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Fresh, local, portioned ingredients & chef designed recipes delivered to Minnesotans weekly making it easy for people to cook locally.
Fresh, local, portioned ingredients & chef designed recipes delivered to Minnesotans weekly making it easy for people to cook locally.
189 backers pledged $17,596 to help bring this project to life.

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New Gift Added:

Bring Birchwood Cafe to Your Kitchen with our new gift that features their 2 Pumpkin Savory Waffles + 12 oz. bag of Peace Coffee + Orange Juice 

Savory Waffles + Peace Coffee + OJ
Savory Waffles + Peace Coffee + OJ

A special thanks to Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen for allowing us to offer this great gift to our backers, and for creating a restaurant that truly helped forge the Minnesota local-sustainable-organic movement!

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Local Crate takes the hassle out of dinner and saves you time. We do the planning, shopping, and measuring for you to ensure a quality meal every time. Also, no more throwing away spoiled ingredients or leftovers.

Local Crate is a weekly subscription of fresh, local, portioned ingredients & chef-designed recipes delivered to the whole state of Minnesota making it easy for people to cook locally. And, shipping is always FREE.

**Get 50% off your first order when you pre-register for our late-October launch! Please go to www.localcratemeals.com and click on the pre-register button. Pre-registration is limited, so reserve your spot today.

About us: 

Before starting this venture we were working for a large food manufacturer and we realized that we could create a business around helping our community by working with local farmers and providers. As our plan started to materialize we were totally aligned on creating a locally sustainable company which meant sourcing as many products as we possibly could from MN. We also feel the need to be locally responsible which has led us to work with hunger relief partners such as the FINNEGANS Community Fund. On top of that we are passionate about changing the way people eat; providing fresh, local ingredients; and offering an engaging culinary experience.

Mike Stalbaum - COO & Chef (Kitchen Ninja)    Frank Jackman - CMO & Wanna Be Sous Chef (Baby Kitchen Ninja)
Mike Stalbaum - COO & Chef (Kitchen Ninja) Frank Jackman - CMO & Wanna Be Sous Chef (Baby Kitchen Ninja)

What is Local Crate?

Local Farmers & Producers + Local Chefs + Local Hunger Relief Efforts = The Recipe for Success 

Local Crate wants to make it easier for everyone to cook and eat locally. We believe we can accomplish this with our local meal-kit delivery service. We work with local chefs to create delicious recipes, source as many local ingredients as possible, portion for a 2 serving meal, and finally deliver it to your home or office in a temperature controlled cooler. Then you become the Chef, with the photo instruction step by step recipe card, creating delicious meals in the comfort of your home. Plus, shipping is also free to the whole State of Minnesota.

We Crate It, You Make It
We Crate It, You Make It

Variety, Choice, and No Commitment 

12 meals each week to choose from & you are able to pause, skip, or cancel at anytime with ease.

Each week there will be seven rotating seasonal menu items, along with five monthly customer favorites menu items. Choose from a wide variety of options including vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo items.

Once you subscribe and after your first delivery, our chefs will auto pick meals for you each week, based on your preferences, we email you to let you know whats in your Crate. Don’t worry, you always have the opportunity to change the meals in your crate. There is no commitment as we make it very easy for you to skip weeks, pause, or cancel at anytime.

Sample Menus

Weekly Rotational Menu - includes beef, chicken, pork, seafood/fish, vegetarian as well as gluten-free options.

Weekly Rotational Menu Example
Weekly Rotational Menu Example

Monthly Customer Favorites - This menu will be available all month and are chosen through our rating system by you! They are available all month, so if you can't find something on the weekly menu you are sure to find one of your favorite meals here.

Customer Favorites Monthly Menu Example
Customer Favorites Monthly Menu Example

Whats Comes in Your Crate?

Recipe Cards - With our chef designed recipe cards we give you a culinary experience with unique information about your dish and a detailed step by step recipe with photos, allowing you to create restaurant quality meals at home with ease. We will also feature information from the local chef that we collaborated with or the local farms where the ingredients are being sourced from.

