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To open a live fire cooking restaurant in Birmingham focusing on high welfare meat and seasonal British ingredients
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From dead end factory job, to pop up barbecue in my Mom's garage, via street food trading at some of the nation's biggest events, the next stage in my journey as a chef is my own bricks and mortar, Birmingham-based, restaurant. But I need your help.  

My name is Andy and I started Low n Slow five years ago out of a desperation to end a day-to-day routine, working in a factory and being stuck in the deepest of ruts. I wanted to create something I could call my own, something independent and creative, something that would earn my partner Donna and I a living. And I started from the very bottom. 

With a small bank loan and a lot of family support I bought some basic catering equipment and started cooking pork shoulders in a tiny smoker in my Mom and Dad's back yard. The smoker would often go out and need refueling in the middle of the night, the winters were extraordinarily hard. Rain and wind made it more or less impossible some nights and I would have to build den-like creations to protect me and the smoker from the elements. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing. But I can cook and I was willing to learn. And anybody who knows me will vouch for my unending passion and commitment to hard work. 

Original Smokers
Original Smokers
Den Building 2013
Den Building 2013

A local pub gave me my first break and let me have their beer garden to sell food on Saturdays. We soon out grew that and moved on to farmers markets in the city, and then the famous Digbeth Dining Club. 

I got better. And better, building confidence in what i cooked and getting props from chefs i admired, Cooking at prestigious national events like Meatopia which was a dream of mine to be invited to, reaching the finals of the Young British Foodie Awards is also a career highlight and opened a lot of doors making life long connections and friendships.

Meatopia Chefs 2018
Meatopia Chefs 2018

Over the years the city I love, Birmingham, has shown me so much support, offering me locations for pop up kitchens and buying my food seemingly everywhere I've been. But I've outgrown street food and I need your help. 

Streetfood Chaos
Streetfood Chaos

I've got the passion, I've got the knowledge and the skill and have an ethical commitment to sourcing high welfare animals and the best produce this country can offer. I don't cut corners, but I do need a leg up from time-to-time. I need my own restaurant. A restaurant the city will be proud of. A venue where I can test myself to produce even better food. Where the weather can't hinder my talent. Where my diners can sit in comfort and explore my offering of Texas and Mexican cuisines, with good wine right here in the West Midlands. Where I can build a team that can deliver an impeccable, regularly changing seasonal menu. 

Smoked Middle White Pork Shoulder
Smoked Middle White Pork Shoulder

And I will cook over fire. Cooking over fire requires extensive extraction that doesn't come cheap and although I'm asking for funding I will match every donation pound-for-pound, penny-for-penny, as will a private investor. My hard-earned money will be on the line. It's make or break. 

Grilled Rib of Longhorn Beef
Grilled Rib of Longhorn Beef

I'd like to thank each and every one of you for your support up to this stage and moving forward. 

 Love, peace and whole lot of tacos, Andy and Donna x

Lamb Barbacoa 2018
Lamb Barbacoa 2018
Ole Hickory Smoker 2018
Ole Hickory Smoker 2018
Us with Aaron Franklin, Texas 2015
Us with Aaron Franklin, Texas 2015
Birmingham FDH Awards Best Street Food 2016
Birmingham FDH Awards Best Street Food 2016

Risks and challenges

Sites are really hard to find and although we have one in mind for this project we cannot sign a lease until after this project closes.

If I can, and I will do everything in my power to, I will take this site. But we have had this problem before, I get out-bid, the landlord changes their plans or there are other factors that are out of my control.

One issue I keep coming across is not having the money in place when i do look at sites. Successfully funding this project will mean even if I don't get this site, when the next one comes along the money will already be there to make a move straight away.

Any rewards that require a restaurant for me to operate out of like pop ups or demos will be fulfilled either way, be it at my site or at a friends space

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    A thank you tweet from ourselves. You will also be added to an email group for exclusive news and pics of progress as and when we start building the restaurant.

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    A Signed Picture of Taco Ben

    A one-off exclusive picture signed by the legend himself, Ben is a taco expert and this is a real collectors piece.

    Ben is the Taco-ist man that has ever walked this earth

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    Digbeth Dining Club!!

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    2 Dishes and a FREE Booth for the NIGHT! at ANY Digbeth Dining Club Event*

    *Booth Booking MUST be before 6.30pm

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    Exclusive BBQ sauce and Dry Rub Pack

    I will make a one off recipe / batch based on my famous sweet heat BBQ sauce with a sachet of my sweet tangy dry rub

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    100 Day Aged Burger Pop Up

    Due to popular demand i will do one more 100 day aged burger pop up. This is for one person and a drink, ill even cook y'all some chips!

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    Quiet Waters farm pig cook out

    Enjoy a plate of free range whole hog from quiet waters farm served with ‘collard greens’ amd corn bread including welcome drink. Location will be East London. Date to be confirmed but we are aiming for April/May.

