Happy Tuesday Inspiration Den readers! Today we were able to interview Sabrina + Hourik of Brown Bear Eats, a Cottage Food Operation based in Orange County, California. We love organic, local, allergen conscious companies and are thrilled these kinds of companies are popping up more and more. So happy to see our friends company doing so well with their sweet treats distributed at various coffee shops and bakeries. I hope everyone enjoys my interview with Brown Bear Eats!
Amber: How did brown bear start & how did you come up with the name & logo?
Sabrina: Name and logo are easy. I love animals, especially forest animals. I have personified all the people I care about into a forest animal. Making my mother a momma bear, a brown bear!
The logo was an ingenious doodle on the back of a napkin by a close family friend who was part of the early BBE brainstorming sessions.
Brown Bear Eats has actually always been around! But never as a structured and functioning business. Bear has cooked and baked for like EVERYONE, from the East Coast to the West Coast of the US. Everyone that has eaten her food has remarked that she needs to open an eatery! It took years of convincing to get the Bear to finally get on board with marketing her food, as she was uncomfortable with putting a price on her idea of love and nurturing. I graduated from college in December of 2012, and by late April 2013 we had decided to make Brown Bear Eats our new life.
Amber: What is your favorite Brown Bear dessert?
Sabrina: white chocolate chip cookie, peanut butter cookie, and the homemade hazelnut chocolate shortbread sandwich cookie.
Hourik: It’s hard to pick one, but our GF brownie is the best brownie I’ve ever had.
Amber:Why did you decide to incorporate a GF & Vegan option?
Sabrina: A few of our friends have various allergies and lifestyle choices we wanted to honor. We have an inclusive attitude in all areas of our life, our business is not be any different. We want our products to be accessible to all.
Amber: What inspires your creations?
Sabrina: everything my mom touches in the kitchen turns to perfection- the taste is off the charts, and the appearance is charming and one of a kind. Outside of my mother, possibly everything about Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles is an inspiration.
Hourik: Classic desserts. I don’t like to reinvent the wheel. I take careful note of the way things look.
Amber: Do you have any words of wisdom for any up and coming bakers/artist that are trying to pursue their dreams?
Hourik: laugh a lot. Work hard. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s not going to be hard work. Make sure you have an excellent product.
Sabrina: get a partner, preferably family! Diet Coke and naps
Amber: Where can we find brown bear eats products?
Brown Bear Eats:
For personal orders email, email@example.com
Amber: Anything new in the works that you can tell our Inspiration Den readers?
Sabrina: There’s always new things in the forest as we like to call it. We love a challenge and we like to make up new recipes.
So happy to feature this mother daughter team here in The Inspiration Den! Thanks Sabrian + Hourik!