My Native Admission Statement: I am the owner and Pastry Chef of The Buttered Tin, a bakery/restaurant in St. Paul, MN. Before opening The Buttered Tin, I almost exclusively worked as a wedding/specialty cake decorator and was known for being on Cupcake Wars on the Food Network a couple of times. Opening The Buttered Tin gave me the opportunity to not only continue making and decorating cakes but to make, from scratch of course, all my other favorite things I love so much such as pies, biscuits, breads, etc. and to create a culinary menu which was completely new to me. Being creative is and always has been a big part of who I am.
But what The Buttered Tin has really afforded me is a place to live out my values and meet people, namely our staff, who share those same values. Food makes people gather and to offer a place where people can sit, eat good food and spend time with the people they love means everything. I feel such pride in the sense of community that we have at our restaurant. Making fresh food from local farms and from farms that treat animals humanely is one another value that we take seriously. We have a list of the farms we use on our website so that our guests can always know where their food comes from. Also, using sustainable packaging for our products and making sure everything is either truly recyclable and/or compostable is another value that is important to us. We compost here at The Buttered Tin and estimate that we divert approximately 42,000 pounds of waste to compost a year that would have otherwise been trash. And lastly, but certainly not least we use the term “sustainability” to also regard our work environment. We are a place that continually strives to make this restaurant a “career” rather than a “job” by offering the best pay possible, benefits, retirement plans, continual training and a positive, respectful, welcoming environment.