Last Saturday I joined Yelp for a few hours of volunteering at People for Urban Progress in Fountain Square. Yelp held an entire week of community service projects and events for Yelp’s Not So Random Acts of Kindness Week. We cleaned the material they saved from the RCA Dome, which they use to make bags, purses, clutches and wallets. The dirty canvas needed to be hand scrubbed and dried before it could be used further.
After two hours of volunteering (other people cut the canvas to different sizes, folded t-shirts and organized the store), we had worked up an appetite. Rocket 88 Doughnuts tweeted about being inside Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Shop offering samples of their doughnuts and anyone could come and try them between 11 and 2.
Rocket 88 Doughnuts is not open yet. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign so they can open a craft doughnut shop in Fountain Square is Sept/Oct 2014.
What’s so cool about Rocket 88 Doghnuts? The concept, mentioned in their Kickstarter video by owner Patrick Burtch and head baker Rachel Layne, offers a neighborhood doughnut shop where you walk in and feel like family. Ingredients will be locally sourced, organic and all natural to minimize the impact on our planet. Rocket 88 Doughnuts stresses that environmental stewardship and sustainability will be at the forefront of their daily decisions.
Classic flavors of the doughnuts you grew up with will be offered, along with vegan and gluten free options and an array of unique flavors, such as carrot cake, lemon poppyseed, sweet potato or espresso.
The lemon poppyseed (not well pictured because they were almost out!) was by far the crowd’s favorite. Everyone was asking me if I had tried it. A light crunch on the outside was coated with a lemon glaze that practically slaps your tastebuds awake, followed by the sweet and fluffy poppyseed doughnut insides.
I wish I could have captured a better photo but what can I say, people were eating these up!
My personal favorite was the chocolate glazed yeast doughnut with crispy Smoking Goose bacon. How could it NOT be the best thing ever? Salty and sweet on a bagel?
The yeast bagel was soft and had that distinct bagel dough flavor that I can’t seem to pinpoint in my kitchen. Chocolate glaze was poured on top in just the right amount and the small pieces of crispy bacon were over the top. It was all I could do to not find a way to sneak more than my share of samples.
I mean seriously, just look at them.
The last doughnut to try was the chocolate espresso, which came in doughnut holes and small doughnuts. Chocolate dough fried and glazed in more chocolate with notes of espresso flavor? These flavors are perfect for doughnuts. The only thing missing? A tall glass of milk.
Did I mention that the place was packed? I’d say at least 50 people were squeezed into Calvin Fletcher’s to sample doughnuts and sip on cold brew coffee (at least that’s what I did). Below you can see Patrick and Rachel, talking about their doughnuts to this family.
Rocket 88 Doughnuts has a Kickstarter campaign set with a goal of $10,088. Funds raised would go towards purchasing necessary baking and frying equipment, work tables, refrigeration units and other doughnut equipment. Supporting them through their Kickstarter comes with a number or perks, such as free doughnuts, mugs, coffee, t-shirts and stickers to private doughnut tasting parties and seasonal doughnuts you can name and choose the flavors for.
Kickstarter’s are a cool way to feel like you are making a difference in the lives of local businesses and entrepreneurs. I helped fun Indiana City Brewing and will be helping Rocket 88 Doughnuts out as well. Every little bit counts. Follow them on Faceook and Twitterto follow their progress!