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My spices were created because of my desire for flavoring foods with simple ingredients to emphasize my 25 years of creating recipes.

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Chef Mini Me
Chef Mini Me
Chef Mini Me and his spices
Chef Mini Me and his spices
Steak Herb and Blackening Spice
Steak Herb and Blackening Spice
Blackened Talapia using the Blackening Spice.  The Blackening spice can be used on all fish, poultry and meat.
Blackened Talapia using the Blackening Spice. The Blackening spice can be used on all fish, poultry and meat.
Grilled Steak seasoned and prepared using the Steak and Herb Rub. The Steak Herb rub makes a wonderful marinade, a tasty dipping sauce and can be used on all meat, seafood and poultry.
Grilled Steak seasoned and prepared using the Steak and Herb Rub. The Steak Herb rub makes a wonderful marinade, a tasty dipping sauce and can be used on all meat, seafood and poultry.
Pulled Pork Sandwich using both the Dry Rib Rub and the BBQ Sauce
Pulled Pork Sandwich using both the Dry Rib Rub and the BBQ Sauce
Coney Spice and Seasoning Salt
Coney Spice and Seasoning Salt
Coney Dogs and Seasoned Fries using the Coney Spice and Seasoning Salt.  The Coney Spice also add tons of flavor to your chilis, whether vegan or meat based.  The Seasoning Salt is low in sodium and no MSG and goes wonderfully on EVERYTHING!  It is packed
Coney Dogs and Seasoned Fries using the Coney Spice and Seasoning Salt. The Coney Spice also add tons of flavor to your chilis, whether vegan or meat based. The Seasoning Salt is low in sodium and no MSG and goes wonderfully on EVERYTHING! It is packed
Coney Burger topped with Coney Sauce
Coney Burger topped with Coney Sauce

"From the Court to the Kitchen" is a new brand created by me which tells of my past and future.  "From the Court to the Kitchen" simply fit because of my years of playing professional basketball which transitioned into my love of cooking! 
 
Being a chef, I often go grocery shopping to purchase herbs and spices.  I'd always get different spices, only to add to them to get more flavor.  I decided to create my own line of spices based on my personal needs.  I felt that many home cooks/chefs probably felt the same way.  I began to blend, test, introduce, market and cook with my blend of spices.  It was a big hit locally and online. 
 
Jerk chicken prepared using the Jamaican Jerk Rub with Lemon Butter infused Penne Pasta with basil, Tri colored peppers, lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan cheese; Sweet Bourbon Baked Beans; Garlic Bread topped with garlic butter, mozz cheese and basil.
Jerk chicken prepared using the Jamaican Jerk Rub with Lemon Butter infused Penne Pasta with basil, Tri colored peppers, lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan cheese; Sweet Bourbon Baked Beans; Garlic Bread topped with garlic butter, mozz cheese and basil.
I now want to introduce my entire line of spices and am raising the funds to do so.  My short and long term goal is to have my line of spices as a mainstay in every kitchen that I can touch. 
 
All of my spice blends and sauces are low sodium and have no MSG.  You can actually see and taste all of the time and love that has gone into creating every single bottle of spice.  They are loaded with herbs and spices which give great flavor to any dish that you add them to. 
 
Shrimp and Grits Dressing prepared using the Seafood Spice.
Shrimp and Grits Dressing prepared using the Seafood Spice.
Funds are currently being raised through Kickstarter to manufacture and produce the full line of spices listed below.  It is my desire to place all of the product in mainstream grocery stores as well as stores that specialize in unique spice blends. 
Jerk Chicken wings prepared using the Jamaican Jerk Rub. On the side Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple casserole; Rice and Red Beans flavored with coconut milk and jalapeno.
Jerk Chicken wings prepared using the Jamaican Jerk Rub. On the side Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple casserole; Rice and Red Beans flavored with coconut milk and jalapeno.
 

I've learned a lot about marketing and reaching out and finding "YOU"- From the Court to the Kitchen's loyal fans and supporters since its inception. The manufacturer is ready to get the product produced and moving.  I've gotten fantastic reviews from my customers, chefs, restaurants and ardent supporters, both in America and Europe.  I am ready to share with you ALL of the spices that I have created, plus there are many more that are being developed!  I want to truly knock your socks off!


Creole Rubbed Catfish
Creole Rubbed Catfish
 
 
From the Court to the Kitchen's:
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Coney Spice
  • Seafood Spice
  • Steak Herb Rub
  • Creole Seasoning
  • Blackening Spice
  • Middle Eastern Chicken Rub
  • Jamaican Jerk Spice
  • Rib Dry Rub
  • BBQ Sauce--Sweet and Tangy
  • BBQ Sauce--Savory Traditional
  • BBQ Sauce--Spicy

Suggested Uses: Add it to soups, salads, fish, chicken, lamb, beef, pork and just about every edible ingredient that you have!  Add mayo or olive oil to the spices to make a delicious dipping sauce. Mix and match them to make a wonderful "new" flavor!  You have hundreds of different combinations to work with!  You can use the spices as a dry rub on your meat, fish and poultry or add olive oil to make a marinade or wet rub. Throw some on steaks, ribs and chicken and toss it on the grill.  The flavors from grilling are absolutely delicious! 

