Hey there Backers! I can't believe the Kickstarter ends in 3 days!! There have been a lot of questions about how I plan to fulfill all of the promises I made in this campaign and I am going to do my best to answer them here!
But first, I want to announce the event that I have been hinting at for the last 3 weeks. PotatoStock 2014 is happening!!
We have a giant outdoor space reserved (The Columbus Commons) for September 27th, 2014, from noon to 8pm. The show is free and all proceeds from selling concessions will go to a permanent fund to end hunger and homelessness in Central Ohio. We are currently working to sign bands and will continue to post updates as we get them!
On the bill so far are Columbus, Ohio, artists Jordan O'Jordan and Counterfeit Madison! We are looking for a headliner and would love to get a kid-friendly band for the noon slot! You free, Shazzbots?
Ok, here's how I will fulfill the rest of the promises:
"You will get a thank-you posted to our website."
In the next few weeks, we will be launching a website where we will continue to post videos and updates. Potato Salad will be the focus between now and PotatoStock (September 27, 2014, from noon to 8pm at the Columbus Commons) but we want to continue to laugh with you all, so after September 27th, we'll be making more stuff that we find funny and posting it to this website! And if you pledged $1 or more, your name will live on that website 5eva (which is more than 4eva) at the top of a thank-you note. I will use the same name you have me read out-loud, which brings me to...
"I will say your name out loud while making the potato salad."
I will say your name out loud while making the potato salad!!!!! You will get video proof of me saying your name while VERY slowly making potato salad. Will I be boiling potatoes? Chopping vegetables? Stirring the ingredients together? It's a surprise! YOU WILL GET VIDEO PROOF
"Receive a photo of me making the potato salad."
We are still working on getting this completely ironed out. You will either receive a digital copy of the photo or a postcard in the mail. I wish I had the answer to this.
"Receive a bite of the potato salad"
We are unable to send potato salad through the mail. If you can get to PotatoStock, you get your bite of potato salad! I am working with some sponsors to make a few stops around the US and Canada (I won't mention sponsors here, but you can find out more by following me on twitter). Backers will be able to get their bite at any of these trips. I will let you know as I get more information.
"Choose a potato-salad-appropriate ingredient to add to the potato salad"
Well, this one is going to be tough. There are currently 579 of you! Instead of letting each of you choose an ingredient, I will ask you in the survey to submit a potato salad recipe. After a couple weeks of gathering recipes, I will send a survey out and the recipe with the most votes will be the 'official' PotatoStock 2014 potato salad.
Haikus, Signed Mayo and Names Carved in Potatoes
The four backers that got these rewards early will be getting haikus / signed mayo and their names carved in potatoes.
"Hang out in the kitchen with me while I make the potato salad."
Oh man, there are so many of you. AND YOU'RE ALL INVITED. I will send out RSVPs to see how big a kitchen we need, but if you are planning on being in Columbus for PotatoStock (September 27th, 2014, noon to 8pm, Columbus Commons), you can hang out with me (and my friends) while we all make potato salad in an industrial kitchen!!
Potato Salad Hat!
We are working on getting a design done! I think we'll do the message "I love potato salad" on a trucker hat.
Potato Salad Shirt!
As soon as we've collected all backers' address information, we'll start sending them out!
Potato Salads of the World
Our friend Brandon is an amazing cook and will be making a bunch of potato salad recipes!
There will be pizza at PotatoStock!
Calling a chef
I'm traveling to Toronto, Canada to learn how to make Canadian potato salad! I hope to bring back the skills I learn!
Live-stream of Potato Salad making
We will be doing this before PotatoStock! We are still looking for a partner to help us live-stream.
Vegan potato salad
Yep! We have a partner that will be giving us vegan mayo (again, won't be mentioning sponsors here, but you can follow me on Twitter).
"What are you going to do with all that money????"
Ok, this is the big / serious one. I hope you've all made it this far. I got really tired writing all of that, I can only imagine reading it was pretty rough. We are going to contribute a significant portion of the remaining money to the fund at the Columbus Foundation. This will create a permanent fund to help Central Ohio's non-profits end hunger and homelessness. These types of funds gain interest every year and grow over time, so, while our little internet joke will one day be forgotten, the impact will be felt forever.
We believe that humor plays a big role in making the world a better place. We plan to use some of the profit from this campaign to start an LLC, pay web hosting and buy / rent production equipment to continue making content. Our LLC will be a for-profit venture and its goal will be to spread humor and joy around the world.
We will update all backers with the exact amount of money that is spent on both the for-profit and non-profit entities. Ultimately, our goal is to be as transparent as possible!
OK, I love you all! Thank you so much for supporting us! I'm so happy we all got to laugh together. See you at PotatoStock 2014.