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A giant takeout box delivering hot tasty dumplings, rescuing poor party animals from dry playa food at Burning Man '17.
142 backers pledged $9,716 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: HELP US GET FULLY FUNDED... $11,400 Stretch Goal

Wow, you guys really made it happen! With your gracious support, we've now covered 100% of our transportation costs! We're humbled by the positivity you have shown us, and can't wait to get the Catmandu dumpling shack built for you!

For anyone still thinking about helping out, it's not too late. Your additional backing will get us closer to being fully funded!

$11,400 STRETCH GOAL: We need $11,400 to fully fund our project. We set our original goal ($7500) as low as we could to feasibly fund our project. With you generosity, we have now reached our first stretch goal ($9250) of covering all our transportation costs. However, we still are only funded for HALF of the cost of building materials and the flame effects. Help us reach $11,400 to fully fund our project!

Somewhere out there...

...deep in the playa, a party animal is lost and hungry and needs your help. Every year, innocent burners are abused by dry, tasteless morsels and neglected through a lack of adequate refreshments. They're crying out. And you can save them. With dumplings. A donation today will provide the care and love these burners need--in the form of delectable, fluffy food pillows. Will you find it in your heart to answer the call by digging into your fur pockets and leather pouches for these burners in need?  In exchange for your gift, we’ll send you a photo of a party animal who has been given a second chance. Thanks to your help. 

The Catmandu Culinary Institute is building a giant Chinese take-out container to share the dumpling love at Burning Man 2017. Burners traveling past this art installation late at night will discover a functional kitchen serving actual Chinese food! We plan to cook thousands of dumplings to feed helpless burners every night. At the end of the week we will celebrate the life-affirming power of delicious dumplings by burning the entire structure in a dumpling-pyre. The more money we raise, the more food we will be able to serve. BONUS: Our chopsticks will throw flames.

We need your help to create the many amazing features of this structure and to transport, refrigerate, cook, and serve thousands of dumplings. This includes: 

  • Flame effects on the ends of the chopsticks 18 feet above the playa to alert Burners that dumplings are “hot and ready” 
  • Building materials to construct and reinforce the structure against harsh playa conditions 
  • Transportation of building materials, cooking supplies, and the food 
  • Refrigeration of thousands of dumplings throughout the week 
  • Thousands and thousands of dumplings 
  • Custom made snarky fortune cookies

 

Who is Catmandu?  

Catmandu is an eclectic herd of artists, musicians, DJs, computer nerds, climbers, bike riders, and whiskey enthusiasts. We love to make people smile, and we love to have fun. We're veteran burners who have contributed theme camps, performances, art cars, and structures to Burning Man for 9 years, including the infamous 2013 cat castle, our pride and joy playa contribution...until now.

 

 

Funds raised on Kickstarter will pay for the big ticket expenses needed to make this project happen.

  • 3,300 Dumplings: $2,500 
  • 1,000 custom fortune cookies: $500 
  • Refrigeration & sanitation supplies: $600 
  • 50% of Transportation costs: $1,750 
  • 50% of Building Material costs: $1,500 
  • 50% Flame effects & propane: $650 
  • TOTAL GOAL: $7,500

Any funds raised beyond our $7,500 goal will buy MORE DUMPLINGS.

Risks and challenges

A project of this scale has many risks and challenges. Bringing together aspects of construction, food service, and flames is not an easy thing on Playa.

Fortunately, we are veteran burners who have brought countless theme camps, performances, art cars, and structures to Burning Man. We are aware of the challenges and pitfalls involved with anything on Playa.

Construction Challenges: We will be pre-building our structure in San Francisco two months prior to bringing it to the Playa. The takeout box has been designed in a modular fashion to quickly bolt together on Playa.

Flame effects and burn safety: Members of our crew will take the Burning Man flame safety training course. Trained team members will be present during any open flame events.

Food service and sanitation: We are applying for a State of Nevada health and food service permit prior to the event. Additionally our team will be cooking and serving mass quantities of dumplings at a small festival in July to hone our dumpling skills.

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    Catmandu Postcard

    Catmandu postcard featuring the party animal you’ve saved.

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    Custom Sticker Packet

    Packet of Catmandu custom stickers full of dumpling magic for you to share.

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    Bandana + Sticker

    The classiest damn dumpling do-rag (bandana) you’ve ever seen, PLUS a top-notch BIG sticker to add to your collection.

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    Bling Bling Package

    All of the above PLUS some Catmandu bling (i.e. a baller necklace to carry your dumpling love with you always).

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    Camping Cup Package

    All the above PLUS a sweet, high-quality ceramic camping cup w/ carabiner to wet your whistle, post-dumpling adventure.

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    Comfy-Dumpling T-Shirt Package

    An exclusive designer comfy-dumpling t-shirt. Plus the Stickers, bandana, necklace, and cup

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    'Meowmaste' Flask Package

    Sip your 'milk' in style with our 'meowmaste' flask. Plus the Stickers, bandana, necklace, and cup

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    T-Shirt & Flask Package

    Get the T-shirt and the flask. Plus everything else above ^

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    Cold-Nights Sweatshirt Package

    That whole mess, PLUS a cozy, perfect-for-playa-nights sweatshirt.

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    Rise-From-The-Ashes Nameplate Package

    Get all those goods, AND a custom laser-cut “thank you ‘donor name’” plaque mounted to our installation. After the structure burns we’ll dig your plaque from the ashes and mail it to you.

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    FEED ME NOW Package

    The whole kitten kaboodle (see what we did there?) PLUS 100 WARM DUMPLINGS TO FEED YOUR WHOLE DAMN CAMP ON THE PLAYA!

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