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Want to cure a hangover? That Kim Kardashian booty? Make family dinner cool again? Then pass the biscuits - Mason Dixie to the rescue!
Want to cure a hangover? That Kim Kardashian booty? Make family dinner cool again? Then pass the biscuits - Mason Dixie to the rescue!
333 backers pledged $28,035 to help bring this project to life.

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Three best friends are on a mission for greatness: to open the first biscuit sandwich, platter, and spreads shoppe in DC! With your help and support, Ayeshah, Mo, and Jason can design, build, and operate the region's best biscuit shoppe.

Meet the Mason Dixie Family!
Meet the Mason Dixie Family!

Our Chefs

Jason is our secret weapon... Ok, maybe not so secret (http://dc.eater.com/tags/jason-gehring). He is a Rammy-nominated Pastry Chef of the Year (http://www.ramw.org/news/2014-rammy-awards-finalists-announced) who has excelled in the DC culinary scene for years. As opening Chef for Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, he brings a wealth of experience in pastry+savory and fresh casual restaurant operations. You can find him covered in tattoos and flour on any given day.

Meet Mo - also known as "our super taster". He has one heckuva palette that has shaped our creative flavor pairings stemming from his years of experience as a chef and sommelier (http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/affordable-quality-bubbly-dc-sommeliers-weigh-in.htm, http://capitolfile-magazine.com/dining/articles/washingtons-top-wine-lists). Ask him about pairing wine with anything - he always has the best suggestions!

What is Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.?

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We at Mason Dixie believe that a picture is worth a thousand words - so we hope these photos give you a good idea of what we are working with! Our biscuit shoppe will feature anything from our signature chicken biscuit sandwich, to our Benton's bacon fried egg and cheese biscuit, to seasonal specials, like our lobster Newburg biscuit bowl and rosemary biscuit with grilled figs, goat cheese and honey.

We will also feature biscuit platters: two biscuits with your choice of sausage gravy, "chicken pot pie" gravy, or chocolate "gravy." For those interested in a quick to-go snack, you can try one of our biscuit and spread combos: get two biscuits with your choice of a "butter" and artisanal jam. Try our "cracklin" butter with orange marmalade or our bacon jam with apple butter.

How Your Contribution Will Benefit YOU

Your support allows us to bring these amazing, delicious, home-style, affordable, slow on the go, biscuits to the DC market that is void of a biscuit shop, period. A Mason Dixie meal brings the neighborhood together by providing a wholesome, home-cooked, Southern comfort food option to a community hungry for food that is familiar, affordable, portable, and downright tasty! No more franchisey chicken and cow gimmicks, nothing that is made with pink slime - instead, we are bringing a bit of nostalgia that reminds us of how iconic Southern cuisine is to our American way of life.

How Your Contribution Can Change Our Lives

Mason Dixie isn't a project - it's our future.  All of us have dreamed of owning our own restaurant for years - and we have finally found the right concept, the right time, the right community, and now the right venue to get the word out and hopefully get much-needed funding to open. Your contributions will allow us to pay for our 4-month pop-up residency at EatsPlace in Parkview! It will help us obtain our pop-up restaurant, basic equipment (fryer cart), and retail supplies (bags, utensils, etc.).

Our Goal: Bring Back Affordable Slow Food!

In today’s economy, the average American has to eat on the run or at their desk and does not always have time to enjoy a sit-down meal. We also understand that it is hard to “earn a buck,” and spend it on the right food! That is why it is important to us that we provide cost-conscious food without forgoing flavor, farm-fresh ingredients, or culinary creativity. Mason Dixie believes in serving the working American a home-cooked meal in a quick and casual setting. Biscuits are iconic staples of a family meal – they are passed around a table, a treat to which everyone looks forward. We want our food options to offer that touch of home and to trigger a sense of calm and the slow-pace of a family dinner, even on the go. Our goal is to become a neighborhood staple - a go-to for modern comfort food served with a side of Southern hospitality.

Some of Our Fun Rewards

NEW! For Baby Biscuit Fans

Baby Onesie (Up to 24 mo)
Baby Onesie (Up to 24 mo)
Men's Tee - Women's Fitted Tee Also Available
Men's Tee - Women's Fitted Tee Also Available
Sponsored Apron & To-Go Bags
Sponsored Apron & To-Go Bags
Insulated Tote & Mason "Dixie" Jar
Insulated Tote & Mason "Dixie" Jar

Shout Outs!

We realize that we owe a lot of what we have today to the talents and generosity of our dear friends who have spent countless hours, dollars, and sleepless nights to help us get to this point. We owe our amazing food photography and videography to our dear friend Kurt Powers - check him out on http://www.spacedivisionphoto.com. We also bow down to the talented storyteller/director of our video - Joe Kuehne (https://www.facebook.com/joe.kuehne) - for bringing out the best in us, our product, and now our future.

And for supporting us during events, promotions, and tough times....deep breath...Matthew Steinhelfer, Emily  Carroll, Matt Giragosian, Byron Hughey, Josh Bailey, Theo Rutherford, Felix Asprer, Javier Aquino, Kevin Parton, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Holly Barzyk, Briggs Bralliar, and Jorge Leite. You have ALL made a direct impact on our lives in the best way - and we are forever grateful. We love you dearly. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

We feel very lucky. Restaurants are a risky business and many fail due to poor planning - but we have taken our time, really thought things through, and come up with a product and concept that people are already raving about. (NOTE: We got over 400 likes on Facebook in less than 48 hours - WITHOUT PR/Advertising and BEFORE people even tasted our biscuits!! Our fans ROCK!!)

