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Vegan Treats: Petunia’s Pies and Pastries Tickle Portland Tastebuds

Monday, September 15, 2014

Karina Skauge, GoLocalPDX Contributor

Those at Petunia’s Pies & Pastries Are More Than Just Workers, They’re Family Photo Credit: Lisa Clark (Image Cropped)

Vegans don’t always have an easy time dining out in a big city, though Portland does pretty well in catering for such diners.

Still, vegan treats can be more of a challenge, which is where Petunia’s Pies and Pastries comes in.

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries was the first all-vegan and gluten-free bakery business in Portland and continues to serve tasty tidbits, which can be found in stores all over town as well as at their downtown location. Oregon native Lisa Clark has managed the impossible: by making treats that not only vegans, but non-vegans, too, are clamoring to indulge in.

Her retail bakery doors opened in 2013, but her love for baking started when she was a child. In college she learned that she had a gluten and dairy intolerance, but her love of baked goods made her determined to create gluten-free and vegan baking recipes.

“I stayed up until 3- or 4 a.m. nightly baking, testing, eating, writing, and then dreaming of new things I could create,” Clark says. She began to sell her creations at Last Thursday, NE Alberta Street’s monthly street fair. After hearing nothing but positive feedback, Clark knew she had to get started creating her business.

After quitting her day job, getting business cards, creating a logo, buying a van and a tent she was ready to set up at local farmers markets all over town.

“About 1-2 months in, a regional buyer from Whole Foods in Seattle was in town and found me at the PSU market,” Clark says. “She told me that they needed my treats in their store.

“A few months and a lot of hard work later, I had my products in most all Portland area stores.” Her name spread fast, and after a year her treats were in restaurants, stores, and local coffee shops.

Even though everything in her bakery is gluten-free and vegan, there’s no compromising on taste.

“It’s important to appeal to everyone,” Clark says, which is why she makes it a point to welcome everyone into her bakery. “I have great pride in the relationships we create with our customers and what we do for them. We aim to treat people like family, welcoming them into our home.”

As all recipes are her own, you know you’ll be enjoying original treats, such as her most popular Salted Caramel Cookie Bar, delicious doughnuts (with flavors changing each weekend), her Cookie Monster Babycake, and much more.

Want to know where to get some of Lisa Clark’s original vegan creations?

Visit her bakery at 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 or the PSU Farmers Market, Veg Fest, Gluten Free Fair, New Seasons stores, Elephant’s Deli, Stumptown, and other coffee shops, restaurants and co-ops.

 

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New Fall Menu!

That’s right, Pumpkin has returned to Petunia’s Pies & Pastries! Fall is one of our favorite times of year at Petunia’s, as well as the most popular menu! We know Summer is still lingering in Portland through September, but let’s be honest, pumpkin tastes amazing year round.  As the days get shorter and the chill comes back to the air, we’ll be ready for you with a Pumpkin Spice Muffin & a Latte! We’ve said goodbye for now to our Spring specials and are welcomed our fall favorites back this week! Here’s the new fall lineup:

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Maple Walnut Scone
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie
Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake
Pumpkin Maple Babycake
Pumpkin Spice Muffin
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
Also, after many requests, we are happy to announce that some of our signature treats are now nut-free!!! They include:
Pumpkin Spice Muffin
Pumpkin Maple Babycake
Raspberry Coconut Baked Alaska Babycakes
Coconut Passionberry Babycakes
Coconut Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Coconut Dulce De Leche Cake
Coconut Berry Passionfruit Cake
Chocolate Mocha Mousse
White Chocolate Pot De Creme

Sweets & Beats to Defeat ALS Fundraiser!

Lisa & Jacob’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! from Petunia’s Pies & Pastries on Vimeo.

We are so thrilled about all of the awareness that ALS has received lately! Our owner Lisa & Manger Erica’s mother passed away from ALS in 1997. You may have seen her photo hanging in the bakery, or her ceramic pig Petunia adorning the wall, which is where our name comes from! When we were challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we were happy to accept! Please see above for our video!  We still wanted to do something more to help fight the cause.

We are so excited to announce that on Saturday 9/13, we will be hosting our very first fundraiser,  Sweets & Beats to Defeat ALSPlease join us for a quick treat, a meal, dessert and/or drinks! Our favorite DJ, DJ Onlychild will be back spinning his sweetest Saturday beats! All profits made that day will be donated to The ALS Association OR & SW Washington Chapter through our walk team, Kathy’s Cuties!  Every year we do the Portland Walk to Defeat ALS, which is on 9/28 this year. For more information on the Walk to Defeat ALS, the ALS Association, to make a donation or to read our personal stories with the disease, please visit our team page at http://web.alsa.org/goto/Kathys_Cuties. We will also be taking donations at the bakery up until the walk. Eating dessert for a good cause, what could be better!? We hope to see you Saturday the 13th! 

Feast Portland!

Feast Portland is almost here!!! We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this incredible food and drink festival celebrating Oregon’s bounty and the talented people making the most of it! We’ll be participating in the Oregon Bounty Grand Tastings on Friday 9/19 & Saturday 9/20 from 12-5pm. Oregon is known for outstanding artisans, Come taste them all including special treats from Petunia’s at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting when we transform Portland’s “living room” into the city’s dining room for two days of Feast-ing! At the festival’s premiere daytime event, you can eat and drink your way through artisans, wineries and breweries. Please come support us in our effort to help end childhood hunger through Feast’s charitable partners Share Our Strength and Partners for a HungerFree Oregon. For tickets and more info, please visit www.feastportland.com. See you there!

Thank you for all of your support! We hope to see you on the 13th!