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Monday, May 4, 2015

SaloonBox Is Like a CSA, But For Booze

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

ANDREW BRODHEAD
  • Andrew Brodhead
If you’ve ever found yourself looking to shake up some cocktails but a little flummoxed by a single shriveled-up lemon in your fridge and a cupboard that contains only Fireball and T.G.I. Friday’s Mudslide mix, there is a solution on the horizon. Not unlike a CSA for gin instead of rainbow chard, SaloonBox aims to make home mixology easier by delivering weekly boxes full of everything you’ll need — because nobody likes running to Safeway for olives. Nobody.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Doughnuts With a Cause: Mobile Cafe Launching Workforce Development Program for Oakland Girls

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Donuts and coffee pop-up, Mamacitas Cafe is raising funds on Kickstarter to launch a workforce development program for young women in Oakland. - FERRON SALNIKER
  • Ferron Salniker
  • Donuts and coffee pop-up, Mamacitas Cafe is raising funds on Kickstarter to launch a workforce development program for young women in Oakland.

Like doughnuts? Coffee? Supporting meaningful economic opportunities for young women in Oakland? If you said yes to all three (we might question your taste if you didn’t), Mamacitas Cafe is expanding their pop-up cafe which hires and provides leadership training for female-identified youth in Oakland, and they could use your support on Kickstarter

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Chat with Lisa Fetterman, Founder of Nomiku

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Nomiku 2.
  • The Nomiku 2.
Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder of Nomiku, a San Francisco-based hardware startup aiming to make sous-vide technology affordable and accessible to the home cook.

In 2012, they successfully raised $586,000 via Kickstarter to help fund version 1.0, and just this Tuesday they raised another $620,000 to fund their new updated Nomiku 2. The kicker to this Kickstarter: they still have five days to go. We sat down with Lisa to chat:

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

King Kobbler Crowdsourcing Funds to Fix Up His Beloved Yellow Cushman

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The man himself, spotted at Haight and Fillmore. - ANNA ROTH/INSTAGRAM

To denizens of Divisadero and the Lower Haight, King Kobbler is a familiar sight: Usually clad in a royal purple cape and crown, he extolls the virtues of his cobbler to anyone who passes by. One day we got to talking with the garrulous cobbler salesman, also known as local blues musician Big Bones, and found out that he got his recipe from his grandmother, started making it as comfort food after he went through a rough patch in his life, and began selling it to make some extra cash. His classic peach variety is both tart and sweet, the essence of summer packaged in a styrofoam cup and sold for $5.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

20th Century Cafe Launches Kickstarter Campaign With Adorable Old-Timey Video

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Polzine buried under paperwork in her old-timey Kickstarter video.
  • Polzine buried under paperwork in her old-timey Kickstarter video.

Pastry chef Michelle Polzine has been trying to open 20th Century Café in a converted laundromat at Oak and Gough (across the street from Rich Table) for a while -- we wrote recently about the pop-up bake sales she was holding at State Bird Provisions every Sunday. Now she's looking for Kickstarter dollars to fund the buildout of her new spot, which will draw its inspiration from vintage cookbooks and visits to the café-rich cities of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

See also: Get a Sneak Peek of 20th Century Cafe at State Bird Provisions

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Ice Cream Travel Guide, All-In-One Utensils and More Need Support

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The Clover Cook Set combines a spatula, spoon, and tongs in one utensil. - ALITE
  • Alite
  • The Clover Cook Set combines a spatula, spoon, and tongs in one utensil.

A tour around the current projects bidding for your bucks over at Kickstarter reveals ideas designed to make your cooking and eating pursuits a little bit easier. San Francisco's Alite Designs is looking for assistance to finish creating the Clover Cook Set, which combines a spoon, spatula, and pair of tongs into a three-in-one, interlocking utensil. A donation of at least $20 will get you one of the first sets, and the incentives to give more include other smart Alite products such as hiking and camping kits.

