**We are adding a stretch goal of $10,500. With your pledges and shares on social media, we have reached 100% of our original goal - and we still have 15 days left! Because of this, we have decided to extend our goal amount to $10,500. As you know, we are building out a food trailer and based our budget on the bare essentials - reach-in coolers, induction burners, and construction costs.
Increasing our available budget will allow us to purchase some pretty cool equipment and make our menu all the more diverse, delicious, and interesting, and will give us a buffer in our bank account to hire the most talented staff we can, and pay them a fair living wage during training, before we open. ***
What we're going to do with the STRETCH GOAL MONEY:
An ice cream maker - we would love to offer inventive ice creams and gelato on our menu. Some flavor ideas: basil, lemongrass, chevre.
A thermal circulator - a sciency piece of equipment for making perfect eggs and tender, sous vide meats.
A convection oven for baking quick breads for brunch, as well as desserts.
A Kitchenaid mixer - vital in any kitchen.
Extra induction burners for faster service.
Additional STAFF training before we open, to ensure the best service and quality possible.
What you'll get for helping us reach the STRETCH GOAL:
With additional shares and pledges come greater rewards! If we reach our stretch goal of $10,500, we will give every single local backer a jar of pickles, and every remote backer a P&P sticker and a package of spice rub.
Welcome, friends and food aficionados, to the Pork & Pickles Kickstarter campaign! We appreciate your being here and your interest in supporting our Appalachian farm-to-table restaurant and butcher shop.
We are proud to announce that in the Spring of 2018, we will debut the Kitchen at Devil’s Kettle Brewing in Athens, Ohio. We have purchased a food trailer that will function as a satellite kitchen and independent restaurant within the Devil’s Kettle campus. The purpose of this campaign is to outfit this food truck so we can prepare beautiful, inspired food for our patrons - we believe that when you are given the gift of mindfully-grown, local meat and vegetables, their quality should be evident when they reach your plate.
In other words, this is not going to be your average food truck.
The Kitchen at Devil’s Kettle will serve food outdoors and within the taproom. We will feature a seasonally-driven, fine-dining inspired menu of local pork, beef, and poultry, vegetables, and house-crafted charcuterie. Dining will be available during all of Devil’s Kettle's regular hours, with a brunch menu on Sundays. Though you will always be able to find our retail products at the Athens Farmers Market and other area outlets, we will also offer fresh pork cuts, sausages, and our pickle line out of the kitchen. By design, the Kitchen at Devil’s Kettle will always be family and dog friendly.
We are so grateful to Cameron Fuller of Devil’s Kettle for partnering with us on this venture. Together, we will be landscaping with herbs and edible flowers to create a lovely atmosphere and for use in our dishes. We will work together to create food and beer pairings, as well as using their beers in our kitchen from time-to-time. It is our hope that by joining forces, we will benefit each others’ businesses and increase the success of both.
Appalachia is the heartbeat of Pork & Pickles - we grew up in these hills, source vegetables from her farmers, and raise our pigs on her fields. We love Athens and strive to be an asset to our community. With this restaurant, we will be purchasing and preparing four times more locally-raised meat, dairy, and produce from our area growers. To meet the demands of staffing the kitchen, butchering, and pickle production, we will be doubling our employment in 2018, thus providing jobs with learning and growth opportunities, dignity, and a living wage to an economically-depressed region. With increased staffing and revenue, we will be able to share our skills and enthusiasm with our community at large by pursuing more frequent community service projects.
Before the video starts, we need to thank some very important cheerleaders and contributors, without whom we would not have achieved so much already: we appreciate Chris Jones of Stellar Aerial Optics, who took the drone footage you are about to see; Alexandria Polanosky of The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) for the professional videography and editing; Cameron Fuller (and staff) for welcoming us into the brewery they worked so hard to build; Art Trese and students of the OU Food Matters program, who grow many of the gorgeous vegetables we pickle; Adam Woirol of Dexter Run Farms, for growing our healthy, happy pigs for us; our staff, who make it happen everyday; our customers, who have embraced us and help us grow; and all of our producer partners for doing what they do, in mud, snow and sun, to grow the foods that nourish us all.
We can’t wait for this next step. We can’t wait to get our doors open. We invite you all to come in, have a delicious meal, have a beer, take one of our classes, and buy some of our product to take home and cook for yourself.
Risks and challenges
Building a restaurant is no walk in the park. We don't expect it to be! We are in constant contact with our Local Health Department and The Ohio Department of Agriculture to ensure that we are meeting their requirements every step of the way.
Although it can often take longer than planned to physically remodel a space, we feel confident we have a team that is able to keep us on track to open in the Spring of 2018. On staff or in our immediate families we have a mechanical engineer, a carpenter, an electrician, and a master gardener.
The expected cost of this project is $11,000, and our business has worked hard to set aside some funds. If our launch cost exceeds $11,000 we have a number of customers who have offered private investments, as well a good working relationship with our local credit union, should we need to pull a loan.
We are eager to open our doors, and prepared for any obstacle that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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