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This project was successfully funded on May 31, 2014.

Elder Hall will celebrate the spirit and bounty of Oregon through communal gatherings with a focus on camaraderie and collaboration.

Portland, OR Food
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Our Story:

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. 

Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd + Elder Hall
Ned Ludd + 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.

Elder Hall
Elder Hall
Elder Hall
Elder Hall

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.

Small Supper Series
Small Supper Series

 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!

Ned Ludd Staff
Ned Ludd Staff

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.

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    37 backers

    Supporters will receive a set of 4 hand printed Ned Ludd and Elder Hall coasters and an "Elder" pin. Let the people know you support Oregon's bounty and keep the rings off the coffee table! Tell the Elder Hall story as you wax poetic about the early days of a small wood fired American Craft Kitchen….also includes multiple high-fives at Ned Ludd and Elder Hall!

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    26 backers Limited (374 left of 400)

    Community members will receive a P.R.E.A.M single run t-shirt. A rare collectors item from our successful Pizza Monday. Designed and printed by our own Brandon Gomez and inspired by Wu-Tang's C.R.E.A.M logo, it's wearable art and people will be curious and then jealous!…..and yes, there will be high fives!

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    69 backers Limited (31 left of 100)

    Support at this level earns you a delicious brunch for four at Ned Ludd. We choose a special menu and you bring your friends and an appetite! You are also elevated into the hug category at Ned Ludd and Elder Hall unless a good ol' fashioned high five is more your style!

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    6 backers Limited (94 left of 100)

    Community members will receive a set of 4 coasters, P.R.E.A.M t-shirt and Ned Ludd Sunday Brunch for two. You will also receive early invitations for gatherings and classes at Elder Hall or one of our offsite Community resource experiences.

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    24 backers All gone!

    Elder Hall community members at this level will have two places reserved at the table for one of our "Small Supper" series, an intimate dinner for 20 based on a theme designed to evoke conversation, conviviality and, as always, deliciousness! Your reservation will be good for two years, stay tuned to the "Small Supper" calendar this Summer! This is a perfect reason to plan a trip to Portland if you live outside of town!

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    13 backers Limited (7 left of 20)

    Community members at this level will reserve 4 spots in our education series. This includes Chef Demo, Participation and Guest Chef classes. We are developing a wonderful curriculum that includes butchery, pickling, charcuterie and traditional and wood fired cooking techniques! We look forward to these classes filling fast! Reserve your spot now whether you live in town or planning to visit Portland!

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    Pledge $750 or more

    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    Community members at this level will receive a reservation to four events at Elder Hall. These could include "Small Supper", classes or "Tasting Table"series. Reservations will be good for 2 years, perfect for an out of towner who loves a good reason to come to Portland!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    A salmon fishing trip on the generally world famous, very handsome, Laney Family fishing boat "Heavy Rubber". The trip will be in October
    for up to four people in the Tillamook Bay. All equipment and lunch provided. Supporters will need to purchase fishing license and salmon tag. This trip requires your own transpiration to and from the boat and

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    2 backers All gone!

    A new incentive from our friends at Creative Growers! Two lucky Elder Hall Community Members will receive a CSA share for 25 weeks from one of Oregon's beloved Creative Growers Farm! Newly relocated to Forest Grove, Dave and Lori Hoyle are great farmers and good friends as well as the original members of our Farm Community at Elder Hall. We look forward to many years of farm dinners, softball games, epic bocci competitions! Sign up now and receive amazing Oregon vegetables this June!!!
    http://creativegrowers.com

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    Members at this level will receive a whole pig from Laney Family Farms/Eat Oregon First, butchered to the supporters specification and delivered in July!! Elder Hall will provide recipes for each and every cut!! If you seek a close connection to your food this is one of the finest and most economical ways to enjoy nose to tail eating! Supporters will coordinate pickup at Elder Hall.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)

    C.S.E.H.P or Community Sustainable Elder Hall Project, offers Community supporters four seasonally curated wooden gift boxes with a plethora of fine Ned Ludd, Elder Hall and Oregon artisanal food products. Celebrate Oregon and the seasons bounty four times starting in Autumn of 2014. Elder Hall Community supporters at this level will also have first access to our Tasting Tables and Grower/Producer Dinners.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Community members at this level will receive a reservation for two to four events at Elder Hall. These could include "Small Supper", classes or "Tasting Table"series. Reservations will be good for 2 years, prefect for an out of towner who loves a good reason to come to Portland!

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Members at this level will receive a half beef , over 300#, from Laney Family Farms/Eat Oregon First, butchered to the supporters specification and delivered in July!! Elder Hall will provide recipes for each and every cut!! If you seek a close connection to your food this is one of the finest and most economical ways to enjoy nose to tail eating! Supporters will coordinate pickup at Elder Hall.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Elder Hall Community supporters at this level will receive a dinner in your home for you and three (4 total) of your favorite people created, cooked and served by Ned Ludd and Elder Hall chef and owner, Jason French. In house high fives are a pretty nice thing…..this is limited to the greater Portland Metro Area unless airfare and expenses are covered!

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Each Elder Hall Community supporter at this level will invite 9 of their favorite people to an intimate tour and dinner with our Elder Hall Community Partners at Creative Growers in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dave and Lori Hoyle are some of Oregon's best farmers and they are in the process of transforming a tree nursery into an organic farm. Celebrate the bounty and beauty of this cherished Oregon farm family while you host a Small Supper to remember.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Each Elder Hall Community supporter at this level will invite 9 of their favorite people to a Winery Harvest tour and dinner with our Elder Hall Community Partners at Brooks Wines. Their new 20,000 sq ft winery has a wood fired oven and grill, perfect for Jason and his crew to create a magical night. Celebrate the bounty and beauty of this cherished Oregon winery.

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    3 backers Limited (5 left of 8)

    Members at this level will host a small party for their staff, favorite friends, family or coworkers in Elder Hall. We will work closely with the Community Members at this level to curate a memorable event inspired by our "Small Supper Series." Imagine your small business holiday party at Elder Hall, nudge,nudge, wink, wink!!

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Funding period

- (30 days)