Tell us about your business.After years of working in traveling theater, my husband and I decided to settle down in Colorado. I was excited to be part of a community after so many years on the road and decided that the next step of my career should be something that I could create and build myself. My love of baking and my adventurous spirit naturally combined in my kitchen one day and the unique combinations that drive salt+butter co were born. I experimented with all kinds of different flavors and ingredients and used my husband and friends as guinea pigs. Everyone liked my cookies so much that I tried out a local farmer's market and sold out in two hours. That sellout got me invitations to markets and local shops all over town which means three months into this adventure I am already busier than my tiny home kitchen can handle. My next step is to move into wholesale with the ultimate goal being a brick and mortar shop of my own.
What makes your business stand out?Desserts have gotten a lot of attention in the culinary world over the last few years but cookies have gone largely overlooked. I saw an opportunity to reinvent the staple of the American kitchen in a way that allowed me to stay true to my beliefs in seasonal baking and local sourcing. It's important to me that I work directly with farmers in the area for my eggs, milk, herbs, vegtables and fruit. In just three months I have already cultivated strong relationships with these vendors. I've seen where the ingredients were grown and I strongly believe this elevates the quality of my cookies. I dehydrate my own fruit and make own caramels. But most importantly, I'm bold with my ingredients. I'm not afraid to take an avocado and mix it with creme fraiche and a grapefruit, or to toss basil into a lemon based cookie. It is so gratifying every time a skeptical customer says "wow, that's different!" with a smile on their face and then walks away with a half dozen in their bag.
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