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Butter Bakery Cafe Joins Heartland Food Network

June 4, 2009
Butter Bakery Cafe | photo Southwest Journal

Butter Bakery Cafe | photo Southwest Journal

Craving a fluffy homemade biscuit stuffed with a fresh fried egg and cheddar cheese? And wish that the ingredients came from local, sustainable sources? Stop by Butter Bakery and Café, a neighborhood coffee shop, bakery, and restaurant in Southwest Minneapolis serving freshly made fare using local ingredients.

Butter  is one of the newest members of the Heartland Food Network, a statewide network of restaurants, caterers, and colleges interested in sourcing and using more local foods. Butter serves freshly made bakery goods, breakfast, lunch, and coffee drinks from its sunny Southwest Minneapolis shop. They specialize in a tasty Sunday brunch, and are a one stop on the popular “brunch circuit” in South Minneapolis.

Since 2006, Daniel Swenson-Klatt has owned and managed the shop, and has emphasized local, sustainable ingredients for their cooking. Butter Bakery purchases dairy, eggs, flours, and vegetables from farmers, farmers markets and CSAs. Swenson-Klatt says that they aim for a “friendly, homey feel with regional fare that resonates with our neighborhood-based clientele.”

On one recent spring afternoon, the shop was living up to Swenson-Klatt’s goals. It bustled with young professionals busily typing on their laptops, happy children playing with the toys in the corner, and couples enjoying coffee drinks on the outside sidewalk seating.

Homemade S'more from Butter Bakery Cafe

(To read Butter Bakery owner Daniel Swenson-Klatt’s vision for local foods and sustainability in Minnesota, please click here to read the attached article.)

In the summer, Swenson-Klatt estimates that roughly 35% of total food purchases for Butter Bakery are from local, sustainable sources.  Most importantly, he says, is the fresh, local butter. All the butter for muffins, biscuits, scones, and other pastries is from Hope Creamery, near Owatonna. Milk and cream comes from Valleyview farms from Hastings, MN. Cheese is from Eichten’s Hidden Acres cheeses in Center City, MN and the Grassland cheese producers of Wisconsin.

Flour is locally grown and milled from Swany Flour Mills, and yeast breads for sandwiches are purchased locally from Franklin Street Bakery.  Coffee comes from Peace Coffee and local roasters True Stone Coffee Roaster and Roastery 7, which roast in small batches for premium flavor. All chai teas are made with Studio T Organic Chai blend – a local tea maker that mixes specialty blends for coffee shops and consumers in the Metro area.

Butter Bakery uses compostable/biodegradeable items for nearly all of their serviceware products, and all biodegradeable food scraps and paper materials are composted. Randy’s Sanitation uses these compostables to create landscaping soil for road projects.  Recycling and reuse of items has led the shop to reduce its waste trash by over 90%.

They use CFLs in all possible locations in the shop, and promote energy saving and sustainable practices throughout the community by hosting local events, promoting local to their customers, and by making monetary donations.


Menu Highlights:

Butter offers daily brunch menu items from 8 am to 2 pm.  They have pastries, soups, and sandwiches available throughout the day. They offer weekday daily specials and a kids menu as well.

They also can bake wedding cakes to order, cupcakes for your next “cupcake decorating party”, and can host small, catered parties in the shop. You can find coupons for Butter Bakery Cafe in the Uptown Quarterly, Blue Sky Guide, and sometimes in the Lyndale Neighborhood News.

Stop by Butter for a tasty treat, and know that you are not only supporting a great local business, but local farms and farmers across the state!

Contact Information:

Butter Bakery and Café
Owner: Daniel Swenson-Klatt
3544 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408


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