We were recently contacted by a pickleball entrepreneur. Since her business reflected my love of pickleball and sweets I was all in. Who doesn’t love pickleball snacks?
Beech Tree Arts
Beech Tree Arts started as a digital artwork company in 2015. It’s founder, Adrienne Neary created emblems and logos for a variety of clients. In 2016 she combined her love of pickleball and her business by designing the logo for the 2016 USAPA Atlantic Regional Tournament.
Her foray into pickleball snacks occurred a few months later somewhat accidentally. It was Thanksgiving and Adrienne wanted to do something special for her mom who lived in a retirement community. She decided to bake some cookies modeled after an owl she had seen online. Adrienne’s mom and her friends loved the cookies. Knowing that she loved pickleball, nearly as much as she loves her mom, someone suggested she combine her love of pickleball with these sweet treats. “Hmmm,” she thought.
She started with ball cookies that were made to scale. The ball is 3”, and the holes are 3/8”. With a 3” round cutter, and a smaller hole tool (designed to use with clay) she created her first pickleball snacks…pickleball ball cookies. She made a paddle cookie from a template she created. For Valentine’s Day, she made a glaze, and put a heart right in the paddle’s sweet spot! Adorable!
After some research. she partnered with the largest cookie cutter manufacturer in the country, Ann Clark Cookie Cutters in Rutland, Vermont. Working together they designed the paddle cutter (shortening the handle a bit to ensure even baking). The cutters are now available through Pickleball Central or through her website. If you purchase a pickleball paddle cookie cutter from Beech Tree Arts during the US Open you will receive a free copy of her booklet, Pickleball Bracket Snacks, and Creative Crafts. The booklet includes recipes for pickleball ball cookies, paddle pancakes, and a festive caprese salad. There are also dough recipes and suggestions for those crafty pickleball players.
Adrienne’s Love of Pickleball
I asked Adrienne to share how she was introduced to pickleball:
My first game of pickleball was in April 2013. I was about as low as low could be, suffering from a variety of health issues. One day, a dear friend asked me, ‘Do you want to play pickleball with us?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t think so. What is it anyway?’ My friend (Jeanette) described the sport but truthfully, she lost me at the name. I thought it sounded silly (!!!).
Thank goodness it only took her another week for her to persuade me (she was persistent). ‘Just come and watch’, she said. Finally, I agreed. I wasn’t prepared for the challenge, or for the excitement, but the first few rallies hijacked my nervous system, and I haven’t looked back. It was amazing. Thank you Jeanette, and thank you pickleball. My life is entirely different now.
Adrienne went on to explain that the mission of Beech Tree Arts is to share the art of having fun in any kitchen. So as you prepare to play in this year’s US Open, prepare a few pickleball snacks to impress your friends and to enjoy!