About Carpe Donut

Once upon a time (July 2007 to be exact), two donut-loving fools decided that the people of Charlottesville, Va. needed a source for hot fresh donuts made from scratch with fresh organic ingredients. “I wanted to make and offer to the public one extremely well-made food, says donut peddler Matt Rohdie.

Our goal is to deliver the most perfect donut-eating experience possible. We make all our donuts from scratch, and on site.

Happy people making donuts

Carpe Donut Indeed

He and wife Jen Downey, along with many self-sacrificing friends, relatives, and their dutiful children, embarked on a recipe-testing journey that turned the family kitchen into a flour-strewn, vanilla-clouded laboratory, and yielded at last the Donut that demanded to meet the public.

Carpe Donut indeed!!

Tender and steamy on the inside…slightly crisped on the outside…..dusted with crunchy melty cinnamon sugar, and infused with the mellow sweetness of apple cider. With the help of 1950s era technology in the shape of the mighty Donut Robot, we were ready to get rolling.

We love being able to work together as a family, and spend time out in the community chatting with friends old and new over something as fine and simple as a donut.

Come by next time you see us out and about and Carpe yourself a Donut!!

It’s all about the fine Ingredients!

Start with organic flour, and organic apple cider

Add pure organic sugar and non-aluminated baking powder

Add organic eggs, and organic spices

We cook all our donuts in 100% pure soybean oil. No hydrogenation, no trans-fats, no shortening.

Matt Rohdie

Chief Donut Guy

Matt Rohdie has been a local caterer for the last couple of years. He was previously a social worker with the City, a part time Coast Guardsman, and a restaurant manager and cook.

Jen Downey

Art Director

Jen Downey has been a crafter for many years, lighting up local craft fairs and co-ops with her reborn lamps and hand made shades. She has been a free lance writer for the last several years.

Kristianne Moore

Event Planning

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