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You've never had artisan tamales like these! In Chicago or at your doorstep! Plus, farm to fork catering with a Rock-n-Roll edge!

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.

The Food: 

www.rock-n-rollcatering.com

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. 

Mouth Watering Beef Tenderloin Wellington with Grilled Asparagus & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mouth Watering Beef Tenderloin Wellington with Grilled Asparagus & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Prosciutto Wrapped, Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates
Prosciutto Wrapped, Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates
Brunch on a boat, anyone?
Brunch on a boat, anyone?
Mini Medianoche Sandwich.  MMMmmmmm
Mini Medianoche Sandwich. MMMmmmmm

The Tamales:

www.diadelostamales.com

www.facebook.com/diadelostamales

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.

Buffalo Chicken Tamales
Buffalo Chicken Tamales

The People:

Keith Carlson, Jeni Wahl & Sam Wahl
Keith Carlson, Jeni Wahl & Sam Wahl
  • 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.

The Name:

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.  

Outer Focus Photos  www.outerfocusphotos.com
Outer Focus Photos www.outerfocusphotos.com

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. 

The Location:  

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.  

Coming Soon!  Get Off The Couch Catering & Dia De Los Tamales
Coming Soon! Get Off The Couch Catering & Dia De Los Tamales

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.  

The floorplan for Dia De Los Tamales & Get Off The Couch Catering
The floorplan for Dia De Los Tamales & Get Off The Couch Catering

Before we knew it, our dreams became a reality. 

Construction moving along
Construction moving along

How You Can Help!

We can't complete our project without your help, love & support! 

$30,000 - will get us our Tamale Machine, 20 Qt Mixer, Walk-In Cooler, Convention Oven, 36" Range, and Countertop Steamer.
$50,000- will add in the 60 Qt mixer, Stock Pot Range, Deep Fryer, Display Cooler, Refrigerated Prep Table, 1 Steam Table, and Reach-In Freezer
$75,000 -will add a Dishwasher, Meat Slicer, Display Freezer, 2nd Steam Table and POS System

The Rewards:

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.  

You could get this Pork Rillette in the mail - 'Swine of the Month Club'
You could get this Pork Rillette in the mail - 'Swine of the Month Club'

We're planning on having all this great merchandise available at our store.  Be one of the first to show it off! 

So many great items to choose from!
So many great items to choose from!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.
Thank you for your support!

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    Año De Los Tamales! That's right, Year Of The Tamales! You will receive a dozen seasonal tamales every month for a whole year! For those in HI & AK please add $100 for shipping. *This club shipment to begin shipping in June 2013.

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    Way to 'KICK OFF' 2013! Tailgate party on us! You provide the parking spot & we'll provide everything else for you and 7 of your friends. Get Off The Couch Catering will make you the envy of all other tailgaters with a grill n chill menu worthy of being served on the 50 yard line. Menu details available upon inquiry. *This Tailgate Party Package will be honored beginning in August of 2013 and never expires.

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    Holy Bacon! Yes, I said bacon. Become a part of our very exclusive 'Swine of the Month Club'. Each month our chef will prepare a different pork delicacy shipped to you with condiments and/or recipes for its use. For example: Pork Rillette, House Cured Panchetta, Porchetta, as well as Sweet, Savory and Spicy Bacon Jams. Treat your friends to pork products that just can't be purchased! Join the 'Swine of the Month Club' For those in HI & AK please add $100 for shipping. *This club shipment to begin shipping in June 2013.

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    WE NOW WORK FOR YOU! Only for the foodie at heart! This is outrageous. You are now a member of BOTH the 'Año De Los Tamales Club' & the 'Swine of the Month Club'!! See the 2 dining clubs above = you may not have to cook for a year! Yum! For those in HI & AK please add $150 for shipping. *This club shipment to begin shipping in June 2013.

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    You just can't resist being the talk of the town! If you live within 50 miles of the city of Chicago, go right ahead and invite 49 of your friends to the location of your choice where we will bring our favorite Jazz Trio to entertain you. Your soiree will be memorable to say the least: custom crafted hors d'oeuvres, interactive food stations and unimaginable sweets. All of this would be useless without something to drink, we'll provide that too. What it comes down to is, we're bringing it all. All you need to worry about is what to wear. *This package is redeemable starting June of 2013 and never expires.

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    Oooh la la. Are you more the intimate type? How about a dinner party for you and 11 of your friends as authentic as Chef Keith's Le Cordon Bleu Certification. This French-style feast will be nothing shy of exquisite. This 5 course dinner is the gourmet experience you've been fantasizing about. Professional and on-point service staff included. Leave the pairings to us as we take you on a culinary journey your guests will never forget. *This party package is redeemable starting June of 2013 and never expires. Booking based on availability. *Your host location must be within 50 miles of Chicago city limits.

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    YOU'RE FAMOUS! Spend the day with Chef Keith experimenting in our kitchen creating your own unique tamale that you will name. It will be featured on the Dia De Los Tamales Seasonal Menu and you will take home 6 dozen of your fabulous new creation! This moment will be photo documented with you clad in your official Dia De Los Tamales Chef Jacket that you will take home with you as well. *This package is redeemable beginning July 2013.

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    BIG LIVIN'!! This package takes the cake! Just imagine, you and 24 of your friends spending the whole day out on a privately owned 50-ft yacht in Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Catering provided by Get Off The Couch Catering includes passed hors d'oeuvres and stationed appetizers throughout the day, highlighted by a luxurious dinner and dessert buffet in the galley. Full service staff including a bartender and all your beverage needs will be provided. How do you get there, you say? You and 7 of your VIP guests will be driven, round-trip, to DuSable Harbor in a limousine to christen the voyage. *This package is redeemable based on availability beginning June 2013, Wednesdays - Saturdays.

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    YOU, my friend, are on the menu! FOREVER! We owe you eternal thanks! Therefore, we invite you to come to our kitchen and spend the day in your brand new personally embroidered Dia De Los Tamales Chef Jacket creating the tamale of your dreams and desires with Chef Keith. This tamale will be created in your name and will be on our menu, ALWAYS because you're awesomesauce. They will be 'on us' for lunch anytime you want, forever. *Redemption of this package will begin in August 2013.

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