Thanks for your support so far..
We definitely still need your help! We set our our goal low partly because of the all or nothing way Kickstarter works, it is the first "safe" decision we have made in the process of starting this company, maybe that was a mistake but we are back to being bold and shooting for the stars! Here are our stretch goals...
10,000- Fund our first series of "soup kitchen" services. Upon receipt of our Kickstarter funds we will immediately set aside money for four full services at a shelter or food bank. Every backer will receive a Brisketburgh post card at no additional cost.
15,000- Launch Brisketburgh essentially debt free. The reason this is so important, beyond my family's financial security, is it will allow us to more aggressively pursue our community principles. Every backer will receive an additional bumper sticker at no extra cost.
20,000- We will establish a sustainability fund to be used to ensure the company continues to be become better stewards of our environment. Every backer reward will have a package of house made BBQ rub at no extra cost.
THE ADD ON
Did you know you can add a free menu item by increasing your contribution by $10? Includes your choice of any thing we are serving that day and is valid through 12/2018.
Just click "manage pledge" from the project page and increase your pledge by $10 for each menu item you wish to receive. We will ask you during the survey phase to tell us if you purchased this add on.
Hi, I'm T Adam, the founder of Brisketburgh, a brand new mobile food provider serving the Pittsburgh community. As with any food service business, the goal is to make the best food I possibly can and see it enjoyed by the most people possible; creating community through my food. But that's not enough...what does it mean "to serve the community?" And how can a mobile food company do that? Can a business find success and commit to sustainability, sourcing goods and services locally whenever possible and supporting food charities? I intend to find out.
So why do I need your help? Well something has come up...the stars have aligned and a fully functional food truck with a smoker has become available for an fraction of the cost of building one out myself. The plan WAS to grind out as many events as I could this year and try to build out a truck over the winter and early spring, and I am still committed to doing that, in fact I just launched the company to the public with my first popup at the Bloomfield Saturday Market, September 30.
Don't give till it hurts, but if you can afford to help me out I do appreciate it. Really all the support I have received, in so many ways, has me humbled and excited to take the next step. This opportunity will jump me ahead about 10 steps, not to mention huge gains in a new business owners two most valued assets; time and money. Your help can get me so much closer to fulfilling the vision of what Brisketburgh can be. In a nut shell this Kickstarter is to accelerate our ability to implement our community principles and become a truly different mobile food company.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
Just six short weeks ago none of this existed, with the help of some amazing friends and some very long days on my part I have:
• Become a certified food safety manager.
• Formed and registered a business, secured a commissary, insurance, and four dates in a outdoor market.
• Perfected a biscuit recipe by trial and error, making biscuits over 30 times and took a crash course refresher in Brisket from an award winning pit master. Striped and repainted a old smoker to get started cooking for events.
• Created logos, signs and business cards.
• Created a social media presence and built up 400 followers across Facebook, twitter and Instagram; and launched www.brisketburgh.com
• Publicly launched the company at The Bloomfield Saturday Market, serving over 70 customers our first day.
• Put together and launched what you are reading now.
WHO WE ARE
T Adam Woods- Founder. T Adam is passionate about customer service, good design and great food, especially BBQ and comfort food. Already Brisketburgh has been a outlet for those passions, he loves seeing people enjoy the food he is creating and is equally excited to lead the community aspects of Brisketburgh.
Bryan Rice- BBQ, food science and technology advisor. Bryan is an award winning BBQ pit master in addition to the chief technology officer at Archinet. His generous contributions of time, knowledge and equipment have been instrumental to the success of the public launch events.
Ross Grieco- Social media advisor and content producer. With a background in marketing and business and as an all around geek and technologist, Ross sometimes allows Brisketburgh to be in two places at once. He helps Brisketburgh connect with all of you.
Ben Dougherty- Food truck advisor- As the owner and operator of the Pgh Po Boy food truck, Ben has been through every step we are experiencing as a startup mobile food company. His knowledge and connections are only surpassed by his spirit and generosity.
Bill Germain- Sustainability advisor- There is probably no one better suited to help guide Brisketburgh on a path of sustainability than Bill. Through his consultancy PIK Sustainable and work as a business analyst at Boulder-based Eco-Cycle, Bill brings a life-cycle approach and expertise in the areas of sustainable management for restaurants and food service, events, and Zero Waste to our team. Bill holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver with a concentration in Energy & Sustainability.
David Roman- Volunteer and Charity Support advisor- As a painter and photographer David has many passions including a commitment to volunteering and service. He has planed and lead volunteer opportunities for a large corporations 300 Pittsburgh employees. We look forward to bringing David’s knowledge and passion to Brisketburgh.
"Melt in your mouth biscuits and the best brisket you'll find in the Burgh! You'll see me at the next event!" - Grayson Suttles, Customer #1
Shop Local- We are striving to support local businesses through our sourcing of goods and services. Sometimes it works great and sometimes it is proving to be a challenge. We tried to use a local insurance agent to purchase liability insurance but they proved to be less than responsive and not competitive in price and coverage to on online provider. On the other hand we have found a great local family owned and operated print shop who do great work are invested in our success. Our number one priority in the coming weeks is to find a local provider of Brisket. We have been using local buttermilk and butter in our biscuits and will continue to expand local sourcing to things like Maple Syrup and Honey and will build future menu items around the ability for local sourcing of ingredients.
Energy Sustainability- We have taken small steps like serving on 100% recycled and recyclable trays and started thinking big exploring costs on a solar package for the truck. This is an area where we have a lot of learning to do and we are excited to see where it leads.
Supporting Local Food Charities- One of the earliest ideas in this realm is to commit to a once a month service at a shelter, soup kitchen or food bank serving delicious food at no cost, and that is a firm commitment for our first operating season. There are so many charities doing great work in the Pittsburgh community around food and hunger and we will explore working with them through truck round ups, serving at fundraising events or donating profits for specific events.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks are that the project is underfunded and not profitable quickly enough to fully pursue the community goals at the level we want to. That may mean taking out a business loan in the short term. Goals like long term sustainability through solar power for instance may become a far off dream rather than a certain reality. Launching a food truck seems almost certain but it will take the help of other funding to make Brisketburgh a truly different kind of food truck in adherence to the three pillars of community that we have established out of the gate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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