Don't worry Kickstarter Potato Salad project haters, you don't need to fund even an ounce of mayonnaise to make a difference on the crowd-funding website.
While Ohio man Zach Danger Brown has currently raised over $52,000 (considerably higher than his original $10 goal) for what promises to be the world's most epic crowd-funded side dish, plenty of local makers in New York City are actually trying to make their culinary dreams come true -- and reap the benefits with New Yorkers. Some of their tantalizing, thirst-quenching and curious projects caught our eye.
Cocoburg: Raw Vegan Jerky
With the jerky craze in full force, it’s time to give Cocoburg - raw, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free jerky- its time in the spotlight. This cruelty-free jerky option is as much about its chewy texture and salty taste as its principals of saving animals while creating a delicious snack. (Credit: Kickstarter/ Cocoburg)
House of Yes
This Brooklyn circus, theater, and performance venue will house a restaurant and all-night juice bar, designed as a place to hangout and collaborate. Acrobatic brunches are also rumored to take place at the new space. A $20 pledge will earn you lunch at the new House of Yes. (Credit: House of Yes)
Rockaway Brewing Company
Though the microbrewery’s craft brew is available on tap, canning Rockaway Brewing Company's fresh brew on site is a whole other project. Donate to help support local beer that’s much better than that imported stuff from Milwaukee… (Credit: Rockaway Brewing Company)
Honeybee Pâtisserie will bring French pastries to Bensonhurst. The pâtisserie will offer a homemade selection of entremets, tarts, palmiers and macarons along with locally roasted coffee. A $15 contribution will earn you a tea or coffee along with your choice of pastry by the bakery's planned opening this December. (Credit: Honeybee Pâtisserie)
Grazers: A Cooperative Story
The Grazers documentary portrays the loss of our local food system -- a New York State farm closes every 3 days -- and the dangerous turn toward industrialization. A $50 donation gives you the opportunity to name a farm cow or a taste of grass-fed sweetbreads. (Credit: Kickerstarter/ Grazers)
Perhaps the best part of Kickstarter is really being able to see a change in the community. Moss Cafe aims to bring a Kosher, farm-to-table eatery and espresso bar to Riverdale in the Bronx, where no such place currently exists. A $25 pledge gets you a tote bag! (Credit: Kickstarter/ Moss Cafe)