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By Joe Che
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About

Welcome to Chaos Cooking!

The concept is simple: Good People + Good Food = Good Times

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First of all, what the hell is Chaos Cooking?

Chaos Cooking is a vibrant, real-life community centered around cooking together and making new friends.

Chaos Cooking events typically take place in someone's kitchen.  Each attendee brings the ingredients for one dish and a drink of their choice, then everyone cooks together.  As various dishes are ready, they are passed around the room for people to nibble on.  You could think of it as a 20+ course tasting menu, where your dish is one of the courses.

At a designated time towards the end of the event, everyone goes into cleanup mode - working together to restore the host's space to its original condition.  Many hands make light work, so the cleanup phase usually takes only a half-hour or so.  During all of this, everyone is socializing, making new friends, borrowing ingredients from each other, and perhaps even getting a little boozy!

What specific things will the app do for me?

You are on the Internet right now instead of eating, drinking, and socializing with new people. That should be reason enough, but since you asked...

  • Make new friends and cook together!
  • Be the center of attention by hosting your own event in a few clicks.
  • Learn new recipes from people around the world and put your own spin on others' recipes.
  • Stay easily connected with the new people you meet.
  • Discover other fun happenings within your community.
  • Our "Trust System" will automatically filter out individuals you probably won’t appreciate.  Read more about this below.

Sounds fun!  But why do I need a mobile app for that?

The purpose of the app is to encourage more frequent Chaos Cooking events, in more cities around the world.

So far, all of the Chaos Cookings have been hosted by a core group of us.  This is because the process of hosting an event is still a little clunky and requires the help of someone who's done it before.

The app is meant to make the process of hosting an event really easy. We think this will give Chaos Cookers more of what they want, as well as introduce the concept to a much wider audience.

Besides, in a few years you'll have bragging rights from being on the forefront of this!

But there are already Chaos Cooking events happening ... without needing an app!

Right now the only connection between these separate communities is the fact they are using an idea that spread from a group of us in Brooklyn.  There is currently no centralized place to share ideas, meet new people, etc.

We also need to ensure that the community stays full of good people. We've designed a "Trust System" which will allow you to easily vet new people and quickly decide whether they are folks with whom you would enjoy cooking.

Can you explain more about the Trust System?

While almost everyone we've met has been an amazing person, there have been one or two individuals who made some people feel uncomfortable. You know the type I’m talking about.  We’ve created a way to have those few bad apples fall quietly by the wayside, enabling everyone else to become more connected and maintain a welcoming community.

After you meet someone at an event, there is an optional follow up.  You can choose to anonymously rate things like “delicious dish”, “great conversationalist”, “wonderful host”, “creative genius”, and yes, even  “awkward”. These ratings are all taken into account to help determine where individuals fit within the community.

Can't I just use Facebook or something?

Facebook and Twitter are great at keeping up with people you have already met, but they are terrible for meeting new people.  Dating sites can be a mostly-decent way of meeting new people to date but can carry awkward expectations - or just be plain awkward!  Chaos Cooking comes with no expectations; it's just a bunch of people who enjoy cooking together.

Chaos Cooking events let you meet people from outside of your normal circles.  It's kind of amazing how easily people bond while cooking together. People's lives are busy and complicated.  None of that matters at Chaos Cooking; everyone is simply there to cook and have fun doing it!

Why do you need $25,560?  That sounds expensive.  (A.K.A. The "My neighbor's kid is some kind of computer whiz and I bet he could do it for less" question)

A well-written article on PadGadget.com explored The Cost of Building an App and suggested the development costs range from $12,000 to over $150,000. We are going to try and do as much of the development as we can by ourselves, but in order to do it properly we recognize that we will need to retain the services of experts.

