We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoe Deutsch & Kate Lange and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zoe Deutsch, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We were working together at a local wholesale bakery and realized that there wasn’t a bakery or other pastry job in Denver that met all of our criteria; somewhere that highlights locally sourced ingredients, honors community investment, and allows for work life balance. So, we decided to create our own space that held these values.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible – including the grains for our flour. Colorado has a unique agricultural industry that is not often utilized in the Denver baking scene. We are excited about the upcoming growing season. Spring brings the start of local fruits and vegetables which allows us to get creative with our menus. Zoe has been baking professionally for 13 years. She found her love for sourcing locally through her schooling at New England Culinary Institute. She has worked at a variety of businesses from a small bakery in Burlington, VT to a high end sushi restaurant in Denver, CO. Kate has been baking professionally for 10 years. Her love of making food from locally sourced ingredients comes from being raised on her family’s farm in Norther North Dakota, where providing for yourself from the land around you is a way of life. She expanded this love of food by attending Auguste Escoffier School Of Culinary Arts in Boulder CO. She has worked at a variety of businesses from a small cake shop in Grand Forks ND to one of the oldest and largest catering companies in San Francisco CA. Baking is not an easy profession. It requires attention to detail, early mornings, heavy lifting. There are different challenges every day, but the constant pursuit of knowledge and choosing who you learn from are vital keys to success in this business. Find who the best is and seek them out. Our core values as both a company and individuals are community investment, sustainability, ethical and local sourcing, and true work/life balance.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Goed Zuur, Miss B’s Vietnamese Food Truck, Uchi, Miette et Chocolat, Butcher Block Cafe, Thin Man Bar, Cervantes’, Next Gallery, First Friday on Santa Fe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Made By Us Merchant Collective gave us our start in selling to the public and is the pillar of our market community.

Website: moonraccoonbakingcompany.com

Instagram: moonraccoonbakingco

Image Credits
Ashley Haas Youngswick of Birdy Creative

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