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Support Edinburgh Food Studio now! A space where arts, sciences & quality food collide to create cutting edge & delicious experiences
Support Edinburgh Food Studio now! A space where arts, sciences & quality food collide to create cutting edge & delicious experiences
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Edinburgh Food Studio

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We are Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella. With a combined 25 years in some of the world's best kitchens and food schools, we share a love for quality, delicious food and a deep knowledge of how it is produced. We travel tirelessly to research food and learn from those who produce it. At Edinburgh Food Studio we combine this knowledge and passion, helping to change the way Scotland interacts with food, and the science and culture that surrounds it. We're so excited at the opportunity to share our experience with you all and have some really delicious rewards to exchange for your invaluable support ...

       Concept

Edinburgh Food Studio is a space dedicated to keeping food interesting. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings we’ll be open for dinner. These dinners will frequently be collaborative ventures with guest chefs, artists and people from diverse disciplines such as ceramics, botany, music, poetry or perfume. 

We will host master classes and workshops on culinary techniques such as fermentation, foraging or butchery. These will be supplemented with a program of tastings, small conferences and product-based consultancy.

50% of our profits will go into researching and exploring Scotland’s food: its history, its culture and its future possibilities. We will publish this on our website: so when you come to Edinburgh Food Studio, you enable us to disseminate knowledge.

        Venue

Money from this Kickstarter campaign will contribute towards building our kitchen, and renovating the main room to create a convivial space, well adapted to dining, tastings and workshops. We are already working on the venue, which is situated in Edinburgh’s Newington area.

Seating is at communal tables, making Edinburgh Food Studio a great spot to enjoy delicious food and drink in a friendly atmosphere. For creative projects and teaching the main room also features a demonstration area. 

Sashana and Ben working on the studio
Sashana and Ben working on the studio

        Dinner 

Velvet crabs from Arran
Velvet crabs from Arran

We create a fixed daily menu in response to the changing seasons. Through our relationships with producers we are able to use ingredients in their prime condition. Recipes will be inspired by our fieldwork. Frequent collaborations will give us a constant source of fresh ideas to push forward with our produce-based cuisine. While we offer a fixed menu, if we know about your dietary requirements in advance, we will do our very best to accommodate you. 

We take the food we serve seriously, but once you arrive, its time to relax and enjoy, with new tastes, and some familiar delicious favourites. 

Come and join us at the table!

Baby courgettes and their flowers
Baby courgettes and their flowers

        Online Journal 

We will launch our online journal, to keep you updated with our research, in early 2016. As already mentioned above, 50% of our profits will go directly into research - this will take many forms, concentrating on fieldwork, interviews and study. We want to create an exchange of ideas, using our website as an open source multimedia platform. We aim to empower individuals, raise awareness of good food, and increase the visibility of Scotland and its phenomenal larder. 

        Budget and Timeline

Our first dinners and events will be held in October 2015, with the journal going live in the first months of 2016. Setting up a professional space is not cheap - to talk straight, the more you pledge, the better it can be.  

Sashana and Ben
Sashana and Ben

        Stretch Goal

Wow, it's been an incredible start to our campaign! We have now reached our initial goal of £10,000. Thank you so much for your support, it is truly humbling. We look forward to meeting you all at the studio.

Thanks to your pledges, we can now afford to build a basic kitchen without borrowing money from the bank (not sure they'd lend to us anyway)! As we are now overfunding, we'd like to set ourselves an ambitious stretch goal of £15,000. With this extra we hope to purchase better chairs in order to increase your comfort during your visits, and exciting new tools in the kitchen (pacojet, charcoal grill, and vacuum packer), allowing us to create more diverse and specialised menus.

Please do continue to share the link, your ongoing support is massively important to us!

        Press

Press coverage helps collecting pledges for our campaign, but also with promoting the project for the future. To see our recent coverage, please click the logos below:

         


Risks and challenges

There is no rulebook on how to set up a food studio, no online guide or standard business model. This is a one of a kind venture, and we will have to feel it as we go. Getting the balance of money making vs the creative side of the business will be complex, so we need to fund the research and creativity by dinners and events. The challenge of this new concept is to provide a space dedicated to benefiting the whole culinary community.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.21

    HEARTFELT THANK YOU!

    we are forever indebted.

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    OPENING PARTY INVITATION

    Drop in and celebrate with us on our opening night, Thursday 29 October. Reduced price drinks menu and complementary canapés will be on offer. This is a great chance to get involved from the start, and enjoy Edinburgh Food Studio before everyone else. Opening hours will depend on how many people buy this reward.

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    250g FRESHLY ROASTED COFFEE BEANS

    Ethically sourced, single farm coffee, roasted by us at Edinburgh Food Studio in tiny batches. We will roast it on the same day we send it to you.

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    LIVE MOTHER VINEGAR WITH A WRITTEN GUIDE ON HOW TO USE IT.

    A 750ml bottle of apple cider vinegar specially selected for starting new batches. This reward includes clear instructions on how to use this mother vinegar to start your own vinegar production.

    To reduce cost, come and pick it up from us. For non EU destinations please message us and we'll work out the cost for your delivery.

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    FOUR COURSE MENU X 2

    Come down to the studio for any of our dinners on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Drinks are not included.

    Dinner is by booking only and is subject to availability.

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    FOUR COURSE MENU X 4

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    SPONSOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE

    Sponsor an article in our online journal. Your name, or your company's name will appear with thanks, at the bottom of the sponsored article on our journal.

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    Pledge £210 or more About US$ 255

    FOUR COURSE MENU X 6

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    Pledge £360 or more About US$ 437

    FOUR COURSE MENU FOR A TABLE OF 12

    Bring your friends to the studio for any of our dinners on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Drinks are not included.

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    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE PARTY

    Bring your friends/colleagues to the studio for a private party on any day of the week. This can be for lunch or dinner. Drinks are not included.

    Exclusive Private Parties are by booking only and are subject to availability. Please be in contact to arrange details.

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD

    Handwritten words of thanks on a postcard sent to you by one of our research team from fieldwork in Scotland.

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    EARLYBIRD OFFER: PRINTABLE RECIPIES

    Those who pledge will receive a selection of 5 printable recipes. The recipes will come directly from our research, and will never be published by us online.

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    LIMITED OFFER: OUR EXCELLENT VINEGAR

    A 750ml bottle of unpasteurised, wild fermented apple cider vinegar barrel aged by us. Made from apples harvested in 2008.

    To reduce cost, come and pick it up from us. For non EU destinations please message us and we'll work out the cost for your delivery.

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    FOUR COURSE MENU

    Come down to the studio for any of our dinners on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Drinks are not included.

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    FOUR COURSE MENU X 2

    Come down to the studio for any of our dinners on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Drinks are not included.

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    FOUR COURSE MENU FOR A TABLE OF 10

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