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The Ultimate Recipe Collection that Showcases Vancouver Food Culture
The Ultimate Recipe Collection that Showcases Vancouver Food Culture
The Ultimate Recipe Collection that Showcases Vancouver Food Culture
135 backers pledged CA$ 10,462 to help bring this project to life.

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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! 

Creations from Bin941, Salad de Fruits, Maenam, Cafe Medina and Vij's.
Creations from Bin941, Salad de Fruits, Maenam, Cafe Medina and Vij's.

 

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. 

Notable Chefs (from left to right, top to bottom): Angus An, Vikram Vij, Pino Posteraro, Nico Scheurmans, Hidekazu Tojo, Trevor Bird, Thomas Haas, and Frank Pabst.
Notable Chefs (from left to right, top to bottom): Angus An, Vikram Vij, Pino Posteraro, Nico Scheurmans, Hidekazu Tojo, Trevor Bird, Thomas Haas, and Frank Pabst.

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?

Sample box design prototype. Final details on lid closure and colour to be determined.
Sample box design prototype. Final details on lid closure and colour to be determined.

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.

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    THANK YOU!

    Your name, along with all backers, will appear on a dedicated thank-you card found in every published Recipe Box. Because, you rock.

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    DIGITAL FOOD PORN

    A collection of seductive, mouth-watering photographs from The Recipe Box ready for your viewing pleasure on your favourite electronic devices. Oh, and since you WILL get hungry looking at them, there are 10 quickie recipes in between to satisfy your inner desire.

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    THE RECIPE BOX

    Pre-order your first-edition of The Recipe Box featuring 100 recipes from some of the most notable Vancouver chefs and local vendors.

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    PERSONALIZED GIFT BOX

    Personalize a Recipe Box with name or message with laser engraving. Great as gift for any occasion.

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    • The Recipe Box
    • Name/Message Wood-Engraving
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    3's A HAPPY CROWD

    This exclusive bundle gets you 3 Personalized Recipe Boxes with name engraving. We all know sharing is caring. So, keep one and gift some! Early Christmas shopping, anyone?

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    CHEFS' SIGNATURES

    Receive autographs from 5 of your favourite Chefs featured in The Recipe Box on their recipe cards.

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    • Chefs' Signatures
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    COOKING CLASS

    Get 3 Recipe Boxes with this bundle along with gourmet lesson for two at the fun and informative cooking school, Cook Culture.

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    • The Recipe Box
    • 3-Hour Cooking Class at Cook Culture
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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,161

    PHOTOSHOOT WITH YOU

    Get a full day photoshoot of your creations with Sofia complete with food styling, behind the scenes cooking action shots and a personal headshot. All images will be delivered in digital high resolution files ready to use online and for print as menus, cards, or posters!

    This is great for chefs and restaurants that need images to create their menu or website.

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    TOP-SHELF SPONSOR

    For any company or organization that wants to give this passion project a big push - Your logo will be printed on thank you card and on any forthcoming publicity where possible.

    Available to request up to 50 Recipe Boxes engraved with YOUR company logo for staff or as business incentive.

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