by: RITA A. LEONARD - Helicopter pilot Kris Butler sells aviation-themed desserts at Plane Pastries, a new food cart at S.E. 52nd at Foster Road. Desserts are flying off the shelves at “Plane Pastries”, a unique cart in the “Food Cart Pod” at S.E. 52nd Avenue and Foster Road, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. It’s online at:

The aviation-themed dessert cart created by Kris Butler opened only this past summer, but has already received mentions in several prominent media, including The Food Network's “Cupcake Wars”. Kris is not only a culinary-school-trained pastry chef, she is also a certified helicopter pilot instructor. Her cart combines her two loves.

Butler learned her pastry skills at the Oregon Culinary Institute in 2011, where she focused on baking. At age 27, she decided to learn how to fly helicopters, and received her CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) rating through Portland Community College's Aviation Program this spring. She enjoys vintage military aviation art – also called “airplane nose” art – and displays an image of a leggy female flight captain in her business logo.

Kris works in a cheerful aqua and white food cart she calls “the hangar”. The menu, heralding departures of “the Treat Fleet”, includes Whirlwind Rice Krispies treats; “It’s all Wright” cookies; French macaroons; a Voodoo Caramel bar; crème brulee custard; and a squadron of cupcakes. Beverages include coffee, tea, cider, and cocoa. On weekends she serves biscuits and gravy too.

Kris’ food cart adventure is open from Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 3 pm. She also is open for dinner some Friday and Saturday evenings, and plans to create new aviation-themed specialties such as pies. She also caters for weddings, birthdays, work events, and parties. “The sky’s the limit,” she says with a grin. We wish her a “CAVU” business journey – “ceiling and visibility unlimited”.

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