Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Feb05

Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we are serving up something sweet as we catch up with Anna Roudebush of Proper Pastry. This gourmet bakery is located in Roanoke – just a short drive from southwest Fort Wayne. Roudebush (or “Chef Anna”) is a classically-trained chef who specializes in all-natural wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, macarons, artisan breads and other handcrafted pastries. After receiving a degree in culinary arts and food service management in 2004, Chef Anna worked as a pastry chef at a variety of locations before returning to Fort Wayne in 2014 to begin her journey as a culinary entrepreneur. What made you decide to open a business in Northeast Indiana? I started my business in Northeast Indiana because this is my home and where my family is. I wanted to be close and still pursue my dream. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jan 8, 2018 at 6:45am PST What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? Media – getting a press release by the [Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center] from IPFW. I also had a small segment on [WANE NewsChannel 15] last year. That brought me a considerable amount of business. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Feb 24, 2017 at 5:50am PST What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? It has been challenging to run my shop and still have time to network with other businesses and marketing. Also, buying large equipment and figuring out how to just get it into my pastry shop. No one teaches you that at culinary school. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT What people have helped you the most in your journey? Mike and Maureen Catalogna from Catablu restaurant. I started my business in 2014 and did not have a kitchen to work in yet. I approached them to sell them pastries and they were generous enough to let me borrow their kitchen during off hours at a very low cost until I could find my own space to work out of. We still continue to do business together. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jun 13, 2016 at 8:07am PDT What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Get out there and tell everyone you meet about your dream. Find other entrepreneurs who have been successful and try to get some advice. You also have to ask yourself what you are willing to sacrifice because it will take up your whole life until you can make it. You really have...

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Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Two EEs Winery
May17

Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour: Two EEs Winery

Welcome to the first stop in the Living Fort Wayne Beer and Wine Tour. Every month we will be featuring a different local brewery or winery from our region. I will be making stops at several nearby wineries while Jake Pickett will be covering our local breweries. This series stems from our love of local, our love of craft, and our love of beer and wine. Our first stop on the Beer and Wine Tour is at Two EE’s Winery in Roanoke, Indiana. Just off of Highway 24, a visit to Two EE’s is more than worth the short drive. The outside of the building makes a great first impression. The attention to design is evident in the building’s facade and it continues through to the interior. Clean lines and modern design gives the tasting room a sort of clinical feel of cleanliness, but it’s the attention to the details that welcomes you inside. The design is all part of a vision crafted by Emily and Eric, the winery’s two very talented owners. At the tasting bar you are presented with a wine list offering red, white, fruit, and dessert wines. Each wine is accompanied by a short list of notes that can be found in each taste. After selecting six of the options, the fun begins. The staff behind the bar (in this case one of the owner’s father) was knowledgeable and very friendly. He made conversation while he poured, talking about the wines, the process, and asking us about ourselves. As I tasted I scribbled notes on each, whether it was too dry, too sweet, or if the taste just didn’t agree with my palate. I had all intentions to leave with a bottle in hand and I wanted the right one. My favorite by far was the Tannat, described as dry, blackberry jam, cigar box, and quince. I am a sucker for dry red wine, and this one hit all the right spots. After our tastings we each ordered a glass to enjoy, and as we did, we took a look around.  The walls are lined with wine racks stocked full with Two EEs bottles. On various shelves a variety of wine accessories can be found, from gift bags to wineglass charms. They even had wine wipes to clean the red wine stain from your teeth or lips. Out the side door we saw the patio overlooking their vineyard. We were told that they had plans for expanding the patio, including a stage for bands to play during their Fridays Uncorked event series. Since it was a rainy spring day on our visit we didn’t get to enjoy the patio, however I’ve enjoyed it before...

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