PDX Pie News: Butterpat Looks for Kickstart and Meat a la Mode Seeks New Venue

It looks like the Portland pie scene may have another new addition soon in Butterpat. Butterpat is from the mind of Kimberly James, who is originally from Memphis. She has a KickStarter project up to try and raise money for startup costs.

Says James:

Butterpat is a unique take on the food cart phenomenon. Using fresh seasonal ingredients from local organic suppliers, we will provide all-natural, heartwarming Southern food with a unique regional influence. Call it Southern-Northwest Fusion, if you like!

Why Butterpat? Well, I grew up in the Mississippi Delta. I’ve been gone for a few years now, but we in the Southern diaspora never lose our taste for butter. It represents the ultimate in damn-it-all comfort food; bread may feed the body, but butter feeds the soul. And it’s so versatile! Everything, even a food cart, is better when topped with a sunny little butterpat.

Specialties would include: Maple-Bacon Cream Pie (also available without bacon if you prefer), Meyer Lemon Icebox Pie, Butternut Squash Pie or Peach-Marionberry Pie.

Kimberly will be handing out free pie-pops this Saturday at Waterfront park to try and drum up some interest for her KickStarter project.

Meat a la Mode Seeks New Kitchen Space/Venue

Meat a la Mode has been in the Portland pie scene for a while, but Kristina Von Kroug seems to be ramping up efforts lately. Up to now, Von Kroug’s business model has been special orders, catering and selling at Farmer’s Markets. Now it looks like she wants to expand to make this a full-time gig as she recently made it known that MALM is seeking a new kitchen/venue so she can open a retail space and keep up with rising demand.Von Kroug is selling sweet Meat a la Mode t-shirts to help raise some startup funds herself as well.

The more access Portland has to her fascinating meat pie and savory ice cream creations, the better. Among her more interesting pie offerings are: Wild Boar Pie, Kangaroo Stew Pie, Tender Goat Pie, and Haggis Pie, to name a few. Needless to say, she does her part to keep Portland weird, and we like that!

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  1. Thank you so much for spreading the word about Meat a la Mode and the passionate culinary artist behind it! ;-)

    Inspired by my family’s traditions as well as by historical recipes and cooking techniques, Meat á la Mode puts a new twist on classic comfort food. My meat pies and savory ice creams explore the flavors of more rarely used game meats like rabbit, oxtail, or alligator in addition to serving up childhood favorites like chicken noodle soup or macaroni and cheese – all in pie form! Meat á la Mode strives to create a journey of taste encased in a golden, flaky crust.

    Meat a la Mode’s unique pies entice the discerning carnivore with mouth-watering flavor combinations, two types of pastry, and a decadent, edible gold topping –- keep watching, I’m working hard to build a little emPIEre…

    Meat á la Mode

    Meat Pies, Savory Ice Creams

    by Kristina Von Kroug

  2. Thanks Kristina! Sorry I messed up your name (that’s what I get for using Yelp as my source!) Best of luck with your pie endeavors – can’t wait to try some myself!

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