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We are creating a series of farm dinners that take place directly on the farm using ingredient picked right where they will be enjoyed.

Farm Dinners - At the Source

Be a part of the SUSTAINABLE future.

Farms      Wineries       Dinners      Rewards

Welcome to Beyond the Kitchen.  Reconnecting people to the source of their food...

Our Project:

We are striving to secure the funds that would enable us to create a series of farm dinner events that celebrate the local farmers and small family winemakers. Our farm dinners will go beyond the kitchen to reconnect our guests to the earth and where our food comes from.  We will offer a unique, interactive dining experience where guests will have the opportunity to tour a family farm and enjoy a gourmet 5 course meal in the fields and in the company of our featured farmer, winemaker and chef.  

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?  (Click for links)



We believe our food system is in danger.  Environmental concerns, GMO seeds and cropsbig agriculture and agribusiness, carbon footprints, and mono-cropping are at the forefront of why we are loosing the important connection to the earth and the people that sustainably cultivate it.  By bringing people directly to the farm and showing them how it's done and to hear from the farmers themselves, will create a connection not felt before.  We will dine directly in the fields or in a beautiful antique barn eating food that was JUST harvested and cooked by a 4 star chef.  Nothing can be fresher.  Nothing can be more intimately connected to the land.  

                  Example of Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition print.

 Taken from "Bringing the Food Economy Home" Written by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Steven Gorelick

"...Shortening the links between farmers and consumers may be one of the most strategic and enjoyable ways to bring about fundamental change for the better. How satisfying it is to know that by taking a step which is so good for us and our families, we are also making a very real contribution to preserving diversity, protecting jobs and rural livelihoods and the environment, all over the world."

"There's something special again about being a farmer.  A sense of pride, of stewardship.  Young Americans are getting back into farming. It's the new cool.  And I, as a Chef and an American, could not be any happier.  Join me in celebrating all that is good with the new revolution..."               -Bill Heubel, Chef/Founder, Beyond the Kitchen

Help us take back our food system.  Help us support the men and women that work so hard to sustain us. It's better for the environment, better for us and our children, better for our future, and better for the economy.

By the time this project is finished, we anticipate Beyond The Kitchen would have put over $100,000.00 directly into the hands of small family farmers, small winemakers, non-profit organizations, and small local business owners.  These are the people that need the support.  Why?  Because this is how communities grow.  No.  This is how communities THRIVE. This money has a better chance of staying in the community and being reinvested right back over and over again. 

The complete outline of our project can be found at www.beyondthekitchen.net.  

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

William (Bill) Heubel is currently occupying the role of Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone campus in St. Helena, California.  His passion for cooking and his desire to inspire the culinary future has let him back to his native Bay Area after a fifteen year culinary tour of America. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco with more than twenty years of professional experience at top-end hotel restaurants in California, Arizona, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Oregon, Chef Bill continues his tradition of bringing the Farmer's bounty to your table.


Bill's philosophy has been simple.  Provide his guests with an exceptional dining experience that feels familiar and comforting yet provides unexpected twists and employs modern cooking techniques that provide an element of excitement.  He draws from the nearby land gaining inspiration from local area farmers, ranchers, wineries and foragers.  "Honest Cooking" is his hallmark.   He feels that the less raw products have to travel, the better it is for the quality, environment and local economy.

His full bio can be found here.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Be rewarded for your support!  If you are able to contribute financially we have amazing incentives to the right. Beyond the autographed premier menus, tee shirts, and autographed promotional posters, we are also offering dinners at HUGE discounts for donors at specific levels.  Please, won't you have a look?

If finances do not allow for a monetary donation, won't you please spread the word about our Kickstarter project to your friends and family, on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, or to strangers at the gas station, store or laundromat, we would appreciate it!

Let us know how you helped spread the word as we might have some extra cool promo posters for you.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. It's a GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT, SMALL, YET WORLD CHANGING IDEAS!  Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. Once we have reached our goal we will finish our project and start helping all those hard working men and women out there that are taking back our food system and getting back to tradition.  

HOW TO PLEDGE

Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked for your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card is not charged.  We hope this doesn’t happen!  Donate today!

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL? 

Yes, the more money raised helps the sustainability of this project.  It is our hope that it will become self supporting after the first season.

CAN YOU DONATE IN ANOTHER’S NAME?

Of course! Great idea!  Just let us know the name you would like to donate under. What a nifty gift idea! 

CAN YOU DONATE AS A GROUP?

Yes!  Another great idea! Same deal as above.  Just let us know the group / family/organization name you would like to donate under.

CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?

Yes! Just click on the Amazon payment button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country!  But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us.

WANT TO HELP BUT CAN’T DONATE?

You can help by spreading the word about us in your community. We need your help broadcasting the Kickstarter campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Upvote it on Reddit. Shout it out on the streets!!!

Please spread the word, every dollar helps!

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the farm!

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    Be a part of a food revolution. It's happening everywhere. By supporting our project with $1, you will be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment.

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    By supporting our project with $10, you will receive an autographed copy of our premier menu. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    $25 will get you a 11"x17" autographed poster detailing our premier farm dinner. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!! By supporting our project with $35, you will receive a limited edition Kickstarter "Beyond the Kitchen" promotional print poster that will be signed and numbered. There will only be 100 made. This 11" x 17" poster will feature the familiar Kickstarter green and black colors and will detail our premier event in Napa Valley. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    $50 and you will score the first THREE Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" posters detailing our first three farm dinners in Napa Valley. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    With $75 of support you will receive a Beyond the Kitchen Tee Shirt with the snappy "Stay Out Of The Weeds" theme. ALSO, you will get an AUTOGRAPHED Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" promotional poster detailing our premier farm dinner in Napa Valley. The Chef will sign this collectible suitable for framing. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $10 to cover shipping this reward.

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    By supporting our project with $100, you will receive a ticket to ANY non-sold out event in our premier 2012 season. This ticket is fully transferable and also makes a GREAT gift. In addition, you will receive a print of our premier Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" poster detailing the farm and winery that will start in all in Napa Valley. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    By supporting our project with $250, you will receive tickets to ANY THREE non-sold out events in our premier 2012 season. These tickets are fully transferable and also make a GREAT gift. In addition, you will receive a print of our premier Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" poster detailing the farm and winery that will start in all in Napa Valley. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    Your in with $500! You will receive entry to six non-sold out events in our premier 2012 season. These tickets are fully transferable and also make a GREAT gift. In addition, you will receive a print of our premier Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" poster detailing the farm and winery that will start in all in Napa Valley. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers, please add $5 to cover shipping this reward.

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    Live in the area? By supporting our project with $1,000, you will receive entry into EVERY event in our premier 2012 season. These tickets are fully transferable and also make a GREAT gift. ALSO, you will get an unheard of FULL SET OF ALL the Beyond The Kitchen 11"x17" promotional posters detailing the first full season of farm dinners in Historic Napa Valley. The Chef will all sign these collectibles suitable for framing. You will also be mentioned as a founding sponsor for our premier 2012 season. This mention will be in EVERY farm dinner for 2012 and immortalized on our website. Everyone will know you support small, local farmers and care about the environment. International backers please add an additional $10 to cover postage.

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