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.
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
Chef Darling's motto: "Any home cook can think like a chef!"
Kickstarter? Why Now?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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