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$5,783
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 28 2014 7:26 PM UTC +00:00
$5,783
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
117
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 28 2014 7:26 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, my name is Vincenza Lapi and I am a classically trained chef looking to start my own food truck company in Buffalo NY! Thank you for giving my kick starter page a look and helping make my dreams become reality! Hopefully we can get my BALLS rolling in no time!

the Blue BALLS BUS @ a glance

I recently purchased a blue miniature school bus that I am looking to convert into my dream food truck! The concept for my food bus is a fun innovative twist on the classic Italian street food "arancini". Arancini done the traditional way is basically a rice ball stuffed with beef, peas and cheese and then breaded and deep fried. I will be taking some of Buffalo's signature dishes, as well as popular ethnic dishes, deconstructing them and the putting them into the arincini format, with different garnishes and sauces to accompany  each creation.

What to expect from the Blue BALLS Bus:

Buffalo Chicken Wing Ball- homemade buffalo chicken stuffing, blue cheese vinaigrette, shaved celery and carrots as garnish

Stuffed Banana Pepper Ball- four different types of cheese, sautéed banana pepper and sausage stuffing, garnished with a homemade red sauce and homemade ricotta

Cubano Ball-  shredded roasted pork loin and Swiss cheese stuffing with a homemade spicy mustard and homemade pickle garnish

French Onion Ball- carmelized onion and gruyere cheese stuffing served with a onion brulee au jus to dip

and because some like their balls sweet: 

Peanut Butter and Jam ball- crisped rice mixed with a peanut butter frosting shell, homemade strawberry jam inside, served with a shot of milk

Nutella Ball- Nutella and marscapone stuffing, garnished with white balsamic pickled strawberry

Foster the Banana Ball- caramelized banana rum stuffing served with a banana chantilly cream, homemade brown sugar and rum caramel sauce  

These are just a few of the 50+ rice ball recipes that will be featured in this ever changing, envelope pushing arancini bus.

I take pride in my cooking skills and product. 

Everything that can be homemade will be!

the classic
the classic
Stuffed banana pepper
Stuffed banana pepper
Buffalo chicken wing ball
Buffalo chicken wing ball
Foster the banana
Foster the banana
Meet my bus! His names ol' blue
Meet my bus! His names ol' blue
Official shirt (one of our many great rewards)
Official shirt (one of our many great rewards)

Helping a sister out

In order to make this dream a reality and bring these delicious balls to the great city of buffalo I need a little help from you. Even though I already have the bus purchased right now its just an empty shell with a lot of promise. Your pledges will greatly help with the build out of the food truck and its conversion into a functioning mobile kitchen. The kitchen equipment itself, cooking utensils, as well as  permits and licensing fees (which aren't cheap, thanks NY state).
 

The way it works

Click the "back this project" button at the top right of this page and choose an incentive and pledge amount you feel comfortable with. Enter your secure payment info into amazon and then share my page/ concept with everyone you know to make sure that this project is a success. Remember if I don't hit my goal amount of 20000$ then I don't get a single penny of any of the pledge money! And well It would be a shame to deny buffalo my great tasting balls!

thanks for taking the time to hear/learn about my concept. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated!

Risks and challenges

"with great risk comes great reward"

Obviously converting a bus into a food truck and starting a business from the ground up is not the easiest of endeavors. However, I think my schooling, as well as real life kitchen experience will help me overcome any challenges that may arise in the future. I think a lot of the time when food trucks are unsuccessful it is because the owner/operator does not put in enough time to make the business a success, a lot of people look at it as a hobby and not a full time job. I am no stranger to hard work and putting in long days. I know that especially in the beginning I am going to work day in and day out to turn this bus into a successful food truck!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank you so very much! Good vibes sent your way by the ball gods! And an eternity of good ball karma

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    Thank you for your generosity! You will receive a personalized thank you letter from the company, and a mention/follow on are social media sites

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    Come try our balls! For a five dollar donation or more you will receive a invitation to come try our balls, and you first ball is on us! You will also receive a personal thank you from the company.

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    will receive a customized dark blue silicone wrist band with the words the BLUE BALLS BUS printed on the front and a mention/follow on are social media sites

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    Everyone wants someone to name there balls after them.. This is your chance! If you pledge 25$ or more I will name one of my customized balls after you. You will receive a photo of your very own customized ball. As well as a personal thank you letter from yours truly!

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    Official BLUE BALLS BUS t-shirt (picture shown in profile) All sizes available! You will also receive a blue balls bus wrist band and a special thank you letter and shout out/follow on are social media sites

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    will receive an original, limited time only tee shirt that reads "Put our balls in your mouth" and has official logo on it, colors blue and white, different sizes available. As well as a mention/follow on are social media sites

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Blue Balls Bus VIP card- One FREE ball EVERY WEEK for a YEAR!!! you also get a customized dark blue silicone wrist band with the words the BLUE BALLS BUS printed on the front and a mention/follow on are social media sites

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    you will receive the BLUE BALLS BUS secret recipe book so you will be able to make arincini at your home whenever you want! The recipe book will feature *40* different types of delicious arincini both sweet and savory variety.
    Also an original tee shirt that reads "Put our balls in your mouth" and has official logo on it, colors blue and white, different sizes available.
    A customized dark blue silicone wrist band with the words the BLUE BALLS BUS printed on the front and` a mention/follow on are social media sites

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    *BALLER*- You can have a Blue Balls bus party!! I will make 30 stuffed rice balls (3 different varieties of your choosing) and cater your small gathering/party. Because everyone knows good balls = a good party! Must be in buffalo or surrounding area

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    *BIG BALLER* you can have A Blue Balls Bus Party!!! do you have a party or special event coming up? and want my delicious Balls to be apart of it?? if you choose this reward I will come to your party and serve up 50 of my rice balls! You can Choose from are binder of Arancinis and pick up to five balls to be featured at your event!! Must be in buffalo or surrounding area

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Funding period

- (35 days)