Local bakery brings a new addition to the Bowling Green food scene

Allison Taylor, mother of a 3-year-old son, poses in Bowling Green’s Town Square. Allison is currently raising funds through a go-fund-me profile to start a food truck for her Little Fox Bakery. Allison worked at Spencer’s Coffee as their baker for 3 years, and has now decided that it’s time to go out on her own. Allison wants to “broaden the horizons of the Bowling Green food scene,” through her unique and innovative recipes. Allison noted that there aren’t many food trucks out and about currently. “Bowling Green has been changing rapidly and I think it needs that,” she explained.

Kalee Chism

Little Fox Bakery is working toward bringing a new food truck to downtown Bowling Green. Allison Taylor, the owner of Little Fox Bakery, began baking when she was a teenager as a way to combat insomnia and later decided that it was the career path for her.

“Originally, I actually started baking when I was like 15 or 16 because I had really bad insomnia, and my parents would just let me get up and play around in the kitchen when I couldn’t sleep and that was when I first kind of realized that it was something I was in to ,” Taylor said. “It was probably when I was about 19 or so that I decided that this was really what I wanted to do as a career as well.”

Little Fox Bakery started out in collaboration with Spencer’s Coffee in downtown Bowling Green, but now Taylor is ready to branch out and start her own business.

“I’m just at the point now where I’m really ready to jump out and not be affiliated with another business and do my own thing,” Taylor said. “As much as I would love to have a physical storefront, a food truck seems like the next logical step, like an easy transition into that.”

Taylor thinks the idea of a food truck will help to bring a new spin to Bowling Green’s rapidly changing food scene.

“I think it’s really good for Bowling Green to have things like this,” Taylor said. “Right now we don’t have many food trucks that actually are out and about, you know, they set up at the bars at night and I think it would be great for it to become more of an actual installment and I think it changes the scene downtown a lot, and I think Bowling Green has been changing rapidly and needs that.”

Taylor hopes the food truck will not only have a stationary spot, but also be able to travel to events to bring the sweet snacks around town.

“There are a lot of things I’m excited about with it,” Taylor said. “I like that I can go to people. If there’s going to be an event happening on campus, or if there’s a ballgame, I can be right there in the thick of it.”

Taylor wants to bring new and exciting flavors and foods to Bowling Green, straying away from the traditional styles usually seen.

“So with the baked goods itself, I want to sort of broaden the horizons of Bowling Green’s food scene because there’s some really amazing food in Bowing Green, but there’s not really creative or interesting baked goods in Bowling Green though,” Taylor said. “We have Riley’s, and we have things like that but they do very traditional and old-school baking, but you can get so creative with food and with cake and with pastries, and I want to bring that exciting, that different, and the new flavors, and the different takes on things into that here.”

Taylor’s primary sweet snack is cupcakes, but once the food truck begins she hopes to add in more savory flavors.

“Cupcakes are my specialty and it’s definitely where I have the most fun when playing around with flavors and whatnot, but I want to do a variety of things as well. I want to do cookies and macaroons,” Taylor said. “I’d like to have a few savory things as well for people who aren’t so into sweets, like croissants and maybe croissants that are stuffed with like ham and cheese, and spinach, and pesto, and tomatoes too, so that people can grab a quick lunch or something if they’re walking by.”

Taylor says the clientele of Bowling Green is one of her favorite parts of her job.

“It’s really fun to get to experiment and to get to have a new flavor idea and to bring that out, but I’ve also honestly really enjoyed getting to know the people around Bowling Green, the people are nicer here,” Taylor said. “I really enjoy the customers around Bowing Green, they’re fantastic.”

The hardest part of making this dream a reality has been finding the time to juggle her personal life and career, according to Taylor.

“It’s a lot of work, finding the time for it,” Taylor said. “I’m also a single mom too, so finding the time to do all of this and finding the time to take care of a kid and all of that, it can be exhausting sometimes, but it’s well worth it,” Taylor said.

Taylor aims to have the food truck done by this summer, and has a Kickstarter campaign in order to help collect the funds to bring the Little Fox Bakery food truck to Bowling Green’s food scene.

“I do have the Kickstarter right now that I’m working on, so if this is something people are excited about and they want to see it happen sooner rather than later that’s the way they can help.”

Reporter Kalee Chism can be reached at 270-745-2655 and [email protected].