New Website!

Have you checked out CarbivoreEats.com recently (formerly pattithecarbivore.wordpress.com)?  It’s my new website!  You’ll also notice that it’s more than just a blog now!  That’s right, Patti the Carbivore is now Carbivore, LLC!  This past January, I took the plunge and established a little business to call my own.

I know, January was 10 months ago, why is this announcement so late?!  Establishing a new food business is not an easy task, and doing it properly takes a little bit of research, lots of licenses, and plenty of luck.  Through my husband’s bad-ass networking skills I met Tim and Nick at Vindice Recipes.  Their kind hearts and awesome attitudes invited me in to share their bodacious commercially licensed kitchen in Lake in the Hills, IL.

Tim and Nice from Vindice Recipes

Tim and Nice from Vindice Recipes

It’s tortuous at times to work in there, smelling smoked pork butts in the huge smoker and having hand-tossed brick oven pizza at my fingertips, but to be an entrepreneur you have to make some sacrifices (to my waistline that is)!  Check out their website for delicious food (they even have gluten free pizza) and look out for their new line of salad dressings coming to retail locations soon!

The kitchen as everything you'll ever need to make delicious food!

The kitchen as everything you’ll ever need to make delicious food!

Where I spend most of my time, next to the ovens!

Where I spend most of my time, next to the ovens!

Carbivore has been cranking out custom cakes and cookies in 2013.  You can check out the galleries on CarbivoreEats.com.  Please let me know what you think!  After months of experimenting I finally found the best recipes for cakes and icings and am so excited to share them with everyone!  The Cakes and Cupcakes page will give you an idea of cake and icing flavors available, but I’m down for more experimenting to find new favorites!  My sugar cookie recipes have also been perfected to not only provide a perfect blank canvas for any designs (with my handy dandy kopykake projector), but also are delicious with a slightly soft texture and great vanilla almond or dark chocolate flavor.  What kind of design would you like to see on a cookie?

Pink onesies

Pink onesies

Princess Cake Detail

Princess Cake Detail

Birthday cake for Lucs (banana with caramel buttercream)

Birthday cake for Lucs (banana with caramel buttercream)

Happy Tools

Happy Tools

Princess Cake for Haley

Princess Cake for Haley

I love making cakes and cookies for special events or just to see smiles on peoples’ faces.  The ideas that customers (friends) come up with are so much fun to create!  Recently a co-worker asked me to make cupcakes for her son’s confirmation/birthday.  I can tell her family is a bit quirky and likes to have fun.  We managed to mix in some silliness with the religious celebration with 1/2 the cupcakes decorated with fondant crosses and 1/2 with fondant Minions!  You never know what you’ll come across when it comes to celebrations!  Maybe camo-colored cupcakes for a wedding in November?  I can’t wait to keep expanding my experience making delicious and fun desserts out of some flour, sugar and butter!

Minions on Devil's Food Cake Cupcakes!

Minions on Devil’s Food Cake Cupcakes!

So, what’s next?!  The business person in me is yelling, “GROW SALES, EXPAND!”  I’ll continue to expand my reach and make more custom cakes and desserts to customers in the Chicagoland area (feel free to spread the word!), but I’ll also be looking into sourcing my ingredients from local providers (like farm fresh eggs from the same town as the kitchen, or butter from happy cows from environmentally sustainable farms in Wisconsin).  You may also see Carbivore soon at a farmer’s market peddling French Macarons with an Asian twist and other fine delights!

So, check out the new website, LIKE Carbivore on Facebook, let me know what you think, spread the word, and stay tuned for more Carbi-Adventures!

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