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Mint & Mischief: Globally Inspired High Tea

Naturally Nourishing
Globally Inspired
Artistically Curated

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Project Description

With a playful & slightly eccentric take on the modernization of the traditional high tea, Mint & Mischief offers a break from the hustle of the everyday pace by showcasing artistically curated small bites to share between friends or hoard to yourself.

Mint & Mischief revels in the creation of globally inspired bites melded with the bounty of the Pacific North West. Creating community through our approach to food is one of our founding ideas.

By focusing on presenting luscious, healthful & delicious refreshment for the adventurous of spirit, Mint & Mischief gives people an excuse to pause in the midst of everything & be joyfully present within a sweet moment.

Juniper & dark chocolate mousse, spiced cherry gelee, vanilla shortbread
Six Spice Tiramisu

Mint & Mischief operates with an eco-centric awareness of the affects of the service industry on our planets' current state of health by actively seeking ways to minimize single use plastics & reduce food waste whenever possible in our day to day operations. It's the Mint & Mischief Mission to prioritize protecting our planet & the future of our loved ones by looking for opportunities to move towards the creation & sustainable use of clean energy within our shop.

Deviled Dragon Eggs (red cabbage & beet dyed eggs with saffron & smoked chili yolk)
Beet, ginger, lemongrass & yuzu cured salmon
Roasted Bone Marrow Tarts

With almost two decades under my belt working through almost every position in the restaurant industry, I have been tasked with spearheading staff training, mentoring growth & career advancement, kitchen redesigns, menu overhauls, costing & inventory control systems, launching catering & entertainment divisions, and the creation & execution of companies fundamental standards of operations for  both small and large operations. Through every position that I grew in, it was clear that my creativity, resourcefulness, and agility under pressure were my major strengths. It was along the way when I was feeling stressed and monotonous in my daily actions that I started dabbling deeper in the pastry & dessert work, and in so doing realized how much I had missed the artistic expression that so intimately ties into the sweeter side of the industry.

Mint & Mischief is an oasis for the spirit, and an embodiment of all the things that bring me joy regularly. It is the purest representation of what makes me smile, and pushes me out of bed at 5am, and keeps me up till 3am. It's the question of what could be great, and wonderful, and exciting. I love to regularly draw inspiration from my travels, and then expertly blend exotic flavors with familiar dishes in new ways. 

In addition I take pride in creating all of our tidbits with a health conscious mindset. It's my belief that caring for the body & spirit as a unit means a healthier & happier life overall. As the curator, I seek every opportunity to include healthful additions in many of our creations to help boost our body's overall health without sacrificing flavor or quality such as: coconut oil, collagen, fresh botanicals & spices, essential oils, and freeze dried fruits & vegetables to add color, flavor, and reduce overly sweet products. 

 

Honeyed Chèvre Panna Cotta with Lavender Rhubarb Jam

 

Pan De Mallorca (orange blossom scented sweet rolls)

Now, it is no secret that restaurants fail regularly- it is one of the harshest truths in our industry. Over 80% fail before their fifth anniversary. So what sets Mint & Mischief apart?

Curiosity & the driving urge to continue educating myself

- I am endlessly curious, alongside an inherently present inner drive to constantly self educate, and overcome my personal obstacles. It was Marcus Aurelius that said "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." Some may refer to me as being stubborn, but to myself, I declare that unyielding perseverance and the ongoing collection of worthwhile information to lead me onwards in my ability to make better decisions, and problem solve in the future.

Agility & Experience

- I have been blessed with the uncanny ability to envision the whole playing field, the minutiae details and the fast moving plays both in equal clarity. It's what made me so good at sports, it's what lets me pick up information quickly, it's what allows me to make fast and sure decisions in the heat of problems with a deathly calm and surety. It's also what helps me when I have stumbled or mis-stepped and allows me to refocus and  reconfigure my heading with better knowledge and trust that I am moving ahead with the best of intentions and goals.

Support Network & involvement

- As we create more space between each other with the ease of electronic landscapes right at our fingertips, I yearn for more connection. I want nothing more than to spend an afternoon chatting, feeding, and experimenting away with you in a hazy cloud of sugar, flour, and laughter. For me, having a support group that believes and spurs you on is one of the most decisively positive assets in ones arsenal. To have a network of friends, family, and colleagues that are willing to share their experiences, and knowledge freely is invaluable. Coming from one of the top culinary schools (The Culinary Institute of America) in the world gives me access to some of the most creative, determined, and well trained social networks I could hope for. That I am capable of tapping into their collective experience and knowledge is an incalculable asset to my success. 

