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Julie HartleyBy Julie Hartley
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Julie HartleyBy Julie Hartley
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$8,324
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37
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 11 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

We recently started a restaurant in the North Loop of Minneapolis called Sweet Chow Takeaway. Our restaurant features fresh, healthy, vegan and gluten-friendly food options, with flavors inspired by a bicycle trip across Asia. Cycling is a huge part of our lives, and it's also how food is often delivered in Southeast Asia.

We believe food should whisk you away to wherever the sights and smells of your cuisine of choice take you. We also think food delivery in Minneapolis can be better. Fresher, faster, and more sustainable.

We want to raise the standard for delivered food. While online ordering and centralized delivery has made the process of ordering easier, it hasn’t improved the most important factor—how good food tastes when it gets to the consumer.

Our delivery will be fresher and faster. it will also be sustainable, powered by either humans or the sun.

We'll bring Southeast Asia to your front door
We'll bring Southeast Asia to your front door

That’s what we're hoping to offer with Chow Bicycle Delivery. Inspired food, delivered in an inspired way, that’s good for your belly, good for your taste buds, and good for the environment. We’re bringing the adventure to you.

Our Kickstarter project is to help us launch the first food-delivery by bicycle specifically tailored to the North Loop. Community-focused, sustainable, and ultra-fresh.

We want you to be part of the adventure, so we’re asking you to join us with your support. In return, you’ll join the ride with one-of-a-kind exclusive rewards, custom-designed our Kickstarter backers. Support inspired delivery of fresh, locally-sourced food. Grab your ticket to food paradise!

Get Beef Larb delivered by bicycle
Get Beef Larb delivered by bicycle

Why Should I Support this Project? 

Better food, stronger community. A bicycle trip inspired the Sweet Chow project, so it’s only fitting that bicycles take it to the next level with Chow Bicycle Delivery. We’re delivering the adventure directly to you. Straight to your front door, office, or party. All by bicycle, all year round, always piping hot and fresh.

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Chow in the Wintertime (above)

Your support will help with the formation and launch of Chow Bicycle Delivery, including the insurance for our bike messengers, logistics planning and tech development time, plus purchase of an electric ELF bicycle. 

By delivering food via bicycle, we bring the adventure of Chow food in a way that is sustainable, personable, ultra-fresh, and fun. Piping hot, fresh, and delivered just how it would be if you were actually in Southeast Asia.

Bright, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia, made right in the heart of Minneapolis
Bright, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia, made right in the heart of Minneapolis

One-of-a-Kind Rewards

Our rewards range from exclusive swag to immersive cooking experiences with our Chef and bicycle tours across town. We designed our rewards to bring the community together around good food and green transportation!

Rewards include everything from bike trips and parties to special swag and cooking lessons!
Rewards include everything from bike trips and parties to special swag and cooking lessons!
Learn the secrets of Chow food in a private cooking class with Chef Krattenmaker
Learn the secrets of Chow food in a private cooking class with Chef Krattenmaker

 Want to Learn More about Chow?

Check out what other people are saying about our food, restaurant, and what we're bringing to the North Loop!

Risks and challenges

1. Seasonality: We live in Minnesota, and it snows a lot here. The weather can be an issue for delivering food on time, especially delivery by bicycle! However, our bike messengers are as hardy as they come, absorbing the thrill and badassery of riding through the wildest weather. Of course, if weather is so severe that safety becomes an issue, we won't be forcing our riders onto the street. But as hardy Minnesotans, we both endure the extreme weather and live for it.

Consider that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, our delivery will be the best-suited to keep you fed—everyone knows the first thing that happens in a zombie apocalypse is a traffic jam! You'll be waiting for your BiteSquad and we'll be weaving through traffic like nobody's business!

2. Competition/Differentiating from Competitors: There are several food delivery competitors that deliver to the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. We recognize that part of our challenge is differentiating ourselves from those competitors.

As the first bicycle food delivery program tailored to the North Loop, we feel strongly that our method will be more sustainable, fresher and faster for the customer. We are designing the experience to be more personable for returning customers, and a delight to partake in.

By specifically catering to one neighborhood only, we are able to focus on tailoring our service to the needs of everyone in our restaurant's immediate vicinity. We think Chow Bicycle Delivery will succeed by building a sense of community around the good food, sustainable delivery, and an insatiable hunger for exploring and trying new things.

3. Demand. What if we get more orders than we expect? Our kitchen staffs some of the best cooks in the city, with experience from some of the best restaurants our community has to offer. With a chef and kitchen staff well-versed in handling high order volume, a tech team ready to build the code necessary to support accurate ticket and wait times, we are ready to meet the challenges of managing eat-in, take-out, and delivery orders on a single system.

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    Unicycle

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    Hub & Spoke

    Chow bike stickers (x2) designed exclusively for backers, and sticky enough to stick on your bike!

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    Fixed Gear

    Bicycle adventure pint glass designed exclusively for backers + stickers (x2)

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    Fender Founder

    You name immortalized on our Founders Wall + exclusive invite for you and a friend to the soft opening of our Sweet Chow ice cream parlor + flashy backers-only bike light + stickers

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    Bicycle Built for Four

    Dinner for Four at the Chef's Table (+ everything included in the Fender Founder reward)

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    Tour de Chow

    A backers-only bicycle ride around town with the founders to our favorite spots in Minneapolis, ending with a tasting menu party at Chow (+ everything included in the Fender Founder reward)

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    Tandem Team

    We'll teach you how to Chow! Private cooking demonstration with Chef Krattenmaker for you and up to 10 friends (+ everything included in the Fender Founder reward)

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    King (or Queen) of the Mountains

    Private party for you and up to 20 friends, plus work with the Chow team to design a special menu item just for the occasion (+ everything included in the Fender Founder reward)

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Funding period

- (40 days)