See also: Pal's Takeaway Looking to Move, Raising Funds on Kickstarter

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Schulzies Bread Pudding Readies for Opening, Seeks More Funding on Kickstarter

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM

SCHULZIES BREAD PUDDING
  • Schulzies Bread Pudding

After long last (like, nearly a year), it's looking like Schulzies Bread Pudding is finally about to open in Hayes Valley. The bread pudding has gotten rave reviews down in L.A. where Sarah Schulz operates a bread pudding stand in Venice, but this is the first Bay Area location and the strongest iteration of Schulz's vision: to open a "pudding parlor" based on the same model as an ice cream parlor. Meaning that most of her rotating 108+ bread pudding flavors are served chilled in a gelato-like case, scooped out with an ice cream scoop, and topped with delicious things like chocolate and caramel sauce, fresh berries, crumbled cookies, and more.

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- Apple Fritters at Uncle Benny's Are Crazy Addictive

- Almanac Pairs with Dandelion Chocolate For New Biere de Chocolat

- Hooker's Sweet Treats Seduces With Caramel Ménage À Trois

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pal's Takeaway Looking to Move, Raising Funds on Kickstarter

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Lao sausage sandwich from Pal's Takeaway. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • Lao sausage sandwich from Pal's Takeaway.

If you've ever enjoyed one of the superlative sandwiches from Pal's Takeaway, you know it's located inside the cozy Tony's Market at 24th and Hampshire. Now the shop, which took top honors on SFoodie's Top 10 S.F. Sandwich list earlier this year for its Mrs. Binh's sausage sandwich, is looking to expand into a bigger space sometime next year, hopefully while remaining in the Mission. And it's asking fans to help support the move on Kickstarter.

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- San Francisco's 10 Best Sandwiches

- Pal's Third Anniversary Party: The Return of the Coffee-Rubbed Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Grilled Cheez Guy Wants a Food Truck

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Grilled Cheez Guy puts a brick on it. - FLICKR/ROB VILLANEUVA

Oakland's Michael Davidson, aka Grilled Cheez Guy, is using Kickstarter in hopes of raising $33,000 to buy and equip a food truck. He's about 5% of the way there, with 33 days to go.

Davidson isn't the first multi-titled Grilled Cheese Invitational champ to take his skills to a bigger market here in San Francisco. Heidi Gibson, co-owner of the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in South Park is readying a second location in the Mission, and it's all the extension of a dream formed when winning the super-competitive sandwich battle for the umpteenth time. He's also not the first local grilled cheese cart with truck aspirations; Toasty Melts can claim that title. So why support Davidson's initiative?

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- Saturday: Grilled Cheese Invitational at Dolores Park

- The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Bottles Its Relish

- American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Expected to Launch Any Day Now

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Intriguing New Food Atlas Looking for Kickstarter Funding

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Map slices from the book: Los Angeles' lost agrarian landscape, West Oakland's City Slicker Farms' backyard garden program, California's world almond trade, US farmers' markets and food stamp access, SF Bay Area potential food resiliency.
  • Map slices from the book: Los Angeles' lost agrarian landscape, West Oakland's City Slicker Farms' backyard garden program, California's world almond trade, US farmers' markets and food stamp access, SF Bay Area potential food resiliency.

Remember those rad children's atlases that had cartoonish representations of the major exports of every region around the world, kinda like the map mural at Kate's Kitchen? Well, get excited: a group of Berkeley cartographers and more than 80 volunteers around the globe have banded together to create the grownup version. Food: An Atlas will be a visual representation of food systems around the world, with more than 60 maps covering everything from the United States "beershed" (where our beer ingredients come from) to the global distribution of California almonds. The crowdsourced project is one of the first of its kind. And it needs your help, via Kickstarter, to become a reality.

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- How Christopher Columbus Changed the Way We Eat

- New Cookbook Explores California's Culinary Past

- The 20 Most Significant Food Inventions in History

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