Nutrition & Eco-centricity

- In the sphere of Hood River (and the extended Columbia gorge), it's amazing seeing everyone's dedication to getting out and enjoying the outdoors. With that being said, having a business that keeps healthful ideals in the forefront of our mind in all of our execution gives me a platform to stand up and be proud of. Using zero fake additives or coloring, and instead focusing on alternative health conscious solutions such as charcoal, beet powder, and turmeric without sacrificing the final products integrity of flavor or appearance is a point of pride, and a joyful challenge as we try to push the boundaries and continue our journey into the pastry world.

Alongside this, it's my personal mission to try to do my share and create a positive lasting impact on our world through the daily actions of my business. This comes down to actively seeking out ways to minimize single use plastics with our business model, as well as creative use of product to minimize food waste, and the focus on using progressive power supply. It's the intention of Mint & Mischief to use electricity exclusively to run our small bakery, and eventually move towards a sustainable reliable solar energy source to help power our business in the future. 

 

Mint & Mischief is more than a restaurant, a cafe, or an odd sweet shoppe. It's a place for relaxation and community, a place to revitalize ones spirit by being enveloped in the warm smells of love & cardamom, the laughter of friends, and the artistry of earth's bounty.

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The Project FAQs

I don't live in the PNW why should I invest?

- Great question, and the answer is that Mint & Mischief is a culinary concept that would work and be successful in many different cities. The need to for self care, slowing down, being present, and creating community I believe are attractive qualities that everyone can appreciate and want to be a part of.

With our focus on innovative and creative expressions within the food industry, Mint & Mischief looks to continuously push our personal boundaries and stay relevant, excited, and educated.

Most importantly though, even though Mint & Mischief is located on the west coast currently, I was raised in the Northeast, and it is my intention to eventually expand to an east coast location in the future. 


Why is Mint & Mischief special:

- Mint & Mischief is backed by a lifetime of passion, experience and education in the service industry. With nearly two decades of working my way through restaurants, I have had the pleasure of working within a variety of different establishments to personally experience what some of the biggest pitfalls, and greatest successes look like. One of my own greatest strengths is my innovative creativity, and never-ending determination to continue to grow as a professional.

Mint & Mischief pulls inspiration from across the globe, and then expertly blends familiar dishes with the exotic and unknown. Come in, and enjoy some of the exciting snippets that I've collected from a lifetime of journeying and adventure. A madcap of sweet experimentations and permutations of delightful eats from the international streets.

What is the money you're raising going towards?

- Great question, when we launched into this project it was with a hopeful vision of what could be. So we dove in, and started in on giving new life to an office space downtown. Transforming an office into a commercial kitchen has taken time, planning, and a lot of brute work. The funds received will go towards building improvements needed to make sure we're up to code and functioning at our most efficient capacity (new larger water heater, upping our electrical panel intake, building out a new plumbing system to support a shop). In addition to this some of the funds will be allocated towards interior design & the last few large pieces of equipment to help us launch successfully.

Many restaurants fail in the fist five years, why are you worth the risk of investing?

- It's one of the harshest truths in our amazing industry. Over 80% fail before their fifth anniversary. The truth is that many restaurant owners aren't familiar with the service industry landscape, and aren't prepared for the harsh realities of running their own shop and doing the hard work. So what makes Mint & Mischief different?

Self Development & Curiosity
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I am endlessly curious, alongside an inner drive to constantly self educate, challenge, and overcome my personal obstacles. It was Marcus Aurelius that said "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." Some may call it blatant stubbornness, others may say it's just a thick skull. Those like myself just tell ourselves it’s unyielding perseverance and the on-going collection of worthwhile information to lead us onwards to better decision making skills, and problem solving in the near future. 

Agility & Experience
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I have this uncanny ability to envision the playing field, the small details alongside the fast moving plays in equal clarity. It's what made me so good at sports, it's what lets me pick up information quickly, it's what allows me to make fast and sure decisions in the heat of problems with a deathly calm and surety. It's also what helps me when I have stumbled or mis-stepped and allows me to refocus and reconfigure my heading with better knowledge and trust that I am moving ahead with the best of intentions and goals. Yes, there are times when I let insecurities take root, but at the end of the day, I am one of the determined few that always seems to be able to take a deep breathe, square up, and face my problems head on. My resilience and determination are some of my greatest strengths.

