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You taste. I sing. Singing Chef Jackie Gordon combines a cabaret show and chocolate tasting—gives you an "eater-tainment" show in NYC.
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YAY!!! WE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!! THANKS TO ALL MY INCREDIBLE BACKERS!!! YOU ROCK MY WORLD!!!!

Stretch goal = LET'S GO FOR THE DRESS! = $1500 MORE!

When I first conceived of this show, years ago, I met with the supremely talented Margaret Cusack, a stitch artist, who lives in my neighborhood, to talk about making me chocolate bon-bons to decorate the gown I'd wear in the show. I designed the cheese covered dress in Say Cheese, which was hilarious (the photo my backer Daniel Driscoll took is attached) and I wanted something with the equivalent combo of fun, fashion and food for Chocabaret.

When you create a Kickstarter campaign you're advised to just raise the minimum amount of money you need to make the project happen and I decided the dress was not essential. Now that the project is funded I'm thinking THE DRESS!!

I envision a three dimensional box of chocolates with three dimensional individual chocolates spilling from the shoulder of the dress and swirling around the dress. The cost to get the dress and all the individual chocolates and the box made is about $1500.00.

LET'S MAKE THE DRESS A REALITY TOO!

I'm Jackie Gordon and I'm a singing chef and chocolate maker. In Chocabaret, I'll lead you through a one-of-a-kind chocolate tasting experience— with songs, humor, facts and interactive fun.  

LISTEN, LEARN & LAUGH ABOUT CHOCOLATE 

Come on a tasting tour of chocolates where I pair chocolate bon-bons and bars made by New York's finest chocolate makers (including me!) with a songs, accompanied by my band, The Tempered Souls.
Here’s how Chocabaret works:

1. You'll receive a platter of locally made chocolate bon-bons and chocolate bars, cacao beans and nibbling chocolate, plus everything you need to taste like an expert: a flavor wheel, score sheet, rating scale, palate cleansers and more!

2. I’ll share the story behind each chocolate and sing a song that matches some characteristic of the chocolate.

3. As the chocolate melts in your mouth, you'll explore the flavor notes and feelings the chocolate and the music inspire.

4. For each taste and tune, we'll chat about each chocolate and you’ll get to rate and score the chocolate according to your five senses.

Tasting chocolate is like tasting wine. You smell, swish, swirl and savor it to find the notes that speak to your senses—it’s heavenly.

Taste Chocolate Like An Expert!
Taste Chocolate Like An Expert!

Chocabaret is entertainment with a fun education spin to it. 
You’ll learn:

  • How chocolate is made from bean to bar
  • How to taste chocolate like a pro
  • How to pick a great chocolate
  • About the chocolate makers
  • Some of the history of chocolate and maybe a lil’ of my “her-story” with chocolate (read: Learn how chocolate made me cry…)


THE CHOCOLATES!
The local New York chocolate makers that will be featured in Chocabaret are: Ronnie-Sues Chocolates, Fruition Chocolate, Fika Chocolate, Bond St Chocolate, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Oliver Kita Chocolate, Divalicious Chocolate (that's me) and more.

Chocabaret is the first chocolate tasting set to music ever. If you think that this has to happen, please grab a reward and let's make sure it does.

WHO AM I AND WHY CHOCABARET?

I've been a singing chef since 1999 when I lived in Australia. That’s when I created my first show, The Fried Chicken Theory According to Jackie Gordon: An evening of sweet soul music and sultry soul food. [You can read more about my singing and cooking journey on the bio page and I've included a couple of video clips from my shows too.]

Watch Video From My Fried Chicken Show:

When I say I'm a singing chef most people ask, "You cook and sing at the same time?". I say, "sometimes… but mostly I create "eater-tainment" show that combine food, music and humor -- you taste, listen, laugh and learn a thing or two.

The Chocabaret story started with a strange twist. In 2003, when I was looking to do my first show in the U.S., a show about chocolate, I wound up doing a show about cheese and going into the chocolate business and for over ten years I’ve run Divalicious Chocolate Events, Fountains and Tastings in NYC. I had a chocolate cafe in Manhattan for five years too.  
AND I never got around to doing a show about chocolate. 

Honestly, I was TERRIFIED

One of the hardest things I've ever done was putting on my first show in NYC, Say Cheese: A tongue-titillating tasting of artisan cheeses, wines and the songs they inspire. Audiences loved it! The show got amazing press -- a ton of it -- the cover of the USA Today Life section! It was even nominated for a MAC award!

