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With your help, we are going to transform a spot on busy Valencia Street into a beautiful and functional community space.
With your help, we are going to transform a spot on busy Valencia Street into a beautiful and functional community space.
With your help, we are going to transform a spot on busy Valencia Street into a beautiful and functional community space.
213 backers pledged $17,191 to help bring this project to life.

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7x7- "Kickstarter We <3: Dandelion Chocolate's Valencia Parklet"

Eater- "Dandelion Chocolate Wants to Roast Marshmallows on Valencia Street"

Curbed SF- "Parklet Watch"

 WHAT WE ARE UP TO

As part of the San Francisco "Pavement-to-Parks" program, we are transforming two parking spaces into a beautiful seating area where all can enjoy Valencia Street and linger outdoors.

 

Parklets are a response to the increased need for public open space. These realms allow individuals to engage with their surroundings in a way that is often prevented by the busy hubbub of city streets.  

Outdoor seating is hard to come by in the Mission District of San Francisco. Pedestrians most often need to spend money in a business in order to enjoy space outside. This parklet will be a community space that anyone can enjoy.

We have spent a long time visioning, designing and submitting proposals to the City of San Francisco in order to develop a safe and intimate space for pedestrians to socialize, relax and appreciate their city from an alternate perspective. We ensured that this design integrated well into the Valencia sidewalk vernacular; for example, the floor of the parklet will emulate the unique grates on Valencia’s sidewalk.

WHAT YOU ARE FUNDING

Dandelion Chocolate will be matching the funds from this campaign dollar-for-dollar. That means every $1 backed puts $2 towards the design, construction labor and materials of the parklet. Also, every $100 backed will support 1 square-foot of the parklet. 

We have set our Kickstarter goal at $13,000 as it is the minimum amount of support needed to build our basic design.

But we have BIG dreams and neat ideas if we are able to raise more!

With $20,000, we can include an awning, solar panels and elegant outdoor lighting. We hope that one day we can include a fire pit where marshmallows can be roasted and toasty s’mores devoured.  

WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR THE FINAL STRETCH 

We have acquired and paid for all the city permits necessary to complete this project. It took some time, but we have developed an exquisite design that heeds all city requirements and integrates well into Valencia Street's character. Your pledge will fulfill the cost of building materials, construction labor, and Kickstarter rewards.

PROJECT TIMELINE

OCTOBER 2012 -  Dandelion Chocolate began conceptualizing and designing a parklet

APRIL 2013 -  Applied to Pavement-to-Parks for a parklet on Valencia Street

JANUARY 2014 -  Received tentative design approval

APRIL 2015 -  Received final approval from all necessary agencies

APRIL 13, 2015 -  Kickstarter launch and campaign

MAY 2015 -  Construction on the parklet scheduled to begin

JULY 2015 -  Construction on the parklet scheduled for completion 

JULY 2015 -  Parklet Party! A gathering of our local community members, backers and businesses to celebrate the completion of the parklet

JULY 2015 and On -  The completed parklet will be enjoyed by countless residents and visitors to the neighborhood and city

Some of Our Rewards

A Tartlet for a Parklet
Come on by our café and factory space on Valencia Street and choose any of the delicious pastries created by our Executive Pastry Chef, Lisa Vega, and her team.


Chocolate for a Parklet
We are making some very special never before make Nibby bars with some of our favorite beans from Mantuano Venezuela. These beans come from a woman-run cooperative nestled in the tropical hills near the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. For this special-edition, we have sprinkled roasted nibs on top to add some crunch to this bar's notes of gingerbread and espresso with a hint of cinnamon


Workhorse Rye Special Edition Bitters
Our longtime friend and collaborator, Rob Easter from Workhorse Rye, has brewed up a very distinct Special Edition of his cacao bitters using our beans from Ambanja, Madagascar and finger limes he picked at Tenalu Farms in Porterville, California. Rob worked with with tangy, red fruit notes in these beans and the citrusy perfumey burst of finger limes to create a delicious and flavorful concoction.


Special Edition Tote Bag
We are so excited about the beautiful design we will be printing on our Special Edition Tote Bags. Emily Rea, our in-house barista and artist, worked very hard to develop this image for our campaign and we are delighted with the result. Her inspiration came from the scientific drawings she was surrounded by growing up, as her father is a Plant Bio Chemist.


About Dandelion Chocolate 

Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. We roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. By sourcing high quality beans and carefully crafting tiny batches, we try to bring out the individual flavors and nuances of each bean. 

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About Mission Cheese 

Mission Cheese is a small cheese shop and café in the Mission District of San Francisco that celebrates American Cheese. 

The folks at MC are currently working on an exciting campaign to fund their upcoming sister restaurant Maker's Common. Check out their DPO campaign here! 

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A Great BIG Thank You To...

A whole slew of Dandelions and Lionesses...  who are banding together to make this project happen. You guys are the greatest. 

Aaron Grimes -  Our very talented videographer. Check out some of his work here! 

Ben Berry, Maverick Watson and Mark Clifford -  Our wonderful band who composed and recorded the tunes for our video. 

Emily Rea -  Our multi-talented artist and barista extraordinaire. Check out some of her work here.

Mission Cheese -  Our lovely neighbors who always share their salty, creamy, crunchy goods. 

