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Recycled lumber stand for Chicago Johnny's
Recycled lumber stand for Chicago Johnny's

ALL REWARDS SHOULD BE OUT IN EARLY TO MID-DECEMBER

It is OFFICIAL.

Chicago Johnny's Signature Blend Giardiniera is a hit! We have had some headaches keeping up with demand (but those are the headaches that we all wish to have!) and we are seeking to go legit! We are asking for you to get us moving in the legal direction. Most of the funds are going to file legal paperwork, a couple of sanitation and food safety courses, and commercial kitchen fees for Chicago Johnny's to become legal. Find out more about our eco-friendly initiatives, our bold flavored product, and success..love stories that we have already encountered. Thank you for considering our project!


Eco-Friendly Initiatives!

As you can see from the image above, we are picking up broken pallets, discarded lumber, and trash on the side of the road to make our stands used in stores, fairs, markets, etc. Reusing this lumber is just one way we stay eco-friendly in an industry full of waste.

Fresh Cut, Local Ingredients!
Fresh Cut, Local Ingredients!

We use, and plan to continue using, Ball brand Mason Jars. These jars are made of easily recyclable glass, but more importantly, you can reuse these jars yourselves! I always hated picking up salsa in sturdy glass jars and having to discard them because I can't find lids for the containers to reuse them! Also, if you find us at any fair, or I deliver your orders personally, we will take back the clean, used jar and band and give you $.50 off of your order!

We are in talks with a local, far northern suburban organic garden about growing for us next summer. So far so good, and we don't foresee any reasons that we won't be using them to make organic batches of Chicago Johnny's next summer and henceforth!

We have been, and will continue to do so, buying produce locally grown, from the U.S., or from local farms (we were lucky this season to pick up our cauliflower from a local and organic garden) when we can! We are still seeking options for weather related issues, such as the harsh Chicago winters, but will continue looking!

We have a compost on site where we make our giardiniera!

We don't have chemical processing, automated mechanical processing, nor preservatives/food dyes/chemicals added to our giardiniera. These are some of the reasons we started Chicago Johnny's, to get away from chemicals!

We keep our work close, to family and friends. We put our heart and souls into this product to ensure you have the best experience when indulging in our product!

What is the flavor profile of Chicago Johnny's?

Chicago Johnny's is an artisan giardiniera. Our spice mix, fresher and more local produce, and hand processing make giardiniera an art form. I spent two years experimenting and refining a recipe that has a spicy kick, smoky flavor, and earthy tones that compliments the heavy flavors of midwestern food. In addition to bold, smoky, and earthy tones, the oils itself can be used for making grilled cheese, quesadillas, flavoring martinis. etc. All aspects of Chicago Johnny's can be utilized!


Why do we need funds?

Right now I work out of family members homes in a long, two-day process to make a batch of giardiniera. By going legal, filing the FDA required paperwork, taking state sponsored sanitation classes, etc., I will no longer be able to 'revert' back to the home kitchen. The moment the paperwork is filed I have to work out of a kitchen and rent space to keep the finished product and tools. The funds are going to the filling fees for the business and kitchen and storage rental fees. By going legal, we are able to sell our product in stores, markets, etc. and can reach a much larger market. We can also attend many of the farmers markets that we have been asked to attend, but without the legal process, haven't been able to. By reaching a larger audience and moving more product we will be able to make our own kitchen and work on future projects and products! Get us to the next step and watch us unlock this hidden potential!

Feedback we have already received!

Hi Josh,

I didn't wind up trying the giardiniera that night; I just tried it last night for the first time. It's seriously hot, but it's so delicious! I'm very impressed. Thanks again for creating this! Hope your business booms.

--Nick

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Holy crap. The jar arrived, and I had somehow missed the USPS notice so it was in the apartment office for two days.

I wish I had remembered to check two days ago, because HOLY CRAP. As soon as I got in the door, I whipped out a spoon and managed to pry that well sealed jar open. Oil splashed everywhere and when the smell hit me, I laughed. Because it smelled divine. And I didn't care about the mess.

This stuff is AMAZING. I'd never had giardiniera before and figured, "well, hell, I live once and that stuff looks delicious. Why not support someone on Kickstarter?"

One of the best kickstarter decisions I'll ever make. My only problem is I'm sure I didn't order enough. If it weren't made with oil, I'd probably heat it up as a stew and eat a bowl. It's that damn good. You've done something great here and I sincerely hope you're proud of yourself. Because you should be.

My tastebuds and I thank you deeply.

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Well let me just say that Chicago Johnnys is 'EXCELLENT'! I love it, its smokey,sultry flavor really sets it apart from all others. Its great with steak,sausage,and sandwiches! I purchased the small bottle to try it and it was gone in a week!

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I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for sending the packages out. I honestly didn’t have extremely high hopes considering the shipping (most of these things with Kickstarter that involve perishables wind up at my door broken or spoiled), but I must tell you that this stuff is incredible. I don’t know how you’re able to impart so many great flavors and

still maintain a great level of heat.



I will be sharing it with everyone that comes over, and bringing a jar to our business for use on sandwiches, etc. If you are open to shipping more, I can almost guarantee that my business partners, family and friends would all be open to ordering.



Thanks again, and I wish you the best of luck. Please keep me updated via e-mail on any and all marketing things you do.



Brad

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Need to know more?

We love to hear from you about your questions and concerns, so please contact us! Our last project was a great start and we can't wait to reach a larger population!

I have started a recipe section trying to utilize the oil left in the jar; waste not, want not!

Chicago Johnny's Chicken Quesadilla
Chicago Johnny's Chicken Quesadilla
Chicago Johnny's Dirty Fries
Chicago Johnny's Dirty Fries
Chicago Johnny's Eggplant Parmesan
Chicago Johnny's Eggplant Parmesan
Chicago Johnny's Marinated Smoked Chicken
Chicago Johnny's Marinated Smoked Chicken

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    LOCALS ONLY!!!! If you live within 45 miles of zip code 60050 I will personally deliver you one quart of Chicago Johnny's Signature Blend Giardiniera and a small jar of homemade roasted (almonds, walnuts, and pecans) nuts that may become a future prospect for Chicago Johnny's!

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    I will deliver you one delicious, smoky, bold flavored quart of Chicago Johnny'sSignature Blend of Chicago Johnny's via usps priority mail in time for the holidays! Also, a small jar of homemade roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, and walnuts) that may become a future Chicago Johnny's product!

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    At this amount you will get a Chicago Johnny's tee and a pint of Chicago Johnny's Signature Blend Giardiniera! Shirts will be black with white logo (hat and tie looking part of the black banner).

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    I will deliver you four delicious, smoky, bold flavored quarts (one gallon) Signature Blend of Chicago Johnny's via usps priority mail in time for the holidays with a small jar of homemade roasted nuts (a future Chicago Johnny's prospect)!

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    I will ship you, via USPS priority mail, 4 quarts (that's one gallon) of Chicago Johnny's Signature Blend Giardiniera, a tee shirt, and a half gallon of roasted nuts! (almonds, pecans, and walnuts)

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    For those of you in the Chicago area that are just looking to support a great project, I would love to meet you! At $150 I will ship/deliver (depending on where you are) 4 quarts of Chicago Johnny's, a tee shirt, a large jar of spice roasted nuts, and give you a personal invitation to a future "launch" party in the Chicagoland area. I greatly appreciate anyone wanting to help out!

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