Help build a Kitchen & Cooking School on our historic Whidbey Island farm: A hub for local farmers & foodies to learn, teach and eat. Read more
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About this project
When we bought our farm in Bayview on Whidbey Island, our vision was to keep this historic site a working farm. Our passion lies in food and hospitality, so instead of the traditional farm model we intend to create a "food hub"; a place where we can celebrate and share passion for food and farming. We want to do our best to enrich the fabric of the burgeoning food community here on Whidbey Island.
We intend to create this kitchen as a place for food lovers from all over to gather, to cook the spectacular local produce, and to nourish ourselves. We will cook in small, hands-on classes, and then sit down and enjoy it together in a real farm setting. We believe that creating this "food hub" will be an integral part of enriching the local community by providing an interactive and educational food experience for guests and families that are staying on the island. We believe that Whidbey Island can be a destination for everyone, young and old, to come and experience.
Vincent grew up here, on an old farm property that has since lost it's barn to a fire and several of its out buildings to decay. Like so many old properties, if they do not have a purpose it is just a matter of time until they wither away. Old farms, local food and farmers are important to us.
Food matters to us, and our food community matters even more.That is why in 2010 we worked with others to help found Slow Food Whidbey Island, of which Vincent is the current Chairman. As we have built our catering business we have worked with a lot of farmers and cheese makers and bakers and wineries. Vincent's passion is to cook and to teach. Tyla's passion is for outstanding service. You can read about that here at chefvincent.com, but that isn't the point of this appeal.
This campaign is to fund the conversion of an existing 720 square foot out building into a kitchen and cooking school right next to our newly re-planted Orchard.
We will succeed in creating this kitchen and with the help of our community we will launch the project sooner, rather than later. We are confidant that we can be stewards of this great piece of history. Will you join us?
Risks and challenges
We are blessed that we have our own property, with an existing building, located in an area whose zoning allows us to fulfill our dream. It's always possible that project costs may exceed our estimates but we are confident that we can get up and running with the resources we are raising through Kickstarter. If the cost of the project exceeds our budget, we believe that we can adequately cover those costs personally. We have already gathered a good deal of the equipment and some of the building materials needed to achieve or goals. What we need now is your help to get us the rest of the way there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Every little bit helps. Do you think that this is a great idea, but the higher levels are a little too much? If you want to be a part of building this dream, we would love your help. After all, every dollar counts. Contribute $1 or $5 or $7.43. Whatever level you choose, you will have our gratitude for making it happen.Estimated delivery:
Our sincere thanks for your help and your name on the back of the Grand Opening menu.Estimated delivery:
In addition to our sincere thanks, you will also receive a Root To Rise Ranch Kitchen refrigerator magnet, designed by Tyla. We will also thank you on our website and put your name on the back of our Grand Opening menu.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
10 backers Limited (5 left of 15)
Gobble Gobble. Our dear friend and Goat Doula Susan Knapp makes really cool "piece feathers" form feathers from our Narragansett Heritage Breed Turkeys. These can be hung inside of out and move as the breeze catches them. Susan has graciously donated 5 of these as her part toward making our drive a success. First come, first feathered.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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An invitation to our Grand Opening Party; and it's going to be a good one! I'm thinking whole roasted pig on the spit and lots of Spring's bounty on the table. Don't miss it! We couldn't have done it without you.Estimated delivery:
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The Real Deal:
Come enjoy one of our new cooking classes in the new kitchen (or give it as a gift: Christmas is just around the corner). Be the first in line to experience the kitchen once it is complete! Class includes hands-on cooking demo and lunch for one.
If you want to give this reward as a gift, we'll send you a class ticket to give in time for Christmas.Estimated delivery:
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Almost like being here: We have had such an amazing response from those of you in places far from our home, so now that all the trees are spoken for, her is another option. An Orchard Kitchen Logo Apron, a bag of my special Spiced Candied Walnuts, a set of 12 recipes that are my personal standard, go-to recipes, that I have developed and used over the last 30 years, and a Toast in Your Honor at our Ground Breaking this winter. You cannot be here, we understand. But we will send a little of our project to you and keep you in our thoughts as we begin to make the dream come true.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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A Living Legacy: Buy a Tree.
Your name will be immortalized in our orchard. We will label one of our fruit trees with your name. This pledge amount also includes one cooking class in our new kitchen so you can experience our classes and meet your tree.Estimated delivery:
25 backers Limited (15 left of 40)
Double Trouble: Two tickets to a cooking class so couples can both attend. The way Kickstarter works, evidently, you can't sign up for the same incentive twice if you and your significant other or dear friend want to take a class together. Two donors have experienced this problem, and I have had to create work arounds. So here it is: A pair of tickets for a cooking class in The Orchard Kitchen. Classes are hands-on (as much or as little as you like) and they include a meal of the things you cooked. So here is your chance for a couples getaway to Whidbey Island. Any takers?Estimated delivery:
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A Place at Our Table: One of the key components to our vision, because we want to do hands-on classes that culminate with an actual meal, is a great table. I see locally harvested and milled wood and room for 12 to dine and talk and appreciate the joys of the table. What we are offering is a brass plaque on the edge of the table facing the guest with YOUR name on it. Obviously space is limited, and I am making the executive decision to retroactively give a spot to the four donors that have given us $500 or more, so that leaves us with 8 places to offer. You will be in good company. This includes a cooking class too, so you can sit at your spot!Estimated delivery:
16 backers Limited (4 left of 20)
Be Our Guest:
* Accommodations in our guest house for 2
* Dinner with our family in our home - and this won't be your typical family meal, I assure you!
* A cooking class for 2 in the new schoolEstimated delivery:
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Be a Real Swinger. I have had a request for a donation level of $1000. Can you believe it? It's true. I have been racking my brain to think of what I could possibly put at this level. Then it hit me: The Door.
Now I have been really conservative and frugal when it comes to design and equipment needs for this kitchen. I got four beautiful, used double hung windows that will work great. I have been acquiring lovingly used restaurant equipment for the past few years because it is such a better value than new in most cases. And when it comes to the rest of the project, the part I am looking for others to help fund, I am being very conservative; I want to waste your money even less than I want to waste mine.
But there is one thing, one indulgence, that I simply must have: An old, wooden Jamison walk-in cooler door. I just need my old wooden door. But they ain't cheap, so here is where you can pitch in.
Donate the $1000 it will cost to buy it and ship it here (probably from the mid-west) and a brass plaque with your name on it will go right there in the middle of the door in place of the brass "Jamison" name plate. How much more in the heart of our project could you be than to have your name on the walk-in door?Estimated delivery:
5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)
The Boys (or Girls) In The Hood: Every kitchen needs a big, shinny, stainless steel hood fan. Life in a kitchen would be pretty much impossible without one. Well they aren't cheap, so here is your chance to help and get your name immortalized at the same time. Donate at this level and you will get your name engraved on our hood and a private lunch prepared under said hood for you and 7 guests.Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)
The Kit & Caboodle:
* A Private Cooking Class for you and 9 guests
* A Private Catered, Four Course Dinner for 10 in your home
* Your name on a tree in our Orchard
* A Private Grand Opening Tour for you and 7 Guests, including an hors d'oeuvres reception at Root to Rise Ranch
* Your choice of any of the other rewards offered.Estimated delivery:
- (28 days)