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Quickstarter helps launch gourmet butters business

Monday, November 6, 2017

A bagel with butter is a fine way to start your morning, but it may leave you yearning for a little more.  Don’t you wish there was a way to bring a savory sensation to kickstart your morning while also supporting a local entrepreneur? 

That’s where Tammy Lyn Fox comes in.  Fox is a professional chef who has worked in the food industry for more than 22 years and is now launching a Kickstarter campaign to take her passion to the nation. Her gourmet product line, Renegade Butters, is a collection of compound butters that can be used to simplify your dinner prep while packing a punch of flavor using an array of spices, herbs, toasted nuts and local honeys.  Why not add some pizazz to your protein and veggies? Both the sweet and savory line are amazing when baked into breads, muffins and rolls.  Some of Renegade Butter selections include Apricot, Maple Walnut, Tex Mex and Thai Curry; there’s really a butter for everyone!

“I’ve been told that my butters are addictive,” she said. “I create waves of flavor in my butters that give people an experience with food. I love it when clients close their eyes and are taken away, maybe imagining a smoky street market in India”.

One may be wondering, What’s so different about this butter and the sticks I buy at the grocery store?

Simple. Compound butters have supplementary herbs, spices, toasted nuts and maple syrup and are blended into a richer, more complex butter. Steak fans may recognize a cold compound butter known as Beurre Maitre d’Hotel, which is a butter with parsley and lemon juice topped on steaks.

Fans of Renegade Butters have a lot to say about them. Paula Kline Lojack, former proprietor of Grammy’s Bulk Spice Shop & Amish Deli in Girard, said, “The butters are fantastic. I’ve been using them since the beginning of Tammy’s adventure. My friends love getting them for gifts! It is a top quality product.”

Wondering where you can purchase some?  Fox will be launching her Kickstarter campaign online for Renegade Butters on Nov. 8. You can back her campaign for rewards of butter as low as $15 for two composite butters. This campaign will help her reach the level of production she desires to take Renegade Butters national. The goal is to bring you amazing yet affordable, high quality butters and have them available for order online at anytime.

If you’d like to try some of these butters before you back the campaign, join us at the launch party event Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. in the Renaissance Center 1001 State St., 9th floor @  Radius CoWork.

The Renegade Butters Project received assistance from Mercyhurst’s Quickstarter initiative.  Quickstarter is led by Associate Professor Kristan J. Wheaton and is funded by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority’s Ignite Erie: Industry-University Business Acceleration Collaborative, led by Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend.  Mercyhurst graduate student Jillian Johannes manages Quickstarter’s support to Renegade Butters. 

For more information, please contact Tammy Lyn Fox at 814- 490-8278 or email at