i have decided to go forth with the business, if only to have something to write off on the taxes...but hopefully it'll mean more. now i have to get to work. i need the kitchen certified and i need a name. since i can't start on getting the kitchen certified until it's got like water and electricity, i have to work on the name thing. so i can start on the website and the catalogue and the professional image/shameless self promotion. i need a domain name and i need a trade name, it would be super cool if they were the same and if they were free of use on the web and or the state of maine. oh, and it should be clever or meaningful or appropriate. i've got till matt forks up ten grand for the electricity to figure it out.*
keeping in mind that maine is home to "curl up and dye" and "hair force one" as profitable businesses (maybe i should go to beauty school) anything goes. i don't want it to be too curl up and dye-esq. i wager not many hostesses would like to say their desserts came from XXX Hot Buns! XXX. clever and respectable wrapped up in one would be good. if anyone has any ideas within those limited quidelines and you promise not to sue me, feel free to share them. if i choose it and you're amenable, i'll send you some cookies. or a bar harbor t-shirt. everyone loves a bar harbor t-shirt.
in other news mr. s. crook is correct in saying stress is a kickass diet. i'm at my lowest weight since starting this blog and it's only been a few days of anxiety. rock on! better than a tape worm. (no points for submitting "better than a tape worm" as a slogan, it's all mine.)
*ten grand, that's a lot you say? welcome to maine.
What's it take to certify a kitchen?
How about "Bun Huggers?" :)
according to some customers, you need a water test, a sewer/septic test, presumably a cleanliness check and procedure check. i don't have a dishwasher so i'll have to prove that i soak everything in a bleach solution. i don't think it will be as bad as a restaurant, but then you don't cook midnight snacks in a restaurant and there are no cats. but they were able to do it. i assume that if i fail they'll give me a list of things and i'll fix them.
bun huggers! i'll have to actually make buns.
Yay for business!
Whatever you do, don't name it Mainely ______. Other than that, I'm useless.
I'd say "The Baker's Wife," but, uh, you're the baker.
that's cute, matt could change his name to baker.
Cute. But I just can't authorize that.
Rollin' in the Dough
::sigh:: Nothing really pops does it.
OR how about
What exactly are you going to bake?
i would like to do specialty desserts. not necessarily just cakes, but maybe some wedding cakes and the like. i really don't want to do average cakes with pretty frosting. or god forbid fondant. gross. so fancy cakes and special desserts. unless that doesn't take off and then i'll do cookies and quick breads at the farmer's markets. or maybe both. i want to try homemade ice cream too, but i don't know how i'd market that really. by request i guess.
Before I got going with my current gig, I'd thought seriously about becoming a personal chef and calling my biz, in part because I felt like I'd be taking such a risk – Pie in the Sky – w/ a sign w/ a pie w/ little wings...
I don't know if it would be useful but there is a personal chef association (and website) that has lots of info about strating that kind of biz – might be applicable to yours.
This is not apropos of anything at all, but I was reading an article on Fark about ridiculous food warnings (eggs: this product contains eggs) and it reminded me of the whole "this product contains onions" debacle. All of the above to say:
Remember when Bob Funk thought I was gay? Good times.
man, every one thought you were gay. sorry about that.
How about specializing in tiny, very special treats and calling it something like "Three Bite Delights" or "Small Indulgences." You could do everything little: cakes, cookies, pies, mini cheesecakes, etc.
My big issue with desserts is the first few bites are great and then it's just more sugar and calories that I don't need. So this would be fun for people who are dieting (which is almost everyone) or who are doing a fancy party where they want elegant little desserts.
Bar Harbour is on Mount Desert Island, right? Mount Desert Desserts? Desert Island Desserts? That probably sounds really queer to a local though. I'll keep thinking...
i am obsessed with making tiny things actually. petit fours, brownie cupcakes. small indulgences is a good idea, even in the scheme of things a regular cake would be a small indulgence. as opposed to a bmw. it's all relative. thanks!
the funny thing about mount desert island is that they pronounce it "mount dessert" or "mount D'sert". so it would be like "mount d'sert desserts". which i think is adorable actually but you're right the locals might think it's odd.
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