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    A one off T-shirt using the original Mr Met 90s graffiti character. Please specify size required

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    Farm Tour

    A one off opportunity to visit Hill View farm in Gloucester with owner Martin Gilder and Andy. Go into the fields surrounding the family home and see the beautiful Longhorn cattle, Texel Lamb and Middle white pigs up close with talks from us about the animals, methods of farming and anything you want to know about these beautiful creatures.
    This is for one person. Tours will be in groups of 10. Date and time to be agreed.

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    Low n slow X Buddha Belly Pop Up

    So we've talked about it for years but FINALLY you're able to purchase a ticket to dine upon an exclusive menu devised by Sai and Andy.

    This will be fusing Sai's amazing Thai food skills with Andy's live fire cooking!

    Expect dishes like Grilled Bavette Massaman Curry, Grilled Quail with salsa and lots of wood fired spicy food.

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    An invitation to our Launch Night Party

    An invite to an exclusive launch night when we open the restaurant, welcome drink, canapes, snacks and a tour of the site included.

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    £50 voucher for restaurant

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    Launch Party V2

    BY POPULAR DEMAND!

    1 ticket to the 2nd launch party!

    Includes Welcome Drink, Canapes and Snacks

    There'll be music and fun and laughter!!

    Come Celebrate With US!!!!!

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    Pig Butchery Demo and Cutting Room Tour

    Spend a few hours at Martins cutting room in Gloucestershire, see the Himalayan salt ageing chamber and get a demo on how to break down a pig into the cuts we use for grilling and smoking with Master Butcher Louis. Date and time to be agreed.

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    Matt Burgess X Low n Slow colab

    A ticket to an exciting collaboration with a dear friend and inspiration of mine Matt Burgess of Caravan restaurants, London.

    Four courses drawing influences from Matt's New Zealand Heritage, his time spent with Jamie Oliver at Barbecoa and our love for fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked over fire.

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    Nathan Eades colab

    A one off colab with friend and inspiration, chef Nathan Eades of the Wild Rabbit, Kingham.

    The former head chef of Michelin star Simpsons restaurant in Edgbaston, Birmingham has been a friend and inspiration to my cooking for years, we have always spoke about working together and this is the time.

    £75 includes a multi course menu featuring Nathans love for organic veg and my passion for beautiful aged meat.

    Welcome drink included.

    Exact date and location (if not my restaurant) will be set at a later date but will be in Birmingham.

    This is a ticket for one person

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    Intro into Street Food with Andy

    Spend some time with Andy as he talks you through how he set up his business, the struggles of being an independent operator, how to manage time, build supplier relationships and transition into becoming a chef.
    Canapes and guest speakers included.

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    Meal for two at restaurant

    Join us when we open and enjoy a meal for two featuring chefs favourite picks from the menu that week and a glass of wine each.

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    Bar Meets BBQ....The Return

    Join Team Low & Slow for an evening of gastronomic extravagance as we team up with shining star in Birmingham’s cocktail world 18/81.
    Andy will team up with Robert Wood of 18/81, for a one-off multi course tasting menu of paired cocktails and alcoholic treats alongside experimental dishes from the Low N Slow notebook!

    This one promises to be truly special...

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    Intro into smoking meat with Andy

    A day class with Andy where he talks and shows you how to set up a bullet smoker and get it ready to cook on, what fuel to use and how to control the temp for long cooks. Meat choices, trimming and seasoning meat, methods of wrapping, finishing and hot holding.
    Place is for one person, organised into small manageable groups. Date & time to be agreed

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    Charcoal & Fire Day with Matt & Andy

    Spend the day with Andy and master charcoal maker Matt Williams where we talk you through how charcoal is made, why we use the coal we do, how to start a fire from scratch and methods of fire for grilling and smoking.
    Enjoy a meal cooked over the fire and gather knowledge from one of our fave people in the world.
    Place is for one person, organised into small manageable groups. Date & time to be agreed

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    Big Grill Festival, Dublin, Ireland

    2 All Access Passes

    2 passes for next years Big Grill festival with 2 guest chef dishes, 4 drinks tokens and the chance to meet and hang out with all the chefs and pit-masters.

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    An intimate dinner party for 6

    Andy and his chefs will come to your house and cook a one-off feast for up to 6 guests.

    The menu can be designed with the guests and feature special aged cuts of beef and pork from the Farm served with matching natural wine.
    This has to be within 100 miles of Birmingham and there must be a kitchen and outside space for me to cook from, dates and times to be agreed.

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    Low n Slow Tacos For LIFE

    Eat tacos on us, for the rest of your life, wherever we are. This is tacos only, no other menu items. Limited to one portion of tacos per visit.

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