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Gluten Free Support Center & Kitchen For Sample Saturdays

Help us fund the event space for Sample Saturdays; themed gluten-free events that focus on sharing new GF products with the community!

Gluten Free Support Center & Kitchen For Sample Saturdays

Help us fund the event space for Sample Saturdays; themed gluten-free events that focus on sharing new GF products with the community!

$722
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 14 2016 4:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 14, 2016

About

Our story:  

Our names are Laura and Taylor, a mother-son duo, teamed together to help the gluten-free community. Taylor started his blog, GlutenAway, at the age of 15 years old. Since getting diagnosed with Celiac Disease at a young age, his goal has been to help as many gluten-free families as possible. Over the years, he's done just that. With the creation of the GlutenAway Online Expo and sample program, GlutenAway has helped over 100,000+ gluten-free families find new gluten-free products. With all of the success so far, we couldn't help but feel that the sky is the limit and that we can help people in our local community too.   

Our plan:  

Imagine a themed event where you can sample gluten-free products prepared in recipes, watch live cooking demos, receive a cookbook and products, and interact with a hundred people who are gluten-free just like you. Expos are a great way to do this. But with our Sample Saturdays, we give people the option to attend these events every single month in Tampa, Florida. If you don't live in the area, that's ok! We'll be broadcasting these events, live, for everyone in the U.S. to see from home.   

Our front lounging space so far
Our front lounging space so far

How Sample Saturdays Are Different:  

Sample Saturdays have eight interactive stations focused on tasting and education. We have a fully interactive kitchen where we show you how to make recipes using new gluten-free products.  Attendees learn how to use products in their day-to-day lifestyle in an environment that is social, interactive, and less overwhelming than traditional expos.   

How YOUR Donations Will Be Used:  

Right now we currently have the space, design, products, and even some attendees in place! All we need now is YOUR help to get it done. Your donations will go towards building out our kitchen space. Counter-tops, kitchenware, lounging for attendees, and utensils is all that we need! Your donations will allow us to complete the idea that we started and get this event ready for gluten-free families in the area.

Our unfinished kitchen area to the left and demo space ahead
Our unfinished kitchen area to the left and demo space ahead

 

Kitchen Build Out That Your Donations Will Go Towards
Kitchen Build Out That Your Donations Will Go Towards

When is the deadline:  

Our first event is August 27th. We need your help to get this funding by August 14th. Every penny helps! 

Event dates:

  • August 27 - VIP Grand Opening Event (Fundraiser)  
  • September 17 - Harvest Fest Event  
  • November 12 - Thanksgiving Event  
  • December 3 - Holiday Event

Why is this important? 

Right now, this is a plan so close to being completed. It's one that's been an idea for so long, but now we finally have the space to get it done. We have no investors, we have no loans, we have no large stash of money sitting around. Every penny that has been put into helping the gluten-free community has come out of our pockets. Also, every penny that we have made has been put back into ideas like these to help the gluten-free community. We have not paid ourselves.

It's our goal to make Sample Saturdays not only a local event in Tampa, Florida, but an event that can eventually come to every big city in the U.S. An event where people can sample new gluten-free products every month, learn how to cook and bake with them, and most importantly, have a space that will make everyone feel safe and normal again. Sample Saturdays in Tampa, Florida is only the beginning. Donate and help us get it off the ground and we will eventually hope to get it to a city near you.

Risks and challenges

We may encounter attendance difficulties since it is a new event. Like any first event, attendance is hard to generate. However, we have great connections with people in the area who have run a gluten-free expo in the past. They have offered to help us with their email list and work on generating more traffic/attendance for the event. I'm confident that getting the actual space up and running won't be a problem. Sure, we will have a learning curve and we will make some mistakes along the way. But with Laura having over 10+ years of event management experience and Taylor having a persistent attitude, we won't quit until we run the events the best way possible.

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    3 Downloadable GF Cookbooks

    Get 3 downloadable cookbooks containing a total of 50+ gluten-free recipes from some of the best gluten-free companies and bloggers a part of the event itself! ($50 value!)

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    Reward #1 AND a Gluten Free Sample Kit

    Get 3 downloadable cookbooks AND a gluten-free sample kit containing over 20+ gluten-free samples from those who have been a part of our events!

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    • 3 Downloadable GF Cookbooks
    • 1 Gluten Free Sample Kit For You
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    Give 1 Month of Samples to a GF Child

    Receive 3 downloadable gluten-free cookbooks, your own gluten-free sample kit containing over 20 gluten-free products, AND give a month's worth of event attendance and 1 sample kit sent to a gluten-free child or parent.

    Includes:
    • 3 Downloadable GF Cookbooks
    • 1 Gluten Free Sample Kit For You
    • 1 Sample Kit Sent to a GF Child
    • 1 Free Pass to a Sample Saturday Event for a GF Child
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    Give $100 of Samples to a GF Child

    Receive 3 downloadable gluten-free cookbooks, your own gluten-free sample kit containing over 20 gluten-free products, AND give a YEAR's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and $100 of samples to a gluten-free child.

    Includes:
    • 3 Downloadable GF Cookbooks
    • 1 Gluten Free Sample Kit For You
    • $100 of Samples Sent to a GF Child
    • 1 Year of Free Passes to a Sample Saturday Event for a GF Child
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    Give $100 of Samples to 3 GF Children

    Receive 3 downloadable gluten-free cookbooks, your own gluten-free sample kit containing over 20 gluten-free products, AND give a YEAR's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and $100 of samples to 3 gluten-free children or parents.

    Includes:
    • 3 Downloadable GF Cookbooks
    • 1 Gluten Free Sample Kit For You
    • 1 Year Free Passes to a Sample Saturday Event for 3 GF Children
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Funding period

- (35 days)