Elder Hall is an exciting new project from me, Jason French, and my team at Ned Ludd, a small wood-fired craft kitchen in Portland, Oregon (http://nedluddpdx.com). I moved to Oregon 13 years ago, drawn to the natural beauty and bounty Oregon had to offer. I spent those early years working towards a dream to truly celebrate Oregon through it's food, crafts people and purveyors. The beginning of that dream was realized when I opened Ned Ludd. Ned Ludd was not a concept but rather an idea about possibility, to working with limitations, discovering and learning each and everyday. Time and time again I was amazed by not only the employees and patrons who helped us define ourselves, but our purveyors. Some we already knew, so many more found us and each and every one of them has become part of the amazing fabric at Ned Ludd. Five years later we want to continue to grow, support our producers and fully realize that dream by bringing the Oregon food community and the public together, through Elder Hall.
What is Elder Hall?
Elder Hall will be an Oregon gathering space utilizing the power of communal events in the pursuit of connection, camaraderie and conviviality. We will offer classes on butchery and craft cookery. We will host our friends and neighbors who make great products and through a series of tastings and markets, showcase the brilliant and diverse food producers of this amazing place we call home. We will start a children's Summer camp focused on growing, cooking and tasting food. We will host a series of 'Small Suppers' with our extended chef community, curating very intimate experiences with some amazing culinary talent. The space will also exist for many uses by our surrounding community such as lectures, meetings and pow wows to get people talking about the things important to us such as, our fair city, the food community, sustainability, agriculture and much more.
What's it gonna take?
Start up costs for Elder Hall total $135,000 conservatively. With the help of an investor we have secured some of the funding. The funds raised on Kickstarter will allow us to move forward with the plan, installing a full commercial kitchen. Remember Ned Ludd? We've operated with only a wood fired oven, a two burner hot plate and a small refrigerator. Building a commercial kitchen in Elder Hall allows us to not only feed more people in the hall but also will allow us to bring our food and experiences to the field. Farm dinners, coast dinners, wine dinners, weddings and other memorable events will be possible with a full kitchen. While the majority of the funds will be spent on the kitchen but we are also planning on using the Kickstarter funds to turn the space into something beautiful. Our goal is to utilize as many Oregon products and producers as possible to create Elder Hall. We will partner with our friends at Yolo Colorhouse Paint, Clayhaus Ceramics for tile and Kiriko Made for textiles to name a few. This is truly a collaborative project for us all.
We need you!
We really need your support! We can't do this without you, our amazing community. Share this campaign with your friends and family by word of mouth and social channels. We want you all to be part of our community and will be hosting gatherings throughout this entire process so you can share in the buildout of the Elder Hall and witness the vision become a reality. Help us celebrate Oregon and become part of the community and storytelling at Elder Hall!
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk we run is not getting the final funding here...on Kickstarter.
We believe the world is hungry for information and connection with the very people who grow and produce our food. Elder Hall will be THE place to discover the story of Oregon now. We have decided to draw from the amazing community of supporters that has allowed Ned Ludd to grow each and every year for over 5 years.
We are confident that the wide range of supportive and creative resources here in Portland will ensure a solid plan. Ned Ludd was built in 30 days with $30,000 and is the epitome of DIY. We still possess that pioneering sprit and will stay true to the path. Our sights are now set on Elder Hall and we will build it with the same grit, vision and determination. We look forward to sharing Elder Hall with you, our community,very soon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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