Kindred – Kickstarter Campaign

My wife, the inimitable Michelle Smith, is helping establish Kindred, a boutique and retail incubator in downtown Raleigh that will feature the work of emerging North Carolina designers.  It’s going to be awesome, and Michelle has been working super hard at it, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.  Michelle has a vision for a beautiful store, and, to achieve that, Kindred is raising money through a new Kickstarter campaign for the upfit of the space.  With your help, the space will feature really cool modular shelving, nice lighting (to replace the low-hanging fluorescents), and lovely signage.  So check out the link to the campaign at the right and help bring something really cool to the Triangle. The goal is to be able to open the store by the end of October.

As this is a food blog, note that one of the rewards for your donation of a certain amount is a sampler pack of 3 nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters.  Let me tell you, their stuff is delicious!

AND, on another food related note, on Friday October 5th, from 6pm-9pm, there will be a cool event at Kindred featuring some local products for sale, including Sweet Water Ice, Slingshot Coffee, and, last but not least, 100 free donuts from Rise Biscuits & Donuts!!

Big Spoon Roasters

As a long-time peanut butter lover, I am excited to share with you another of Durham’s culinary gems: Big Spoon Roasters.  The company, started by Mark Overbay, produces handcrafted nut butters from scratch, using locally sourced nuts and wildflower honey. 

With the exception of the peanut butter (which has a little organic coconut oil – sounds awesome), there are no other additional ingredients – just nuts, salt, and honey.  Simple, yes, but utterly delicious.  The company currently produces four nut butters: peanut, peanut/almond, peanut/cashew, and peanut/pecan, as well as energy bars and cookies featuring these.  You can order the nut butters online or find them in select area stores (see their website for details).

I’ve only tried the peanut/almond butter (it’s great), but I look forward to trying the others.  Here’s wishing the young company much success!