How is Forage Kitchen Different?
What is unique about Forage Kitchen?
I've been asked this question a bunch in the last several weeks, and thought it would be good to send out for everyone.Forage Kitchen will be much more than just a shared use kitchen. It will be a home base for people starting food businesses, but also an intentional community where anyone who is interested in food can come to work and create.
If you’re someone who just really loves to cook, and either doesn’t have the equipment or the time to do it at home, there is space for you at Forage Kitchen. For $100/month with our “Maker” memberships (the $99 pledge on kickstarter), you’ll be able to use our kitchen. That’s being able to use all of our professional equipment, along with having all your dishes washed for you.
With the group buying program we’re setting up, you just need to tell us what you're cooking, and we’ll have the ingredients waiting for you when you arrive. We’ll be sourcing quality local produce and meat, and through group purchasing we’ll be able to get great prices, while at the same time supporting all the great local farms and ranches in our area.
If you need a hand making a dish, we’ll have professional folks there to help you along with your creations. Or you can take a class in our workshop. We’ll train you on the equipment, and create a welcoming atmosphere where you can learn and create alongside other folks who love food. You’ll be able to move out of your cramped home kitchen and into the light of our 4,000 sq ft space. Like a Techshop for food, Forage Kitchen will allow easy access to equipment and supplies usually reserved for professionals. We want to make our kitchen as accessible as possible, and make it easy for people who love to cook to have develop their skills and pursue their passion for food.
If you’re a brewer, we’ll have something for you too. A 10 and 20 gallon nano brewery will give you a chance to get out of your garage and brew on professional equipment. We’ll offer classes, as well as a rotating “brewer in residence” position for those that prove they can make some great beer. This beer will be sold in the café (a space that will also highlight the food being made inside) in the front, so even people who don’t want to use the kitchen will be able to taste what’s being created inside.
If you’re trying to start a business, this space is designed for you. The artisan producers will really be the heart of the space - the group that supports and is supported by, the rest of the Forage Kitchen community. We’ll not only have kitchen rental at low rates, but a shared-use office (possibly with a view of the Bay if everything goes to plan!), business support when you need it, cold and dry storage, and most importantly, an intentional community of people who can help and support you along the way. This will be a home base where you can grow and expand until you’re ready to break off on your own.
I toured our potential kitchen space a few days ago, and I am so incredibly excited about the grand possibilities of this project and what it will mean to the Bay Area food community. This building is amazing, and will be an epic addition to the San Francisco food scene. I can’t wait to show you, but I need your help to make this vision a reality. There are only 2 weeks left on our kickstarter, so if you think this is a space that should exist, show the world by pledging today.
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May 15, 2012 - Jun 29, 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Our eternal thanks, and a Forage Kitchen sticker, delivered right to your door.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Our eternal thanks, a Forage Kitchen sticker, and entrance into 4 parties: June 2nd: Wild Boar Ramen Movie Night showing of Tampopo June 14th: Party Party-Music, food, info. on Forage Kitchen June 28th: Kickstarter Celebration! 4. Date TBA: Opening Celebration of Forage Kitchen. All higher levels include entrance into these parties, but space is limited, and on a first come/first served basis. We'll send ticket info after your donation.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Pledge $50 or more
A silk-screened American Apparel "Forage Kitchen" t-shirt and sticker. (Please add $20 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $99 or more
One month "Maker" (non-business) membership to Forage Kitchen when we open. Unlimited use of the kitchen on Maker Days (2 days each week).Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Pledge $100 or more
A Forage Kitchen hand made T-shirt, Forage Kitchen sticker, and a pound of handmade pasta from Underground Market vendor Baia Pasta (International shipping: add $50)Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
Pledge $100 or more
One ticket to a celebratory Wild Kitchen feast. A family style meal eaten around communal tables, with each course focused on wild foraged ingredients from our local landscape. Come meet, feast, and support Forage Kitchen.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Locals Underground Market Box: Month Subscription to Josey Baker Bread, 4 savory and sweet biscuits from Biscuit Bender, Jam by INNA jam, free range beef jerky from Oaktown Jerk, a pound of pasta from Baia pasta, and an illustrated, silkscreened recipe booklet with 4 recipes from The Underground Market.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Distant Friends Box: A gift box with handmade products from our Underground Market vendors. The box will include Jalapeño jam by INNA jam, free range beef jerky from Oaktown Jerk, a pound of pasta from Baia pasta, and a recipe booklet with 4 recipes from The Underground Market and a Forage Kitchen T-shirt Shipped right to your door. Please add $50 extra for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Underground Market cooking class: This reward gets you a spot in one of several cooking classes taught by Underground Market vendors. Choose between learning bread baking with Josey Baker, Vegan cooking with Rawdaddy, Caramel making with Nosh This, or Raw dessert creation with Sidesaddle Kitchen.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Two tickets to a celebratory Wild Kitchen feast. A family style meal eaten around communal tables, with each course focused on wild foraged ingredients from our local landscape. Come meet, feast, and support Forage Kitchen.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $400 or more
4 tickets to a celebratory Wild Kitchen feast. A family style meal eaten around communal tables, with each course focused on wild foraged ingredients from our local landscape. Come meet, feast, and support Forage Kitchen. Any of the Wild Kitchen reward levels are tickets that can be used within the next 2 years for our events (in case you can't join us for the dinner following the campaign)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
A special presentation of The Wild Kitchen. Come to a meal sourced not only from the wild, but also from The Underground Market. Each course will focus on wild foraged ingredients, but will also highlight a product made by an Underground Market vendor, the very people who will benefit from Forage Kitchen. Several of the vendors will be on hand eating at the meal, and will talk about their businesses and how they got started.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $800 or more
Private event with The Underground Market: Choose from several delicious catered events from our vendors. Each for 10 people, good for home or office parties. Choose from: Catered brunch with City Smoke House BBQ for Ice Cream Social by Frozen Kustard. Bhan Mi Bar from Rice Paper Scissors for All great for home of office parties. Locals also get into the parties above.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Founders Wall: Give at this level and we'll let the world know you helped us get where we are. Your name on the "founders wall" at Forage Kitchen, as well as a Forage Kitchen T-shirt and sticker.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
Kitchen Pro: 75 hours of kitchen rental for a food business. This is a reduced rate, and perfect for a small business who wants to reserve space in our kitchen (it'll fill up fast). We'll also have storage, office space, and business support available.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
4 tickets to our founders dinner, 2 t-shirts, your name on the Founders Wall at Forage Kitchen, The Underground Market Food Box, and our eternal thanks.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
Private Wild Kitchen dinner for up to 80 people, anywhere within 100 miles of San Francisco. This 8 course meal will focus on locally foraged wild ingredients. From wild mushrooms to acorn flour, wild nori to wild radish. Taste what the oceans and landscapes of California have to offer. This can be used anytime within the next two years, so if you have a special occasion coming up, or are planning an event for your business, this is a great level. This level is also tax deductible.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012