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CA$ 5,262
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 15 2014 2:19 AM UTC +00:00
CA$ 5,262
pledged of CA$ 200,000pledged of CA$ 200,000 goal
51
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 15 2014 2:19 AM UTC +00:00

About

What’s a CONGELATO?

In any language congelato translates to frozen. So we’ve taken the principle of keeping foods cold and revolutionized it into an innovative food display that showcases your moveable feast for your pleasure and that of your family and friends.

What is so COOL about the CONGELATO?

The core of the innovative CONGELATO is its use of molded ice packs. The CONGELATO has a base which holds the ice packs that chill the stainless steel pans from all five sides as well as a clear plastic dome. Flipped over those same ice packs support and chill the slate tray so your sushi, chocolates, cheese, cold cuts, anything really will stay fresh, safe and won’t stick. The CONGELATO (which will also stay hot for about 90 minutes) is your solution to presenting and conserving foods in a beautiful, practical and innovative fashion!

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What does the CONGELATO do exactly?

- Keeps food COLD up to 24 hours (Preparation: ice packs in freezer  2-4 hours)

- Keeps food HOT up to 90 minutes (Preparation: ice packs in boiling water 15 minutes)

- Highlights your culinary creations (like a chef)

- Impresses your guests

- Safely enables you to bring your food anywhere!

What’s Included?

The Classic Congelato: Base, cover, 3 high-quality stainless steel pans, 4 ice-packs and 1 full slate tray for endless entertaining possibilities.

The Prestige Congelato: Base, cover, 6 high-quality stainless steel pans of various sizes including 1 large, 2 half and 3 regular pans, 4 ice-packs,1 full slate tray, 1 half size slate tray and 1 2/3 size slate tray for even more endless entertaining possibilities.

Why do I need a CONGELATO?

At the start of any innovation, the question is: how will this improve my life? Remember the micro-wave, claculator, pc, wheel....fire! You need the CONGELATO to simplify and beautify any occasion that involves keeping food fresh, cold and safe!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be the first to have the beautifully designed, neat and practical, environmentally friendly, innovative CONGELATO on hand anytime you wanted to share with friends and family? The CONGELATO has long-lasting molded ice packs that cool the stainless steel pans by direct contact on five facades and cool the slate trays directly. It is a multipurpose, user-friendly, no ice, no spill, no electricity, no maintenance appliance that you will use to highlight your culinary creations year round for years to come.

The CONGELATO is the world’s coolest innovation in food presentation. The First COOLER that showcases your food like a CHEF! Because, after food, water and shelter, everyone needs a CONGELATO :)

                                                  FOOD and FUN!

The CONGELATO redefines the Art of entertaining and enjoying yourself with friends and family at home or anywhere in ALL activities involving food and fun!

Who should be using the CONGELATO?                                  

Moms, Dads , Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, Artists, Couples, Singles, Friends, Teenagers, Kids, Students, Roomates, Chefs, Caterers, Event planners, Wedding planners, Restaurants, Hotels, Reception halls, Small related businesses: ice cream parlors, bakeries, spice retailers, tea merchants, Art Galleries, Public Market, Public Relation Corporations, Advertising agencies, Steam boat captains...

When and Where do You CONGELATO?

Home, picnic, visiting, pot-luck suppers, fund-raisers, business meetings, camping, boating, fishing, birthday parties, special occasions: christenings, bar-mitzvahs, bat-mitzvahs, bachelor and bachelorette parties, buffets, graduation, get-togethers, house-warming parties, fondue & raclette parties, holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, St. Valentine’s, Mother’s & Father’s Day, Independence Day, Canada Day, National holidays, cocktail parties, product launches, corporate events, sporting events, fairs, festivals, celebrations, press conferences, vernissages, art exhibitions and we invite you to add to our list by telling us how you would use your Congelato. Your imagination and creativity is endless, why shouldn’t your Congelato help you fulfill your dreams?!!!!

