Update: New Reward
After several requests, I have decided to add a t-shirt and canvas tote bag reward. They are $28 each or two for $55. Best news: they are available internationally! Spread the word!
The t-shirt is available in a women's fitted style or a men's loose style. The shirts will be available in XS-XL and are 100% pre-shrunk cotton. The canvas totes are 15"W x 14 1/2"H x 3"D, 100% cotton canvas, and natural with navy straps. Once Kickstarter is complete, you will have the chance to select your style preference and size. Already pledged and want to add one (or more) of these on? See the FAQs for how to do this!
Also, a big thank you to my friend Teresa Aguilera of Spindle Desco who designed this logo. These t-shirts and bags would not be nearly as cool without her!
Saffron + Kumquats:
For $20/month, you will receive a foodie sample box. Each box contains 5 samples of specialty ingredients and 5 recipes to use those samples. This makes it easy to try new ingredients, flavors and techniques without purchasing a large quantity of something you might not like. Saffron + Kumquats allows new cooks to discover how easy and fun it is to cook and experienced cooks to discover new flavors and techniques.
Want to know more about the box? That's why we created this diagram:
Each sample is enough to make 1-2 meals and the flavors are inspired by cuisines from around the world. The boxes are designed so that the flavors go together. You could make all 5 dishes from the recipes at once and host a dinner party, or make them one at a time.
What might a box contain? Here is a sample of what ingredients and recipes might come in a monthly box. Keep in mind that each box will vary and that the surprise is part of the fun!
What if you're a new cook and you need more help? Our website will be focused on support, community, and sharing. Videos will help you with techniques and members can share their experiences with the ingredients and recipes.
Speaking of videos, want to know what I'm cooking in the Kickstarter video? That dish is one that I love and adopt depending on what I have on-hand and what is in season. It's Eggplant Stuffed with Barberry and Pine Nut Rice Pilaf. Just an example of one of the dishes you might learn to cook.
So, you received your first box and you fell in love with one of the ingredients. BUT... you can't find it at your local store. Now what? No problem, go to the website where you can purchase full-size versions of the sample ingredients.
Your support will help fund:
Food: It is very important to us to find the highest quality, natural ingredients. Each one needs to be special. We want you to know what you are eating and where it came from. We want to support producers who pay a liveable wage, and are making something special and delicious. Although we can't promise to never work with the big guys, our focus will be on small-batch, artisan producers.
Packaging: In order to mail you your ingredients and get you started cooking, we will need to purchase shipping boxes, labels, and packaging materials for the samples. We also want to minimize our environmental footprint so we want this to be as Eco as possible, even if this means spending a bit more money.
Printing: You now have a bunch of exciting ingredients that you've never tried before. I bet you want to know more, right? That's where the recipe cards come in and the information card about the recipes, along with the printing costs to create these.
Website: We can't wait to start sharing, teaching and learning! We just need to design a website first and to pay for hosting and shopping capabilities. That way, all the people who were not lucky enough to purchase a subscription on Kickstarter can still sign up!
My goal is to get started as quickly as possible! I am hoping to launch the box and website by September 2014. I have exciting ingredients lined up, recipes ready to go, and I want to create a space right away to add your ideas, stories and recipes. I want to create a community.
A huge thank you for your support and consideration. If you like this project, please share it with your friends and other foodies. Thank you for helping make Saffron + Kumquats a reality. Don't forget to follow us and share our:
Video and Photos by Lavaniya Das, Logo and Branding by Teresa Aguilera of Spindle Desco
Risks and challenges
Finding the right suppliers: I'm sure you want quality ingredients. You probably want to support small producers who source their food responsibly. Well, so do we. One of the challenges will be finding these suppliers. Luckily this is what my job used to be (see my bio) and there are a lot of amazing people in the US producing amazing food!
Getting the word out: This is the biggest challenge. Kickstarter is a great start, but I will need your help with this too. I need you to tell your friends and family about Saffron + Kumquats. I need your help creating a connected food community. It will take all of us to make this a success.
Delays and unforeseen obstacles: these are always possible but unlikely. That being said, our supporters will be the first to know if anything unexpected happens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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