Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform for creative pursuits ranging from a nano-satellite that lets you "tweet" from space to a comic book about a killer zombie monkey to Bike-In Theater, allows enterprising idea people to skip conventional means of project funding and go right to the folks that matter: the believers in their ideas who are willing to pony up a few bucks to see them happen (and usually get a little something in return).
And when it comes to Kickstarter pursuits in the category of food, we tracked down five Arizona folks currently asking for dollars to make their food/farm dreams a reality.
Here they are, in no particular order. Note that their inclusion in this list is not an endorsement by Chow Bella.
Which ones would you like to see happen?
Project Name: Loaded Buns Location: Phoenix The Lowdown: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives meets traveling hot dog bandit. Help me to purchase my new lease on life . . . a cart full of loaded buns. Asking for: $4,600 by Monday, August 13 Cash so far: $406 Pledge $50 or more and get: One free gourmet dog for every home Cardinals game. Delivery is on-site.
Project Name: Red Scooter Bakery Location: Scottsdale The Lowdown: We're bringing amazing mini cupcakes and mini desserts to the people of Arizona! Asking for: $7,500 by Thursday, August 30 Cash so far: $75 Pledge $25 or more and get: Two dozen mini cupcakes delivered on a date of your choosing. And a big shout-out on Twitter and Facebook!
Project Name: Grandma Bean's Bakery Location: Phoenix The Lowdown: Looking to share birthday cake with everyone, including customers with special dietary needs. Asking for: $4,900 by Saturday, August 18 Cash so far: 0 Pledge $50 or more and get: A half-dozen Grandma Bean's specialty cupcakes or one dozen cookies with recipes. Plus VIP pass to grand opening celebration.
Project Name: A HoopHouse for Skull Valley Lavender Farm Location: Prescott The Lowdown: We want to build a HoopHouse to kickstart our organic lavender farm into higher gear, and grow year-round. Asking for: $3,200 by Sunday, August 5 Cash so far: $280 Pledge $50 or more and get: We will put your name on the online list of backers -- and on the sign of honor at the farm -- and in order to always remember the lovely smell of our lavender -- lavender buds in a cute little sachet.
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Project Name: Noble Breads Location: Phoenix The Lowdown: Micro-community-supported bakery featuring Old World techniques, a stone hearth, naturally collected yeast, and local organic flours. Asking for: $20,000 by Thursday, August 2 Cash so far: $4,342 Pledge $50 or more and get: T-shirt time! That's right! A limited edition Noble Bread t-shirt.