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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 11 2015 7:08 PM UTC +00:00
$2,134
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
48
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 11 2015 7:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hi, My name is Katyana, the founder of Madame Sara, LLC.

I am originally from Haiti. I am sure you have heard of my country before or read about it somewhere in the news. You may have heard that it is a poor country plagued by political instability and natural disasters. Well, I am here to tell you the other side of the story. My country is rich in flavors, colors, passion, and of course, lots of sun and zest!!! Just like the sauces you'll see here. 

The Gourmet Creole Sauces are based on my grandmother's recipes, but they have their roots in a typical blend of spices and herbs used in Haitian cooking. Putting them on the market is my way of sharing with the world some of the positive sides of Haiti: our culture and our cuisine.

Used as dips!
Used as dips!

                What sets us apart? 

 Our sauces are natural, made fresh and contain absolutely no chemicals or preservatives. They contain no animal products, making them suitable for even the strictest vegan diets, and are made in small batches in a licensed commercial kitchen upstate New York.  Our sauces are very versatile and can be used in all types of cooking. You can marinate meat or seafood, or use them as dips and more! 

Each jar is a delightful explosion of fresh herbs & spices for all taste buds! 

Using the Gourmet Sauce as a Dip.
Using the Gourmet Sauce as a Dip.

THERE ARE THREE FLAVORS TO CHOOSE FROM- 

  • The Cilantro Thyme Infused (MILD) 
Cilantro-thyme infused Gourmet Sauce
Cilantro-thyme infused Gourmet Sauce
 
  • The Spicy Ginger Garlic (MEDIUM)
Ginger-garlic Gourmet Sauce
Ginger-garlic Gourmet Sauce
 
  • The Habanero Madness (HOT)
Habanero-madness Gourmet Sauce
Habanero-madness Gourmet Sauce
 
Habanero Peppers
Habanero Peppers
 
Our Gourmet Sauces are Freshly Made!
Our Gourmet Sauces are Freshly Made!
Cooking with Madame Sara's Gourmet Sauce
Cooking with Madame Sara's Gourmet Sauce

       WHY ARE WE DOING KICKSTARTER? 

1-THE CHANCE to be on the Shelves at WHOLE FOODS! 

Yes! And that's why we are here! Your support is needed for this to happen! 

2-DISCOVER HAITIAN CUISINE

It has always been a dream of mine to share the beauty of my country with the world. This combination of herbs and spices is something used in Haitian cooking. Its healthy and does not contain any chemicals. We use this combination of spices in most of our cooking. And what better way to share a part of Haiti than doing this?

3- DISCOVER A NEW WAY OF COOKING CARIBBEAN

Caribbean food includes a wide range of flavor and variety. Although the cooking techniques may not be extremely varied, there is often a unique flavor from each country based on its colonial history. Haitian food happens to be influenced by so many other cultures such as, French, Spanish, Western African countries, Taino (Indigenous People of the Caribbean) and even the Middle East.It is truly a unique cuisine which the world has yet to discover! 

4- It's my Dream! 

I have been working on this idea for quite some time now and there's nothing more that i would love to see than our sauces on the shelves at Wholefoods one day. 

5- The Women Marketers of Haiti (Madan Saras) are a true inspiration. 

6- They are TASTY and its time you discover for yourself!  

          Don't believe us? Well check out these testimonials! 






The Real taste of Haiti
The Real taste of Haiti

              WHO IS MADAME SARA? 

By now you're probably wondering who is Madame Sara? Madame Sara (Madan Sara in Haitian Creole), is the way they typically call Haitian women marketers who sell fruits and veggies in outdoor markets. They are excellent business women and represent the backbone of the Haitian economy. My great grandmother was one herself. And so, it is with great honor that my company carries the name of these women! Watch this video below and you will understand why we are so inspired by these women~ Our main goal is that one day we hope to help bring them necessary business skills and tools to keep empowering them.

http://vimeo.com/channels/madamsara 

Tasting in London
Tasting in London
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Tasting in Queens ( Cousins and Sisters)
Tasting in Queens ( Cousins and Sisters)

However, the story does not end there. I need YOU to help me get the Gourmet Creole Sauces out there! I am here to not only allow you to discover this side of Haiti, and our lively cuisine, but to help me take the story of my country and these women out in the world while cooking with one of the best sauces in the world! 

Help me take this small start-up to the next level. Pledge today, try our delicious sauces and share with your friends. 

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges is not meeting our goal to raise funds to share our products with the world; It would slow down our progress.

At the moment, we are making the Gourmet Creole sauces in small batches at Beth's Farm Kitchen in NY and selling them to a very small community of people online. It is becoming overwhelming due to high shipping costs but right now it is the only way to get the products out there. Yet selling online is clearly not enough especially when we do not have the means for marketing campaigns, and therefore not reaching a bigger audience. Another one of our challenges right now.

My goal is to be able to have them in food stores, participate in farmer's markets and other food shows that can help get our sauces and name out there. But before then, I want to be able to produce at enough capacity in order to meet those needs and get ourselves out there as soon as possible.

And let's not also forget the ultimate dream to sell one day at Wholefoods and other health food stores!

