FINAL COUNTDOWN OFFER
ADD $20 TO YOUR DONATION AND WE WILL SHIP A DIA DE LOS TAMALES TSHIRT WITH YOUR REWARD!
ALREADY ORDER TAMALES?? WANT SOMETHING SWEET? ADD $20 AND WE'LL ADD A SAMPLER PACK OF SOME OF OUR OUTRAGEOUS DESSERT TAMALES INCLUDING:
- PB&J –Peanut Butter. Housemade Strawberry Jelly
- Key Lime - Graham Cracker Crust. Key Lime Filling. Whipped Cream. Key Lime Reduction
- Chocolate Peanut Butter - Chocolate Masa. Crunchy Peanut Butter Filling
- Cinnamon Raisin – Cinannamon Roll Masa. Raisins. Powdered Sugar Frosting
ADD $40 TO YOUR DONATION AND WE WILL SHIP A HOODED SWEATSHIRT WITH YOUR REWARD!
We are nearly complete with construction of our dream commercial kitchen for Dia De Los Tamales & Get Off The Couch Catering, and we are turning to our community to help us purchase some of our equipment and turn this dream into a reality.
We have until February 22nd to fulfill our minimum goal of $30,000 or, by Kickstarter rules, we receive nothing.
You don't have to be a rock star to get the rock star treatment. Our edgy, creative recipes and polished service make you feel like a VIP whether you're about to get on stage in front of a crowd of 10,000 or give a toast in front of 10.
Get Off The Couch Catering, established in January 2012, is an already popular and active catering business bringing a unique twist to events of any size and type. Our not so traditional approach and custom-created menu for each event have left our customers asking for more.
Beyond your everyday catering events, our lifetime of experience in the music business gives us the extraordinary opportunity and knowledge of how to operate backstage while also fulfilling all the needs of our clients, both the artists and the venues themselves. Our familiarity within this music community allows us to stand out from the competition and has proven to be very successful.
"A great taste of Cuban food was had by all, and with several vegetarians traveling with us including the artist, Get Off The Couch Catering, made it right! The flavors flowed and the aroma was just like mom's kitchen. It's great when you can find good food on the road." -Art Cisneros / Tour manager - k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang!
'"Get Off The Couch Catering" is the top reason I am excited to come to Chicago on any US tour I am embarking on. That's not just a line either. I am completely serious. I call Jeni a week in advance, let her know my schedule, and from the moment I arrive I am treated like a king. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the treats in between. Nobody knows how to be more hospitable and be so good at a culinary craft than Get Off The Couch. They also love and take pride in their work. What a concept!' Daryl Bentfield - tour manager for Eric Hutchinson, YellowCard.
The Dia De Los Tamales name is one that is becoming quite well known in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and beyond. Our involvement in the Pilsen Community Market, at festivals throughout Chicagoland, Holiday requests & our large online support system, have quickly grown our brand into a new neighborhood favorite & we haven't even opened our new location. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive & encouraging. Our entirely from-scratch preparation of all ingredients and our very unique flavor combinations are other winning factors that make this brand stand out!
Our storefront will have a wide variety of traditional and unique hot tamales available, some as part of our daily menu and others from our rotating seasonal menu. Make it a combo and we will add rice and one of our well known beans recipes to make it a meal. If you're in a hurry, or you need to pick up dinner for the family, we will also package tamales for bulk purchases, both fresh and frozen/refrigerated to be reheated at a later time. The continuing rotation of seasonal offerings will surely keep you interested year round and provide additional opportunities for repeat visits.
- Keith Carlson, Executive Chef, is an 18 year veteran of the industry, having worked in all aspects of restaurants & catering operations in both front and back of the house.
Jeni Wahl, Sales & Marketing Director, brings extensive sales experience to the team from the corporate sector as well as event planning and production experience from the music industry.
Sam Wahl, Director of Events, provides over two decades of event production and management experience as well as mixology and wine knowledge. As the host and creator of the ‘Get Off The Couch’ showcase, Sam has built a name for himself in Chicago’s music community.
Get Off The Couch- nearly 3 years old now, is a Chicago music experience that is hard to describe in words. A grassroots songwriter showcase that has quickly grown into so much more. Sam, the creator of Get Off The Couch, quickly discovered his little show had become a networking event that local Chicago musicians were, and still are, begging to be a part of.
That all began when Jeni, Sam's wife, started hosting a 'Green Room After Party' for the artists and filled their home with all kinds of gourmet & delicious finger foods and appetizers. Word was getting around that Get Off The Couch was the showcase to be a part of, and Jeni's food was something to brag to your friends about. Shortly thereafter, the requests turned quickly from song requests to outside catering requests, and the assistance and soon partnership of Chef Keith Carlson!
There you have it, this was the conception of the Name; Get Off The Couch Catering and it carries with it the energy and karma of a few hundred musicians' warm full bellies.
Pilsen, an exploding neighborhood in Chicago, is an eclectic melting pot of nationalities, and socio-economic statuses. We have found a location right in the middle of the hot retail zone and that's where we are currently building our custom kitchen.
939 W 18th Street turned out to be the perfect size and dimensions to suit both concepts. Thus, the design of our kitchen and storefront.
Before we knew it, our dreams became a reality.
How You Can Help!
We can't complete our project without your help, love & support!
So many unique options available, there's something for everyone. You don't have to live in Chicago to enjoy some of the delicious creations coming from Dia De Los Tamales & Get Off The Couch Catering. You can order anything from just 1 dozen tamales to the 'Swine of the Month' Club, so many options to make you drool.
We're planning on having all this great merchandise available at our store. Be one of the first to show it off!
Risks and challenges
Get Off The Couch Catering was an idea that literally evolved into itself from a place of giving and sharing. In that, there is the potential risk, that in order for that organism to thrive, the continuum of sharing and giving also must thrive.
We will be up against competition in the market place, as well as the political leanings of every public office we will depend on for permits and well wishes.
We will also need to make good use of the collective 35+ years of relevant experience shared by the three founding partners in order to not steer off course.
But at the end of the day, the biggest risk of all is the leap of faith that if you create something with love, and you offer a friendly and neighborly hand in front of every transaction that your community will support you, and even lift you up.
We, despite our scars, are just foolish enough to choose that curtain.
Love and friendship conquers all.
You see, if we don't collect the $30,000 goal in this campaign within the time specified, we collect NOTHING. Those are the Kick Starter rules.
So, if you are a member of OUR community, or someone who is simply interested or feeling a kinship to our above described culture, please, at the very least share this link with as many people as you can in order to spread the word to other starving artist sympathizers.
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