Austin's only Pierogi truck is ready to expand into retail sales. Help us take the next step in developing and marketing our product.
We are Hill Country Pierogi - Austin's first and only food truck dedicated to the art of handmade Polish Dumplings. Since our arrival on the Austin food truck scene in October 2011, we have had the pleasure of introducing Texans to a new favorite food and bringing childhood memories flooding back to Austin transplants.
People have been coming from far and near to try our handmade Polish food and we continually get rave reviews. We strive to use as many locally produced, artisanal ingredients as possible. Pierogi Lovers, foodies and locals have welcomed us with open arms! Now we are asking for your help to see our dream be all that it can be.
The goal of our campaign is to raise money to help us move into retail sales, as well as expand and continue daily operations in a more efficient manner.
In order for pierogi making to continue at the level necessary to meet demand, we are in desperate need of a dough sheeter. This one piece of machinery will cut down the time needed to make pierogi by 80% and open up an entirely untapped source of revenue - retail sales.
Right now, it takes Rob 20-25 minutes to roll out a ball of dough by hand. A dough sheeter will do the same job in less than two minutes. This will immediately allow us to do two things 1) keep all pierogi varieties in stock at the truck at all times and 2) allow us to have all pierogi varieties available at the truck for retail sales.
About halfway down this page on the left is a video of the dough sheeter we require. You can see for yourself how quick and efficient this is. Our pierogi and pierogi dough would continue to be handmade, this machine simply rolls the dough out to the correct thickness.
From the very beginnings of our food truck journey, we knew we had a unique advantage to our product - pierogi can be frozen and sold for customers to take home and make themselves. This allows for us to approach local retail outlets such as Royal Blue Grocery, Whip-In, Wheatsville Co-Op, Thom's Market and even HEB and Whole Foods. We have seen this approach work perfectly with Mmmpanadas and would like to follow in their footsteps.
Marketing our pierogi on a large scale will require labels, packaging, licensing and investment in initial product.
Another opportunity that would be opened up by procuring a dough sheeter and stepping up production is being a Farmers Market vendor. Our pierogi are handmade, from scratch and we use locally sourced, organic ingredients. We would love to set up a booth, give out samples and have frozen pierogi available for customers to take home.
Lastly, our truck's only commercial refrigerator is at capacity and has a broken thermostat that causes it to freeze up and leak water everywhere. In order to survive the hot Texas summer, we very much need to repair it and/or purchase a second fridge.
At Hill Country Pierogi we are working hard to continue putting smiles on faces and feeding our friends and neighbors the most delicious homemade food we can make. We are so grateful to every one of you who have come to the truck to support us and who have taken the time to look at our project. Please connect with us by following on Facebook and Twitter and look for project updates here on Kickstarter.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $6,000 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 14, 2012.
May 15, 2012 - Jun 14, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $25 or more
With your $25 donation you will receive dinner at the Pierogi Truck - an order of pierogi, a side or dessert and a drink.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
With your $50 donation, you will receive one dozen frozen pierogi of your choice and a 1lb package of Jalapeno Kielbasa (shipping charges apply out of state)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
2 backers Limited (23 of 25 left)
With your $100 donation you will receive one dozen frozen pierogi of your choice, a 1lb package of Jalapeno Kielbasa and a half dozen Brookies (shipping charges apply out of state)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
With your $500 donation you will receive a Catered Pierogi Party for 8 guests with your choice of menu items, one dozen frozen pierogi, a 1lb package of Jalapeno KielbasaEstimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
With your $1000 donation you will receive a Catered Pierogi Party for 10 guests with your choice of menu items, one dozen frozen pierogi of your choice, a 1lb package of Jalapeno Kielbasa and an 8 oz jar of Bacon JamEstimated delivery: Jun 2012