We honor the art and function of traditional pies while creating new and exciting flavors.
Pie is a food for celebration as well as daily nourishment in almost every country. It has most definitely played a large role in my family's history, and we want it to be a part our local culture too! We want to provide a warm welcoming atmosphere where people can gather together and enjoy each others company while enjoying great pie and cider. We will have pie in all of its forms and flavors... from classics like chicken pot pie and beef empanadas to Buffalo Hot Wing hand pies and Maple Bacon Walnut Pie. We hope to serve up comfort food and memories for many years to come.
However, our current location is a shared commercial kitchen so that's not possible. It is set up more for manufacturing and is loud, sterile and not conducive to the personal customer interactions that we would like to provide. This kitchen is part of a large event venue that is rented out to other parties regularly, only allowing us kitchen time from 8-5 Mon-Fri. There are many times where even our scheduled time has been rented out and we are forced to close for those days.
We have worked hard over the course of these two years to grow a successful business within these limited hours and closures. We have built a very loyal individual and wholesale customer base. Unfortunately there are times when I have to turn them away outside of our small window of operating hours. I can't get pies to my restaurants on Saturday if they run out. I can't make pies for Easter Sunday or any other weekend holiday. As you can see, we are at the very seams of our capacity in this current situation and in order to further grow our business...we must move on.
Our goal with this project
Our goal is to raise the final funds to complete the transition into our own brick and mortar location. This will allow us to have our bakery available and operating at the hours that we need. It will allow us to accept more wholesale customers and not have to turn away those special event needs like office parties and benifits. In short, we will be able to provide pie to all the people that want it, when they want it and in a great atmosphere.
We will be sharing a space with another local company, The Local Cider Bar to create a place called "BitterSweet". We will be serving up quiches, empanadas, pot pies, sweet pies, turnovers- really anything pie/crust based. They will be serving all of the tasty cider, beer and wine that pairs well with all of those.
What we have in place
- Building location and lease secured
- Building permits approved and work has begun!
- Alcohol license and food permits
- All of the food inventory and small equipment i.e. Freezer, refrigerators, prep tables e.t.c.
- A loyal established clientele that wants a place to come in and enjoy our pie in an awesome place
- A passion for pie and the drive to make this succeed!
What we still need
- A double convection oven
- Heated pie display cases
- Refrigerated pie display cases
- Commercial mixer
- POS System
What we do
- A unique selection of pies in their various presentations paired up with our county's first cider bar.
- Make everything from scratch daily
- Use fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients
- Anything in a crust- empanadas, pasties, meat pies, hand pies, single serve mini pies, quiche, pie cookie bites, whole pies, pot pies, vegetarian & vegan pies... did I forget anything?
- Have fun while making a quality product
- Support our community by participating in local charity events and sponsoring community programs.
- Have an established clientele that is growing beyond our current means
- Provide our pies to local area restaurants, bars, and cafes for their menus.
- A second double convection oven
- A walk in refrigerator
Thank You for taking the time to view our project!
Risks and challenges
I have worked in cafes, bakeries and restaurants in all capacities, so I understand the hard work, dedication and endless hours needed to make them run. I also understand the high risk in opening a brick and mortar business in this industry which is why I have taken care and caution in growing my business thus far.
Our biggest challenge will be in the time it takes to complete the new location remodel. We are realistic in our goals though and have made accommodations in order to achieve this as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. Patience and planning is key in making this transition for Slice of Humboldt Pie work. I have located a space and signed the lease, I have permits and licensing and a strategy in place so I am confident that with the help of Kickstarter supporters, friends and family we will be a success!
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