Because of this demand, we have been approached by multiple entities - from realtors who want a brick and mortar, to food truck manufacturers, to franchisers - all of which greatly impact the business model we have been planning and budgeting for by increasing our cost to entry.

This Kickstarter funding will help us open a pop-up, but when our biscuits pass the taste test, there is a risk that demand will exceed capacity and we will need to ramp up quickly with a more permanent solution, which will involve more cash.

That is why we are sticking to our plan and proceeding with a pop-up. It will prove we have a viable product that is backed by demand, validate our choice in location, and help us tweak our operations model for a successful larger scale endeavor. The pop-up gives us the leverage we need to show a bank that we have a proven proof-of-concept and that we deserve a loan for a permanent shoppe.

Your contributions and help will have a more profound impact in shaping our destiny than you think. Every dollar gets us closer to our dream of operating the region's most successful biscuit shoppe - and when we get there, we'll be sure to save a seat for you.

Thank you.

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FAQ

  • We will run a 4-month pop up with the funds you help us to raise on kickstarter.

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  • The pop-up will be located in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. More details will be disclosed soon.

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  • We have supported and will continue to use a number of local farms for produce, dairy, and meat selections, including:

    Golden Angels Apiary, Virginia
    Hummingbird Farms, Maryland
    Murray’s Farm, Maryland
    Righteous Cheese, DC
    Path Valley Farms, Pennsylvania
    Tuscarora Co-Op, Virginia
    Lancaster Farms Fresh, Pennsylvania
    Trickling Springs Creamery, Pennsylvania
    Fresh Link, Virginia
    Bounty Hill Farms, Maryland
    Black Rock Orchard, Maryland

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    Mo and Jason will make a toast to you on camera if we get funded...one sip of wine per $1 backer-- all in one-take until we toast everyone. We will email you the link and post it here to Kickstarter!

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    Your name will go on both our website and a plaque that will hang in our first brick & mortar location to forever commemorate your contribution to our success!

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    Our Biscuit Kit, including cutter, measuring spoons, and one of our signature biscuit recipes - become an expert biscuit baker with your fancy tools!

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    A mason "Dixie" jar travel mug + free refills for life when you bring the mug to our Shoppe! Stay hydrated and save the planet - the reward pays for itself!

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    A jar of Mason Dixie-made dog biscuits - because dogs love biscuits too!

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    "Spread the Love" t-shirt + a free spread for life when you wear the t-shirt and visit the Mason Dixie shoppe!

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    A set of 4 mason "Dixie" jars - cuz everything tastes better out of a mason jar! (Hey, we ain't that fancy!)

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    A sample of five Mason Dixie spreads. Bring a little taste of what's south of the Mason Dixie straight to your home!

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    An insulated signature tote bag. Keep your biscuits-to-go warm with this insulated tote bag! Bring it with you when you order your meal to-go and we will give 10 cents to charity.

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    We all know where babies come from - they are made with love, just like our biscuits! Create a lil biscuit fan from the tender age of born with this cute little onesie!

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    A Mason Dixie kitchen apron - feel like a Mason Dixie chef instantly! Well, without the bald head, tattoos, or goatees that is...

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    Create our playlist! Got crazy skills on the 1s and 2s? Or just good music taste? Make us a 4 hour playlist and we will play it for 3 months at our Shoppe! Just make sure to record your DJ name and add it to the mix so people know who killed the club - we mean - Shoppe!

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    Skip the lines VIP card! Your pledge gives you exclusive access to skip long lines during your morning and lunch rush! Just show your VIP card and we get your biscuits faster than you can whistle Dixie!

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    Name a spread! Another way you can spread the love - come up with an awesome spread you would love to smear all over our biscuits and we will not only put it on the menu, we'll thank you personally on the label of the jar! We'll even ship you a sample.

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    We will name a sandwich after you just for being, well, you! Who says you have to be an inventor or a celebrity to get something named after you?

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    BY POPULAR DEMAND - YOU PICK 2
    Pick 2 of the following rewards - just send us a private message with your two preferences:
    - T-shirt
    - mason jars
    - travel mug
    - bisuit kit

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    Sponsor our aprons! Our Chef aprons will forever read, "Thank You [Your Name or Business Here]". Come to our Shoppe to see them live in action and get a photo of Jason & Mo in the aprons in a signed thank you card.

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    Come up with a sandwich and we will serve them as a special on our menu! Secretly wish you were a chef? Do you have a knack for coming up with great sandwich combos? Then let's see it!

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    Sponsor our to-go bags! Our to-go bags will forever read, "Don't Thank Us, Thank [Your Name or Business Here]". We'll even send you one filled with goodies.

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    We will cater a full spread of your choice for up to 15 people within the DC Metro Area. Be a hero at work! Save your work colleagues from lackluster bagels and boring turkey sandwiches at your next meeting!

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    Give us a charity event and we will sponsor lunch for it in your name! What goes around comes around - good charity breeds good karma. Event must be in MD/DC/VA.

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    We come to your home and cater a full Southern spread for up to 6 people, complete with drinks, three courses, and of course our signature biscuits! We love to travel - so give us a reason to go somewhere awesome to cook for you!

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