What type of food goes in a CONGELATO?                                      

Sushi, Sugar on snow or Canadian Maple Taffy, Cheese, Chocolat, Hors d’oeuvres, Appetizers, Salads, Shrimps, Tabule, Cold cuts, Vegetables, Dips, Soups, Stews, Chili, Ice cream, gelato, sorbets, frozen yogurt, Pizza, Steak, Macaroni, Nachos, Poutine (Another Québec innovation), Breakfast / brunch, Buffet (Hot / Cold), Desserts, Pastries, Cakes, Pudding, Jello, Bottles, Cans and so much more...

Or: Simply use it at room temperature for:

- Chips, Popcorn, Peanuts, Pretzels, Peanut Brittle, Candy, etc.

Health Canada and the FDA take safety seriously

“It is important to keep cold food cold and hot food hot, so that your food never reaches the "temperature danger zone". This is where bacteria can grow quickly and cause food poisoning.” Health Canada

                                Has this ever happened to you?

You grab a cup of coffee at a hotel or cafe and reach for a milk or cream container from the bin only to find that it’s warm and the ice has melted or worse there is no ice? This wouldn`t happen if they had a CONGELATO!

“At room temperature, the numbers of bacteria that cause food borne sickness can double every 20 minutes! Chilling foods to proper temperatures is one of the best ways to slow the growth of these bacteria.”FDA

Environmentally Friendly Because you put the molded ice packs in your freezer that’s already freezing, you don’t use any extra electricity to keep your cold stuff cold. And you can replace Styrofoam containers (less garbage) by using the CONGELATO to transport food, even home from your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget you can also carry gelato (ice-cream, sorbet, frozen desserts) without fear of it melting.

We are proudly manufacturing in Canada, close to home, so as to reduce the amount of transportation involved in the production process. All this so we can feel good about our effect on Mother Earth. Help reduce your carbon footprint by pledging any amount for the CONGELATO.

About our team

Jean-FrançoisTellier : "In 20 years of practice, rarely have I met entrepreneurs as passionate and dedicated as Stéphane and Karen. Helping them in the pursuit of their dream, making their invention available to the world and supporting them with all my skills and expertise was the natural thing to do."

Matthew Smith is a young graphic designer who has been working in the industry for 6 years. Although he is from a small town, he believes that graphic design shouldn’t be confined by this. He tries to keep his clients up-to-date and modern in all the work he does for them. Stéphane and Karen were actually his first clients and he has enjoyed working with them the last few years and being a part of this whole experience has been wonderful.

Éric Savard has a passion for music and video; originally from Sherbrooke, he was introduced to music at a very young age. He demonstrated a keen interest in composing his own music. His first video was produced while he was at college. Unfortunately, he put music and videos aside and dedicated his time to complete a Bachelor in Business. Once he completed his degree he moved to Montreal for work and put aside his keyboard to dedicate his time to family and work. After 8 years he again started writing his own music with renewed style and determination. Eric realized how important it is to have a passion and share it. Eric won first prize in the Roland Synth Contest in 2009 and his current project is producing his own music album. Eric and Stephane have been friends for over 25 years.

Why Kickstarter? Kickstarter is the perfect forum to showcase innovative products and to raise capital in order to produce our vision. When the traditional avenues of funding failed, it was time to go out into the world of crowd funding and find like-minded individuals who truly want to help great projects come to life!

What Colors Does it Come in? For now : Matte Black , like the Model T Ford, with silver handles. But when this campaign gets crazy, expect the unexpected...  

How About Some Fun??? Have your own Kickstarter party! You wouldn’t have your CONGELATO yet, but you could have some friends over, put Kickstarter on the big screen, everyone could bring a laptop and your gang could review different projects: critique, discuss and possibly pledge towards some of them, like the Congelato, nudge, nudge, wink, wink!

