Last Friday the Pancake Epidemic held their weekly coffee grinder at Stumptown Coffee’s newest location in LA’s Arts District. I had the privilege of helping curate the food for the event. Inspired by this Bon Appetit article featuring Stumptown’s founder Duane Sorenson, we created a spread one invitee described as straight from the pages of “Betty Crocker’s 1952 cookbook” (I took this as a compliment-sincerely). We aimed for an elevated, no-fuss continental breakfast that satisfied the sweet and savory cravings without the need for silverware or plates. Since these coffee grinders are designed for Creatives (i.e. the movers and shakers) in the design industry, we wanted something light and casual where people could easily mingle while snacking. Stumptown’s cafe and roastery provided the perfect backdrop for the event.

Brandon Davenport serving Stumptown Coffee at Pancake Epidemic's coffee grinder. Photo by Footbridge to the Feast

Invitees were escorted into the production facility to a chemex bar headed up by Brandon Davenport, of Caffeination fame. For those needing a nitro boost, we filled a large galvanized tub with Stumptown’s Cold Brew. Once caffeine levels were stabilized guests made their way over to the buffet. Vintage serveware and a large square table covered in kraft paper created our base. We set the food up in a circuit so people could find access from many angles, ensuring there weren’t any long lines to distract guests from conversation.

Smoked Salmon Board for Stumptown Coffee and The Pancake Epidemic

Smoked Salmon Board

rye toast points, everything cream cheese, red onion, dill, capers, cornichons and lemon

Cheese & Bread Board

Blue Stilton, Gouda and Port Salut with candied walnuts, satsumas and thomcord grapes
Bread Lounge Baguette with salted grass-fed butter, aged balsamic, homemade jam and mustard

Pastry Board

Trio of Sugarbloom’s Croissants: Spam Masubi, Spinach and Cheese, and Pretzel
Miso Butterscotch Cookies
Pan Dulce (from our friends Armando Jr. and Armando Sr. from Guisados)
Cheese Board for Stumptown Coffee Roaster and the Pancake Epidemic's weekly coffee grinder

¬†Aside from being “industrial chic,” the kraft paper made for easy food labeling (yay Sharpie!) and clean-up. When making a menu this simple the important thing to focus on is the quality of ingredients. In addition to Stumptown’s incredible coffee, we outsourced the bread and pastries from artisan purveyors and made sure our condiments were top notch, including homemade jam and mustard. At the end of the event guests were gifted samples of Stumptown’s current offerings as well as custom Cold Brew coozies. Many thanks to Evan, Jae and Spencer from Stumptown, and to Brandon from the Pancake Epidemic and Darren from Street Virus for the help and consideration!


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