Homemade, hand-rolled specialty egg rolls, along with our signature sauces, delivered to your door. Get 'em fried or get 'em baked!
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THE EGG ROLL?
It's simple. We've perfected it.
It started one day when co-founders Kent Thomas and Michael Irpino (known locally as The Egg Roll Guys) were enjoying some egg rolls and walnut shrimp when the thought occurred to them, "Why can't they just shove the walnut shrimp inside the egg roll?"...and Uptown Egg Rolls was born.
We're self-taught. We learned how to make egg rolls, write a business plan and make sauces. Our culinary school was a bilateral effort between Google and YouTube. Friends sent in their favorite recipes. We trialed, we erred, we tinkered. We fried, we baked and we rolled until we got it right and we washed a lot of dishes in the process. The end result is a collection of amazing egg rolls and a line of unique, delicious sauces.
And now we're ready for our soft launch. Working out of a commercial kitchen in Evanston, IL, we want to start hot deliveries on a limited scale to test market our accomplishments thus far. We think six months is a good time frame to perfect our process and work out the kinks.
So now we need your help - $18,000 worth of help. Yes, the campaign is for $5000 but that will only meet our minimum six week time frame for testing. It breaks down like this:
- $5000 - Six weeks
- $8500 - Three months
- $18,000 - Six months
The money will be used for:
- Commercial kitchen rental
- Delivery supplies
- Online ordering system
- Telephone queue system
- Paying our delivery driver(s)
Now, let's take a gander at some delicious!
And the above selections are just a few items on our ever expanding menu.
Don't like fried foods? Not a problem. We'll just throw 'em in the oven!
- Italian Garden
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Chili Pie
- Mushroom Salad
- Dark Chocolate Brownie
- Assorted Cheesecake (yeah, that's right. Cheesecake!)
Some of our homemade dipping sauces include:
- Chipotle Barbecue
- South African Curry
- Buffalo Alfredo
- Creamy Pumpkin
- Butter Parmegarlic
- Tequila Gazpacho
- Avocado Ranch
- Orange Caramel
- Amaretto Vanilla Custard
We only use the freshest ingredients possible and always opt for locally sourced products that are available. We only use free-range chicken without hormones or antibiotics (ewwww!).
We are currently working on our gluten-free varieties and plan to have a collection of summer rolls (made with rice wrappers) by the end of August.
Uptown Egg Rolls is based on a pretty straightforward concept that has received nothing but cheers and accolades from our lucky taste-testers.
Thanks so much for stopping by and please consider helping us get to the next level! No donation is too small so please help us out any way you can.
Well, we're not actually opening in Evanston. We're operating our test market in Evanston in order to nail down our process and get valuable feedback. The #1 mistake new businesses make is uncontrolled growth so we're nailing down our process and making our mistakes in a smaller market. Our end game is to eventually open a brick-n-mortar in the Uptown neighborhood in Chicago.
Shipping frozen product is very costly and we would end up losing money. However, we are now offering egg rolls to Chicago and Evanston backers at the $25 level and above. We'll either have a big egg roll party or personally deliver them frozen. If anyone has ideas on how we can offer our egg rolls and/or sauces outside of the Chicago area, we're all ears.
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All of the above and one of our specially designed Uptown Egg Rolls t-shirts (scroll to bottom of page to get a look at these beauties). Be one of the first 10 to pledge at this level and get a bonus t-shirt!Estimated delivery:
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Everything up to and including the $100 level plus a bonus t-shirt, one dozen egg rolls and 1 sauce. These can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. (Please note that our variety of sauces suitable for shipping have not been nailed down yet. We will contact you with the varieties you can choose from as soon as they become available.)Estimated delivery:
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Everything up to and including the $100 level plus a bonus t-shirt, two dozen egg rolls and 2 sauces. These can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. (Please note that our variety of sauces suitable for shipping have not been nailed down yet. We will contact you with the varieties you can choose from as soon as they become available.)Estimated delivery:
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Everything up to and including the $100 level plus a bonus t-shirt, three dozen egg rolls and 3 sauces. These can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. (Please note that our variety of sauces suitable for shipping have not been nailed down yet. We will contact you with the varieties you can choose from as soon as they become available.)Estimated delivery:
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