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We are a locally-focused, farm-to-table restaurant in rural WI. Be a part of helping our Farmers, our Community and our Region grow!
We are a locally-focused, farm-to-table restaurant in rural WI. Be a part of helping our Farmers, our Community and our Region grow!
287 backers pledged $40,625 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Luke Zahm and I'm the Chef and Owner of the Driftless Café.

With the help of my wife Ruthie and 30 employees, we own and operate our 44 seat restaurant. As Wisconsin natives, the Driftless Region is where we call home. After working in kitchens for over a decade, I decided that if I wanted to cook with the best ingredients possible I would need to move back to the Driftless – back to the epicenter of the organic food and farming movement.

In the field with Ridgeland Harvest

We purchased the Café in 2013 with the idea that we could create a restaurant that was about more than just food – we wanted to showcase the amazing farmers and food artisans that call this place home. We wanted to support our friends and neighbors to create a stronger financial community. We wanted our food to serve as a bridge in our community and as a vehicle for growth into the future.

Good Energy = Good Food!

This has been an amazing year at the Driftless Café. We have seen an overwhelming response to the food and food experiences we offer. In May, we purchased the building adjacent to the current Café (formerly known as Viroqua Computer Supply Store) in order to serve up to twice our usual capacity, five days a week!

We knew that in order to build a sustainable business that continues to showcase the food produced by our farmers, neighbors and friends – we needed to expand. 

We decided to move forward with developing seating space as quickly as possible all the while knowing that it would take the support of our community to make the final component of this space a reality: THE KITCHEN!

What your money will buy:

Your financial support will allow us to secure the following:

  • A commercial hood system

  • A commercial dishwashing system (we currently do all of our dishes by hand!!!)

  • An equipped cooking line

  • Commercial refrigeration systems

When you pledge, you are putting dollars back in the hands of some of finest farmers in the world, supporting the growth of rural businesses, and saying out loud that you truly believe Good Energy does equal Good Food. 

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Risks and challenges

We've made it this far from strong partnerships with those who support us by way of contributing their products as well as by eating at our restaurant. Together, we are destined to see this project through – but we are literally out of space and tools...
With your help we will be able to:
+++ Increase our cooking capacity!
+++ Decrease wait time for lunch and dinner service!
+++ Continue taking on new farmers/food producers, while deepening partnerships with our current producers!

Even though we have the seating space and bar open for business, we cannot pursue the next phase of kitchen expansion unless we succeed. If we do make our financial goal, we plan to purchase tools and continue remodeling the kitchen for the next 4-6 months. Customers and backers will be able to benefit from this project as soon as Spring/Summer 2015 growing season starts! However, no matter if this campaign gets funded, Driftless Café is open for business.

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    DRIFTLESS CAFÉ RECIPE POST CARD! +++ Any support is big support! You receive a unique thank you note featuring a no-longer-secret Driftless Café recipe from our kitchen.

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    DRIFTLESS CAFÉ ART! +++ Receive an exclusive Driftless Café poster only available through this Kickstarter Campaign.

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    REGIONAL PRIDE! +++ Represent the region with a "Driftless" bumper sticker designed by Mr. Mike Koppa.

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    ORGANIC CHEESE BASKET! +++ This reward features three bricks of 1/2 pound organic cheese in a basket from St. Brigid's Meadows, an organic food producer for Driftless Café located in Coon Valley, WI.

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    PINT OF BOURBON MAPLE SYRUP! +++ Pure Wisconsin maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels from B&E's Trees, located near Viroqua, WI.

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    DRIFTLESS CAFÉ T-SHIRT! +++ Feel like a member of the Driftless Café Family by wearing a Driftless Café t-shirt designed by Mr. Mike Koppa.

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    ORGANIC VALLEY T-SHIRT! +++ Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, located in LaFarge, WI, has been a Driftless Café partner since the day we opened. This reward will find you sporting an Organic Valley t-shirt.

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    WISCO POP T-SHIRT! +++ We proudly serve Wisco Pop at the Driftless Café. It's made of 100% organically-grown cotton, sewn in Texas, and screen printed by the hands of the Wisco Pop Crew.

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    VIROQUA FOOD CO-OP T-SHIRT! +++ The Viroqua Food Cooperative is another pillar in the Driftless region food movement. Sport this t-shirt with pride!

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    KICKAPOO VALLEY RESERVE FAMILY PASS! +++ Chef Luke Zahm grew up in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Give at this level and receive a family pass to the reserve and have one more reason to visit the Driftless. Visit us for a warm meal after a snowshoe hike or an ice cave tour!

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    QUART OF MAPLE SYRUP! +++ Pure maple syrup is a treat no matter what the season. Pledge at this level and we will send you a quart of pure WI maple syrup from Eric and Shawn Meyer.

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    EDIBLE MADISON PHOTO! +++ Receive a beautiful Edible Madison photo print signed by photographer Jim Klousia when you back us at the $75 level. Backers selecting this gift will be contacted at the close of the Kickstarter to choose their favorite print from a selection of five special photographs.

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    ONE HOUR MASSAGE! +++ As if our farmers don't work hard enough, Drew of Second Cloud on the Left Farm is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who offers a tailor-made massage, according to your specific needs. Must travel to Holistic Health Center in Viroqua to receive this gift.

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    KICKAPOO COFFEE! +++ Driftless Café proudly serves this award winning coffee. At this level, enjoy two unique cans of premium coffee from our fellow Viroqua business partner.

