Celebrating food and culture, The Recipe Box Project gathers more than 50 passionate chefs and creative vendors to share their recipes in showcasing Vancouver's diverse flavours.
The recipes cover a wide range of tantalizing items from breakfast to midnight snacks flavoured by sugar, spice and everything nice! There are even cocktails and concoctions!
With 100 recipes, there is something for everyone...including the vegans!
Vancouver is a place where people welcome diversity and embrace cultural backgrounds – these qualities are very well integrated into the food community. But it is only through traveling in different countries around the world that confirms how diverse the food scene really is. Italian, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Arabic, Caribbean, Burmese - name it and you can find it, done well.
When there is a lot to offer, we often expect the quality scale to tip one way or the other. Not here, where, chefs share strong passions toward their roots. Evidently, the level of authenticity for each cuisine is striking. Vancouver is also home for food startups that consistently reinvent, mostly driven by the large amount of "foodies" on a constant search for the next it food.
Unmistakably a major centre full of gourmet fanatics, passionate chefs and creative vendors blessed with an abundance of fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients, it's no surprise that Vancouver ranks 14th on Condé Nast Traveler® Best Food Cities in the World
This ultimate recipe collection features some of the best chefs in the city including celebrity chef, Vikram Vij, California-roll creator, Hidekazu Tojo, mastermind of asian-fare empire, Angus An, upscale “haute Italian” pioneer, Pino Posteraro, and internationally acclaimed chocolatier and pastry chef, Thomas Haas.
Restaurant participants include the iconic Café Medina, Miku, Bauhaus, Torafuku, Havana, Nuba, Kingyo, Earnest Ice Cream, Japadog and many, many more. From casual grub to upscale dining, every contributor engaged in this project is locally acclaimed and a paragon to its genre - many which are well recognized by Van Magazine's Best Restaurant Awards, Georgia Straight's Golden Plates, and a few listed on "Canada's 100 Best".
The "box" is a metaphor for Vancouver’s cultural melting-pot. And, because old-school is the new cool! We all remember grandmother's index-card recipe box - why not bring it back with a modern twist?
Cookbooks and big coffee table books are great to look at but people rarely bring them into the kitchen.
Keeping functionality and beauty in mind, the box format allows a contemporary design with wooden surface suitable for kitchen space and on book shelves.
The recipe cards are water-resistant, beautifully printed on 4" x 6" format showcasing drool-worthy photographs along with clear, approachable instructions that will guarantee to inspire home cooks and food enthusiasts alike. A card stand is also included for ease of recipe reading and display.
The Recipe Box is the perfect gift for the holidays, fantastic for housewarming and birthdays and great add-on to any foodie's collection.
While this project stems from the idea of food and cultural sharing, for the life of The Recipe Box, a portion of its proceeds will go towards MealShare, a platform that partners with many Canadian restaurants to help fight youth hunger.
If you've read this far, you must believe in this passion project in one way or another! Thank you so much!
It's understandable that not everyone can support with a pledge of dollars. But widely spreading the word is equally helpful in bringing The Recipe Box closer to reality.
There will be lots of updates and postings of behind-the-scenes between now and the official launch, so follow along! #TheRecipeBoxYVR
This project is no one-man job. Deepest gratitude goes to the support from many affiliated chefs, restaurants, friends and family throughout the year-long progress.
I especially want to thank the following who have devoted their time and talent in making this campaign possible:
Video Producer: Premier Productions Inc.
3D Illustrator: Victor Kam
Auxiliary: Niki Chung, Derek Tam
Risks and challenges
Aside from restraining myself from eating all the food before taking the photos, there is one element to consider:
While the recipe cards will be printed locally with high quality stock and quick turnaround, the box production will be done oversea. Due to the nature of importation, certain delays may arise during delivery.
Luckily, the box design development is close to completion once the colour and lid-closure are finalized. As soon as the campaign ends, the manufacturing shall commence, leaving lots of lead time to meet The Recipe Box's distribution deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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