This is really happening!!!
We are six days into our campaign and averaging $9,000/day!!! We knew it was going to be a lot of work and were prepared to pace ourselves. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think that we would be almost HALF WAY to our goal by the sixth day!!! Our gratitude is constant and overflowing.... there's no other way to put it. Our team has been reduced to just texting each other emojis because we have no words....<3
One of the reasons we wanted to run a Kickstarter as opposed to conventional financing is because our work is a social enterprise. We believe that as a community we can do a lot more with an aligned vision. The fact that right now, at 10:10 on August 10th, we have had 710 people that believed in what we do enough to pledge their support is humbling. But more than that it is encouraging! We are starting to believe that we might be able to actually pull this thing off!
Today is an pretty good example of what we do. It was nice to take a break from the campaign today to go down to Prairie Island Indian Community to do feast for 90 tribal members. We were really excited because the organizers planned for some kids to come to participate in the prep AND some chefs from the Treasure Island casino were coming to observe Chef Sean and our Chef de Cuisine, Brian Yazzie. One of the big goals we have is to reach tribal communities and share what we've learned working with indigenous foods, and casinos obviously have some resources that could help with that, so this was pretty cool for us.
We got there to start cooking last night, so this morning we didn't have to arrive until 8AM. At 9 the chefs came over from the casino. Sean talked to them about our work, about decolonizing our culinary lens, and what happens to our health both physically and mentally when we pay attention to our ancestral foods!
Now let me preface this next thing... over this last year we have worked out of A LOT of casinos, because we work with tribal communities and that's where they often have commercial kitchens. It has been rare that chefs from a casino want to come learn about these foods. We were really excited to hang out with them. :)
Brian and Sean are really good at making people feel welcome and comfortable, so we hoped they would just learn a few things and then have to get back to the casino. But no. To our immense joy, they just started picking up pans and knives and vegetables and joined our team! They were interested and helpful and JUST SO WONDERFUL!
Not only were they interested in learning new recipes, new foods, how to source from more local producers, but they took some of the work off Sean's plate. That enabled him to spend more time teaching the kids about these Indigenous foods!
Then the community showed up ready to eat and learn, and it was just totally awesome in every way.