Watch Video From My Cheese Show:



The problem was I had to give tickets away to fill it. After so much success in Australia, this broke me a bit. Putting on a show in New York back then, even with "a million dollars worth of press" was TOUGH! There was not a lot of marketing via the internet, no social media, no Twitter, no Facebook, etc. I didn't have much of a network here. It took a lot of CASH to be heard above the noise and I clearly did not have enough. Say Cheese lost money. 

It broke my heart to have Steve Olsen, the owner of the Laurie Beechman Theater, where the show was playing, watch the show every night and say, “In 26 years this is one of the best shows we’ve had here” and lose nearly $20,000. When the run was over, I said, "NEVER AGAIN!".

Until now…

Kickstarter is giving me the courage to eat my words.

For all the people who have been asking me, "When can we see one of your singing chef shows? When are you going to perform?", the answer is NOW… but only with your help.

CROWD FUNDING CHANGES THE GAME 

Crowd funding is making Chocabaret possible. I tell people I'm creating a chocolate tasting set to music that promotes New York chocolate makers and their faces light up! 
When I think, "I can do this if I can raise the money ahead of time" my face lights up! 

The idea of putting on a show without having to worry about raising the money to produce it and selling the tickets beforehand almost brings tears to my eyes. It’s been nearly 10 years since my last public show.  I get crowd funding COURAGE from YOU. Together we can make this happen. Your support of the campaign will insure that it will.

When I reach my goal, I can produce the first show. The show tickets are limited because the venue size is limited (we need a seated venue with tables for Chocabaret). This project is designed to raise the minimum amount of money to make it a success which is a single show. I'd love to add additional shows and I will add more once the Chocabaret campaign is a success!

Let’s make Chocabaret a reality! Grab a reward or two! Help spread the word about the show! Let's make chocolate and music together.

An impromptu performance at my cafe in 2008
An impromptu performance at my cafe in 2008

WHEN? WHEN? WHEN?


Chocabaret show will take place in New York City in the fall of 2013. 

DATE: October 20th, 2013
TIME: 1pm and 4pm
PLACE: Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St., NYC, 10010

The Chocabaret Kickstarter campaign is designed to make enough money to produce the shows on October 20th. Once this campaign is a success I can add more performances of the show in the form of stretch goals.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE REWARDS?

You help me make Chocabaret a reality by becoming supporters and co-producers of the show. In exchange for your donations you get rewards. They are at varying levels, from $5 to $10,000.

I've heard of many crowd-funding campaigns that spent so much money to cover the cost of fulfilling their rewards they were unable complete their project. This terrified me! So I’ve created rewards that show my appreciation for your generosity that I know I can fulfill and still raise the money to pay for the show.

So grab a reward or two and let's make beautiful chocolate and music together.

IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL (GULP!!!) -- Kickstarter Warning

The Chocabaret project ONLY gets funded if I reach the initial goal. Your credit card only gets charged once it's funded. If it doesn't get funded the show doesn't happen and no one gets any chocolate. So I need your help to fund this project and spread the word about this show.

WHAT’S THE MONEY FOR?

After the 8-10% of the funds raised that go to Kickstarter and the credit card processing fees, the money generated from this campaign will pay for producing Chocabaret and include:

  • Fulfilling the Kickstarter rewards
  • Chocolates (wholesale)
  • Palate Cleansers
  • Printing
  • Venue Rental
  • Rehearsal Space rental
  • Musicians Performance & Rehearsal
  • Musical Director
  • Director
  • Digital Strategist
  • Promotion
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Graphic Design
  • Poster 
  • Postcards 
  • Publicity Campaign
  • Rentals
  • Video Archivist
  • Servers
  • Jackie's Performance Fee
  • Taxes on Donations

THANKS! THANKS! A ZILLION THANKS!

I've been working on this campaign since September and during that time I have had many brilliant and generous people whose brains I’ve picked, ears I’ve bent and hands I’ve held to make this happen. People have given their time, resources and encouragement to help me put this project together and keep me moving forward to this moment.

