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Spanglish is bringing authentic Puerto Rican food to Raleigh-Durham. Support them in getting their wheels on the road by Summer 2016!
Spanglish is bringing authentic Puerto Rican food to Raleigh-Durham. Support them in getting their wheels on the road by Summer 2016!
132 backers pledged $11,860 to help bring this project to life.

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Hola Kickstarter! 

We are Spanglish, a group of four friends from Puerto Rico that all live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and are excited to bring inspired Puerto Rican food to our community!

Living in North Carolina, we've fallen in love with the local cuisine, but were missing a slice of home that would warm our hearts (and our bellies). We found solace in several local spots for our traditional food fix, but then it dawned on us... not many people know what Puerto Rican food is! This led us to the idea that instead of having to hunt for Puerto Rican food, we should bring our food to you! 

The Spanglish corillo (team)
The Spanglish corillo (team)

We want the community to experience the flavors that always make us relive sitting at our mothers' dining table and devouring amazing food. The problem? Our abuelas never measured anything! It's like they were allergic to measuring cups! So, we spent months to get the right measurements that would allow us to make consistently flavorful food.... and now we got it right! Abuela would be so proud! 

We took inspiration in local dishes when we were making our foods, understanding that the Carolinian palate is just about as particular as Puerto Ricans are when it comes to flavors. So we wanted to make sure we welcomed everyone to our culture, and we sat around and wrote recipes, actually writing them in Spanish and English, and as such, Spanglish was born!

Pernil - Puerto Rican pork shoulder
Pernil - Puerto Rican pork shoulder
Mofongo - Mashed plantain goodness
Mofongo - Mashed plantain goodness
Home made pan sobao (as soft as pillows)
Home made pan sobao (as soft as pillows)
Pastelillos de Guayaba - Guava on home made puff pastry
Pastelillos de Guayaba - Guava on home made puff pastry

So... now that the food is nailed down in its awesome awesomeness, we've decided to start a food truck! What better way to bring the food directly to our compadres than a truck? I mean, it has wheels, right?

So, let's dance some salsa, and talk about where we are:

In the last few months, we spent time finding honestly-sourced ingredients, contacting suppliers that can meet our standards of quality and flavors. We partnered with some local NC farms to source some of our ingredients, as well as working with local distributors for access to the freshest ingredients. Even with all this work, and the dance we had to learn to navigate regulations, we're still committed to this being successful. We even took it as far as signing up for a food truck class at the local community college! If we can sit through class for hours after a full workday, we're in it for the long haul.

Here's another huge step... We already own a truck with half of a kitchen! We have it in our possession and it's presently getting retrofit at a local shop to bring it to the highest standards of kitchen and food safety.  It took throwing some financial ninja stars to make it work, but this is the biggest step in this process and what we feel can lead us to success. We have a lot of skin in the game, and we just need you to give us a push to make it to the finish line.

Good-looking truck!
Good-looking truck!
But wait, where is the kitchen?
But wait, where is the kitchen?
Yup, half of the kitchen is missing in action!
Yup, half of the kitchen is missing in action!
We may need to buy some cleaning equipment... like lots of it!
We may need to buy some cleaning equipment... like lots of it!

Some things we're missing:

  • Food truck design and wrap (very expensive!)
  • Commercial refrigeration (fridge, freezer)
  • Specialty appliances (Sandwich presses, heat lamps)
  • Cooking equipment (pots, pans, fryer baskets, plating, utensils, food warmers)
  • Food service materials (ingredients, spices)
  • Food transportation equipment
  • A generator (we need more power!)
  • Health and Fire Safety equipment (extinguishers, first aid, sanitation)
  • Marketing!!!! People have to know about us!
  • POS System

Please help us achieve this goal. We're almost there, we just need a push over the top!

Learn more about us on our official website! There, you can follow our progress, pickup some delicious recipes, and learn about the team. We look forward to seeing you at the truck!

Did you love our Stop Motion Video? Check out our "Behind the Stop Motion" post on our website to see how much fun we had making it. 

Risks and challenges

Every project could potentially encounter unexpected obstacles (we hope it doesn’t come up, but it happens!). This project is a passion of ours, but we have to understand there can always be challenges.

There could be unexpected delays due to the retrofit build, the design and wrap, not to mention any delays due to permitting. Even so, we have so much skin in the game, that we can't see ourselves not launching.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Receive a postcard featuring the finished truck and a hand written note from the Spanglish team.

    Your name will also be featured on our website donors section!

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    Come to the truck for an entree made to order, on us. See, it doesn't take much for us to treat you like the awesome person you are!

    Your name will also be featured on our website donors section!

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    SURPRISE A COMPADRE! If you don't live in the area, or just want to pay it forward... We will SURPRISE a guest with a yummy entree. Once they attempt to pay for their meal... we'll tell them, "No compadre, it's on (your awesome name here)!" We'll send you a postcard in the mail thanking your awesomeness!

    Your name will also be featured on our website donors section!

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    FOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR PANA (FRIEND)! Get two made to order entrees and one dessert.

