The Gourmand's Grater
The Gourmand's Grater is a 3-in-1 kitchen tool that can grate, grind and puree food. It will come with 3 different wheels, enabling it to grate everything from cheese and chocolate to nuts and garlic, grind coffee, and even act as a food mill to make feeding your baby when out and about a cinch!
Constructed from quality materials such as stainless steel and porcelain enamel coating, the Gourmand's Grater has a retro, 1950's look, which also ensures that it is made to last a lifetime. In fact we guaranty it! We will offer the same “hassle free, total replacement warranty” that KitchenAid offers for their stand mixers.
Why The Gourmand’s Grater is a Good Great Idea
While there are similarly designed food graters on the market, our grater significantly differs in 3 key ways.
1. 3-in-1 Grater, Grinder & Food Mill
First, it comes with separate wheels to grind coffee beans, grate a variety of foods and puree baby food, so it is, in effect, a grater, grinder and baby food mill, all in one.
A recent mom myself, I am especially loving the idea of making baby food easily when we are outside of the house. My restaurant meal can instantly become Hugo's!
2. Highest Quality
Second, it can handle hard foods like coffee beans and Parmesan without fear of breaking and, at the same time, it is designed so that you don't grate your knuckles when you get down to the nubbins of cheese.
3. Beautiful Design
Finally, it is well designed not only from a functionality standpoint, but an aesthetic perspective. The lines of the grater invoke an authentic 1950's retro feel, as do the use of stainless steel and porcelain enamel. Though porcelain enamel is quite expensive and difficult for production and cost purposes, it ensures that the the color of the grater has a luster and richness that cannot be replicated._______________________________________________________________________
Why You Can Trust Me
I come from a place where business is still done on a handshake, and is often more binding than a 50-page contract. When you proffer your hand, your integrity is on the line. And for me, integrity is one of the few measurements of a person's worth.
I am a lawyer and have been trained to anticipate how things can go wrong. I know that, despite my hard work and planning, unanticipated problems are going to arise. And while I can't predict what they are, I know that I don't know, and have planned for them.
I take the commitments I have made in this campaign so seriously that I am opting to forego all funds raised if I am a dollar short of my goal because I don't want to be committed to doing something that I can't deliver. Further, in order to ensure that the grater is produced in line with our commitment to quality and problem-shoot as effectively as possible, we intend to relocate to wherever our manufacturer is located for the duration of production, whether that be Toledo or Thailand.
I extend my hand to you here, now, and promise that not only can you take me at my word, but also that I am capable of delivering.
Can we shake on it?
Ahh, the perks! I had a lot of fun thinking up our thank-you gifts for your support and assembling awesome gifts for fellow food lovers.
The Gourmand's Grater
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Gourmand's Gift Basket ($150)
- 1 Gourmand's Grater
- 2 Jamón Key Chains
- 2 Flamenco Aprons
Chef's Tasting Menu for 2 at Sonoma's The Girl & the Fig AND a Gourmand's Grater! ($230)
multi-course tasting dinner paired with wines curated by moi ( we will do a flight, so they can taste around the winelist a bit)
A sample menu may look something like this:
Pastis-Scented Steamed Mussels, Frites
Wellington 2010 Marsanne, Sonoma Valley
Fig & Arugula SaladLaura Chenel chevre, toasted pecans, pancetta, toasted pecans, fig & port vinaigrette
spiced nuts, olives, FIG FOOD condiments & baguette
Cline Cellars, 2011 Ancient Vines, Mourvèdre
Ultimate Gift Basket ($250)
- Everything included in the Gourmand's Gift Basket, plus
- A cornucopia of gratable & grindable goodies from my favorite specialty grocer, Phoenicia Specialty Foods!
Gourmand's Dream Vacation to Madrid!
With the help of some of the best restaurants, specialty food shops, gastro-tour guides and wine purveyors in Spain, I have put together a vacation to Madrid that will leave any self-professed Gourmand salivating.
The package includes:
- Airfare* (up to $2,000)
- 5 nights' accommodations in our 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath apartment (accommodates 4)
- Basket de bienvenidas, filled with Spanish goodies
- ALL your meals in all of my favorite restaurants (up to 4 people), which are featured below
- Cava Baja tapas tour
- Madrid market tour
- All-day tour of the local wineries in and around Madrid
- Jamón class and tasting
- Spanish beer tasting
- Spanish olive oil class
- And much more!
You can see a complete list of all the activities and meals I have put together, along with links to the restaurant and tour guides' websites. In addition, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Putting this package together was a labor of love, and I cannot tell you how excited I am about it. I dreamed up what would be my ideal vacation in Madrid, and then put it together.
Selected Restaurants (My Favorites!)
What's At Stake?
Launching this campaign has been an amazing experience, and if I don't meet my goal, it has been (so) worth it.
That being said, if the masses (of Gourmands) are clammering for the Gourmand's Grater and we reach our funding goal, then come hell or high water, the Gourmand's Grater will be manufactured. All proceeds will be applied towards the first-run manufacturing costs with a reputable manufacturer experienced in producing similar, high-quality kitchen products.
As it turns out, if you are not already a big company, it is hard to get a quality factory to make your product. A successful Indiegogo campaign thus not only gets us the funds to get the Gourmand's Grater manufactured, but it also legitimizes our company, ensuring we can work with the right manufacturer.
I will then begin work on Phase 2, which will be to create an affiliate network of other food bloggers to sell the Gourmand's Grater on their sites- a new kind of distribution model that could help other foodies make their dreams come true by helping them to monetize their food sites.
More About Me
My name is Annie Kersch, and I am a recovering attorney-turned-food-blogger-and-product-developer. About 2 years ago, my then-boyfriend and I decided we needed an adventure. We packed up our homes and, with our 2 pups in tow, moved to Madrid for a break from the real world.
Now, just 2 short years later, so much has changed. Boyfriend has become husband, and earlier this year we had our first child. I love cooking and eating, and with the free time afforded by quitting my job, I spent a lot of time in our kitchen trying to recreate our favorite flavors from home as well as experimenting with Spanish ingredients.
This experience gave rise to my blog, Gambas and Grits, along with my idea for the Gourmand's Grater.
After grating my knuckles countless times on the conventional graters, trying the plastic handheld graters (only to have them bend or break on me) and finally having to resort to hunting on eBay for the well-designed-but-long-ago-discontinued-Moulinex Mouli, I began to mentally design an upgraded mouli with all the aspects of my favorite kitchen tools.
The Gourmand's Grater has thus been in response to what I, as someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, see as a real need. I improved on an existing design that works even better than the classic mouli, and have added additional functionality based on what I want and what others have told me they need.
The idea for a coffee-grinding wheel came about after a camping trip in which I realized that it would be nice to be able to use the same device for grating as for grinding fresh coffee.
And other moms suggested that they would like something to take with them when going out to eat in order to prepare their kids' food from their own plates. As I now know with a 6-month-old beginning to eat solids, this was a fantastic idea, and led to the integration of a milling wheel.