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About this project

"Central OK's comfort truck." We will serve fresh, made-from-scratch comfort food. From creamy mac'n'cheese to mile-high meringue pies.

Hi! My name is Kristen Queen - welcome to the Kickstarter page for my food truck, From My Tiny Kitchen.

My Story:

I have loved being in the kitchen since I was a little kid. For my 5th birthday, I received an Easy Bake Oven from my parents. Those tiny little cakes were beautiful wedding creations in my mind! Later, in 4-H, I gave cooking and baking demonstrations and competed in local competitions. In high school, I attended my local Vo-Tech and completed the Culinary Arts program. After high school, I earned a bachelors in Hotel & Restaurant Administration.

After college, I began working at a major university helping other students as they earned degrees in Hospitality. My passion for cooking, baking and experimenting stayed strong, so I started my blog From My Tiny Kitchen. Now, I feel it is time to return to a professional kitchen setting, and turn my experience, passion, education and blog into a business!

The Next Step:

Opening a food truck is a perfect business opportunity for me, as it allows me flexibility in my hours and menu. I want my customers to feel the hospitality and comfort they would receive in my home -- a welcoming atmosphere, and fresh, made-from-scratch meals.

The Truck:

The From My Tiny Kitchen (FMTK) truck will be built from the ground up, in an U-Haul trailer. With support and expertise of family and friends, the FMTK truck will come to life.

The Menu:

As mentioned, I plan to serve comfort food - but in an unique way being sure to include healthy, and gluten free options as well.

The menu will have 2-3 items offered consistently, then seasonal specials that rotate depending on holidays, special events and in-season produce.

Here are tempting photos of a few menu items: 

Pulled Pork (photo credit: KrysD)
Pulled Pork (photo credit: KrysD)
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese (photo credit: KrysD)
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese (photo credit: KrysD)
Chicken Jalapeno Popper Sandwich  (photo credit: KrysD)
Chicken Jalapeno Popper Sandwich (photo credit: KrysD)
Crazy Monkey- Snickerdoodle cookie, vanilla bean ice cream, topped with caramelized bananas. (photo credit: KrysD)
Crazy Monkey- Snickerdoodle cookie, vanilla bean ice cream, topped with caramelized bananas. (photo credit: KrysD)

Supporting Oklahoma:

I will support other Oklahoma businesses, as much as is logistically possible. Ordering items from local/state farmers thru the Oklahoma Coop, my coffee from Guthrie based Hoboken Coffee Roasters:

Hoboken Coffee Roasters-Guthrie, OK
Hoboken Coffee Roasters-Guthrie, OK

 and specialty culinary items from Krebs' Lovera's Grocery.

Lovera's Italian Grocery- Krebs, OK
Lovera's Italian Grocery- Krebs, OK

Your Support:

The money received from this Kickstarter will launch the construction and development of my food truck. It will be used to purchase my truck, generator and a few initial fees (i.e. tag, title, licenses.)

I will spend the winter and early spring working, with the wonderful help of family and friends, to complete the truck in time for a late-spring opening!

You can follow From My Tiny Kitchen on facebook and twitter for up-to-date announcements about my food truck, the Kickstarter, giveaways and current culinary items in my kitchen!

Every backer, along with other goodies, will receive a copy of my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Lava Cakes: 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Lava Cakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Lava Cakes

Risks and challenges

Risks: There are risks when starting any business, especially something in the food industry. Customer dedication, marketing strategies, equipment failure & maintenance are all factors to the potential success or failure of an establishment.

Strengths: In addition to my educational background, I have worked catering, most positions available in restaurants, management, and in coffee/beverages service. My previous experiences, and a finely detailed, constructed business plan give validity to my start up and strong base for my business structure.

As I developed my business plan, I participated in as many entrepreneurial education opportunities as possible. Also, I attend local business development breakfasts, and have developed mentor relationships with other business owners.

Future Plans: This Kickstarter will allow me to purchase a vehicle, generator and a few initial fees. My husband and I will spend the winter and early spring building the food truck -- we are working toward a May grand opening.

A major goal in my 5 year plan is to convert the truck to use mainly a solar energy system. I will invest in solar panels and a charging system that will minimize the necessity & use of a generator. This will make my truck more energy efficient and minimize fuel costs/usage.

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    Your support is beyond words, thank you dearly! I will send you a hand written thank you note, one From My Tiny Kitchen recipe to make at home, a single-serving dessert voucher, three meal vouchers, a specialty iced coffee voucher AND a t-shirt (specially designed for Kickstarter backers!) PLUS, a certificate to receive a whole dessert (1-layered cake, 1-pie, 1-dozen cookies, or 1-dozen hand pies.) NEXT, let's add on a From My Tiny Kitchen baseball cap and a HUGE shout out on facebook & twitter!

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    Speechless. I am completely speechless. I will send you a hand written thank you note, one From My Tiny Kitchen recipe to make at home, a single-serving dessert voucher, three meal vouchers, a specialty iced coffee voucher AND a t-shirt (specially designed for Kickstarter backers!) PLUS, a certificate to receive a whole dessert (1-layered cake, 1-pie, 1-dozen cookies, or 1-dozen hand pies.) NEXT, let's add on a From My Tiny Kitchen baseball cap, and a HUGE shout out on facebook & twitter! Want another cap? Sure! How about another t-shirt instead? Of course, what size?!? FINALLY, for an extra special thank you, I will cater a meal for 4! Food, beverages and desserts for everyone. I'll bring some From My Tiny Kitchen goodies for your friends too. (Pending location. If you are sending your support from far away, I will make sure to send you extra goodies in the mail.)

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