Got Game - Taste Sensation

by forster_thomas in New Mills, Cornwall

We did it
On 18th November 2013 we successfully raised £3,950 with 41 supporters in 28 days

To raise £1,500, which will result in match funding from Big Green Egg and take us to our total of £3,000. This will provide us with 3 new Large Big Green Egg BBQs, a new fridge-freezer and an XL Igloo chiller box.

by forster_thomas in New Mills, Cornwall

                           

The Big Green Egg will award Tom two Big Green Eggs to the value of £1,500 if he reaches his crowdfunding target. 

 UPDATE:

Thanks to our philanthropic 'pledgends', we surpassed our target after a fortnight!

So we have revised our target figure believing that £4k is now achievable.

Hitting this mark would provide us with the essential paraperhanalia that supports the Big Green Eggs, that being the 'nests' which the eggs sit in - to bring them up to cooking height and for mobility purposes - as well as stone bases for making pizzas and charcoal and wood chippings for smoking. 

So please pledge/share the link, we're only £250 off!

Who are we?

Hello, I'm Tom Forster, and I founded Got Game in 2012 to bring wild Cornish game, cooked using the outstanding Big Green Egg BBQs, to the festival and street food circuits. After attending loads of festivals and varied travel experiences in Indo China and Europe, I acquired a fond attachment to all manner of al fresco food. It tends to be good quality yet very affordable, unstuffy, and synonymous with fun and good times. What's not to love?

So, I'm over the moon that street food is now sweeping London and parts of the UK. As a self-taught creative/foodie/cook, whatever you want to call it, it gives me a versatile platform to launch a business such as Got Game. As I grew up in Cornwall I've been surrounded by game and quality local produce, including wild foods such as mushrooms, sloes and all manner of berries. So, resourcefulness is the name of the game here; drawing on my local environs, connecting with independent suppliers and artisans and supporting the local economy - including farmers, shoots and game dealers - we can form a profitable enterprise with a strong community benefit and minimal environmental impact.

 

What do we want to achieve?

With one cooking set up in place - part gas, part charcoal - we are now looking to consolidate and double-up in order to operate in London as well as Cornwall and the South West, and spread the good name of Got Game.

So we are looking to raise £1,500 through this appeal, which will then warrant match funding from the generous and supportive manufacturers at Big Green Egg, who will provide us with the additional two large Eggs up to the value of another £1,500. This will enable us to run a second set-up, meaning we can take on double bookings and realise our growth potential.

Why we need the funding?

I have put all my personal savings in to this business, raised some money through European funding and also wasted my time appealing to the banks for business loans. Although we are building a strong brand and a good reputation, start up constraints i.e. cash flow are limiting our progress and, in order to make the most of the varied opportunities, we need an injection of cash to make some specific capital purchases.

What will the money be used for?


As I mentioned above, our current cooking set up is part gas and part charcoal, meaning we use one gas BBQ and one charcoal BBQ - the single large Big Green Egg we own. This produces a far better end product so we are looking to specialise and use solely Big Green Eggs for our operation.

So the £1,500 would enable us to purchase the second large Egg to replace the gas BBQ, as well as an extra freezer, fridge, and Igloo box. We need these latter items for storage and transport of the extra meat required to meet the demands of double bookings, as provided by the match funded 2 large Eggs.

Hopefully there is a big enough range of appealing rewards to choose from, so if you like what's on offer and do decide to pledge, terrific! Hopefully mutual satisfaction will be derived making this whole experience enjoyable, worthwhile and fruitful! Thank you!

You can follow me on Twitter @GotGameFoods and like me on Facebook.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Meal Voucher. Free meal voucher at a Got Game street food market or public event. We will shortly be trading out of one of London’s street food markets, as well occasionally at Truro’s Lemon Quay, and popular public events, like Glastonbury, Royal Cornwall Show, Port Elliot Festival , Porthleven Festival, Badminton Horse Trials, Royal Bath and West Show & more. Tom will let you know the events calendar via his newsletter. (Unlimited)

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Creative Canapes. Stun your friends with these original Canapés. Tom will send you everything you need to create an original selection of game, fish and wild produce inspired canapés. He will show you how to prepare them quickly & easily and tell you how to source the freshest local ingredients . Vegetarian options are also included. (Unlimited)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

T-Shirt Original design Got Game branded t-shirts in all adult sizes with fitted options for women. Designed and created by 'Yoghurt Warrior', up and coming London designer. Made from 100% pure cotton. Design can be seen on the Got Game website www.gotgamefoods.co.uk (Unlimited)

£40 or more

2 of 24 claimed

£40 Reward

Cooking Experience. Come to Cornwall and learn how to create the Perfect BBQ. The workshop will include everything you need to know to create the perfect BBQ. You will enjoy sharing a lunch together of Got Game’s gorgeous grub and the afternoon will be spent foraging for wild food on the beach with a cook up of mussels and wild watercress. (Limited: 2 x dates, 12 places per date (£40/head))

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Gorgeous Got Game Hamper. Brilliant Christmas Present! Gorgeous handmade Got Game hamper filled with delicious wild boar and sloe gin salami, venison carpaccio with pear butter, mixed game terrine with spiced apricot relish, quail eggs with Harissa aioli, hedgerow jelly and some Skybernoweth Sloe Gin. We will send direct to recipient if a gift! (Limited: 20)

£100 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£100 Reward

Deer Stalking Experience. Another great Christmas present idea! Venture out at dawn or dusk – the most glorious times of the day - and learn about the importance of conservation of game to the English countryside, stalking with an experienced professional. This experience takes place in either Cornwall or Norfolk. (Limited: 4)

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

Clay Pigeon shoot. Get some mates together and we will arrange a clay pigeon shoot for you. This will take place in either Norfolk or Cornwall and you can enjoy a fabulous Cornish picnic including local ale or cider, Cornish Pasty, homemade scones, jam and cream. (Limited: 4 parties of max. 12 people)

£300 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£300 Reward

A weekend break at The Snuggery in Cornwall (usually £350-500). Spend a weekend or weekday short break at this gorgeous holiday retreat …look at www.Uniquehomestays.com “The Snuggery”. Arrive to a Cornish Cream tea with homemade Blackberry & Apple jam and Rodda’s Clotted Cream. The weekend includes a delicious hamper of local Cornish goodies and a bottle of Proseco; all you need for a romantic break for 2. Limited: 2 (October 13 – April 14 (excluding Christmas) subject to availability)

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