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    EAT COOKIES! +++ Looking for a special treat for yourself or a friend? We will mail you a half-dozen delectable Cowboy David's Cookies! Cowboy David's Cookies and Cakes outside of LaFarge, WI, are featured at the Café and are truly heavenly treats.

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    EAT MORE COOKIES! +++ We are proud of the desserts we serve at the Driftless Café. Made in-house, these cookies (bakers dozen) will be a treat wherever you are located.

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    SKIP OUR RESERVATION LINE! +++ Have you ever wanted the luxury of bypassing the entire wait-time at your favorite restaurant? Now is your time! Seize your dreams! Rock this pledge level and you too can feel like a local celebrity!

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    UNDERGROUND MEAT SAMPLER! +++ Create a charcuterie plate from the Underground Butcher in Madison, WI. Four seasonal varieties will be shipped to your door to wow your friends and family with flavor!

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND CLOTHING! +++ Feel beautiful and unique in a one-of-a-kind Blind Hen Original by Erika Broser. Girls/Women skirt, shirt or sweater (size 2-14), specially handmade for you.

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    EAT CAKE! +++ Made with love and organic ingredients – let Dawn Hundt bake you one of her famous cakes from scratch. Give at this level and Dawn is sure to inspire your taste buds and soothe your sweet tooth! Delivery date is flexible, but be sure to give the baker at least 2 weeks lead time.

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    EAT MORE CAKE! +++ Don't skip our in-house made desserts as these are made from scratch. Give at this level and Driftless Café Baker Allison is sure to appease in the Cake Department, even accommodating those with dietary restrictions!

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    LIMITED EDITION ART! +++ Fran Knapp was one of the original Driftless Café employees and is an accomplished artist. Giving at this level secures you a limited-edition etching from her Hen Series.

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    CUSTOM SELECTED TORIL FISHER PAINTING! +++ At the upcoming Driftless Café May 2015 Art Show, Second Cloud on the Left Farmer Toril Fisher will let you pick a painting of your choice from her show!

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    DRINK MILK EVERY DAY! +++ Give at this level and enjoy one year of free organic and delicious Organic Valley milk from farms located in your region.

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    CABIN GETAWAY FOR 2 (version 1)! +++ Kickapoo Valley Ranch Guest Cabins offers “The Big Sky Getaway” the region's premier cabin; 2 nights stay for 2. This level of backing offers you the perfect getaway in the finest accommodations. KVR's sister company, Cowboy David's Cookies and Cakes, also provides you with a custom-made cake for 2 upon your getaway arrival! Advance reservations required; available 4/1/15 - 10/31/15.

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    CABIN GETAWAY FOR 2 (version 2)! +++ Kickapoo Valley Ranch Guest Cabins offers “The Big Sky Getaway”; 2 nights stay for 2. This level of backing offers not only the perfect getaway in the finest accommodations, but also a lunch or dinner meal for 2 at the Driftless Café! Advance reservations required; available 4/1/15 - 10/31/15.

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    TROUT FISHING GUIDED TRIP & 2 NIGHTS LODGING FOR 2! +++ Kick back during this weekend in rural Viroqua at The Newton Ridge Lodge. This reward available from April 1st through September 30th since you also receive a Guided Fly Fishing Tour for 2 (hosted by Driftless Angler Guide, Jim Gitter) along with boxed lunches from the Driftless Café. Fully accommodated Lodge offers best view in Vernon County! Advance reservations required; available 4/1/15 - 9/30/15.

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    EAT ORGANIC VEGETABLES! +++ Enjoy a Driftless Organics 2015 CSA half share! This premier organic vegetable farm located in Soldiers Grove, WI, is one of the Café's most prominent vegetable sources. Check out their webpage to make sure that you can access one of their CSA drop points.

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    EAT ORGANIC VEGETABLES! +++ Enjoy a Keewaydin Farms 2015 CSA half share! This organic vegetable producer is frequently featured on the Driftless Café menu. Check out their webpage to make sure that you can access one of their CSA drop points.

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    EAT MORE ORGANIC VEGETABLES & FRUITS! +++ Enjoy a Ridgeland Harvest 2015 CSA full share! Chef Luke sources high quality organic fruits and vegetables from Ridgeland Harvest just outside of Viroqua, WI, even well before running the Driftless Café. Today, their vegetables are our staples, no matter the season. Be sure to check out their webpage to make sure that you can access one of their CSA drop points.

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    PIZZA & WISCO POP PARTY! +++ Round up 30 friends and come see our new space! We will provide the pizza, salad and Wisco Pop.

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    DINNER FOR 10! +++ A private Wednesday Night Dinner for your closest circle of family and friends in the the new space. Menu special tailored for you based on local and seasonal ingredients. Wine pairing included.

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    HAND CRAFTED COFFEE TABLE! +++ Adrian Ugo is a key component to making our newly remodeled space come alive due to his great attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. Give at this level and you too can own an amazing piece of handmade furniture (locally sourced wood) made by Adrian. Deliverable within 100 miles of Viroqua.

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    MURAL OF CHOICE! +++ In 2013, Driftless Café Chef Ryan created the epic trout mural on the side of our building. Now you too can personalize your space with a custom designed mural! Ryan will provide design consultation and then bring the design alive on the side of your building. Must be located within 250 miles of Viroqua.

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Funding period

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