Southern Egg Rolls stuffed with cole slaw and chopped pork butt that was prepared with the Rib Rub and Spicy BBQ dipping sauce; Raspberry and Raisin Spinach Salad with a Raspberry and Lemon dressing.
Southern Egg Rolls stuffed with cole slaw and chopped pork butt that was prepared with the Rib Rub and Spicy BBQ dipping sauce; Raspberry and Raisin Spinach Salad with a Raspberry and Lemon dressing.
From the Court to the Kitchen Spices
From the Court to the Kitchen Spices

Risks and challenges

This project was created as a viable way to produce and manufacture my full line of spices, sell and showcase the spices at conventions and to finally get all of the spices in mainstream stores in the United States and in European countries as well. The risk associated with this project are minimal.

From the Court to the Kitchen's line of spices have been thoroughly tested, logo and brand are easily recognizable with both color and design, the labels are being developed and as well as the nutritional and ingredient panel. The manufacturer, Signature Seasonings, can fulfill any size order from 25 cases and up, with no limit. Delivery of large orders has not been a problem as well. Creating the full line of spices is the key for success while conventions and demonstrations would be the next important equation.

A cost breakdown: $14,711.00:

Labels: Signature Seasonings
Ingredient panels: $ 300.00
Nutritional Panels: $ 300.00
Label Development: $ 1,000.00
Blank Labels: $ 700.00
Barcodes for Bottles: $ 50.00

Bottles: Signature Seasonings
4.5 ounce (3,600): $ 1,800.00

Spices: Signature Seasonings (Manufacturer)
(25 Cases Per Spice x 12 Bottles Per Case)

Seasoning Salt: $ 535.00
Coney Spice: $ 595.00
Seafood Spice: $ 560.00
Steak Herb Rub: $ 595.00
Creole Seasoning: $ 572.00
Blackening Spice: $ 535.00
Middle Eastern Chicken Rub: $ 572.00
Jamaican Jerk Spice $ 572.00
Spare Rib Dry Rub: $ 595.00
BBQ Sauce--Sweet and Tangy $ 650.00
BBQ Sauce--Savory Traditional $ 650.00
BBQ Sauce--Spicy: $ 650.00
Shipping/Handling: $ 1,480.00

Shipping Rewards: Estimated $ 500.00
Kickstarter/Amazon Charges: $ 1,500.00

Total: $14,711.00

Here is where you come in:

By supporting me and this project you will help launch "From the Court to the Kitchen" to the next level on becoming a national, and hopefully, international spice company!

•Tweet it on Twitter, Pin it on Pinterest, Plus it on Google, Post it on Facebook, tell your friends, your neighbors, your family, the milkman, and your local politicians.
•Take a look at the wonderful perks that I've assembled and see if any of them interest you personally and simply invest. No amount is too small!
•The rewards are "thank you's" for being a backer and supporter of a company that you will witness being "birthed" and also be a part of its' overall growth and development.

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    For your pledge you will receive one From the Court to the Kitchen ink pen.

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    $15 reward

    4 backers

    For your pledge you will receive an autographed bottle of the spice of your choice as well as your name being mentioned in my next cookbook with a full list of all of the supporters of this project, which is scheduled for release in early 2014.

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    $25 reward

    11 backers

    For your pledge you will receive two autographed bottles of spices of your choosing, and your name being mentioned in my next cook book as a backer.

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    For your pledge you will receive one autographed bottle of the spice of your choosing, your name being mentioned in my next cook book, and signed copy of my most recent cook book.

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    For your pledge you will receive two autographed bottles of spices of your choosing, your name being mentioned in my next cook book and a signed art print.

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    $250 reward

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    For your pledge you will receive one autographed bottle of EACH spice that has been manufactured, your name being mentioned in my next cook book, and signed copy of my most recent cook book.

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    For your pledge you will receive one autographed bottle of EACH spice that has been manufactured, your name being mentioned in my next cook book, a signed apron, a signed art print and signed copy of my most recent cook book.

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    Corporate Backer: For your pledge you will receive one autographed bottle of EACH spice that has been manufactured, your company being mentioned in my next cook book as a corporate backer, a catered event for up to 10 (contact me for details prior to backing), a signed apron and signed copy of my most recent cook book. Catered Event must be within Michigan or Illinois.

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    Corporate Backer: For your pledge you will receive two autographed bottles of EACH spice that has been manufactured, your company being mentioned in my next cook book as a corporate backer, a catered event for up to 25 (contact me for details prior to backing), a signed apron, a signed art print and signed copy of my most recent cook book. Catered Event must be within Michigan or Illinois.

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