Zucchini Kill homeowners Jessica Frida and Cece Lossim began the bakery in 2016. (Courtesy Zucchini Kill)
Freda and Loessin, long-time vegan bakers and former bandmates in an all-woman punk band, went into enterprise collectively in 2016 after Loessin adopted a gluten-free food plan and requested Freda about teaming as much as carry vegan, gluten-free treats to the Austin group.
“With out hesitation, I used to be like, ‘Hell sure!’” Freda stated.
They named the bakery Zucchini Kill, a vegan homage to the Nineties riot grrrl band Bikini Kill. Freda and Loessin referenced extra of their favourite bands with particular menu gadgets, such because the “Oat Breaker”—an oatmeal cookie named for the steel group Oath Breaker. Bikini Kill even took to social media to ask for a pastry named after the band’s tune “Insurgent Woman.” One among Zucchini Kill’s hottest pastries, the “Insurgent Swirl” Swiss roll, was born.
All of the bakery’s meals is made with out allergens equivalent to gluten, soy and corn, which makes recipe improvement a problem.
“It’s actually like a science, so if you begin taking out these actually essential components like eggs or flour, which is the idea of all baking, it’s a very new studying expertise,” Freda stated.
Avoiding allergens is a method Zucchini Kill strives to construct a extra inclusive enterprise, Freda stated, along with various hiring practices. It’s a mindset she stated has fostered a heat group. Even with the store’s brick-and-mortar house quickly closed, Freda stated prospects have “completely blown [her] away with their assist.”
Freda stated not all of these supporters are vegan or gluten-free eaters. Slightly, many patrons come to expertise the tradition of the store and its musician-minded, punk aesthetic.
“We actually wish to assist weirdos like us,” Freda stated. “We wish to make a store that 15-year-old Cece and Jess could be stoked to seek out—little metalheads and rock ‘n’ rollers which might be identical to, ‘that is cool.’”
The Supply Hearse
When Freda and Loessin had been in search of a supply van, they bumped into steep costs. They realized a hearse could be about the identical dimension and far more reasonably priced. Whereas many bakeries would possibly keep away from affiliation with demise and funerals, it match Zucchini Kill’s punk ethos.
“Folks will ship us pictures in the event that they see us driving on the freeway. It’s fairly noticeable,” Freda stated.