NIFTYFARE Handcakes are a cross between a veggie burger and a pancake. Frozen for your convenience, they are vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free and garlic-free. (whew!)
I cook thoughtfully, with attention to detail and maniacally avoiding cross-contamination. Our family has multiple food restrictions, so I GET it - labeling will always be thorough so you know exactly what you’re eating. Handcakes come 6 to a pack, and they’re fast, tasty, healthy and legume-based.
I’ve started with four flavors inspired by ethnic cuisines: Korean Hanguls, Indian Uttas, Native American 3 Sisters and Southeastern Hoppin’ Johnnies. The ingredients are locally-sourced organics whenever possible. I’ll be selling online this summer, then expand out into retail outlets that have already expressed interest and institutional/food service placements. Ingredients and other details are available on www.facebook.com/Niftyfare for now. The stand-alone website will follow soon, I promise!
Why Handcakes? NIFTYFARE Handcakes arose from the energy and scheduling needs of a busy parent. They had to accommodate our diet restrictions without driving me insane making substitutions. This includes being garlic-free because I while I love garlic, it doesn’t love me and it’s so hard to find processed convenience foods without it. They also had to be quick to make, AND tasty enough for the kiddo. Instead of another jerky, power bar, or imitation "meat", I went back to my love of different ethnic cuisines and my vegetarian roots. With the encouragement of my family and friends, I have now decided that the world deserves to have Handcakes available in their own freezers for quick toasting and munching!
they are thoughtfully made, joyfully eaten
Here’s the ask: I’ve taste-tested and finished product development, got enthusiastic responses at the Portland GIG Gluten-Free Fair, and now it’s time to move into a commercial kitchen and launch this dream. While I’ve actually found a naturally gluten-free kitchen (a small miracle), I still need to purchase my own equipment to avoid cross-contamination for other allergens. This is where you come in! Your contribution will pay the minimum rent on the kitchen with equipment (10 hours/week) for 6 months for the launch, get a basic packaging system with FDA-approved labels and a new food processor to replace my 12-year-old one before it bursts into smoke! I've got other stretch goals I can add once we've met the initial one, but I'm trying to be practical and take things one step at a time.
As NIFTYFARE grows, it will always be held to a triple bottom line: profit, sustainability and community support. Hey, it’s Portland: shipping will also be available with carbon offsets. Some of my further goals are exports, and operating a gluten-free food incubator which will support an internship program for autistic young adults. Yes, I’ve worked in nonprofits for many many years.So go check out the rewards, give me your feedback, make your pledge and let’s get this launched together...
Thanks for believing and eat joyfully!
- (30 days)