Daniel Swenson-Klatt

Community garden at butter

At Butter, we try to be a daily advertisement for efforts to build community and restore our earth through the connections we make with each other, our food, and the world around us. Now, more than ever, this seems like a counter-cultural message.

Rebirth of soil

I’ve been aching for something that could feed my soul and give me the fuel I need to carry on in a business that at most times is all-consuming and in a world that has been particularly cruel and hate-filled.  

Geese flying in formation

The V formation itself is a thing of beauty.  I understand that on long journeys one person cannot be expected to carry the full weight and responsibility.  When it is shared, the burden is lighter, the investment is deeper, and there is a benefit to having a range of experience to draw upon. 

Dan with local business owners who are working on being locally-climate oriented

The image of village resonates with me as a way to take our large-scale urban environment down to a more natural level.  In doing so, I’m learning more about my role in this unique climate that is the neighborhood around Butter Bakery Café.

Raspberries

As a café owner, most of my time is spent being concerned about scarcity; but at times I can see that what we do have to share happens by tending to the things that matter.

Bee foraging for pollen

A challenge for restaurants and cafes trying to practice sustainability is figuring out their role in making sure there is a sustainable food system and a sustainable eco system to support their work.

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  • Daniel at Butter
    Daniel at Butter

Daniel Swenson-Klatt purchased Butter Bakery Cafe in December of 2005 after nearly twenty years as a middle-school English teacher.  His passion for baking scones and making ice cream led him to consider running a small cafe as a career change. 

With an early history as a short order grill cook, the coaching of a mother who enjoyed baking, experience in starting up two alternative school programs, and having grown very tired of long commutes, Daniel began a hunt for a small shop within walking distance of his home in the Kingfield neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis.

Daniel at Butter

As the owner of Butter Bakery Cafe, sustainability is important to Daniel and his team.  It also can be a challenge.  Join Daniel as he writes about what it’s like to try and operate a sustainable small business that gives back to the community.

Community garden outside of Butter

By reconnecting to the land and its stories we become more aware of what it provides for us and by appreciating native foods we honor those who lived here before us.

Water from the creek flows into the Mississippi river

Living in an urban area we may not always realize how much groundwater we lose to runoff.  Since restaurants are big water users it’s important to see what we can do at Butter to help keep our water clean.

Stories

Geese flying in formation
Daniel Swenson-Klatt | October 14, 2016

The V formation itself is a thing of beauty.  I understand that on long journeys one person cannot be expected to carry the full weight and responsibility.  When it is shared, the burden is lighter, the investment is deeper, and there is a benefit to having a range of experience to draw upon. 

Recipes

Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip
Laura Burrack | January 2, 2017

This creamy white bean dip is a delicious and healthy appetizer with a touch of sweetness from the caramelized onions that is perfect for serving with crackers or vegetables. 

Drinks

Food

Persimmon pudding
Mark Hinds | January 12, 2017

With its warm fall flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and creamy texture persimmon pudding is a delicious dessert everyone should try.