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Cleveland Cookie Dough Company puts nostalgia back on the menu: Homegrown Cleveland

October 12, 2018

Cleveland Cookie Dough Company puts nostalgia back on the menu: Homegrown Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Vicki Kotris has an obsession with anything sweet. She also is obsessed with her hometown. On a trip to New York this year to cheer on the Indians, she found the perfect way to combine her two great loves.

Leaving the game, Vicki and her husband, Steve, stumbled onto a place called DŌ, a raw cookie dough shop. It was 10 p.m., recalled Vicki, and the line stretched down the block.

She said they “loved everything about it, the treat, the vibe, everything.” One spoonful was the inspiration for the side-business they’d been seeking for more than a year -- Cleveland’s only cookie dough food truck.

The Kotrises will bring their Cleveland Cookie Dough Company to the Homegrown Cleveland event Nov. 3 at Red Space, 2400 Superior Ave.

Homegrown Cleveland was created to celebrate what makes our community so unique, from Fortune 500 companies founded locally to the communities of business owners and makers who have grown their “side hustles” into full-time businesses.

Vicki is in software sales. Steve is a certified public accountant. Both wanted to get out from behind their computer screen and build something from scratch.

The months of research, talking to food truck operators, designing their own truck, figuring out how to make the raw dough safe to eat and developing the recipes in her kitchen, has been more fun than work, Vicki said.

“It’s definitely a new concept for most folks who, maybe grew up eating cookie dough while their mother or grandmother baked, then were told it is unsafe,” she said. “We’re bringing back a nostalgic, breaking-the-rules kind of treat. Some people don’t get it, but then try it and fall in love.”

The dough is made without eggs and with pre-baked flour, to remove any pathogens. She is working on vegan and gluten-free options as well.

While their bright pink truck has yet to hit the streets, the Kortrises have been holding “pop-up dough bars” at venues around town, even partnering with local craft breweries, many of which don’t serve food. They have a calendar listing where they will be online. They expect to start using the truck by late November.

Cleveland Cookie Dough Company will offer an ever-changing menu – among them three flavors paying homage to the Cleveland Browns: Un-Baker Mayfield, Cle Brownies Batter and Landry’s Lemon Cheesecake.

Vicki wants to create a “whole team of flavors” for the Browns and Indians. Other options “will be as Cleveland as possible.”

“We’ve found we can pretty much create whatever flavors we want, everything from traditional chocolate chip to cotton candy; S’mores, to candied bacon, to Gingerbread for the holidays,” she said. “We really want to listen to all the sweet tooths in town and give them what they want.

“Most of all, I want to infuse all of the fun I have making the dough into our customers’ experience.”

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