The Apothecary’s Kitchen

I am excited to announce the launch of The Apothecary’s Kitchen, a new business I’ve started for selling my handcrafted peppermint bark.

The business name is inspired by the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary in Alexandria, VA, which my ancestors operated from 1792 until 1933, making it the oldest apothecary in the US (it’s now a museum).  Apothecaries were the chemists of their day, and the store sold all kinds of remedies, elixirs, and sundries.  In my day job I’m a chemist too, but I’m no pharmacist, so I thought: what makes everyone feel better?  Chocolate!  My peppermint bark is made with premium dark and white chocolates and organic candy canes.  It’s delicious and it makes for a great gift.

I’ll be at Kindred in Raleigh later today (Dec. 1) giving out samples and taking pre-orders for the holiday season!

Logo, packaging, and website coming soon!

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!!