Butter Café & Bakery, Walpole, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | April 20th, 2011 | Chef Interviews

When you think of a café and bakery, does a whole pig roast come to mind?  How about a clambake?  Most likely, neither pairing seems like something you would expect.  However, those are just two of the items that make Butter Café & Bakery the unique place that it is.

What first drew my attention to this amazing bakery/café/caterer was their peep promotion, “Peeps Will Die!”  With every bakery order placed for Easter, customers can request a dozen homemade peeps for free.  While I am not a peep aficionado, actually I don’t even eat them, the title caught my eye, and I knew I needed to speak with the chef, Steve Butters, Jr.

Chef Butters has worked in the restaurant industry for many years, spending approximately the last ten as a chef.  His newest venture is Butter Café & Bakery, which has been open for a year and a half.  His decision to open this restaurant came from a desire “to take a break from the typical grind of dinner service.”  Working at the bakery has allowed him to explore creativity in a field of cooking he has always enjoyed: baking.

In addition to the bakery, there is a café, which has a menu filled with an amazing assortment of breakfast and lunch items.  From House Made Beignets to a Cuban Pressed Sandwich, there are items to please every palate.  Open from 7:00 am- 6:00 pm (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am-4:00 pm (Saturday), and 8:00 am-2:00 pm (Sunday), there are plenty of opportunities to stop for breakfast or lunch, grab some baked goods, or order a meal for a take-home dinner.

Of course, there also is the catering portion of Butters.  Although they are located in Walpole, they cover events throughout the region, traveling to Cape Cod and New Hampshire among other locations.  What makes their catering service unique is that in addition to providing delicious dinners, such as the aforementioned clambake, all of the baked goods are made from scratch at Butters.  How many other caterers actually make their dinner rolls?  None that I can think of.

As Chef Butters mentioned his desire to be more creative, I asked about menu items that could be considered as such.  The first item that he mentioned was the Elvis Cupcake.  Made with peanut butter and bacon, it is a one of a kind treat.  Another cupcake that earns the title of unique is the Root Beer Float cupcake.  Although he couldn’t tell me about the secret recipe, he did mention that it has pop and fizz.

I asked Chef Butters about the “Peeps Will Die!” promotion.  He explained, “I always hated peeps:  their little eyes and holy attitude.”  He then laughed and continued, “It’s a playful way for people to get to know about what we’re doing.”  His sentiment is quite accurate; the peeps promotion caught my attention.

Chef Butters was kind enough to share his peeps recipe with me.  I have made a batch, and all who ate them enjoyed them thoroughly.  Tomorrow I will share that recipe.

Until then, take a peek at Butter Café & Bakery; there’s quite a lot going on there.

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