Technical view A from our designer J.F. Tellier

Technical view B from our designer J.F. Tellier

Timeline --------------------------

For now, this is what we’ve done:

  • Final prototypes are signed off
  • Production facility is selected and ready to start
  • Supplier negotiations are done
  • Fulfilment centres selected
  • Logistic partners selected
  • Packaging prototypes done        

Once we’ve reached (and hopefully exceeded) our target amount then we take a nap. After waking up and collecting the pledges, then the work really begins: we go into production mode by ordering the molds necessary (3 months) in order to manufacture. It should take another 2-3 months to produce and package and ship to you, so all in all about 5 months from the end of the campaign you should receive your bright and shiny, new CONGELATO CLASSIC or CONGELATO PRESTIGE. You could even receive it sooner than promised, wouldn’t that be fun! We are just grateful for the opportunity of bringing our creation to your table.

***SHIPPING: To Canada and the Continental USA only. Customers from Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska will be charged an additional, applicable shipping cost and will be contacted at the time of fulfillment.

SPECIAL THANKS

AXIS PROTOTYPE

Our Team

Jean-François Tellier, Industrial Designer

Matthew Smith, graphic Designer

Éric Savard, videographer

Jennifer Lee Shulman, photographer, painter

Filming locations

Williams-Sonoma

ARES Kitchen and baking supplies

ALT Hotels

La Fromagerie des Nations

STEFFANOS

                                    Parents, friends, clients and BACKERS!

                                                              CHEERS!

Risks and challenges

We’ve been taking many risks since we opened our own business, STEFFANOS, in 2013, winning the “Love Your Local Business” contest and achieving Number One Restaurant status in Quebec on Trip Advisor. We’ve experienced great success because we take calculated risks and are well prepared. So, we’ve done our homework; we’ve been working on this for over a year in preparation to launch the best-ever Kickstarter campaign.

With such an innovative concept and even greater design, nothing could be worse than being unable to complete our promise. We’ve invested so much time, effort, money, and research, not to mention lost brain cells and consuming too much pizza, in order to plan and execute this cutting edge Kickstarter campaign. We had the dumb luck to hire the right people to fulfill our pledge to you.These are the risks and challenges that we could possibly face and will be prepared for:

MANUFACTURING COSTS: Manufacturing a project of this size requires a great deal of tooling which costs a great deal of cash. We have firm pricing for each mold necessary and fixed delivery dates in place with a local manufacturer. Agreements have been reached with suppliers of parts and packaging, we even have the prototype on hand for the box that we’ll ship you your CONGELATO!

MEETING DEADLINES: Timing is not always up to us. We chose our delivery dates carefully to allow for any and all unforeseen issues. We will stop at nothing within reason and the law in order to have this product out to our customers in time for the summer season, our goal is no later than May 2015.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: A project of this size is costly to ship internationally. All international shipping fees associated with delivery are the responsibility of the customer.

There will be no risk that we won’t deliver on time because we’ve been extremely conservative with our time-line; we’ve worked with experts in every area, the manufacturers and suppliers are in place with all the costing done and we will manufacture in Canada so that quality control will be of the highest order. We will be on-site, hands-on every step of the way.

The challenges are a little less under our control as the biggest challenge to date has been the innovative nature of our CONGELATO. It’s a matter of explaining that nothing like the CONGELATO has been seen in the history of the world and now there’s a new way to present and enhance all your food creations in a manner that they’ll look great, stay cold or hot and are transportable. Another challenge is letting people who don’t know about Kickstarter have the information necessary so they can join in on the fun and pledge towards the CONGELATO. All in all we will do our best to get you your CONGELATO on time.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    A BIG THANK YOU on our Facebook page!
    Your help at any level brings the CONGELATO one step closer to a party near you. And we'll keep you informed with all the CONGELATO updates.

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    A CONGELATO STICKER and all the CONGELATO updates. Free shipping within Canada.

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    CONGELATO ON USB KEY : The CONGELATO story in pictures on a USB key from the beginning of the idea up to the Kickstarter campaign, plus a personal THANK YOU LETTER. Free shipping within Canada.

