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Want organic, healthy take-out that tastes good? Or to learn to make your own ketchup? Or have cookies shipped to you? You can here! Read more

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Want organic, healthy take-out that tastes good? Or to learn to make your own ketchup? Or have cookies shipped to you? You can here!

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Hi! We, Chelsea and Susanna, founded Back to Basics Kitchen LLC.  We’ve been helping people get back to basics and get real with their eating since 2009.  What’s back to basics?  Meals cooked from scratch by human hands using fresh, unprocessed ingredients, preferably from an organic producer, preferably a local one, and even better one that you know.  It’s cooking like grandma did.

We’ve recently leased a space for a commercial kitchen to expand our services.  With a little Kickstarter love we'll be able to outfit our new kitchen space with the necessary commercial equipment.

Let us tell you about ourselves before detailing the equipment purchase.

We have three primary goals as a business:

  • To close the gap between people’s interest in healthy food and their ability to access and prepare it.
  • To support local farmers and producers, strengthen community, and build our local economy.
  • To operate in the most ecologically and socially just manner possible.

Our Services:

We’ve got a synergistic, one-stop shop business that addresses the need for both high quality prepared foods and basic, everyday culinary education.

Culinary Education

Empowering people to cook for themselves is at the heart of our business. Our classes are unique and effective because they emphasize planning, prepping ahead, and ingredient sourcing as much as recipes.  Check out our recurring, in-depth workshop From Scratch as well as our individual classes.

Our ultimate goal is to partner with the local school districts and non-profits with whom we’ve begun conversations to offer regular free and low-cost cooking classes that address the needs of low-income participants.

Fresh Weekly Meals

Beginning in July 2011 we’ll offer a weekly take-home meal service.

Featuring fresh, simple meals, the weekly menus are based on seasonal, local, and organic ingredients and include choices for entrees, separate sides,  pantry staples such as chicken broth, and high quality condiments to mix and match. Options for special dietary needs include gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and GAPS-friendly. 

Small Business Incubator

Our kitchen is available to rent on an hourly and monthly basis. As we grow we’ll focus on supporting similarly-minded sustainable businesses by providing space and assistance with licensing as well as increasing purchasing power for local foods.

Farm to Table Catering

Each growing season we cater farm-to-table dinners and farm weddings featuring locally-produced ingredients. These are zero waste events and help raise public awareness of the possibilities of sustainable catering practices.

What We Have:

We have a three-year lease in a beautiful, sunny kitchen that has space to host our catering and classes as well as those of others. We have 17 years of combined personal chef, restaurant (Chelsea has even run her own) and small business management experience. We both have nutrition certifications. We have a business coach, a solid business plan, a lawyer, insurance, a website, a list of potential renters, and even a supply of Ela Family Farms jams and Justin’s nut butters to turn into cookies for our Kickstarter friends.

What We Need:

What don’t we have? The money for the commercial kitchen equipment that will make our kitchen run.  And we’d love for that money to come from our community, from people who will use and believe in our services.

Here’s What $15,000 Will Buy:

2 commercial coolers, 2 commercial freezers, 1 convection oven, 1 six-burner range, 5 stainless steel prep tables, 4 dry-storage shelving units, sheet pans, hotel pans, 3 nice, large stainless steel pots, Cambros (commercial Tupperware!), cutting boards and knives.

Here's What $18,000 (or more!) Will Buy:

If we exceed our funding level we’ll be able to purchase a Robot Coupe commercial processor and an attachment for our commercial mixer that will allow us to grind our own meat fresh, and even make our own sausage! We'll also be able to offer a dishwashing position and prep cook position sooner- you can make that job creation happen. 

Help Kickstart us so we can grow more quickly allowing us to reach further into and beyond our community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to ask questions, and check out our website for more information.

Thank you for your support, and happy eating!

 Video music is "Farewell Blues" by Django Reinhart. We claim no rights to this song.  Also thanks to Rocky Thompson for the outdoor cooking class video clip.


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    A lovely hand-written card of many thanks and a video of some of our favorite cooking tips.

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    A half-dozen freshly baked, organic cookies featuring some of our favorite local products. Choose from Ela Family Farm Jam Thumbprint cookies, Chocolate Chocolove Chip, or Justin's Organic Peanut Butter, Ambrosia Honey and Sea Salt Cookies (grain and dairy-free and delicious!). Plus the card and video. Ingredients listed at

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    A gift card to one of our $25 cooking classes ( OR one dozen delicious organic cookies- choices above. Plus card and video.

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    One dozen cookies from choices above, and we'll ship them anywhere in the US. Plus card and video.

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    “Kickstarter Special”- One of our weekly freshly made, seasonal, organic family meals featuring local ingredients for four: includes one main dish and two sides. Plus card and video.

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    One week of menus including recipes, shopping lists and how to plan and prep your meals ahead- A nice preview of our feature "From Scratch" class series. Plus card and video.

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    “Kickstarter Super Special”- Three of our weekly freshly made, seasonal, organic family meals of one entree, two sides, AND one dessert for four. Plus card and video.

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    One 2-hour private cooking class at our new kitchen for up to four people. We'll give you a choice of seasonal topics and menus. Includes a meal we'll make together and recipes. Plus card and video.

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    A gift certificate to attend our full three-part "From Scratch" Class Series ( and a full cookie sampler. Plus card and video.

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    A tour of one of our favorite local farms and cooking class for up to 6 people with dinner and Colorado wine PLUS a full cookie sampler. And of course card and video.

Funding period

- (30 days)