About Our Project: Artisan's Palate
After a 25 year career in high tech, I'm switching gears to follow my love for food, and opening Artisan's Palate, a retail gourmet food market in beautiful Temecula, CA. I will support the local food movement by carrying hand-crafted food items primarily from artisans located within a 100 mile radius.
I have always been enthusiastic about food and food trends, and the local food movement has opened my eyes to the passion of our local food providers. The stories behind these risk-takers who pour their hearts and souls into their work are never known to the shoppers who might or might not buy their products. As a small business owner, I understand the drive and motivation that these talented people have. By providing a personal connection between the shopper and the artisan, I can help promote those in the local community who are trying to better their lives and ours through food. I will make that connection by using electronic tablets throughout the store, where the shopper will learn the stories behind the artisans through images and videos.
The shop will open with shelf-stable products that include sweet and savory items, and interesting and healthy beverages. I have lined up over 100 suppliers that have delicious products and amazing stories, for example, Brandini Toffee, caramels from Gourmet Karmels and Le Bon Garcon and coffee from Westbean roasters. The majority of these products cannot be found in larger grocery outlets or shopping venues, but that's what supporting the local community is all about! I will make the store a destination for those looking for a unique shopping experience. Many products will also be friendly to gluten- and allergen-free diets.
There will be at least half a dozen tablets running a custom Artisan's Palate app that will have the artisan's story, the product ingredients, and other fun facts about the artisan or the product. For example some of the items have received national recognition through publications like Oprah's List, or featured on television shows like "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on food network.
Sweet Reward Choices
Savory Reward Choices
We are in the process of finalizing the location and will begin to build out the space and get the necessary certifications from the health department. The location has already been pre-approved so there should not be an issue regarding the Health Department requirements. Once we meet or exceed the Kickstarter goal we will purchase the tablets with their stands and complete the custom Artisan's Palate app. We'll upload photos and videos throughout the build-out process so you will be able to see our progress! If we exceed the goal, then we'll look at purchasing refrigerated display cases and commercial grade freezers.
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Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
I've listed some risks and challenges that I think are possible but not probable. Here they are:
1. The location we're negotiating suddenly burns down. Luckily for us, I have another spot in mind. :-)
2. The health department generates new rules. I am in contact with the inspector and she's assured me the space will pass.
3. The suppliers decide to stop making their product. This is a real concern, but luckily I have backups and there are new artisans with exciting stories and delicious products coming online almost every day.
I'm a problem solver so if issues arise, I am confident that I will find resolutions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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