Recipe cards with educational information
Recipe cards with educational information
Step by Step Photo Instructions
Step by Step Photo Instructions

Ingredients - We source as many ingredients from sustainable, local farms as possible giving you the freshest experience, which always arrives portioned and labeled to minimize prep time and food waste.

Local & Organic
Local & Organic

Your Crate (Box) - We deliver your recipes directly, to your home or office, on a weekly basis in a refrigerated box saving you time by skipping the grocery store.

Sourced in Minnesota from Cedar Box Company
Sourced in Minnesota from Cedar Box Company

Why we need your help?

We are close to launch but, in order for us to provide you a quality product, we still need your help to get us there. Your donation will be going towards, much needed, cash flow for packaging, ingredients, cold and dry storage, and photo equipment. Also, for those of you new to Kickstarter, you should know that if we don't make our funding goal then we don't receive any funds so please consider supporting us today.  

For your help and support we have created some great gifts, with our local partners, that we think you will love.

Please help us make it easy for everyone to cook and eat locally!

More information on the gifts:

To make this fun for everyone, we have put together 14 different gift packages for donations ranging from $10 - $1200 dollars. Since we are locally focused, on the state of Minnesota most, (but not all) of these gifts are for Minnesota residents. If you live outside of Minnesota, and would still like to help support our cause, we would greatly appreciate it. 

We would also like to give a HUGE shout out to our family and friends for all of the love and support during this adventure!

If you would like to know more about Local Crate or stay in touch please check out our website at www.localcratemeals.com or contact us at chef@localcratemeals.com 

And add us on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/localcrate 

Twitter: twitter.com/localcrate  @localcrate

Instagram: instagram.com/localcrate/ @localcrate

We would like to give a special thanks to our partners that have been helping us make this vision come true!

Risks and challenges

Delivery options will be one of our biggest challenges as we expand, to service the entire state of Minnesota. We are working with multiple couriers, to help ensure your Local Crate is always delivered on time

Secondly, the uncertainty of volume means we have to be very flexible and quick to accommodate. As we launch, we could have 30 customers ordering per week or 300, and the speed at which that happens will be a challenge. We currently have a facility that we feel can accommodate a large number of orders and have made plans to expand quickly if need be.

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    BFF (Best Friends Forever) - Who said you can’t buy friendship?……Because you just did. We are now best friends forever and from the bottom of our heart we truly appreciate the support. You should receive a thank you note shortly, bestie!

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    Local Bird Gets the Worm - A LIMITED OFFER to receive a Local Crate for :

    ***2 meals with 2 servings each***

    We are only offering 20 so get them while you can. We will still be your best friend.
    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    Local Mash Up - An awesome Wood From The Hood cutting board + a signature cured salami from Red Table Meat Co.

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    Cuddle up with Birchwood Cafe! Pumpkin Savory Waffles/Pancakes in bed for 2!

    A Birchwood Cafe Themed Local Crate featuring their famous Pumpkin Savory Waffles/Pancakes + a 12 oz. bag of Birchwood Breakfast Blend Coffee by Peace Coffee + Orange Juice! Exclusively available through Local Crate's Kickstarter.

    Now have Savory Waffles at home! We will send you the all the portioned ingredients, and recipe card with step by step photo instructions for an awesome, at home, culinary experience from the restaurant that helped forge the Minnesota local-sustainable-organic movement. A special thanks goes out to Tracy Singleton & Chef Marshall Paulsen!

    Autumn Savory Waffle - Pumpkin and Gruyere cheese waffle with apple-shallot compote, honey pepita butter, thick-cut, chewy and crisp bacon lardons, maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a perfect sunny side up egg.

