I met Karmen & Chris Rayburn, the owners of the Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery, for the first time in April, at the BBQ Festival downtown. However, it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I finally got to try some of their delicious food. And now, I am hooked. There are few restaurants here where I would order a salad, and Blue Duck definitely manages to satisfy my European taste. Not to mention their incredibly yummy desserts… Read the interview below, and check them out for yourself!
How long have you been in business? We bought the cafe in August 2010. It was an existing business called Gourmet Cafe. In May 2011 we wanted to make the cafe our own and we changed the name to Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery.
Where did the idea of the Blue Duck came to be? We wanted to give the cafe a name that people could remember. We thought that an adjective and animal combination would achieve this goal. As to how we came up with Blue Duck specifically, there are several versions of stories on how we settled on it!
What are some of your favorite items on the menu? We each have our personal favorites. Two of my favorites are the Portobello sandwich and Rollup. Chris’ favorites include the Short Rib sandwich and any of our quiches. But really, we like everything we make! 🙂
Who prepares all the food? Chris and I are extremely hands on in the business. Chris is in charge of the food/menu items while I focus on the breads and bakery side. But we also have a great staff that is more than capable of executing our menu while meeting our high expectations.
Why are you open only for lunch? We started small. It was important to balance work life and family life. Our location also lends itself well to a lunch crowd. It also allowed us to have private events and caterings in the evenings. There are things in the works to possibly expand hours in the not so distant future!
What makes you unique? We make pretty much everything from scratch, including all the breads. Our menu consists of unique items that you may not find on menus at many other places. We focus on putting out fresh food at a good value. We like to get even more creative with our daily specials whether it be pork cheek steam buns with kimchi or our house made “spam”wich!
What are your plans for the future? That is a great question! We are hoping 2013 will bring some big changes to the Blue Duck! Stay tuned! 🙂 We also want to focus on the bakery in the direction of pies, cheesecakes, french macaroons and cupcakes as well (all items made from scratch too!).
The Blue Duck Cafe and Bakery is located on 1381 High Street Suite 111, Washington, MO 63090. You can reach them at 636-390-9131 or email@example.com. Visit their website www.blueduckcafebakery.com and make sure that you follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/blueduckcafebakery!