It's Not Just About a Food Truck...
"The Standard" -- Standards are often delineated from the highest bar down, but as pioneers in this endeavor we lack this standard and are required to set our own. This will be achieved through our intensive attention to detail and dedication to providing fresh locally sourced ingredients, creating delicious new experiences for the community. In turn, we hope this will encourage other businesses in this area to join with us in supporting local farmers to help expand sustainable practices.
Fresh, Local, Sustainable -- We plan on growing a large percentage of the vegetables ourselves, while supplementing from local farms, using only quality local meats and produce that are raised responsibly. Striving to be as Green as possible, we will be using 100% compostable materials. Everything, from our cups and utensils to our trash bags, will be biodegradable, and all of our waste will be composted at our farm.
Seasonal Menu -- Using food that is in season will not only maintain high quality ingredients, but also allow us to lower costs by getting ingredients when they are more available. This will coincide with our plan to constantly evolve the menu giving us flexibility to continually update the menu and offer fresh, seasonally inspired dishes throughout the year.
Creative Cuisine -- We will be presenting creations inspired from around the globe, so patrons can expect to find everything from Venezuelan Arepas, to Asian styled meats and sides; even Egyptian and Israeli deserts. For those less adventurous, we will serve items such as bison chili and fresh pulled, Latino-style chicken tacos.
Dietary Considerations -- For customers with specific nutritional needs or preferences, we will offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to choose from. Akara, a Nigerian bean cake is a vegetarian option that can also be prepared to meet vegan needs. Our handmade corn tortillas, stuffed with a variety of seasonal ingredients, are sure to satisfy those with sensitivity to gluten, and our veggie burgers not only please vegetarians, but are delicious even to meat lovers.
Importance of Nutrition -- Nutrition is not often considered when discussing problems in first world countries. However recent studies showing an over 40 percent loss in nutrient over the last half of the century, indicate a substantial reduction in the quality of American food. Breeding programs focused on size, shelf-life and cost of production have negatively impacted our nation's food grid. This Results in having to consume nearly TWICE as much to get the same amount of essential vitamins and minerals. By selecting heirloom tomatoes instead of commercial beefsteak varieties, we get increased nutrient and flavor, the only negative aspect being higher cost which can be minimized when purchased seasonally. Using free-range animals instead of commercially manufactured meats improves the animals' quality of life, enhancing not only taste, but nutritional content as well.
It's Not Just About a Food Truck...It's About People
Looking Forward -- We have been working on this idea and making plans for well over a year to finally be where we are now, and even if the campaign doesn't meet its target we will still work as hard as possible to have a truck running this summer.
While we are aiming for $10,000 with this Kickstarter campaign, the total cost of an operating mobile food truck, with all the necessary infrastructure, will likely be closer to $50,000. If the fundraising campaign brings more than our initial request, we will quickly work on the next steps of our venture; Catering Services, expanding our current operations (including gardening and animal raising), and beginning our heritage pork breeding program.
More Than a Food Truck -- Hopefully, with our hard work and the participation of the community we live in, we can all make this bigger than just a food truck. Let's call all it a "Sustenance Mobile", where people can get everything from delicious meals, freshly made fruit drinks and teas, to information about where to get CSAs and where to purchase fresh local food for their home.
**The limited edition shirts will not have a limited availability during the course of the fundraiser, but we are making a one-time run of these shirts just for our campaign. Only those of you who donate to the kickstarter fundraising will get this specific printing. We plan on having special days in the future when folks can wear their 'Founder' shirt and come get something for free. It might be a dessert or an entire meal**.
A Special Thanks to Our Friends
Supplying the type of business we have envisioned wouldn't be possible without all the people we work with having already set up so much of the infrastructure we require. Being pioneers themselves, they have overcome numerous obstacles to create the high quality dependable service they provide today. We have supported their endeavors over the years because we believe in what they do, and are honored to be in a position to collaborate with them to promote our shared practices.
The produce we are unable to grow ourselves will be sourced from Good Food Good People, located in Floyd. Our pork and chicken will also be raised in Floyd at Rolling Fork Farms. Buffalo and More, located in Riner, will provide us with Buffalo meat. Our seafood will be supplied by the ladies at Indigo Farms who make weekly trips to the coast to provide consumers with fresh seafood.
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Risks and challenges
One of the biggest costs when building a food truck is the actual fabrication. With Will's experience in an array of kitchen environments and Dylan's engineering knowledge, one couldn't ask for a better team to build a rolling kitchen. Constructing the truck from scratch will be labor intensive, but allows us the freedom to configure it to our exact needs and specifications.
While using fresh, local ingredients and a seasonal menu is delightful for the customers, it can be difficult to maintain for a business. Our supply will be dependent on Mother Nature and breeding schedules, but with a flexible menu and inventive cooking styles, we should be able to overcome any of these challenges.
Though we hate the way it sounds, this is essentially a retail instrument, and one of the most important aspects to success in retail is...location, location, location. Luckily for us we will never be stuck to one specific corner, or even county. We will have the freedom to go where the market demands us, all we need is a road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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