    *The batter mix makes a great pumpkin savory pancake if you don’t have a waffle iron
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    The Local Crate - A Local Crate which will contain 2 meals at 2 servings each

    Portioned local ingredients, and recipe cards with step by step photo instructions for an awesome, at home, culinary experience.
    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    Rise & Shine - Brunch for 4.

    Brioche Stuffed French Toast stuffed with a mix of whipped mascarpone and seasonal fruit, thick cut smoked bacon, fresh squeezed juiced, and a package of local coffee, assortment of local pastries, and fresh fruit.

    A specially designed brunch menu which will contain, portioned local ingredients, and recipe cards with step by step photo instructions for an awesome morning at home or breakfast in bed. Your crate will contain 1 meal with 4 servings.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    Local Bird Gets the Worm 2.0 - A LIMITED OFFER to receive a Local Crate for :

    ***4 meals with 4 servings each***

    We are only offering 20 so get them while you can. We will still be your best friend.
    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

    Estimated delivery: Oct 2015
    Only ships to: United States

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    XOXOXO - Local Crate Date Night + A Local Crate

    A Local Crate date night box that includes Dinner, Appetizer, and Dessert for 2. Plus you get a Local Crate with 2 meals with 2 servings each.
    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.

    Contains, portioned local ingredients, and recipe card with step by step photo instructions for a delicious, romantic night at home. Appetizer and dessert will be from our featured partner, The Copper Hen.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    BIGGER Local Crate - A Local Crate which will contain 4 meals at 2 servings each

    These meals can be spread out over a 2 week period. Portioned local ingredients, and recipe cards with step by step photo instructions for an awesome, at home, culinary experience.
    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

    Estimated delivery: Oct 2015

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    Local D'lish Cooking Class -

    2 Tickets for a Cooking Class at The Local D’Lish (value of $160) + a Local Crate with 2 meals of 2 servings each.

    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.

    A beginner cooking class taught by one of our owners, Chef Mike, at The Local D’Lish in North Loop. Plus a Local Crate with 2 meals of 2 servings each.
    *Classes will be held at Local D'lish in the Northloop neighborhood of Minneapolis - dates in November
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    3. 2. 1…… LAUNCH PARTY

    2 Tickets to the Local Crate Launch Party + a Local Crate delivered to you with 2 meals of 2 servings each.

    The launch party will be held at Copper Hen on October 28th featuring a local inspired 3 course meal.

    *You will be able to choose your meals from our weekly available menu.

    Who doesn’t want to eat great food, socialize and have fun? I know we do. With this donation you will receive 2 tickets to our launch party at The Copper Hen as well as a Local Crate delivered to your home. The launch party will feature a locally inspired 3 course meal created by Chef Ben of The Copper Hen and Chef Mike Stalbaum. We will also feature signature cured meats from Red Table Meat Co.
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    Gobble Gobble - Local Crate Thanksgiving dinner for 8-10.

    Don’t mess with last minute shopping, we got your back. All the Items you need portioned and ready to cook, with recipe cards, even a dry rubbed turkey! Items TBD
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    The Trifecta -
    Cooking Classes + Launch Party + Local Crate

    You will get 2 Tickets to a cooking class + 2 Tickets to the Local Crate Launch Party + A Local Crate with 2 meals of 2 servings each!!!
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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    Home Invasion (aka. Dinner Party) - Impress 8-10 of your closest friends with a dinner party Local Crate style at your place.

    With Chef Mike as your personal chef creating a locally inspired 3 course meal. You will be sure to impress.
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    You Can Have It All!!!
    Dinner Party + Cooking Classes + Launch Party + Local Crate

    This donation will get you a dinner party Local Crate style for 8-10 of your closest friends. With Chef Mike as your personal chef creating a locally inspired 3 course meal. You will be sure to impress. You will also get 2 Tickets to a cooking class + 2 Tickets to the Local Crate Launch Party + A Local Crate with 2 meals of 2 servings each!!! It’s really the best of all worlds….
    *Available to Minnesota residents only

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- (30 days)