Oblio Jenkins, Peter Gutkin and Jeff Burwell -  Our extraordinary design and construction team who are making this dream a reality. 

… and YOU! For taking a look at our campaign and considering becoming a backer. Thank you for your support! 

Risks and challenges

At this point in our venture, the risks and challenges are few. We do face the likelihood of construction delays which may set back our final completion date but will not put the project's completion at risk.

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    Thank you for your support!!

    We will shout our appreciation from the Social Media rooftops! A personal Thank You on our Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

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    A Tartlet for a Parklet!

    Come on by the Dandelion Chocolate Cafe for a chocolatey treat.

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    Chocolate for a Parklet!

    Like a little crunch with your sweet? We've made a very exciting Special Edition Nibby Bar for our Kickstarter Backers that we have never made before. This single-origin bar will be sprinkled with crunchy nibs of the same origin.

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    Special Edition Workhorse Rye Bitters

    Our longtime friend and collaborator Rob Easter from Workhorse Rye, has brewed up a very distinct Special Edition of his cacao bitters using our beans from Ambanja, Madagascar and finger limes he picked at Tenalu Farms in Porterville, California. Rob worked with with tangy, red fruit notes in these beans and the citrusy perfumey burst of finger limes to create a delicious and flavorful concoction.

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    Special Edition Tote Bag

    Our multi-talented barista, Emily Rea, has created a gorgeous cacao-themed design that we will print on a Tote Bag. Check out the design reveal during our campaign!

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    Tour the Chocolate Factory

    Our weekend factory tours are booked solid through the end of August. This reward offers you and a friend an opportunity to jump the line with a small group of other Kickstarter backers.

    When touring our chocolate factory, you will learn how chocolate is made, what cacao looks like and taste chocolate at each stage of its development into a delicious Dandelion Chocolate Bar.

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    Party on the Parklet!

    Invite for 2 to our Dessert Party on the Parklet once construction has been completed. There will be hot chocolate, sweet treats, music and maybe even some hot gooey raclette from our neighbors at Mission Cheese.

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    Cocktail Making Class with Workhorse Rye

    Our longtime friend and collaborator Rob Easter from Workhorse Rye, will share his extensive knowledge in a distillation and cocktail making class in our factory.

    Learn the essential skills and modern techniques to make an Old Fashioned perfect to your taste, how to implement chocolate in cocktails, and toy with Rob’s line of inspired bitters. This reward includes admittance for you and a friend. We'll cheers to that.

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    Private Tour of the Chocolate Factory

    Our weekend factory tours are booked solid through the end of August! This reward will offer you and up to 3 friends a chance to jump the line for a Private Tour.

    When touring our factory, you will learn how chocolate is made, what cacao looks like and taste chocolate at each stage of its development into a delicious Dandelion Bar.

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    Cheese and Beverage Pairing

    Our neighbors at Mission Cheese will host you and up to 3 friends for a delicious pairing of craft American Cheese and California Beverages.

    Match some California brewed beverages with creamy, salty, crunchy goodness while a Cheesemonger shares all their wisdoms on the American Cheese Industry and the biology of flavor.

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    All the Sweets you can Eat!

    Come on into our cafe and order all the chocolate goodness you and a friend can consume in one sitting. Dulce de Leche bars, Nutella Stuffed Cookies, Cocoa Nib Brittle galore.... yum!

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    A Box of Custom Labeled Chocolate Bars

    Design the image and text of a bar label with our Chocolate Keeper, Cody, and receive a box of 10 bars with your custom label.

    This reward is available for pick-up or shipment.

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    Chocolate Maker for a Day

    Work at the factory with our team of "Production Wizards" and learn all about what it takes to make a Dandelion Chocolate bar.

    Sort, roast, crack, and winnow cocoa beans; melange and conch nibs; temper chocolate to its perfect shiny consistency; and wrap finished bars in shiny gold foil. Finish the day off by taking home bars that you helped to create.

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    Baker for a Day

    Work in our pastry kitchen for a day with our Pastry team led by Executive Pastry Chef Lisa Vega. Learn to make some of our tasty cafe treats like S'mores, Tiramisu, Valencia Street hot chocolate, and single-origin brownies. Complete the day by taking home chocolate recipes and treats to share... or not share.

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    Private Chocolate Making Class hosted by our "Chocolate Sourcerer" Greg D'Alesandre for up to 6

    Make your own small-batch of chocolate and dive right into techniques for flavor development and production. Taste a variety of our roasted nibs to formulate and melange your own single-origin or blended dark chocolate. From there, Greg will walk you through the process of turning beans into roasted nibs. Take home your batch of untempered chocolate and a bag of freshly roasted nibs.

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    Sourcing with a Sourcerer

    Travel with our "Chocolate Sorcerer," Greg, on a trip to a working cacao farm in a country such as Ecuador, Belize, Brazil, or the Dominican Republic. See how cacao is grown, cultivated, harvested and fermented and learn how Dandelion Chocolate determines which beans we will source for our chocolate. Tap Greg's brain, speak to the farmer and enjoy a getaway within the tropics.

    (Reward cost includes airfare- from the Continental US, lodging and some food. Greg will be choosing destination which will depend upon the timing of the trip.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)