Numerous blind and field tests have shown our meals to be unrivaled for taste within the universe of freeze-dried foods.
We source only top quality ingredients for our meals.
Experience the flavors and food cultures from around the world from a selection of international options.
Our meals are shelf stable. No refrigeration required.
Our meals are lightweight and suitable for outdoor adventures, emergency preparations, or convenience food at home or the office.
Just add water!
We offer a variety of dietary options.
In the summer of 2017, we made preparations for a backcountry adventure in Grand Teton National Park. While planning for our food, we looked at a lot of the freeze-dried and outdoor meals on the market. Most were laden with sodium and didn’t taste good.
With all the work and physical exertion that goes into an outdoor adventure such as the one we were planning, we wanted to settle down at the end of a long day, surrounded by our loved ones and the awe inspiring vistas, and enjoy a delicious meal worthy of the experience. There were no such meals available commercially, so we took the matter into our own hands.
Combining many years of commercial kitchen experience, and our culinary influences from nearly a decade of living and traveling abroad, we crafted our own gourmet meals for the trip. They were a hit!
Since that time, we’ve spent over a year developing our recipes and refining our process so that you can enjoy our meals anywhere. Our food has been through many blind and field tests, and our meals are unrivaled for taste when compared to other freeze-dried foods. Our factory is fitted out and licensed to produce.
We are launching with nine meals—five entrees and four breakfasts, with twelve more entrees under development. Stowaway Gourmet meals will be available to purchase online at stowawaygourmet.com, and in stores, but our first meals will be exclusively for Kickstarter supporters who help fund the initial production run.
While we strive to make the world’s finest freeze-dried meals, we have a higher purpose. This business is committed to contributing relief to the victims of disasters.
This is a true affinity for us due to personal experience with the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. We were living in Tokyo at the time, and we traveled north on several occasions to provide aid and labor to the most impacted communities.
The devastation we encountered was shocking. Especially in a developed nation like Japan, where every modern convenience is abundantly available. Some communities were damaged beyond repair, others were simply wiped from the map. In many cases, the modern conveniences—and even the transportation-dependent essentials—were stripped from the victims.
One moment that still haunts us was in the company of an elderly woman whose house our volunteer group was assigned to search for salvageable items.
Sadly, this poor woman’s home was beyond hope, as was her adjacent business. Even more devastating, she’d lost her husband and daughter to the tsunami.
At the end of the day’s work at her home, she caught us at the end of her driveway to apologize for not being able to offer us even water and crackers as a refreshment. In the next fragment of a moment, her expression changed, as she doubtlessly felt the impact of her loss. With a breaking voice she said, “I’m alone in the world.”
Our group was momentarily frozen as we shared this widow’s grief. We then stepped forward, in turn, to embrace her, saying, “Obaasan, hitori janai yo.” Grandmother, you are not alone.
That moment was indelible, and it will be a guiding compass for the social-impact activities of this enterprise.
While it is impossible to fully reverse the impact of such disasters, it is possible to reach out to the victims with assistance and kindness. Accordingly, a portion of the proceeds for every meal we sell will be used to manufacture meals for donation to aid groups addressing disaster relief and other groups seeking to lift up those in the world for whom misfortune has left them feeling alone.
The outdoor and convenience food industry is a crowded space. There are numerous big brands whose products fall short in taste yet have long-standing relationships with retailers, making it very difficult to enter the space and gain meaningful traction. That’s where the Kickstarter community can help.
We’ve been impressed by how powerful and dynamic the Kickstarter community can be to create phenomenal momentum for great ideas and projects. By your willingness to promote campaigns and spread the word, little guys like us have a chance to shake up an entire industry.
As stated above, we are ready for production, all we need is your support. Plan ahead for this year’s adventures, and pick up some Stowaway Gourmet today.
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Risks and challenges
For the past 18 months, our team has been working constantly to perfect recipes, modify our factory space and install equipment. Our facility is licensed, and we are anxious to start production.
We understand and acknowledge that no project comes without risk and challenges. Despite our planning, there are circumstances that may be out of our control. If we are met with these events, we promise to communicate with full transparency to you, our backers, and work to resolve all issues in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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