Plus, there were many more who didn’t even know they were inspiring me along the way. Without all of you this would not be happening, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I promise to make you proud with this show! Although, I know this is list is not complete I want to thank:

  • Bernice Gordon
  • Paul Schaeffler
  • Mona Gale
  • Bill Parravano
  • Pavel Salek
  • April Somboun
  • Clay Gordon
  • Michael Twitty
  • John Taylor
  • Chris San Augustin
  • Tim Ferris 
  • Mike Del Ponte
  • Meg Paska
  • Rhonda Kave
  • Keren Moscovitch
  • Amy Foster
  • Thong Nguyen
  • Ken Leung
  • Margaret Chen
  • Hazel Sy
  • John Birdsong
  • JP Perraux
  • Jane Lerner
  • Marnely Rodriguez
  • Bernie Furshpan & The Metropolitan Room
  • Paul Berhardt
  • Eric Neuner
  • Michael Yacavone 
  • Terry Finder 
  • Karen Carzo
  • Kimberly Moore
  • Chef Dennis Littley
  • Sabra Sasson

I want to especially thank everyone in my food blogger – food writer community. You encouraged me and jumped in to help spread the word for me. Every one of you ROCKS!

If I left anyone off this list, know it was only because I was crazed.

Mona Gale: Camerawoman & Editing PartnerPhoto credit: Peter Leuders, James Penlidis, Mark Harper, Lou MannaAndrew Foster: Fried Chicken Theory caricatureChris San Augustin: Chocabaret logo and animation on videoJustine & Andy Nunu Chocolates for the chocolate image in video

All other art work and photos are credited to me Jackie Gordon

Risks and challenges

THERE IS NO RISK OF New York running out of chocolate!

The biggest risk to producing Chocabaret in NYC was not finding a suitable available venue. Thankfully, we have two shows scheduled at the beautiful Metropolitan Room -- YAY!!! and the possibility of adding more!

Depending on which rewards people take advantage of, I could be very busy making chocolate or zipping around taking folks on chocolate tours or many more Chocabaret show. Let the worst thing be that we have many more shows. I like that sort of challenge and as many of you know, I have a lot of energy!

I don't see many setbacks or challenges after this Kickstarter is funded and if they come, I will deal with them because THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!

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    THANKS 'N HUGS - You ROCK! Your Thanks is a virtual (or in person, if possible) chocolate hug and you get listed as a Friend of Chocabaret on our website and program

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    FOOD LOVE SONG - You're awesome! You get everything above, plus a tweet of THANKS and the early digital download of my new chocolate love song from the show, "The Sounds People Make When They Love Chocolate".

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    VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE - You make me want to sing, so I will! I'll thank you in a song for you or someone you know on a Google Hangout or over Skype. I'll craft your birthday, anniversary, special occasion or other message into a mini performance with one of my original tunes or any song I know. It makes a highly unique gift. Plus, you get everything at the $15 reward level, you'll be listed as a Chocabaret Champion on our website and show program.

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    EAT YOUR TEE! You're marvelous & will look FAB in chocolate wearing my thank-you Reci-tees t-shirt (long or short sleeve). Designed with my original illustrations of chocolate desserts: truffles, brownies, cupcakes, pudding and hot chocolate on the front and my recipes on the back, you will have your choice of design, style and size. (Free shipping in continental U.S. only. International shipping add $10) Plus, you will get everything at the $15 reward level and you'll be listed as a Chocabaret Champion on our website and show program.

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    PARTY WITH ME - You make me want to do a happy dance of THANKS! ... with you: We'll boogie down at the NYC Chocabaret Success Party and enjoy a chocolate fountain, a tasting of chocolate, cheeses, nibbles and drinks with me. Plus, you get everything at the $15 reward level, you'll be listed as a Chocabaret Champion on our website and show program AND you will leave with a chocolate goody bag. The date of the party will be determined after the performance(s) of Chocabaret are complete.

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    EARLY CHOCO-BIRD… TWO FOR ONE
    LIMITED!!! In appreciation of your speedy support, I'm offering a 2 for 1 THANK YOU of a T-Shirt & CHOCOLATE BARK. You will get your choice of a Reci-tees t-shirt (long or short sleeve) designed with my original illustrations of chocolate desserts: truffles, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate pudding and hot chocolate on the front and my recipes on the back. You will have your choice of design, style and size; plus, exclusive to my Kickstarter, your choice of chocolate bark made by me and NOT available anywhere (shipping U.S. only), along with everything at the $15 reward level. You'll also be listed as an Chocabaret Champion on our website and show program.

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    MMM CHOCOLATE - You're a JOY, so I'll bark for joy and make you your choice of chocolate bark (flavors as follows) -- exclusive to my Kickstarter, made by me and NOT available anywhere (shipping U.S. only), along with everything at the $15 reward level. You'll also be listed as an Chocabaret Champion on our website and show program.
    Dark Chocolate Flavors: Salted Toasted Black & White Sesame; Toasted Almond; Pistachio Cranberry; Honey Roasted Peanut: Candied Ginger
    Milk Chocolate Flavors: Toasted Almond; Honey Roasted Peanut
    White Chocolate Flavors: Oreo Cookie Bark; Toasted Almond

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    IT'S SHOWTIME! - You and I have a date! Thanks for pre-buying a ticket to the Chocabaret show in NYC. It boasts New York artisan-made chocolate bon-bons and bars; cacao beans; palate cleansers; rating scales and forms; and a live interactive performance with me!

