Tag Archives: Kickstarter

  1. The Root Mobile: The latest Louisville Kickstarter project worth your donation


    April 5, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    The owner of The Root Cellar has worked hard to bring farm-fresh, local food to Louisville, and now he wants to take his market to the streets.

    Ron Smith, founder of The Root Cellar food markets, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the creation of The Root Mobile. Ron’s goal is “to transform an old bus into a mobile market bringing our farm fresh food to the people who have the least access to it.”

    The Root Cellar is located in two brick-and-mortar locations — the original store at Third and Hill streets in Old Louisville and the corner of Kentucky and Swan streets in Germantown. So why put produce on wheels? Here are some of Ron’s objectives:

    • increase the access to local foods in our community by taking The Root Mobile to neighborhoods called food deserts

    • raise awareness for the need to change the paradigm of food delivery

    • create a new business opportunity for The Root Cellar

    • provide input into those areas of the South/West Ends of Louisville that would best support a permanent location for a third store

    I regularly shopped at The Root Cellar when it first opened in 2011 and I lived right around the corner. Ron is not only one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, but he really cares about the community and the ability to access local food. I’m happy to see that he has taken on this project, and I happily pledged my support on Kickstarter.

    As of Thursday night, The Root Mobile has raised $4,833 toward the big $10,000 goal. The project needs to raise the money by April 29 to be funded. If you’re interested in contributing to The Root Mobile, visit the Kickstarter page here

  2. Event: Grind’s first birthday party at the Old 502 Winery, 4.5.13

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    April 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The food truck Grind has grown from a Kickstarter project to one of the most popular places in the area to get a burger.

    Liz and Jesse Huot, the couple behind the burgers, will celebrate their first anniversary with a party from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Old 502 Winery (formerly River Bend Winery) in downtown Louisville. This also coincides with the First Friday Trolley Hop, so the good times and wine will indeed roll.

    Word on Grind’s Facebook page is that there will be an extra special burger for the evening called The Anniversary, “our delicious 1/3# custom-blended burger topped with seared Stone Cross Farms pork belly, sauteed kale, Boone Creek Creamery gruyere cheese with a Spanish paprika aioli.” I don’t even know where to begin with that description.

    Grind’s First Anniversary Party

    When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5 (food served from 6-8 p.m. only)

    Where: Old 502 Winery, 120 S. 10th Street, Louisville

    More information: Facebook event page



  3. Bits and Pieces: Comfy Cow, Havana Rumba and other Louisville food news for the web, 2.25.13


    February 25, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    • The owners of Comfy Cow plan to expand their ice cream shop by franchising in the region. As a fan of their seasonal sweet potato casserole ice cream, I approve wholeheartedly. (Business First of Louisville, Insider Louisville)
    • Taco Punk, the NuLu restaurant Mexican restaurant that launched a Kickstarter campaign, did not reach its $20,000 fundraising goal. No word on what’s next for the restaurant. (Eater Louisville)


    • More official news about Havana Rumba‘s new “express” concept restaurant. Havana Rumba Express & Tapas Bar will open in Douglass Loop at 2210 Bardstown Road in the space formerly occupied by Desserts by Helen and Mucho Queso. Owners are still in the planning stages, but this is an opening worth keeping an eye on. (Consuming Louisville)
    • New coffee shop alert: Kaelin’s Coffeehouse, 1801 Newburg Road. (Consuming Louisville)
    • A Detroit-style pizza parlor called Loui Loui’s will open in Jeffersontown next month at the former Ferd Grisanti’s building, 10212 Taylorsville Road. Check out Insider Louisville’s article for more information about this style of the popular dish. (Insider Louisville)
  4. Why are we so mad about the Taco Punk Kickstarter campaign?


    January 28, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Taco Punk’s Kickstarter campaign has left a bad taste in the mouths of local foodies.

    The local Mexican restaurant announced last week on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter that it’s trying to raise $20,000 to expand operations (I wrote a story about it for WFPL.org that you can read here).

    The criticism of owner/chef Gabe Sowder for turning to Kickstarter has been pretty thick on social media. After Sowder sent an email to supporters announcing his Kickstarter plans, food blog Eater Louisville wrote a pretty scathing assessment in the post, “Taco Punk’d: NuLu Restaurant Asks for Donations So It Can Keep Selling $10 Taco Platters.” In a point/counterpoint feature on WFPL.org, Kentucky Public Radio intern Rae Hodge (she wrote that Taco Punk review everyone was talking about a while back) said:

    … when a third-rate taco baron, selling $10 papier-mâché tortillas, starts passing the collection plate while preaching the “Keep Louisville Weird” sermon and serving bad beer, you better believe I take umbrage, particularly when their initial business plan relied on windfall income from unlucky tourists.


    So why are we so mad at Sowder?

    Are we big believers in the ups and downs of capitalism? Should we just let the market rather than fundraising determine the fate of a private business?

    Or is this a bigger issue? Are we a little more harsh toward private enterprises asking for public money in the wake of big government bailouts?

    Or do we just not like the food at Taco Punk?

  5. Menu and Hours, a Louisville restaurant app, available on iTunes


    September 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Michelle Jones, the woman behind the blog Consuming Louisville and Let Them Tweet Cake meet-ups, has launched her long-awaited, Louisville-restaurant-centric iPhone app, Menu and Hours. It’s “a beautiful, easy to use app with all the information you want about restaurants and none of the frustration of restaurant websites. No PDFs, no flash, just the food menus, operating hours, location and contact information for over 90 independent restaurants in the Louisville, Kentucky area,” according to the iTunes store.

  6. A gourmet burger food truck is coming to Louisville. Excuse me while I squeal with glee.


    February 21, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Congratulations to Liz and Jesse Huot, a Louisville couple who have reached their fundraising goal for Grind, a food truck …
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  7. Help a sister out and tell your favorite restaurant about Menu and Hours


    February 15, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Good news: Michelle Jones got the funding she needed to get the Menu and Hours app up and running. Less-than-good …
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  8. Louisville restaurant info + iPhone app + Michelle Jones = Kickstarter project of awesomeness


    December 20, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    “We’re hungry and we have questions.” Michelle Jones, publisher of Consuming Louisville, a friend of this blog and a gift …
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  9. The Waffle & Crepe Co. needs your help to bring European-style street food to Louisville

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    June 24, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Remember that time when we as Louisvillians united and exclaimed to the world, “We want a vegan food truck, dangit!” …
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  10. Abbey Road on the River had great eats and good tunes


    May 31, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    If the early bird gets the worm, the late bird gets heatstroke. That was nearly my punishment Monday for attending …
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