What's good, world!
My name is Jimmy Wong and I am currently a senior at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo studying food science. In addition to this, I am also the creator of the college pop-up restaurant, DENCH.! Growing up in the Bay Area, I had always had a love for food but it wasn't until my time spent in various Michelin-starred kitchens in high school did I really solidify my passion for cooking. Entering into college, I sought a food science degree to be able to learn more about the inner workings of what makes food delicious -- the chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry of food. I thought if I could combine a knowledge of cooking with a knowledge of food science, I could do some pretty cool stuff in the kitchen.
Doing pop-up dinners was always on my college bucket list. It wasn't until my third-year when I got my own studio apartment did I think it was possible! From that year on, I started serving a seven-course tasting menu for four people once a week in my tiny studio apartment, where the dining table sat just a couple feet away from my bed. My dishes showcased some of SLO's best produce and are indicative of who I am. Over the course of that year, I began receiving local, national, and even international media attention as more and more people grew excited to what I was doing! As I was jotting and sketching the various dishes I was creating, it became apparent to me that people might be excited by a cookbook that documented my experiences with the pop-up. I hope you will support this project and become a part of the DENCH. story!
We are now taking preorders and supporters for the book to make this project a reality!
26 Unique Dishes Including 80+ Individual Component Recipes!
This past school year, fellow Cal Poly student, Carly Lamera, and I have been hard at work on the DENCH. cookbook! The cookbook is part of my food science undergraduate senior project and showcases all of the recipes and stories from the pop-up. The book will feature every single dish and creation I served over the year of doing the pop-up (26 different dishes and 80+ individual component recipes!).
The book is split into a few different sections: it begins with the introduction and backstory of my journey and how it led to the creation of DENCH. as well as the stories and challenges of doing the pop-up, then all of the dishes, separated by the different courses, and finally the closing notes on the logistics of doing the pop-up, featuring a timeline and floor-plan of the whole shabang!
We are now working with a Cal Poly alumni at Hemlock Printers to get these books into your hands!
- Dimensions: 8" x 10"
- Length: 112 pages + 4 page cover
- Cover: 12pt cover paper
- Content: 80# paper stock
- Printed by Hemlock Printers
Sample Recipe Spreads
All your support will go into the printing and production costs of the book!
$10 or more pledge = A 3-pack of DENCH. stickers!
$35 or more pledge = 1 signed copy of the DENCH. cookbook + DENCH. stickers!
$65 or more pledge = 2 signed copies of the DENCH. cookbook + DENCH. stickers!
$95 or more pledge = 3 signed copies DENCH. cookbook + DENCH. stickers!
$250 or more pledge = 2 signed copies of the cookbook + DENCH. stickers + 2 tickets to the cookbook launch party!
$1000 or more pledge = Your name featured in the book! 4 signed copies of the cookbook + DENCH. stickers + 4 tickets to the cookbook launch party + my eternal thanks!
Late March/Early April 2019
- Launch Kickstarter!
- Finish first draft of book and complete revisions
Late April 2019
- Send files to printer!
Early May 2019
- Receive proofs from printer and complete final revisions
Mid May 2019
- Return proofs to printer
- Cookbooks get printed!
Late May 2019
- Cookbooks arrive in SLO!
- Launch party!
- Cookbooks and rewards get shipped out!
- Finally graduate from college!
Risks and challenges
We are working hard to have the cookbooks all printed and shipped to SLO by the end of May but we may run into a few hiccups along the way that may push the timeline slightly back. We will be sure to continue to keep you updated and in the loop!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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