Pachamama Cookery

Specializing in pierogies and all things natural. Help us go big time, Bay Area!
Maggie Weber-striplin
San Francisco, California
United States
1 Team Member

Our Story

Carmen graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia and also took several continuing education classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park,New York.  She has worked at fine dining restaurants and hotels, enjoys baking, and makes the best empanadas you've ever tasted! Maggie, hailing from Pittsburgh,PA, attended Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley,CA.  She has been cooking for families in their homes, specializing in organic baby foods and desserts catering to food allergies.  We are excited to combine our knowledge and expertise to create a natural food business in line with our love of food and nature. Pierogies have been our first focus and we are serving this niche market with both the classic flavor (potato,cheese,onion) and new flare (sweet potato rosemary,chive.)

We have been developing our products over the past five months and selling them at underground farmers markets including New Taste Marketplace ( and Homegrown Marin ( with great reception! We also filled the pierogi needs of many an expatriate Pittsburgher during this year's Super Bowl.  We've chopped,boiled,fried, and recipe tested and now we're ready to take our business to the next level. We'd love your help!

What we need and what you get

A local restaurant (will be announced shortly) is opening a new location in the heart of the San Francisco Mission food district and wants to feature our pierogies on their menu! That means we need to step up our production capability substantially and quickly.  The best way for us to do this is to purchase a few keep pieces of equipment that will allow us to make as many pierogies in an hour as we do now in a day.  Our fundraising goal is only enough to cover the basic machinery.  We will need more funds to acquire everything on our wishlist.Please be generous and pass this along! Look at the sidebar to see the great schwag you can get for helping us out! Our goal  is what we need to get only the main items so every bit helps.

Our holy trinity of mass pierogi making machinery include:

1.  Commercial Mixer!- This is imperative for us to be able to produce mass quantities of dumpling dough and would make mashed potatoes a lot smoother as well. $900

2.  Dough Sheeter!- In order to get a nice uniformly even dough in mass quantity, without injuring ourselves, we are going to need one of these lovely machines. $1200

3.  Turnover machine!-  This could help us significantly increase the number of orders we are able to take per week,  This tool would also help us expand our menu in the future.  We can purchase addition die cuts to make Carmen's famous empanadas for the masses! $895

Other equipment that we need or would help us out tremedously:

Cambro transport box, Sauerkraut crock, Vacuum sealer, sheet pans,cooling racks,pots, pans, and all the small accoutrements that will facilitate our day to day production.
Other Ways You Can Help

Please donate and pass this video along to your friends!  Press the share buttons! Let people know about something amazing/delicious/interesting/inspiring!  The more people who visit our site, the more chances we have to reach our goal.  Pachamama Cookery was only born in January, but we are light years beyond most people in their first five months of existence! While most food businesses can expect not to make a profit until year two, with a guaranteed restaurant client, low-cost commercial kitchen space, and extremely low start-up cost, Pachamama Cookery and her two small business owners will be a thriving entity in no time!

Imagine, just a few short months from now you'll be able to say "I helped grow a thriving, sustainable, local, women-owned food business!" Doesn't that feel good?

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  • $5USD
    Pachamama Party Animal!

    Bragging rights that you helped start an up and coming local, sustainable women owned business and an invitation to the Pachamama Loves You funders party TBA in the fall including food, music, and more!

    1 claimed
  • $10USD
    Lil' Dumpling

    Your name on our website, an underground market voucher for an order of pierogies, sauerkraut, and creme fraiche as well as an invite to our fabulous Pachamama Loves You funders party!

    8 claimed
  • $20USD
    Mon petit sauerkraut

    An immortalized pierogi magnet! It’s the real deal, shellacked for your magnetic enjoyment. You also get a market voucher and invite to our spectacular funders party!

    12 claimed
  • $50USD
    Lil Dumpling

    Lover of all things natural, you get everything seen below plus the cutest little crocheted pierogi you’ver ever seen. That’s right, I said crocheted pierogi, invented by crocheted food artist Alicia Kachmer. You also get a frozen 12 pack of pierogies of your choice and a bottle of wine.

    15 claimed
  • $75USD
    Naturally Delicious!

    You, dear pierogi lover, will be cooking in style with an “I (pierogi) pachamama cookery” silkscreened apron plus a bag of pierogies, bottle of wine, and invite to our party! Send us a picture of you in your cute apron and we'll give you 20% off pierogies for life.

    1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Pierogi of the Month Member!

    $100 Pierogi of the month member! For a year you’ll get a subscription bag of pierogies, including fresh new flavors or the tried and true classic. Plus an apron to cook ‘em up with!

    9 claimed
  • $150USD
    Lover of all things Natural

    Dear love off all things natural, you get a tour of the pachamama cookery kitchen , help us taste some new receipes, and have lunch with the chefs. Don’t worry we’ll send you home with a bag yummy things to take home.

    2 out of 8 claimed
  • $400USD
    Awesome Pierogi Opposum

    You, awesome pierogi opossum, get a catered dinner party for you and 5 friends! We bring the pierogies, sauerkraut, creme fraiche, salad, a bottle of wine, and dessert. Plus an apron, name on our site, and invite to our funders party.Dig it?

    0 out of 4 claimed
  • $600USD
    Pierogi fiends

    Grab your friends pierogi fiends! You and 5 friends get to enjoy a two hour cooking class with the chefs of Pachamama. Won’t you all look cute in your matching pierogi aprons?! We will teach you the tricks of the trade and provide all the materials and fillings to make delicious pierogies. While you sit back and sip wine we fry up your creations and serve them to you with salad and dessert.

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $999USD
    Mayor of Pierogiville!

    $1000 Founder’s circle celebrity! You’ve got what it takes to be an ultimate local business champion. In addition to everything seen above (retail value almost $2k) we make a pierogi as big as your head with any filling you want, we keep a framed photo of you in our kitchen, and you get a crown & VIP seating at the funders party. We will also henceforth refer to you as your holy pieroginess! How ‘bout that?!?

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