SINFULL BAKERY & PAT GREER'S RAW VEGAN KITCHEN
In May we visited Houston for the first time. Prior to the trip obviously we did some googling to see what cool places the city had to offer. Two of them stood out – Sinfull Bakery and Pat Greer’s Yaya’s Raw Rah Kitchen. Both naturally are vegan. Sinfull Bakery sells cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, loafs, cookies, muffins, pies and more while a trip to Pat Greer’s Yaya’s Raw Rah Kitchen can find you purchasing garden burgers, veggie lasagne, pizza bella, pies and kombucha. So one of the first things we did was to make a trip to Pat’s Kitchen – where we also met up with Brittany of Sinfull Bakery. Pat and Brittany are good friends. We tried their awesome dishes – and got them both to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their vegan companies. If you're ever in Texas make sure you seek both out... you'll be glad you did.
Shari Black Velvet: How did you get to know each other?
Brittany Carnes: Pat and I met via Farmers’ Markets that we both participate in, and it was love at first taste.
Pat Greer: Food is a wonderful magnet!
SBV: When did you originally discover vegan food and what made you each decide to start your own vegan food company?
SBV: Are there many vegans and vegetarians in Houston?
SBV: Do you get many tourists/out of town people coming (like me) and wanting to try your vegan food?
SBV:Do you think you’ve awakened many non-vegans to good vegan food?
SBV: Brittany – you once interned at a well-known bakery in Portland, OR, and also travelled for two years. Why did you decide to return to Houston and open Sinfull Bakery in Houston, rather than anywhere else?
SBV: Pat – your kitchen is the only vegan kitchen in the inner loop of Houston. There don’t seem to be too many 100% vegan food outlets in the inner loop of Houston. Why do you think that is?
SBV: Pat - Your kitchen is takeaway only. Would you like to eventually expand and have a sit-in restaurant? What are the pros and cons with having a takeaway business only?
SBV: You also are available to cater for events. What’s been the coolest event you’ve catered for?
SBV: Brittany – you sell by mail order/delivery, plus have items on sale in 23 grocery stores and some coffee shops. Which are your best sellers out of everything?
SBV: Brittany – how hard or easy is it to get your products into new stores or other outlets? How do you go about doing that?
SBV: How many employees do you each have?
SBV: What creations are you each most proud of?
SBV: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
SBV: Brittany – your bakery is Sinfull Bakery as your food is sinful (and you get full when you eat lots). What is the healthiest item you have on sale? Anything that people on a diet might be able to have?
SBV: Most people have an addiction of some kind – some to food. Many people are addicted to processed foods, while people who eat meat and dairy often don’t want to give up it. Why should people that haven’t tried vegan food, or raw vegan food, try it?
SBV: What addictions do YOU have? What vegan food can’t you get enough of?
SBV: Finally, what plans do you each have for your vegan business?
Visit Sinfull Bakery at www.sinfullbakery.com - you can order cookies, scones, sweet breads, cupcakes and more online if Sinfull Bakery products are not on sale near you.
Visit Pat Greer’s Kitchen at http://www.patgreersrawvegankitchen.com - and look for Pat's food in My Fit Foods too.