Culture Kitchen's mission is to spread culture through food; to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to experience a foreign culture at its most intimate, through the diverse people and cultures around them.
We began in San Francisco, hosting cooking classes where those who know best, immigrants to the US, taught the preparation of authentic, ethnic food. Not classically trained chefs, but men and women with a lifetime of experience. Now, we are thrilled to introduce an even more convenient way to experience authentically ethnic cuisine: The Culture Kitchen Kits. These curated monthly shipments of generations-old recipes and hard-to-find ingredients make it easy for you for create real, everyday ethnic food in your own home.
Culture Kitchen Kits contain far more than its ample physical contents. Each kit embodies the story of the Master Cook that was pivotal to its design. Our Kits were not compiled by a single culinary school graduate with a broad education in international cuisine but individually crafted by an astoundingly talented man or woman who learned his/her wares through years of impassioned routine, experts in the practical application of their respective culture’s cuisine. Our Master Cooks brought their generations-old recipes with them when they immigrated to the US. These are not formally trained chefs. There is no fusion, no molecular gastronomy: just passionate people who love cooking, and love sharing their culture through food.
What's in a Culture Kitchen Kit?
Each kit features a different Culture Kitchen Master Cook, feeds 4-6 people and contains:
(1) All the hard-to-find ingredients in the exact quantities you’ll need
(2) Three recipes with step-by-step directions, helpful photos and a comprehensive shopping list for fresh items and pantry staples
(3) Personal stories from our unique Master Cooks, as well as tips & tricks cultivated from a lifetime of practice
So far, we have shipped 6 months of Culture Kitchen Kits (see previous kits here) and the response has been tremendous. To meet demand, we are looking to develop another SIX Kits! This means more manpower and time to plan, with our Master Cooks, the development of new kits and once done, to photograph, film and assemble them. For our next round we'll capture live cooking videos to help you along your culinary and cultural journey. With each of these six new kits, we will make short videos that blend technique with the endearing stories of our Master Cooks, adding to a cultural experience you’d be hard-pressed to find unless you have grandmas from around the world. We'll also include digital copies of the recipe booklets included in each kit, giving you more options than ever to satiate your hunger for Culture Kitchen!
We know from experience that this is a tall order, but we believe in the crowd-power of Kickstarter. Your order can make a difference! In order to source the best ingredients and make amazing kits, we need a minimum of 1000 pre-ordered subscriptions. A thousand people saying they want our amazing Master Cooks to teach them to make exceptional, authentic ethnic food at home. A thousand people that want to learn about not only the magic of a different cultures cuisine, but about the people that inspired it.
Culture Kitchen is The Food Network meets The Travel Channel and results in an experience more authentic and effective than either! Together, lets bridge the cultural divide and spread the skills and experiences that make people feel at home, wherever that may be.
Enjoy good food, good company and explore.
Special thank you to our amazing Photographers Ariel and Sam Soto-Suver of Bowerbird Photography, thanks for the lovely photos for the campaign.
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