Community support & involvement 
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As we create more space between each other with the ease of electronic landscapes right at our fingertips, I yearn for more connection. I want a space where I get to spend an afternoon chatting with you, feeding you, experimenting away in a hazy cloud of sugar, flour, and laughter. To me, feeding someone is creating community. It's taking the time to infuse your own passion, care, and love into creating something beautiful so that you have the gratification of seeing another's enjoyment. I look to use food as a way of forming connections, creating community, and helping others recognize that caring for ones self leads to a more productive and happier life as a whole.

I take joy in not just making an easy dollar, but enriching my own life with each person's presence that stops in and shares space with me. That connectivity that could foster friendships, curate memories, or just plain sparks a moment of curiosity and excitement, brings me joy. 

 

Mel N
01/22/2020
Well Seasoned
$107
Megan & Brett
01/18/2020
Pinky's Up
$50
jessykah
01/17/2020
It's all in the Details
$100
Alyssa Lohr
01/17/2020
Pinky's Up
$27
Evan Jaroslow
01/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
01/14/2020
It's all in the Details
$53
Katy
12/23/2019
Well Seasoned
$107
Katy
12/23/2019
Well Seasoned
$107
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

1 Supporter
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27.00 USD or more
Pinky's Up

Passing through, and like what you see? Thank you so much for your belief in our project. Every dollar helps, and it doesn't go unnoticed that you took the time to stop in and show your love. You are so appreciated! I'd love to send you one of my classic tea cookie recipes, and a little thank you note, as well as a sweet custom sticker to show your support. In addition, I'll include a $10 credit to the shop once our doors have officially opened! Welcome to the family. 

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53.00 USD or more
It's all in the Details

Your contribution will go directly towards us finishing the last of our build out of our new home to look like a lush haven that everyone would love to relax while treating themselves to a sweet treat (or two!) and a rejuvenating sipper. For you, I'd love to send you a sample of one or two of our favorite tea blends that we'll be showcasing in our shop as well as a custom sticker to show your support! In addition, I'd love for you to enjoy a $25 credit at the shop once we've opened! Thank you so much for joining the mischievous crew. I can't thank you enough.

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211.00 USD or more
Ready, Set, Bake

Our bakes are not only beautiful but delicious, and you lucky backers will have the pleasure of receiving some of our signature basic recipes to help you along in your creative journey. We'll include some of our basic recipes for cakes, cookies, tart dough, buttercream, and our much loved macarons. In addition to this receive a small sample of our favorite smoked salt to add to the experience as well as a super rad custom sticker to show your love.

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513.00 USD or more
It's all in the Threes.

This tier is for those that want to go the extra mile. Help ensure that we launch with the edge needed to get us through any learning curves, make sure all of our boxes are ticked, and we're ready for the long dive into this project and our future growth. You'll receive a packet of some of our signature recipes for both sweet & savory this coming winter season as well as a sweet custom apron to help you in your own culinary adventures. In addition we'd love to treat you to a donors discount of 13% off any purchases you make in the first 6 months of us opening our doors, a super rad custom sticker to show your love, and a hand written thank you note to show our deepest gratitude for your support and belief in our talent and vision.

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1,013.00 USD or more
Happy Birthday Mint & Mischief

For the angels out there have been waiting for the the opportunity to support us and can't wait for us to open. This is for the few select believers that wish nothing more than the world for us. You've been following from the start, you've seen the growth, the dedication and the talent that has made this vision a reality. Help us on our final stretch as we near the finish line. This tier's funds go towards the major renovations that we've had to undertake in transforming this space from an office space into a working commercial kitchen. Let's get mischievous. We want you to know just how swag we think you are. So you'll be walking away with a custom five panel hat, a sweet pair of shades, that much needed apron to help you in all of your culinary endeavors, and of course the super rad logo'd sticker to show your love and support. You angels will have your names inscribed in a custom work of display art in the shoppe so everyone can recognize your generosity and belief in our journey, as well as a full year to receive a 15% discount off any of your purchases for the first year of Mint & Mischief.