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    BIEN ACICALAO!! We'll send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can brag amongst your friends about how very good lookin' you are! You sexy beast!

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    YOUR DAILY JOSE (JOE, GET IT?) FIX AND A MUG! We will send you a bag of authentic Puerto Rican coffee and your own Spanglish mug.

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can drink your coffee looking like a campesino!

    Your name will also be featured on our website donors section!

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    AUTHENTIC HOME MADE SAZÓN AND EVERYTHING AT THE $30 TIER (YOU CAN PAY IT FORWARD OR GIFT IT). For the food truck, we make our own homemade sazón seasoning, and we're offering it to you at this tier. The recipe is super secret, so trust us, you're getting a treat here. Don't know what to use sazón for? Don't worry, we have plenty recipes on our blog to use it in!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can cook with flavor, while looking like a campesino!

    Your name will also be featured on our website donors section!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    CAPICÚ! CHUCHAZO! You get some custom dominoes with our logo engraved into the back of the bones. You also get the reward from the $30 tier, so you can get some good food while you teach your grandfather you're better than him at dominoes.

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can look good as your rake in your points!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website!!!!!!!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    LEARN HOW TO SABOR! We invite you to cook with us! We will teach you how to prepare an authentic Puerto Rican 3-course meal over the course of a 3-hour cooking class! They say the key to the heart is through the stomach... so learn some skills, and impress someone special!

    You can also enjoy the reward from the $30 tier, if you'd rather keep your newfound knowledge for yourself, but still treat someone to some great food!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can look good as you take in the amazing aromas!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website!!!!!!!

    NOTE: The class will be presented in person in the Raleigh-Durham area at a date and location specified by the Spanglish crew after the Kickstarter ends.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    LEARN HOW TO SABOR WITH SOMEONE! We invite you to cook with us! We will teach you how to prepare an authentic Puerto Rican 3-course meal over the course of a 3-hour cooking class! There is nothing more romantic than cooking with someone you care about, sharing the passion of cooking delicious food.

    You can also enjoy the reward from the $30 tier, so you can have a taste of our food before the class... and you know what? We'll throw in a SURPRISE FOR A COMPADRE too!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can look good as you take in the amazing aromas!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website!!!!!!!

    NOTE: The class will be presented in person in the Raleigh-Durham area at a date and location specified by the Spanglish crew after the Kickstarter ends.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    WE'LL FEED THE CORILLO! We'll do a catering event for 30 people bringing you authentic Spanglish flavors for you to share with all your compadres!

    We will even throw in two sets of dominoes for you and your compadres to one-up each other game after game!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can let everyone at the party who the most stylish person there is!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website in a special section designated for special donors!!!!!!!

    Need to accommodate more people? Please let us know and we can work out a deal for the additional food.

    NOTE: Catering restricted to a 50-mile radius from the center of Raleigh, North Carolina

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    WE'LL FEED THE BARRIO! We'll do a catering event for 75 people bringing you authentic Spanglish flavors for you to share with all your compadres!

    We will even throw in three sets of dominoes for you and your compadres to one-up each other game after game!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can let everyone at the party who the most stylish person there is!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website in a special section designated for special donors!!!!!!!

    Need to accommodate more people? Please let us know and we can work out a deal for the additional food.

    NOTE: Catering restricted to a 50-mile radius from the center of Raleigh, North Carolina

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    LEARN HOW TO SABOR... CALLAO! We invite you to cook with us...in private! We will teach you and 7 other friends (8 total) how to prepare an authentic Puerto Rican 3-course meal over the course of a 4-hour cooking class...in private! Why did we say in private twice? Because we really want to push the fact that this is an exclusive class. What makes it exclusive? We'll show you some recipes not on a blog and not in a book... some secret recipes passed down through generations!

    Everyone in class can also enjoy an entree from the $10 tier, so you can have a taste of our food before the class... and you know what? We'll throw in a SURPRISE FOR A COMPADRE too! We'll also send you 8 official Spanglish t-shirts so you can all look like a nice set of school students on the day of class!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website in a special section designated for special donors!!!!!!!

    Need to accommodate more people? Please let us know and we can work out a deal for the additional materials and shirts.

    NOTE: The class will be presented in person in the Raleigh-Durham area at a location specified by the Spanglish crew after the Kickstarter ends. Date options will be provided by the Spanglish crew when the Kickstarter ends, so we can coordinate a date!

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    WE'LL FEED THE PUEBLO! We'll do a catering event for 150 people bringing you authentic Spanglish flavors for you to share with all your compadres!

    We will even throw in four sets of dominoes for you and your compadres to one-up each other game after game!

    We'll also send you an official Spanglish t-shirt so you can let everyone at the party who the most stylish person there is!

    Also, you get your name featured and immortalized on our truck and website in a special section designated for special donors!!!!!!!

    Need to accommodate more people? Please let us know and we can work out a deal for the additional food.

    NOTE: Catering restricted to a 50-mile radius from the center of Raleigh, North Carolina

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Funding period

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