Using local fruits, veggies and meat, putting it on a stick and grilling it to deliciousness! Read more
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About this project
Welcome to the Skewer Kickstarter Page!
Skewer is a traveling food trailer that combines local organic foods with asian flavors and techniques, puts it on a skewer and grills it to eye-popping deliciousness! At least that's what it is going to be with your help.
Ok, a little bit about me and my project Skewer: my name is Ryan Sylvester and I live in Paonia, Colorado with my wife and two young boys. When we moved to this beautiful valley in 2007 I was blown away by the quality and variety of foods grown here. Since then I have been searching for a way to showcase these delicious resources in a really fun, creative way. The goal became to travel to the farmer's markets and cook the local meats and fruits and veggies right along side the people who grew and were selling those products. But I just wasn't sure what the right culinary avenue was, until "BAM!" it hit me: Yakitori!
For those of you that aren't familiar with Yakitori, it's Japanese style grilled chicken on a skewer. That's the basic concept but there's a whole world of possibilities built around it. I have been cooking Yakitori at home on our conventional gas grill and also on my own custom built, hardwood charcoal yakitori grill. With my decades worth of experience as a professional cook, I have been able to come up with some pretty tasty concepts that will take street food to a whole new level.
Local and Organic!
It just makes sense. The food here is simply of the highest quality I could get anywhere. Of course there will be some items that give Skewer it's asian flavor that I cannot get locally, like soy sauce and ginger and for those I will stay committed to using organic products. However, there are a number of fresh herbs and vegetables of the asian variety that can be grown here and I am already lining up some local farmers to grow them for me.
Farmer's Markets and Beyond!
Skewer will not be limited to just the nearby farmer's markets. There are many great local events right in Paonia and the surrounding towns. Also, Skewer will be available for catering parties and weddings.
Part of Skewer's goal is to share my love for yakitori and asian flavors. I hope the rewards will inspire people to donate and begin their own yakitori adventure at home.
To everyone that has helped and encouraged me so far in this project and to all of you who will be investing in this super fun endeavor!
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Risks and challenges
The Skewer food trailer is a huge risk all of it's own. Cranking out high quality, fun street food in a tiny trailer that is hauled hundreds of miles over mountains and dirt roads on a weekly basis is definitely risky! I expect there to be bumps in the road. Literally! One thing that I learned over and over during my years in the professional kitchen was resiliency. When equipment would break down or we were short a cook or there was three feet of snow outside or the new place was going to open and there was still drywall dust on everything, we always found a way to forge ahead. More than any other profession I have worked, cooking had the strongest "never say die" attitude. So as challenges and bumps arise, I feel confident I will find a way to overcome them.
The biggest challenge Skewer faces in the near future is having the trailer ready in time to complete the applications for the farmer's markets. Although the markets don't open until June, the applications are due in early spring and that means the trailer must be ready and have passed it's health code inspection. So as soon as funding is available I must purchase a trailer and get to work. The trailer will need to be carefully inspected to make sure it is water tight and the axle and frame are in good shape and can hold all the equipment I will pack in. Then after that is finding the equipment and then building the necessary cabinetry and the grills. This is all work I have the skill set for but it's going to be a large mountain to tackle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Pledge $10 or more
A Skewer logo sticker and a copy of my own yakitori sauce recipe!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
A Skewer Punch card good for two full meals at the Skewer trailer + sticker + recipe!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
A 5 oz. bottle of my own yakitori sauce + punch card + sticker + recipe!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
All of the above + an awesome Skewer logo T-Shirt!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
A mini yakitori kit! Everything mentioned above + a basting brush + a bunch of flag style skewers to get you going!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
Locals Special! I will come cook a private ramen dinner for four people anywhere in the North Fork Area. Huge bowls of homemade ramen noodles, delicious broth and local organic vegetables with your choice of meat (or not). Gather up some friends and have a party! The punch cards are also included!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
A set of 8 hand forged stainless steel skewers + everything above! Super Cool!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
This is the mini-party special! I will come cook a grand yakitori party for you and ten of your friends and will bring lots of Skewer schwag to give away! (limit a few hours drive from Paonia unless you're flying me out, which is totally cool with me)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
Your own Yakitori grill! A smaller version of the one I will use in the trailer + the hand forged stainless steel skewers + everything else! You're totally set for an awesome backyard yakitori party! Please be expected to pay $30 - $50 for shippingEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,500 or more
A private party for 20 -30 guests with the me and the Skewer trailer at your location (limit a few hours drive or less from Paonia)! I will bring extra goodies for party favors (skewers, sauce, t-shirts). Super Fun Awesome!!!Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)