Adrianna Bohrer

Katy Kassian, owner of Buffalo Gals Bakery and Country Store in Regan, ND, is a self-professed "good Italian" woman. Buffalo Gals began three years ago when a desire to work from home was met by a beloved family recipe, specifically Katy's great-grandmother's one-hundred-year-old biscotti recipe. Passed down through the generations and perfected by Katy herself, this recipe has allowed Katy the freedom to live and work from her farm, where she currently lives with her husband.

Be Magazine: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and the background of your business?

Katy Kassian: I'm from California. I met my husband in Colorado and he said, "Let's go buy my dad's farm, honey. You're going to love North Dakota, babe." So, here we are. We've been back seven years.

BM: What was your inspiration to start a business from your home?

KK: Well what we came back for was to live on the farm, and the first couple of years we came back I did work in town. And the second year back that was the year we had that really bad blizzard. We couldn't even get out of our own yard. And for what I was making, time on the road, it just wasn't worth the ride to town to have a job. If you can only realistically work in town five months a year, it's just not worth it.

BM: What do you feel is the biggest advantage to working from home?

KK: Somebody's there to be with the cattle, especially during calving. It's just easier to be on the farm. And I don't have to drive so far.

BM: How did you get into all of the stores that are currently selling your product?

KK: I would go and say let's try some samples together, and I tell them the story about it. Because a lot of our biscotti we sell in the shorter 2-packs versus one long stick. And that's because when I was really small my grandma would make biscotti for us.

So it was just a handed down thing.

BM: Now, I heard something about a contest for a Super Bowl commercial, can you tell me more about that?

KK: Intuit the makers of QuickBooks, put out a Super Bowl contest. It didn't cost anything to enter, you just signed up, told your story, and if you win you get a full, free 30 second Super Bowl commercial from them.

Everyone's got a story to tell, every business is unique in its own way, so I thought, okay, I'll tell my story. So I made it through round one, and then made it to the end of round two, and I'm bucking for round three. I'm part of getting to round three where they narrow it down to 20.

By the time round one closed there were I think 19 North Dakota businesses that had signed up. But to date only three of us have made videos. And out of everyone in the country who signed up for this only 96 [businesses] made videos. We'll find out at the end of the month who made it to round three.

BM: What was round 1?

KK: You had to tell your story and then get votes.

BM: What was round 2?

KK: You had to fill out these little questionnaires and post them online. [Questions included] what's your best piece of advice and what was your proudest moment. And then you had to make a [90 second] video to go with it.

BM: Are you promoting anything special coming into the holiday season?

KK: I am doing the Pride of Dakota Show in Bismarck, December 6 through the 8.

Make sure to stop by the Pride of Dakota Show December 6-8 at the Bismarck Civic Center to try some of Buffalo Gals' homemade biscotti as well as browse her collection of unique, handmade totes and purses made from up-cycled coffee and feed-and-seed bags.

If you can't make it, you can also find Buffalo Gals biscotti at one of these Bismarck/Mandan locations:

Hotwire Cafe - Bismarck, ND

Cappuccino on Collins - Mandan, ND

Suzy Q's - Mandan, ND


Editor's Note: Buffalo Gals did not make it into the third round. Katy Kassian is proud of her efforts and continues to produce her baked goods and homemade products for distribution in North Dakota.

Adrianna Bohrer is a freelance writer, personal trainer, and fashion enthusiast. She enjoys living a paleo lifestyle and keeping up with latest fashion trends.