Last weekend I attended a three-day program called the Food + Enterprise summit. It’s an annual event in Brooklyn that serves to connect farmers, producers, and entrepreneurs with experts in the (figurative or literal) field who want to help fuse big-picture sustainability into food businesses. It culminated with a pitch competition—think Shark Tank, but more friendly—in which I presented my company Made by Lukas along with six other small business. I won! I probably blubbered on a little too excitedly and incoherently, but combined with all the great new colleagues and friends I made, the things I learned about food systems and sustainability, and the overwhelming good vibes throughout the weekend, it was just so damn cool.
As part of the pitch competition, I’m also launching a Barnraiser campaign in order to raise money to help Made by Lukas grow. Barnraiser is a crowdfunding platform similar to Kickstarter, but what makes it special is that they work only with food-related businesses, and in particular on “impact” ones that foster growth for a healthy world. There are a lot of amazing projects up there.
If you live outside the NYC-Metro area and haven’t yet been able to try Made by Lukas veggie burgers, the Barnraiser campaign is is your chance! I’ve got several different scales of rewards, from one veggie burger, to a three-flavor variety pack, to a “veggie burger of the month” offer, all at different price points and which will be shipped directly to you. I’m also offering signed copies of Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, the cookbook I wrote in 2010. And for big spenders in the NYC-area, you could have a catered vegetarian feast for yourself and three of your favorite people!