Our goal is to bring scratch made, local fare to our community by sourcing the best, sustainable ingredients out of Northwest Ohio. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 24, 2014.
About this project
Are you hungry for Ohio's best agriculture?
Nobody does Local like Fowl and Fodder. What makes us different? Produce grown with organic practices, grass-fed beef, pastured livestock, artisan cheese and fresh baked bread all sourced right here in Northwest Ohio. Fowl and Fodder features a scratch made menu and a fresh juice bar. We strive to deliver farm to table service utilizing the best ingredients Ohio has to offer. Our fast casual concept will make gourmet fare easily accessible to everyone in the Toledo area. In our restaurant you'll know where your food came from, how it was produced, and the story behind it's label.
Why do we shop local?
Commercial agriculture is large-scale farming intended for widespread distribution. This type of production utilizes intensive farming techniques by resourcing synthetic hormones, antibiotics and insecticides to maximize profit potential. These factory style farms raise animals and crops on chemically engineered food materials to maintain mass production.The harvested products may be processed on site or sold as-is to be further processed elsewhere. Being a global industry, product can ship from any where in the world. Produce and livestock that travel long distances are more susceptible to disease and infection.
Sourcing ingredients locally allows us to serve food that is better tasting and has a higher nutritional value. Local foods promote a safer food supply by eliminating the chance of contamination through delivery. Buying local helps maintain the farmland in our community. Purchasing produce and animals from local farms keeps the land enriched and well balanced building a sustainable environment.
Not only is our scratch made menu a clean choice for our community, purchasing Ohio fresh ingredients supports our local economy. Fowl & Fodder has created a unique menu with the fresh ingredients bought from farmers, bakers, and artisan cheese makers in our own backyard. We want to make the best of Ohio's natural agriculture accessible to everyone in our community.
It is our goal to deliver real food from real farms to real people.
The man behind the Fowl
I grew up in a small town in eastern Ohio. By the time I was 8 years old, I was mowing lawns for elderly neighbors. Already an entrepreneur at age 10, I added a newspaper route. I always made sure to spend time with customers who wanted to chat.
Fast forward 8 years: I moved to Toledo to pursue a degree at the University of Toledo. At 20, I started with Ruby Tuesday restaurants as a server, and learned all of the other positions in the restaurant. At 21, I was promoted to management at the Franklin Park Mall location, and I assisted the Sandusky location during the summer Cedar Point traffic.
I continued to grow with Ruby Tuesday and by 24, I was one of the seventeen Regional Service Managers. I oversaw the training for 52 restaurants in 4 states. I opened 7 new restaurants, including our flagship restaurant in Times Square. While I enjoyed the challenge, after a while I wanted to settle down, so I returned to Northwest Ohio as general manager of the Sandusky location, then the Toledo location. At both restaurants, I improved sales and profits by watching spending, improving operations and treating customers right.
While I got a lot of great experience in the corporate world, my entrepreneurial side led me to create something new and better. I am passionate about supporting and growing our local economy here in Northwest Ohio, as well as improving the quality of the food we eat. There are lots of great family farms here that deserve recognition. At Fowl &Fodder, I’ll use my restaurant management and customer service skills to transform quality organic and local ingredients into a unique casual dining experience.
With community support, I know Fowl & Fodder can make a difference in our corner of the world, by making real food, from real farms, for real people.
Your Name on our Wall for Life
Construction has begun!
Here we come Toledo!
Bringing you a scratch made menu using the freshest seasonal ingredients available!
Risks and challenges
As expected there are risks and challenges to opening a restaurant. Construction mishaps, building permits, licensing hold ups, food sourcing shortages, just to name a few. We've already got the ball rolling with a reputable construction company, reliable farmers, local bakers and cheese makers, so we hope to avoid most of these issues. Despite the challenges we are committed to getting this restaurant up and running. Many initial steps have been taken and there is no going back! Rent is paid, construction has begun, and we are eager to share our local fare with our community! We are prepared to conquer any issues that may arise, and will dedicate our full attention to any problems along the way. We are thankful for our supporters, and the encouragement we've received in this planning process. We look forward to serving our community, and are confident that with the support we can make anything happen!
