in weekly Food Truck Row events, Horseshoe Markets, and the Denver County Fair, to name a few. Being a dessert truck allows us to complement savory trucks at events and breweries. And with its visual appeal, and quality and diversity of desserts, The Bumblebee is a perfect fit for all private events, from weddings to holidays.

The Truck.

Gourmet food trucks need to be eye catching, unique, and appealing. They should encourage people to come up and check things out. People don’t just want fun and delicious desserts; they want them from a cute pastry truck! Luckily, I was able to find the perfect girl for the job!

The Bumblebee buzzin' about town! With your help and some butter yellow paint she will shine like new!
The Bumblebee buzzin' about town! With your help and some butter yellow paint she will shine like new!
This 1962 Chevy P-30 van, The Bumblebee, is small enough to be charming, but big enough to hold an assortment of tasty treats. She runs like a dream and her classic style turns heads everywhere she goes. People want to take pictures of her, know about her, and touch her. Her charm is magnetic. With a little makeover and an assortment of original sweets on her menu, The Bumblebee will be the talk of the town!

The Sweets.

Blending my love of heirloom recipes (especially those from the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s) with traditional French techniques, I create desserts that are both familiar and new.

The Bumblebee will serve an assortment of seasonal breakfast and dessert pastries, with a focus on using the freshest local ingredients. We are proud to use pasture raised eggs from Cottonwood Creek Farms, and local milk from Farmer’s All Natural Milk. The menu will change with the seasons to keep with what is fresh, tasty, and festive. With Palisade peaches in the summer, pumpkin in the fall, nut tarts in the winter, and fresh berries in the spring, there will always be something to look forward to at The Bumblebee.

Here’s a sneak peek at our opening menu!

Twinklebees: yellow cake, lemon curd filling, meringue wings.
Twinklebees: yellow cake, lemon curd filling, meringue wings.
Malt Shop Cookies: chocolate malt wafer cookies with malted fudge filling (left) or malted cream cheese filling and crushed malt balls (right).
Malt Shop Cookies: chocolate malt wafer cookies with malted fudge filling (left) or malted cream cheese filling and crushed malt balls (right).
Grapefruit Bombe: honey soaked grapefruit, lemon bavarian cream, buttery crust.
Grapefruit Bombe: honey soaked grapefruit, lemon bavarian cream, buttery crust.
 
Honey Bumbles: soft salted honey almond nougat candies.
Honey Bumbles: soft salted honey almond nougat candies.
B.B.s: “doughnut hole” breakfast butter cake, cinnamon and sugar.
B.B.s: “doughnut hole” breakfast butter cake, cinnamon and sugar.
Maple Blueberry Pound Cake: blueberry studded pound cake, maple glaze.
Maple Blueberry Pound Cake: blueberry studded pound cake, maple glaze.
 

The Bumblebee Truck Makeover.

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Interior

  • Stainless steel lining
  • Generator
  • Refrigeration units and installation
  • Service counter/window
  • Dry storage installation
  • Hand sink and water system

Exterior

  • Paint
  • Vinyl decals
  • Menu board


What’s Next.

Join me in getting this bumblebee buzzin’! This is an all or nothing project, so we must reach our goal of $18,000. All the money donated will go towards retrofitting and customizing both the interior and exterior of The Bumblebee as well as the first three months of food supply costs.

For the next few months, I am working hard to get the truck on the road. I’ve taken what I learned in France as well as my experience in professional kitchens  and applied it to my recipes as I’ve experimented and tested these past months. By sharing my process through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I have already grown a community of followers.

I am so excited to introduce you to The Bumblebee. The more people I meet in the business, the more I hear how much Denver needs a dessert truck like this. With your support, and the support of my friends, family, and peers within the community, I am confident that she will exceed your expectations.


Incentives!

We’ve got lots of fun rewards for your support in getting The Bumblebee buzzin’!

Honey Bumbles! These can be shipped to your door!
Honey Bumbles! These can be shipped to your door!
Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel. Great with coffee, ice cream, or just by themselves!
Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel. Great with coffee, ice cream, or just by themselves!
Silver dollar sized Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies. These cute cookies are chewy, chocolatey, and so fun to eat!
Silver dollar sized Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies. These cute cookies are chewy, chocolatey, and so fun to eat!
Two examples of handmade pastry toppers. Great for cakes, pies, ice cream sundaes, you name it!
Two examples of handmade pastry toppers. Great for cakes, pies, ice cream sundaes, you name it!

About Lora.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area baking for myself, neighbors, friends and family. I came to Colorado to attend college at CU Boulder where I met my wonderful husband, Grant. After graduating, I realized that I wanted to continue with my passion in baking and pastry.

