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Russell Smith is seeking to expand his successful catering business by setting up a flexible commercial kitchen space in Edinburgh.
80 backers pledged £14,487 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 10.30AM WEDNESDAY 25TH FEB.

We have reached 103%!!  Amazing!  Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged.  This is absolutely fantastic news, and I am so grateful for your support.  

We don't want to get greedy, but we have added a "stretch goal" to our project.  This is something which we did not need from day one, but have always planned to buy in about 6-12 months.  A hog roaster!  If we reach £15,500, we will be able to purchase this bad boy from the start.  This will allow us to offer all sorts of outdoor events this summer, instead of waiting until next year.  This will speed up progress and the expansion of the business, allowing us to cater for hog roasts and BBQ's of up to 200 people.  

We want to thank everyone who has already pledged, so if we reach this new goal, everyone will automatically receive an invitation to our "Pig Day Out".  If you have not already pledged, buy a ticket to this event for only £10!

Our "Pig Day Out" will happen in Edinburgh in the summer, and will be a chance to put our hog roaster through it's porky paces.  Come along and enjoy a roll with delicious roast pork, and give us your verdict on our new sides and sauces.  If pork is being roasted in the summer, we feel like cider needs to be involved.  This is a subject close to my heart, so this event will also be a chance for you to help choose the cider that we stock for 2015/16 parties and roasts.  Have a taste of them all, and cast your vote!

We will also add a hog roast event reward, where for £1000, we will come to your venue and cater for your party with a whole roast hog for up to 100 people!  Summer garden party?  Wedding buffet? Just hungry?

About us:

The Edinburgh catering company is a new venture from the brains behind Russell Up.  We have spent the last two and a half years in Edinburgh cooking for all sorts of private events.  However we have now exceeded maximum capacity.  We are taking all sorts of enquiries, and want to be able to deal with every one of them.  We also want to push the business in new directions; producing new products to sell, holding specialised cooking lessons, and collaborating with other high quality Edinburgh brands.  

We have already had some beautiful food photography done, and intend to get even more. We have a brand new website, almost ready to go, but need the shiny new kitchen to go along with it.


http://www.theedinburghcateringcompany.com/

We have found a unit in Granton, just a few miles from the city centre. We want to gut it, and install a commercial kitchen.  We are looking for help as, although we have raised a fair chunk of investment already, kitchens are expensive things!  The unit needs to have a custom built extractor and stainless steel canopy installed.  Then we will rip the carpet up and fit a new floor.  Then will come ovens, fridges, freezers, dishwasher and stoves.  If that is not enough, we will buy a host of pots, pans, trays, blenders, utensils: basically everything, including a kitchen sink.  

Legal fees, planning applications, and building warrants are never going to be cheap or simple, but we feel like we are so close, and just need your help with this to push us over the edge.   

The ethos will be exactly the same as it always has been: taking time and care to give everyone a bespoke menu to make their event truly special; No request is too much trouble.  Then, as always, bending over backwards to source the best products, suppliers, and staff to make every event unforgettable.  All at a totally fair price!

Bringing a project like this to life is not easy.  We need your help.  But in return we want to work with you.  An Edinburgh chef wants a venue to host a pop up dinner?  Someone needs some emergency kitchen space for something?  We certainly know how it feels to be working on your own against the big boys, and want to give other independent Edinburgh businesses a leg up wherever possible.   

Please remember: if you would like to purchase one of the dinner parties, lessons, or other parties and live more than 75 miles from Edinburgh please get in touch with Russell on russell@russell-up.co.uk to discuss travel beforehand.  

Thanks!

Risks and challenges

It is no mean feat to find and secure a unit, work out what needs done, and do it, while simultaneously fulfilling all of the relevant health and safety/legal/and planning regulations. However we feel that we have researched all of these areas, and although there are lots of hoops to jump through, we feel like we have everything covered. We have sufficient time and money as a contingency to cover the unpredictable (but inevitable) setbacks.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    A personal thank you card from Russell. We will love you forever! You are also now officially always welcome at the unit for a coffee.

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    Our "Pig Day Out" will happen in Edinburgh in the summer, and will be a chance to put our hog roaster through it's porky paces. Come along and enjoy a roll with delicious roast pork, and give us your verdict on our new sides and sauces. This event will also be a chance for you to help choose the cider that we stock for 2015/16 parties and roasts. Have a taste of them all, and cast your vote!

    Choose the £20 version to buy 2 tickets at once.

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    A selection of our favourite recipes for you to cook at home. Photographed and printed into beautiful signed recipe cards.

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    Two tickets to our "Pig Day Out"

    See £10 rewards for details. Exactly the same, just for people with a friend.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    1 jar of our very special fruit chutney, plus a selection of our favourite recipes, made into signed gift cards.

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 38

    Your own unique jar of our very special fruit chutney. Personalise it with any message you would like! Printed and posted to you or to someone else as a gift.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 64

    One of the first 50 branded TECC aprons to ever be produced. Only 50 aprons will ever be made in black, and you can own one; a piece of history!

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    Two tickets to join us for our opening soiree. We know our stuff when it comes to canapes and parties, so expect a good night! Come and try some of our new dishes. Like a rave in a warehouse, but with canapes....

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 102

    2 tickets to our very first pop up. Summer fun, feasting, and feeling good somewhere in Edinburgh city centre. Hopefully June/July.

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    Pledge £125 or more About US$ 159

    A hamper of delights, including an apron, our own fruit chutney, recipes, plus a whole lot more.

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    Pledge £300 or more About US$ 382

    A 3 hour private cooking lesson with Russell for you and up to 3 friends. Learn to cook your favourite dishes, or let us choose something guaranteed to impress!

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 636

    A dinner party for 6. Three courses + canapés, served in your home (or venue) for up to 6 people.

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,272

    Tasting menu for 8. An 8 course tasting menu served in your home for up to 8 people. Includes waiting staff. You will also receive an apron, chutney and recipe cards.

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,272

    PRIVATE PIG

    We will come to your venue and roast a delicious pig for up to 100 guests. This will be served with fresh rolls, and our homemade sauces and pickles to complement your hog roast.

    Additional guests can be added.

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £1,500 or more About US$ 1,908

    A summer BBQ for 45 people. We will come to your venue, and provide a fantastic BBQ for you and 44 of your friends!

    Additional guests, staff & crockery can be added once booked. (charges apply)

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,544

    Party time! Canapes followed by bowl and finger food for 50 people. Office party? Graduation? Birthday?

    Additional guests, staff & crockery can be added once booked. (charges apply)

    (On a mutually suitable date through 2015. Please get in touch if you are further than 75 miles from Edinburgh before pledging)

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,360

    The holy grail. For one year only, Russell will cook Christmas dinner for 10 people in your home. Never will this happen again...ever!

    Expect the pimpest turkey, the sexiest smoked salmon, and a whole lot more. A bespoke menu will be arranged with you, for a Christmas dinner to remember.

    Please get in touch if you are further than 100 miles from Edinburgh before pledging.

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