We have created a great variety of rewards for all of our supporters! We hope you enjoy the many perks to your contributions! Supporting our efforts earns you some sweet deals in our restaurant and helps us bring delicious, freshly prepared, wholesome food to our community!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Pledge $5 or more
Thank You: For EVERYONE pledging $5 or more, a big Thank You for your contribution along with your name listed with our other Kickstarter supporters on our restaurant wall! We appreciate your help so much we want all of our customers to see it!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
One Menu Item of your choice: Come enjoy one of our scratch made sandwiches, soups, salads, or handcrafted juices.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
One Menu Item of your choice & a Specialty Soda: Come enjoy one of our scratch made sandwiches, soups, salads, or handcrafted juices along with one of our 12 specialty sodas.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
Rock our Gear: A limited edition custom designed Fowl & Fodder t-shirt. Only available through Kickstarter! Available for pick up in store (add $6 if needing shipped).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $30 or more
Pre-Open Event: Entry for one to our three day pre-open event. Choose one of three days to come and try our menu before anyone else. Ticket includes one menu item, and drink.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
Pre-Open Event for Two: Entry for two to our three day pre-open event. Choose one of three days to come and try our menu before anyone else. Ticket includes two menu items, and two drinks.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
High Five: Five menu items of your choice. Bring in your friends and use them all at once, or save it for yourself to sample our unique menu.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or more
10 backers Limited (5 left of 15)
Seasonal Cooking Class: Prepare a featured dish using techniques that incorporate seasonal, local ingredients with owner, Scott Bowman.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
4 backers Limited (8 left of 12)
Be a Juice Mixologist: Create a juice of your choice using our seasonal ingredients. Your juice will be featured for one month on our menu and will be named after you. Enjoy your juice free for the month it is featured. This pledge also includes a limited edition Fowl & Fodder t-shirt. Only available through Kickstarter! Available for pick up in store (add $6 if needing shipped).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
The Cleanse: Enjoy one juice a day for one month. Feel revitalized with our fresh juices. Your body will love you after this one! This pledge also includes a limited edition Fowl & Fodder t-shirt. Only available through Kickstarter! Available for pick up in store (add $6 if needing shipped).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Out of Towner: This is for all of our supporters who don't live nearby or for someone that would love a taste of what we make in Toledo. This package includes honey, hand-made all natural soaps, candles, hot sauce, and a limited edition custom designed Fowl & Fodder t-shirt all made LOCALLY! Only available through Kickstarter! Shipping is on us for this one!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $200 or more
9 backers Limited (41 left of 50)
Semi-Private Dinner for Two: Come enjoy a 6 course meal highlighting the best ingredients Northwest Ohio has to offer in a special after hours event.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Delivered Lunch: Lunch delivered for 25 people to office or function of your choice. Location must be within 25 miles of Toledo.
This pledge also includes tickets to Pre-Open Event for two: Entry for two to our three day pre-open event. Choose one of three days to come and try our menu before anyone else. Ticket includes two menu items, and two drinks. But wait there's more... it also includes Rock our Gear for two: Two limited edition Fowl & Fodder t-shirts. Only available through Kickstarter! Available for pick up in store (add $6 if needing shipped).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
Private Event for 20: Choose 20 of your friends and family to enjoy a private dinner after hours at our restaurant. Sit down with owner, Scott Bowman, to customize the menu for your guests.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
Happy Holiday: We will deliver the meal to your next holiday event for up to 40 guests. Location must be within 25 miles of Toledo. Pledge also includes one of everything else! One Menu Item of your choice, One Menu Item of your choice & a Specialty Soda, Rock our Gear, Pre-Open Event, Pre-Open Event for Two, High Five, Seasonal Cooking Class, Be a Juice Mixologist, The Cleanse, Semi-Private Dinner for Two, Delivered Lunch, Private Event for 20. Descriptions of awards above.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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