Before we began the semester nine weeks ago, I noticed the kickstarter assignment, and knew that when the time came I would help an older friend of mine who could really benefit from a kickstarter campaign.
The wind was soon taken out of my sails when I found out that kickstarter projects can’t fundraise for charity. I can’t believe that all this time I thought kickstarter was a universal fund raising platform. I’m not sure how I got my wires crossed, maybe it was the “guy who received all those donations to make potato salad” that gave me that misconception :*).
After I realized that kickstarter was just for creating something to share with others, I began perusing all the categories to see if there was something that caught my eye. The site was a little daunting because there were so many categories to choose from. Seeing as gourmet cooking is one of my hobbies, I decided to zero in on the food category. To better drill down the more than 600+ food projects, I noticed a “LOCAL” option and soon found about 30 projects in my area to support a neighbor in their culinary pursuits. This is kind of fun going through the different possibilities with most of the campaigns looking to get their product off the ground such as vegan twinkies, hummingbird cake pops, an organic food truck for toddlers (was that right?!). I was enjoying the feeling that I was part of the Shark Tank when…bingo! That’s the one…gourmet hot sauce. I’ve had a love affair with hot sauce since I was just a wee gal. I have a talent of withstanding the most infernal, abusive hot food items, and even competed in a hot pepper eating contest in Tijuana. I put hot sauce on everything, even salads. I am always in pursuit of a hot sauce that sports different flavors and this lovely, young couple began the Apinya line consisting of a ginger/garlic Thai Chili Sauce, Thai Basil Aji Sauce inspired by the Peruvian aji verde salsa, Moroccan Coconut Harissa, and Pumpkin Panang.
Their new “Sauce No. 5″ is the result of their kickstarter which was just unveiled as Indian Ghost Vindaloo.
They set up a pretty neat system where a person can determine what they donate based on receiving some of the homemade sauce such as $12 for one bottle, $20 for two bottles, 30 for three, etc. They began their campaign on Sept 11 and made their $5000 goal. I decided to check to see if they had their own website http://apinya.co/ and they sell the items for $6 a bottle and decided to make a purchase of each of the flavors. Mmmm can’t wait!