"Beth's Farm Kitchen" is a great small certified kitchen and we like working with them. Because we believe that our sauces should remain chemical free, and made only with fresh ingredients, the production cost is another big challenge! The costs of production at a small facility can be quite high and it has delayed my dream to have the sauces out there.

But I cannot and will not let this obstacle stop me and that is why I am here today asking for your help. Hopefully with the funds I receive, I will be able to pay for production, design better packaging and website and find the right kind of help and generate the kind of brand and product recognition we need to make this a success.

Once this project is successfully funded, I look forward to going around to stores and farmer's markets offering them my products to have people try them doing tastings and telling positive stories of Haiti and the journey it took me to get there. It is also an opportunity for you to get the chance to taste one of the best Creole Sauces out there!

Who knows, maybe I'll meet you at Wholefoods :)

THANK YOU!!!
Katyana

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    Anything truly counts. So, thank you for your support. You are officially one of the coolest people out there.Thank you and stay Cool.

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    Thank you for your generosity. You will receive a personal thank you note from me and a shout out on our Madame Sara Facebook page. Know that you are helping make my dream come true. Stay Cool.

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    THE ORIGINAL GOURMET SAUCE:
    The one my grandmother and I made at home before we even started making them in the certified kitchen. It's the best version of HAITIAN culture in one Jar. Let yourself be surprised and discover these amazing flavors!

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    If you have not tried one of the best coffees of the Caribbean, well, let this occasion be it.
    You will receive one bag of our 100% Arabica beans Haitian Marmelade Blue Coffee!! (DARK ROAST) from www.Haiticoffee.com One of the best out there! Enjoy the flavors of Haiti in a cup! And receive a special thank you note from me for your generosity. Thank you!

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    Our "Mild" Cilantro Thyme Infused sauce is right for you because it looks like you know what it is to enjoy good flavors. You can use it in anything that you are cooking! You will love the experience! Whether you want to use it as a dip or a marinade. You will also receive a special thank you note from me as well as a mention on our Facebook page. Stay Cool.

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    The "Medium" or Spicy Ginger Garlic contains a moderate amount of hot peppers. And because you are so kind and generous, You will receive an 8oz jar of this delightful fresh and versatile sauce, a thank you note and a mention on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, our Chef of choice, Alain Lemaire's famous Chicken in Sauce recipe beautifully executed with the Gourmet Sauce.

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    You must know what it is to take some Caribbean Heat! That's why you will receive our Habanero Madness sauce, a limited edition of a special book on Haitian Culture and Cuisine signed by me with a special thank you note for your generosity.

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    You have outdone yourself so far.
    Experience all 3 flavors
    1) The Cilantro Thyme Infused (mild)
    2) The Spicy Ginger Garlic (medium)
    3) The Habanero Madness (Hot)
    They will give you a different taste of the Caribbean. All of our gourmet sauces are vegan, gluten free and GMO free. And because we appreciate you, we would love for you to get the best experience. And because you are helping me make this dream come true, your sauces will come with a special thank you note, 3 of my Grandmother's best recipes for Grilled Fish, Chicken in Spicy sauce and our Famous Black mushroom Rice cooked best using the gourmet sauces. Your generosity is tremendous! Thank you!

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    Not only you will receive our 3 amazing flavors, you will also receive our amazing 12 oz bag of Haitian Coffee. One of the best! 100% Arabica beans, grown on the hills of Cap-Haitien in the North of Haiti. You will also receive 3 great recipes typical of Haiti which you can cook using the sauces. Thank you!

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    You must be a human angel and you are helping me make this dream of mine come true. You will enjoy our 3 amazing flavors, our limited edition book on Haiti, the cuisine and the culture, a special thank you note, my favorite Haitian food recipe, a mention on Facebook and Instagram for your tremendous generosity.

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    Receive one of our limited edition Madame Sara tshirts, all 3 sauces, a special thank you note, a mention on our Facebook and instagram pages. You will also receive 5 special recipes that our favorite chef Alain Lemaire put together especially for YOU which you will try with the gourmet sauces!

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    Receive all of our gourmet sauces. A 12 oz bag of our special blend of Haitian coffee, a one of a kind colorful Haitian Market Painting, a special thank you note from me, a mention on Facebook and instagram for your tremendous generosity and for playing such a big role in helping my dream for madame sara come true.

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    Let my grandmother and I cook for you and 5 of your guests at your home a lively Haitian Caribbean feast including some of our best and typical Haitian meals. We can Help you decide on what you wish to serve to your guests.
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    Are you adventurous? Well let's take a trip to Haiti with us! Let us help you discover the colorful side of Haiti. Accommodation, food and transportation will be on our account. Learn about our culture and uncover the best beaches of the south! Let's also take you the richest part of the country to discover the 8th wonder of the world La Citadelle la Ferriere, which sits right in the north of the country in Cap-Haitien. Let's discover together the Women Marketers (Madan Sara) who inspired me and the idea of Madame Sara's gourmet Sauce. Let's explore Haiti's rich history, culture and cuisine all at once. Let us be your guide and let us show you an amazing part of Haiti. After all, it's all about sharing a Haiti that's beautiful and rich and that's why we are here on kickstarter. Thank you for your generosity and for allowing us to give you that experience.

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