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    TWO FOR ONE - You're twice as divine for picking two rewards to help me produce Chocabaret, so you’ll a get double THANK YOU of a T-Shirt & BARK and save $20!

    You will get your choice of a Reci-tees t-shirt (long or short sleeve) designed with my original illustrations of chocolate desserts: truffles, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate pudding and hot chocolate on the front and my recipes on the back.

    You will have your choice of design, style and size; plus, exclusive to my Kickstarter, your choice of chocolate bark made by me and NOT available anywhere (shipping U.S. only), along with everything at the $15 reward level.

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    TIX FOR TWO - You and your date have a date with me! Thanks for pre-buying two tickets to the Chocabaret show in NYC. You each get a platter of New York artisan-made chocolate bon-bons and bars; cacao beans; palate cleansers; rating scales and forms; and a live interactive performance with me! You will also be listed as an Associate Producer on our website and show program and get everything at the $15 reward level.

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    NY CHOCOLATE TOUR BOX - You're the BEST and deserve the best so here's a Thank You New York Chocolate Tour you can take on your sofa consisting of the Best of NY Ultra Chocolate Gift Box filled with chocolate treats from me and my chocolate partners in the show.

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    VIP - EST!!! - Your generosity support gets you a VIP THANKS that includes two front row seats to the Chocabaret show in NYC and two tickets to the Chocabaret Success After Party complete with two STUFFED VIP goody bags. See the $40 and $60 levels for more details.

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    TASTE & TUNE TOUR – I will serenade & stuff you with chocolate in person for being a stupendous supporter of this project via The Chocabaret Thank-You-Tour! It includes six tickets to a singing chef chocolate tasting group tour in NYC with me. We'll wander around the city tasting chocolate and desserts at my favorite chocolate shops and I'll sing a tune at each stop with my musical accompanist. (Date: Starting in Spring 2013 to be determined by all parties)

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    MAKE CHOCOLATE – Since you're all class I will thank you and seven friends by spending an afternoon making chocolates! Each person will learn how to temper chocolate, how to make truffles and barks, how to dip chocolate goodies, and leave with a box of your creations. (Date & location to be determined by all parties.)

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    DIP TILL YOU DROP – Since I can’t thank you by dipping you in chocolate, you will get the next best thing: a Divalicious Chocolate! Fountain Thank You Party for 100 guests complete with an assortment of twenty kinds fruits, cookies and savories to dip in three chocolate fountains one white, one milk and one dark chocolate! PLUS goody bags for each guest. (New York City only).

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    CHOCOLATES & SONG You make me want to immortalize you and I will in song! I will write, chart and record a customized song with my band about a subject of your choosing and make 20 pounds of customized chocolate truffles to go with it that you can eat or give as gifts.

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    YOUR OWN SHOW! For your generosity you deserve and will get a private Chocabaret show for up to 40 friends with goody bags for each guest. I'll bring the chocolates, the band, the staff and everything needed to put on the show at your home or venue of choice. (Air fare and accommodations, if needed, are not included. The cost of the venue of choice to paid for by the recipient. Date TBD by all parties.)

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    PATRONAGE You're incredible for helping to get Chocabaret off the ground by supporting the show the way that kings and nobles helped artists and musicians in days of yore – before crowd funding came along! For your extreme generosity and support you and/or your business will be visibly associated with every aspect of the show. You will get ten VIP tickets to the show and the Chocabaret Success Party with STUFFED goody bags as well as a special thank you on the show printed materials and website and live on stage during the show. Plus, you get everything at the $15 reward level and you'll be listed as an Executive Producer of Chocabaret on our website and show program.

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    THE BLOW-AWAY: DINNER & A SHOW! I can’t THANK YOU enough for your part in producing Chocabaret, but I’ll try by preparing and hosting a three course dinner with all the trimmings and a private Chocabaret show for up to 20 of your friends complete with goody bags. I'll bring the food, chocolates, the band, the staff and everything needed to put on the show at your home or venue of choice. (Air fare and accommodations, if needed, are not included. The cost of the venue of choice to paid for by the recipient. Date TBD by all parties.)

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