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    Pledge CA$ 55 or more About US$ 41

    CONGELATO T-SHIRT: " CHILL WITH CONGELATO" and you get everything in the previous levels. Shipping not included.

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    CLASSIC EARLY BIRD: Get your very own CONGELATO CLASSIC You'll be saving at least $55 off of the retail price. You'll also get all our updates. Shipping not included.

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    CLASSIC EARLY BIRD EXCLUSIVE: if you are a member of BackerClub.co Get your very own CONGELATO CLASSIC for $90! You'll be saving at least $50 off of the retail price. You'll also get all our updates. Shipping not included.

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    Get your very own CONGELATO CLASSIC. Includes: base, cover, three stainless steel pans and one slate tray. You'll be saving at least $41 off of the retail price. Impress your guests at your next gathering with the CONGELATO. You'll also get all our updates. Shipping not included.

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    BackerClub.co EXCLUSIVE: If you are a member of BackerClub.co, you can pledge $99 CAD or more and get your very own CONGELATO CLASSIC + "Special Edition" BackerClub.co personalized engraved plate underneath the CONGELATO base. Shipping not included.

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    PRESTIGE EARLY BIRD EXCLUSIVE: if you are a member of BackerClub.co Get your very own CONGELATO PRESTIGE for $140! Includes: base, cover, six stainless steel pans of varying sizes and three slate trays (1 full, 1 half, 1 two thirds). You'll be saving at least $59 off of the retail price. Shipping not included.

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    Pledge CA$ 155 or more About US$ 116

    Get your very own CONGELATO PRESTIGE. Includes: base, cover, six stainless steel pans of varying sizes and three slate trays (1 full, 1 half, 1 two thirds). You'll be saving at least $44 off of the retail price. Shipping not included.

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    BackerClub.co EXCLUSIVE: If you are a member of BackerClub.co, you can pledge $155 CAD or more and get your very own CONGELATO PRESTIGE + "Special Edition" BackerClub.co personalized engraved plate underneath the CONGELATO base. Shipping not included.

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    Pledge CA$ 199 or more About US$ 148

    CONGELATO PRESTIGE + SWAG : You get your CONGELATO PRESTIGE along with the CONGELATO t-shirt, the CONGELATO story in pictures on a USB key, a personal THANK YOU LETTER and a BIG THANK YOU on our Facebook page (swag comes early). Shipping not included.

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    Pledge CA$ 450 or more About US$ 336

    5 CLASSIC CONGELATOS : Great gift idea for yourself and four family members or four best friends. Total savings of $250. Shipping not included.

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    5 CLASSIC CONGELATOS + 5 PRESTIGE CONGELATOS. Total savings of $270. Plus a personal 10 minute phone call from the inventors. Shipping not included.

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    10 CLASSIC CONGELATOS with a "Limited Edition" plate numbered from 1 to 100 and a SPECIAL APPEARANCE in our "SPECIAL THANKS" video. Included: Room and food for two for a LUXURY weekend in Dunham, DVD or Blu-ray copy of the video. Note: Shipping, flight and transportation are not included.

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    10 PRESTIGE CONGELATOS with a "Limited Edition" plate numbered from 1 to 100 and a SPECIAL APPEARANCE in our "SPECIAL THANKS" video. Included: Room and food for four for a LUXURY weekend in Dunham, DVD or Blu-ray copy of the video. Note: Shipping, flight and transportation are not included.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION: Our ORIGINAL CONGELATO PROTOTYPES (first and second version, value $20,000 CAD). Just imagine how the value of these exclusive prototypes will skyrocket when the campaign goes viral! Plus a CONGELATO PRESTIGE signed by the inventors and an APPEARANCE AS HONORARY BACKER in our "SPECIAL THANKS" video. Included: Room and food for four for a LUXURY weekend in Dunham and a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the video. Note: flight or transportation is not included. Free shipping in US and Canada.

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