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5,017.00 USD or more
Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Your generosity astounds and humbles me. I'd love to send you a beautiful display crystal to showcase in your home and bring you all the love and good juju that you've just bestowed upon me. Not to be over looked, of course we've got to style you out with some of the most rad swag in the business. So you get the whole kit and caboodle. Fly five panel hat, a pair of custom sunnies, the ever necessary apron to help you in your culinary escapades along with the super useful packet of some of our signature recipes, and of course that super rad sticker so you can showcase your support and love for our project. Come into the shoppe once we're open and receive that ultra special treatment, 20% off for you for the entire first year of our launch of Mint & Mischief. Last but definitely not least, your name will be inscribed in a custom piece of display art so that everyone in the community will know that you support and believe in this amazing journey that we've found ourselves on.

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

1 Supporter
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27.00 USD or more
Pinky's Up

Passing through, and like what you see? Thank you so much for your belief in our project. Every dollar helps, and it doesn't go unnoticed that you took the time to stop in and show your love. You are so appreciated! I'd love to send you one of my classic tea cookie recipes, and a little thank you note, as well as a sweet custom sticker to show your support. In addition, I'll include a $10 credit to the shop once our doors have officially opened! Welcome to the family. 

298 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
53.00 USD or more
It's all in the Details

Your contribution will go directly towards us finishing the last of our build out of our new home to look like a lush haven that everyone would love to relax while treating themselves to a sweet treat (or two!) and a rejuvenating sipper. For you, I'd love to send you a sample of one or two of our favorite tea blends that we'll be showcasing in our shop as well as a custom sticker to show your support! In addition, I'd love for you to enjoy a $25 credit at the shop once we've opened! Thank you so much for joining the mischievous crew. I can't thank you enough.

198 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
211.00 USD or more
Ready, Set, Bake

Our bakes are not only beautiful but delicious, and you lucky backers will have the pleasure of receiving some of our signature basic recipes to help you along in your creative journey. We'll include some of our basic recipes for cakes, cookies, tart dough, buttercream, and our much loved macarons. In addition to this receive a small sample of our favorite smoked salt to add to the experience as well as a super rad custom sticker to show your love.

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
513.00 USD or more
It's all in the Threes.

This tier is for those that want to go the extra mile. Help ensure that we launch with the edge needed to get us through any learning curves, make sure all of our boxes are ticked, and we're ready for the long dive into this project and our future growth. You'll receive a packet of some of our signature recipes for both sweet & savory this coming winter season as well as a sweet custom apron to help you in your own culinary adventures. In addition we'd love to treat you to a donors discount of 13% off any purchases you make in the first 6 months of us opening our doors, a super rad custom sticker to show your love, and a hand written thank you note to show our deepest gratitude for your support and belief in our talent and vision.

57 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,013.00 USD or more
Happy Birthday Mint & Mischief

For the angels out there have been waiting for the the opportunity to support us and can't wait for us to open. This is for the few select believers that wish nothing more than the world for us. You've been following from the start, you've seen the growth, the dedication and the talent that has made this vision a reality. Help us on our final stretch as we near the finish line. This tier's funds go towards the major renovations that we've had to undertake in transforming this space from an office space into a working commercial kitchen. Let's get mischievous. We want you to know just how swag we think you are. So you'll be walking away with a custom five panel hat, a sweet pair of shades, that much needed apron to help you in all of your culinary endeavors, and of course the super rad logo'd sticker to show your love and support. You angels will have your names inscribed in a custom work of display art in the shoppe so everyone can recognize your generosity and belief in our journey, as well as a full year to receive a 15% discount off any of your purchases for the first year of Mint & Mischief.

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,017.00 USD or more
Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Your generosity astounds and humbles me. I'd love to send you a beautiful display crystal to showcase in your home and bring you all the love and good juju that you've just bestowed upon me. Not to be over looked, of course we've got to style you out with some of the most rad swag in the business. So you get the whole kit and caboodle. Fly five panel hat, a pair of custom sunnies, the ever necessary apron to help you in your culinary escapades along with the super useful packet of some of our signature recipes, and of course that super rad sticker so you can showcase your support and love for our project. Come into the shoppe once we're open and receive that ultra special treatment, 20% off for you for the entire first year of our launch of Mint & Mischief. Last but definitely not least, your name will be inscribed in a custom piece of display art so that everyone in the community will know that you support and believe in this amazing journey that we've found ourselves on.

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