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You're Invited: Muddy's Turns Ten

Muddy’s Turns 10!!!

Ten years ago- with a handful of employees, mixing bowls from Kat’s home, garage sale furniture, recipes from Kat’s home kitchen, zero experience, and no fanfare whatsoever- we opened the doors to Muddy’s.  Over the last ten years, each one of our customers, coworkers, suppliers, and friends- have shared something special, something of their own lives, and it’s changed our lives.

To celebrate, we have a WHOLE WEEK’S worth of fun and games, special backstage events, giveaways, and opportunities to get involved... all sorts of super fun ways to thank YOU for ten great years!
Get ready for the fun...

Here's the LineUp:

Monday (2/26): Muddy’s Turns 10 Cookie Decorating Party! (edit: sold out)
Try your hand at decorating not one, not two, but THREE birthday themed cookies!!! Cookies, icing, and sprinkles are provided as well as a cup of Muddy's tangy "Mom's Spiced Tea!" Have a fun time with people you love and leave with your very own creation that you can EAT!

Tuesday (2/27): Muddy’s Test Kitchen Community Meeting
Want to be the first to taste a product in the works?! Interested in learning more about our test kitchen? We want you to be a part of the fun!   Diana, our MudLab president, will give you a behind the scenes look at our Test Kitchen (which we affectionately call MudLab)  Kat, mother of the birthday child (Muddy's), will lead a tasting!
You, an awesome Muddy's fan, will get to taste multiple items our test kitchen has in the works. You'll also have the opportunity to give feedback, ask questions, and share any burning ideas for products you have.

Sign-up for your spot here.

Wednesday (2/28): Midnight Champagne Toast
The first Muddy's, located on Sanderlin Ave., opened 10 years ago on leap day. Since there is no February 29th this year, we thought, what better way to celebrate than a 12am champagne toast where it all began! We'll provide the champagne and cupcakes free of just bring your Muddy's-loving-self! Come hang out with Kat and the Muddy's gnomies, and reward yourself with some treats for being such a wonderful customer and making our 10th birthday possible! Doors open at 11:30pm on February 28th.  (pajamas welcome!)

Please RSVP to give us a head count for cupcakes and champagne.

Thursday (3/1) & Friday (3/2): Muddy’s Kitchen Tour & Tasting (edit: sold out... but no worries, there will be more soon!)
Peek behind the curtain to learn how it all works and have a blast with our team. Our tours are open to the public and occur once a month at our Broad Avenue baking kitchen.  For an action-packed 2 hours, you'll watch our baking team create cupcakes, pies, and other treats while learning some secrets of our trade.  Meet the real people who make the Muddy's treats you love, and try your hand at a few baking tasks. But don't worry, we won't make you wash dishes!
Decorate cupcakes and try your hand at cake inscriptions...But we know what you'll really come for: the tastings! But we're not just going to let you grab a Frankly Scarlett cupcake and run. You'll learn the difference between eating and tasting to experience how our team assesses product quality.

Saturday (3/3): FESTIVAL OF FUN!
We want to say thank you to our customers and the community with a fun time on our Midtown Muddy's Lawn. There will be samples galore, face painting, and even a cake walk with PRIZES! We'll also have special guests from local businesses we've been proud to work with over the years like Thistle and Bee and Dr. Bean's Coffee and Tea! Don't miss out... a celebration like this only comes around every 10 years.
Please RSVP to give us a headcount for samples and prizes.

Posted by Kat Gordon at Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 1 comments

Muddy's plus Organic Valley equals Awesome!

Friends, we are SUPER EXCITED to share with you that we have UPPED our milk game at Muddy’s! We recently switched the brand of organic milk we use in all of goodies and coffee to Organic Valley, and we think you’ll love the taste even more!
Organic Valley is THE gold standard in organic milk. They are a farmer co-op and have been farmer owned since 1988. They do not use hormones, antibiotics or toxic pesticides. Plus, their cows get significantly more open-air pasture time than the leading competitors... over 7 months of the year (they still come inside when it's extra hot or extra cold!)  In fact, many of the farms in the Organic Valley coop are Amish- a culture renowned for ethical farming and craftsman mentality.  So why the switch? It’s better quality AND better tasting!

But wait... Did you know we have used organic milk in our baked foods since we opened in 2008, plus as the default in all our espresso drinks since Midtown’s opening? We are always seeking out the highest quality ingredients, and we’re so happy to welcome Organic Valley to the Muddy’s family!

Missi from Organic Vallley says, "Organic Valley is a national cooperative of more than 2,000 certified organic family farms with a regional production model, which ensures as many products as possible stay in the region where they were produced. As a cooperative, the business is governed by a board elected by the farmer membership, and they set their own fair and stable pay price that is not affected by market trends. The business is committed to a three-tier definition of sustainability: Socially, we support local economies, fair trade and other important programs that uplift people. Economically, we ensure our member-farms as well as those from whom we source other ingredients are paid a living wage. Environmentally, we farm organically, which reduces the harmful chemical burden on the planet, and rather than purchasing “energy offsets” and going on with business as usual, we have installed (and will continue to install) renewable energy projects at our facilities and member-farms to create new, clean energy right where it’s needed."

Follow @organicvalley on Instagram for updates and superfun photos from the farms!

Posted by Kat Gordon at Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 0 comments

February drink of the month!

Muddy’s Midtown is RED HOT this month, and you’re sure to adore our February Drink of the Month: the Sweet Heat! This fiery cup is full of espresso, milk, and Mexican Dark Chocolate syrup, with dashes of cinnamon, cayenne, and sugar!

Grab a date or a pal and head on over. This sweet drink is available all February long and you’re sure to fall in love. Cheers!

Posted by Kat Gordon at Monday, February 12, 2018 | 0 comments

February Jar Recipient: Hope House

FebruRY Featured Nonprofit: Hope House

We are so excited to have Hope House as the non-profit recipient of our Positive Change Jar in February! The Hope House Memphis mission is to improve the quality of life for HIV-affected individuals and their families by providing high quality early childhood education and social services.

(Photo Credit: Hope House)

Hope House is a catalyst for life-long change in the lives of those affected by HIV and poverty. They do this through focus on three main areas: children, adults, and community. They provide social services and early childhood education for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as prepping pre-school children for entry into kindergarten. Hope House also assists adults in obtaining education and employment to remove them from dependency and offer them a vision of economic choices for a fulfilling life. Third, they collaborate with other community resources to ensure all children and adult needs are met, and they educate the Memphis community about HIV/AIDS to both prevent the disease from spreading and to eliminate the stigma associated with it.

(Photo Credit: Hope House)

At Muddy’s, we don’t accept tips for our service or charge for drip coffee refills; we believe in thriveable wages for great work and we fundraise for local nonprofits through our "Refill Our Community With Positive Change" jar. Each month our staff selects a Memphis non-profit organization, and 100% of those community funds go to support their mission.

This month will be donated to Hope House. Learn more about them here. 

You can participate by, of course, throwing some change in the jar, but also by nominating a nonprofit that's making a difference in our community! 

Posted by Kat Gordon at Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 0 comments

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