I moved to Denver and began working at the Denver Bread Company. I learned a lot about how to run a kitchen, work efficiently, and make delicious bread while having an amazing time doing it.

Wanting to grow my skills in pastry, I decided to study abroad in France, where I attended an extensive pastry program in a small town outside Lyon, and then interned at a pastry shop in Paris. Not only did I learn invaluable skills in the art of traditional French pastry, but I also made a close knit group of friends who shared my interests and encouraged me to follow my passion.

After returning from Paris I worked as a pastry cook at D Bar and discovered my love for sharing pastries with people face to face. It is there that I gained the confidence to pursue my own venture, and with the support of my husband, began working on The Bumblebee.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, supported my passion, and taken a few bites along the way. My mother, who taught me how to bake and how much fun it can be. My sisters, who have always fueled my love for baking and demanded immediate sharing. To my husband, who has encouraged me to follow my dream. And to all my friends and family who have shared in this lifetime process of mine and who have contributed greatly to the excitement. I know I would not be here if it was not for all of you. And last but certainly not least, to YOU for coming to this page and reading my story!

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges

Any food establishment has its challenges, and food trucks are no exception, but with my restaurant, patisserie and bakery experience, I have learned how to work in a professional kitchen and how a successful kitchen is run, what works in Denver and what doesn’t. I have no doubt that, with the help of the food community (both truck and otherwise) and the support of family and friends, The Bumblebee will overcome any challenge.

The truck itself has been taken impeccable care of. I had it inspected numerous times prior to purchasing it, and every mechanic that has seen it gushes at how clean and well maintained it is. Though The Bumblebee may have some years on her, with the great care she has received and will continue to receive, I am confident that she will see many many more.

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    A sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website.

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    The Bumblebee magnet and sticker, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website.

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    Digital voucher for one free pastry, The Bumblebee magnet, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook Page and The Bumblebee website. (Voucher valid for redemption at the truck only. Pick up magnet when you redeem the voucher.)

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    The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website.

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    2 oz. bag of Honey Bumbles, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website.

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    3 oz. bag of Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee Website.

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    4 oz. bag of Honey Bumbles, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, a digital voucher for one free pastry, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website. (Voucher valid for redemption at the truck only.)

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    3 oz. bag of Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel, 1 box of Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website.

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    4 oz. bag of Honey Bumbles, 1 box of Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, a digital voucher for one free pastry, plus a sweet shout out to you on your Facebook page and The Bumblebee website. (Voucher valid for redemption at the truck only.)

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    4 oz. bag of Honey Bumbles, 6 oz. bag of Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel, 1 box of Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, digital voucher for one free pastry, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website. (Voucher valid for redemption at the truck only.)

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    The Bumblebee Ultimate Gift Box! 4 oz. bag of Honey Bumbles, 6 oz. bag of Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel, 6 oz. bag of White Chocolate Dipped Lemon Peel, 1 box of Chocolate Malt Wafer Cookies, a handmade pastry topper, The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, digital voucher for one free pastry, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website. (Voucher valid for redemption at the truck only.)

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    Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. Fun for all ages! Host a cookie decorating party at your home for up to 12 people, with holiday cookies from The Bumblebee. Lora will supply the cookies, icing, decorating supplies, a cookie cutter for each guest, plus a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website. Must be within 30 miles of Denver.

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    Holiday Bumblebee Box! Jumbo box of Bumblebee goodies with assorted candies and cookies. You also receive The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, plus a sweet shout out on our Facebook Page and The Bumblebee website!

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    Holiday Dessert Party. Lora will come to your home with sweets from The Bumblebee to cater an intimate holiday party for up to 10 people. Must be within 30 miles of Denver.

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    A year long of Bumblebee goodies! Receive a package every other month with a 4 oz. bag of honey bumbles and one other seasonal goody, plus a Bumblebee canvas tote, sticker, and magnet with your first shipment, and a sweet shout out to you on our Facebook Page and The Bumblebee website!

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    The Bumblebee will buzz to you! Have The Bumblebee cater a party of up to 20 people for breakfast or dessert. You will also receive The Bumblebee canvas tote bag, magnet and sticker, a handmade pastry topper, plus a sweet shout out on our Facebook Page and The Bumblebee website. Must be within 30 miles of Denver.

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    Give the gift of The Bumblebee! The Holiday Hostess gift pack comes with ten sets Bumblebee goodies to share during the Holiday season. Each set comes with a 4 oz. bag of honey bumbles, a 4 oz. bag of holiday bumbles, and a box of assorted holiday cookies. You also receive a Bumblebee canvas tote, magnet and sticker for yourself, plus a sweet shout out on our Facebook page and The Bumblebee website!

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