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Chef Darling’s Hot Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon
Chef Darling’s Hot Smoked Cedar Plank Salmon

Dining With Darling is a new 13 episode Cooking Show Series, slated for airing on Public Television this fall across the country. Your host, Chef Keith Darling, will demonstrate and demystify delicious, savory dishes inspiring everyone to cook with confidence. Celebrating the best of local produce, growers, wines and food purveyors, he brings ‘fresh from the heart’ tips, techniques, recipes, and wine pairings.

Chef Darling with his baby pygmy goat, Peirre.
Chef Darling with his baby pygmy goat, Peirre.

“My parents instilled in me early on that growing, preparing and eating good food shared at our table created an atmosphere where we could talk and share as a family. Sharing the table with family and friends, whether a simple meal or an elaborate feast, brings people together" -- Chef Darling

Professionally trained in New Orleans in the classic French method and technique, Chef Darling guides you in bringing “new news to the table” with his down-to-earth style and his fun and entertaining approach. 

Chef Darling's motto: "Any home cook can think like a chef!"

Chef Darling in the kitchen with his mom, Fern.
Chef Darling in the kitchen with his mom, Fern.

Why Kickstarter? Why Now?

Chef Darling financed a pilot version of the show himself.  PBS loved it and wants to launch the series this Fall!  We are turning to the Kickstarter community for $50,000 to cover the production costs for the first 13 episodes.

“We’re launching this crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for our premiere season, consisting of 13 episodes. PBS doesn’t pay us to produce the show, it’s up to us to raise the money and make that happen!”  -- Chef Darling

The show is inspired by wine country and ranch living. Keeping it in the family and community, Chef Darling lives on a ranch in Marin County, Northern California, and is surrounded by horses, pygmy goats, chickens, cats and dogs and his life partner, Ellen.

Ellen Walker and Keith Darling
Ellen Walker and Keith Darling

An award-winning production team from New York, Hexane Productions, is set to film and edit all 13 episodes set in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties during July and August.

We have a great team in place, so we know we can produce the shows in time to satisfy PBS! But if we don’t raise the money on Kickstarter for production, we will lose this opportunity to get the show on PBS.

Behind the scenes of the pilot shoot in Chef Darling's kitchen
Behind the scenes of the pilot shoot in Chef Darling's kitchen

We need your help so we can finish our project and make our dream a reality! We know that this is just the beginning! Check out the great pledge levels on the right and check back on this page for new and exciting updates!

Sincere and Heartfelt Thank You!

Please visit our website and Facebook page! 

Chef Keith Darling
Chef Keith Darling

How the money will be spent

The Kickstarter campaign is set to $50,000. Once you take into account 5% Kickstarter fee and 3% payment processing fee we are left with $46,000 which will be used for the following:

- The cameras are rolling - 50%

- Editing - This is the lions share. The brain trust in sculpting each episode! These folks hunker down in the edit room bunker, order lots of takeout and stitch it all together! - 50%

Of course there are other expenses we will incur, such as Chef Darling needs tomatoes to cook with and...

- Travel - Helps us get to the locations to shoot great stuff! 

- Utilities - Successfully keeping our lights on to "git 'er done"! 

- Recipes - Ingredients/kitchen ware needs to make all of the episodes fabulous dishes!

- Rewards - Gets you the backer rewards goodies as a heartfelt and grateful THANK YOU for being such amazing supporters!

Chef Keith Darling
Chef Keith Darling

Risks and challenges

The only potential risk is if we don’t reach our goal of $50,000 to cover our production costs by the end of July, we may miss out on the window of opportunity for filming and editing in August so that the show will air on PBS in 2014. We’re hoping that we are able to meet our deadline to launch the series this Fall.

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  • You selected
    $10 reward

    9 backers

    Heartfelt Thanks! We will list your name on our website, where you’ll be shown as a show supporter.

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    $25 reward

    13 backers

    We will list your name on our website plus give you our 1st season’s recipes (by PDF).

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    $50 reward

    11 backers

    You will get everything from the previous pledge levels - a listing on our website and the first season’s recipes - plus a personal video from Chef Darling saying Thank You and an early sneak peek at all the episodes before they air on PBS on a private vimeo site.

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    $100 reward

    10 backers

    You will get a listing on our website, the first season’s recipes, a personal video from Chef Darling saying Thank You, a sneak peek - plus you will get a complete set of DVD’s from season one and a Dining With Darling apron signed by Chef Darling.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $175 reward

    9 backers

    You will get your pass to our BIG PBS/Kickstarter Wrap-Up Party to celebrate and meet everyone involved, which will be at Chef Darling’s ranch in Marin County, CA. (You must provide your own transportation) You will also get your name listed as a show supporter, the recipes, a sneak peak, and a complete set of DVD’s from season one.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $300 reward

    2 backers

    At this level, you will get your name listed as a show supporter, the recipes, a sneak peak, a complete set of DVD’s from season one, a signed Dining With Darling apron, a Dining With Darling bottle of olive oil, and a personal call from Chef Darling thanking you.

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  • You selected
    $700 reward

    1 backer

    You get everything from the other levels plus you get to pick a dish/food to be featured on next seasons show, and you get credit for it.

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    0 backers

    You and one guest will get a private 1 hour cooking class with Chef Darling via Skype, plus everything from the other levels.

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  • You selected
    $1,500 reward

    0 backers

    Want to be a guest on the show? Get a spot appearance on one of our next season episodes and be Chef Darling’s sous chef, (You must provide your own transportation) plus you will receive everything from the other levels.

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    $3,000 reward

    0 backers

    You are listed on the site as a platinum donor. You will receive everything from previous levels plus an invitation to come to watch an episode shoot next season and hang out with Chef Darling and the crew for a day. (You must provide your own transportation)

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Chef Darling will come to your home and prepare a memorable meal for you and your friends, for up to 10, anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. You will also receive everything from previous levels.

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  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    You will get 5 - 1 hour private cooking classes with Chef Darling via skype, plus he will come to your home and prepare a memorable meal for you and your friends, for up to 12, anywhere in the US at his expense, and you will get producer credit. You will also receive everything from previous levels

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Funding period

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