Friday, March 16, 2012
Since our founding just before the turn of the century, the Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuit brand has been synonymous with quality, comfort, taste and style. Over the span of our history, Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuit Brand will use only the finest ingredients and employ only the best craftsmen available to bring you the best food product.
Our Humble Beginning
Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuit Brand was founded by legendary entertainer Dwight Yoakam and Biscuit Boy. BOY was born in Oklahoma in 1952, just outside of the Seneca-Cayuga Indian Reservation.
BOY was the second of four kids born in to Carmel Carl and Charlene's family of traveling carnies who worked the midways, carnivals and fairs throughout the Midwest and south with their concession business selling caramel apples, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and roasted ears of corn on the cob (when in season). When the family business grew to include Charlene's Chicken and Biscuits, BOY learned at his momma's knee her time-tested recipe for buttermilk biscuits and showed such a knack for making them that he came to be known as Biscuit BOY.
When Biscuit Boy was about 16, he fell in love with Dori Rae Rattliffe who was out canvassing for the evangelical crusade of Reverend Ernest Fellows and his Traveling Flock of the Sacred Wounded (The Reverend annointed her the "Flower Child" who would pass out the token Roses of Sharon to the newly-saved converts who came forward during each service.) Boy followed his lovesick heart, leaving Carmel Carl and Charlene to join Fellows' Flock, taking his momma's biscuit recipe with him. For fifteen years Biscuit BOY stayed with the flock as an assistant shepherd, serving up his biscuits at tent meetings, until, at one fateful revival in Bakersfield, CA, the Reverend's oldest boy from a previous marriage spilled a story about his father's current double-marriage and shady history of handling donations, the news of which soon found Rev. Fellows serving a chunk of time for Income Tax Fraud.
Biscuit Boy, finding himself on his own in Bakersfield, was looking for work at a music store (since he used to tune guitars for his uncle's band that played the carnivals) when he happened to meet up with Dwight Yoakam who was buying some strings and a guitar strap. Dwight was in town for the Grand opening of Buck Owens' Crystal Palace nightclub and restaurant and, after learning of Boy's inherited talent for food, got him hired on as a cook at the Crystal Palace. Dwight asked Biscuit Boy if he couldn't whip up a little something special for Buck to celebrate the Grand Opening, so the two of them took Biscuit Boy's special recipe, incorporated a few of Dwight's own ideas, and prepared a batch of buttermilk biscuits. The folks liked 'em so much, they just had to keep making 'em.
Our Amazing Success
Since then, the incredible team of Biscuit Boy, Dwight Yoakam and their disributor Modern Foods, have introduced dozens of new food items into the marketplace, including Bean Dips, Mini Cheeseburkers, Chicken Sandwiches, Ribs and - of course - biscuits.
And that's how Dwight Yoakam's Bakersfield Biscuits came to be served at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace, and how they're now available at your local store. Just heat'em and eat'em.