We will also use the money to pay a reputable PR company to help spread the word to other cities.  It isn’t fun to be the only one at the party.  We’ve been very successful growing the community in NYC, but there isn't much of a community in (for instance) Des Moines, Idaho.  We simply want to find the right people for you to connect with. The increased awareness provided by PR, combined with the app will provide the missing link and allow the community to grow in a sustainable way.

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

We will mirror all the functionality of the app on our website.  None of the Kickstarter funding will be used for this.

Do I have to give up any privacy?

We hate spam and think you should too.  We will never spam or transfer your info to anyone.

Rewards

We hope you will want to contribute because you like the concept and are as excited about the possibilities as we are.  Our mobile app will allow for more Chaos Cooking events in more cities, while strengthening the community in cities where we already have a presence.  We want to use as much of our fundraising money as possible to move towards that goal.

That said, as a small token of our gratitude for your support, we've created some fun little gifts.  They're not much, but it's our little way of saying "Thanks" while using as much of your contribution as possible to accomplish the goals outlined above.


Stretch Goals

Our monetary goal will enable us to do develop the mobile app and do PR for six cities.  For each $2,500 raised in excess of our goal, we will add another city to the list and add more features to the app.

Risks and challenges

Victims of our own success:
If Chaos Cooking suddenly gets a huge burst of interest, we expect our workload to increase significantly. For instance, we anticipate it being difficult to manage a giant influx of inquiries. That said, we have a number of volunteers from the Chaos Cooking community who have offered their help on an as-needed basis.

Keeping the quality:
As we grow the community, there is a chance that the feel of the community might change in a negative way. Currently, our community feels like an extended family and we would like to keep it that way. As we grow, it will be a priority to keep the community feeling small and vibrant, and based on trust and mutual respect.

The almighty buck:
Finally, we worry that we won’t have enough backers to support this project. So far, this has been a labor of love for us and any expenses have been paid out of our own pockets. Obviously, this is unsustainable - especially since we have no intention of ever making a dime off Chaos Cooking. If we are to grow, we really need the support of folks like you who see potential in this concept and who would like to see Chaos Cooking expand around the world.

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    BACKER:

    A heartfelt thank you via email, on your facebook and our twitter. (if you'd like).
    A permanent thank you on our website.
    A special Backer Badge on Chaoscooking.com.

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    SUPPORTER:
    A hand printed, heat sensitive Chaos Cooking T-shirt and grocery Tote bag.
    Invites to all private Chaos Cooking events in your city for one year (or when a community develops in your hometown.)
    A personal phone call from the founders.
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    PERSONAL SUPPORTER: A box delivered to your home filled with delicious surprise goodies. Everything in SUPPORTER.

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    PATRON:
    A one time only laser etched Chaos Cooking Expert Box Set.
    It contains 2 knives with the Chaos Cooking logo, cutting board in a wooden carrying case, perfect for a veteran Chaos Cooker.
    You can help suggest the next feature you'd like to see on Chaos Cooking and your name will be credited to that feature.
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    An intimate four course dinner with specialty drinks. Served by us in our home in NYC on Jan 16th.

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    COMMUNITY LEADER:
    We will send someone to your home town to help you throw your very own Chaos Cooking event. Everything in PATRON

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    CORE CHAOS COOKER:
    We will focus on helping you start and grow a Chaos Cooking Community in your hometown. Includes help with getting press and write-ups, setting up groups, and nurturing the community.
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    PAMPERED CHEF: We will coordinate a 5 course meal for 8 people at your home. Expect something delicious. Everything in PATRON

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    CHAOS COOKING PIONEER:
    We will fly you and a friend to New York City for 3-4 days and put you up in an apartment. We will then host a Chaos Cooking in your honor and show you around NYC.
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    CHAOS COOKING ANGEL:
    We will film a special Chaos Cooking episode featuring you and your story, in your hometown or NYC. We will also help you start and grow a Chaos Cooking community in your hometown, including help with getting press and write ups, setting up groups and nurturing the community. Plus Two Chaos Cooking Knife Sets and T-shirts for 10 people.

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