Here's the Kickstarter for New York City chef Mark Ladner's (Del Posto) quick service gluten-free pasta concept Pasta Flyer. Last week Ladner revealed that the restaurant is inspired by the speedy service Japanese ramen shops and it will offer a "mix and match menu of gluten free pastas" paired with a variety of sauces. The Kickstarter page notes that the menu will also include snacks, salads, sweets, and "small flexitarian-style proteins." Each bowl of pasta will be "under $10 dollars" and the video notes that they will be cooked in three minutes ("just as fast as a Tokyo ramen bar") thanks to a special patent-pending process.
Pasta Flyer will indeed start out as a series of pop-ups, and 46% of the money raised by the Kickstarter will go towards funding that venture. The pop-up tour will take place in "college-heavy cities" in the Fall of 2014 including Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, DC, NYC, and the SF Bay Area. After that, Ladner and his team will start hunting for brick-and-mortar locations. The Kickstarter notes that Pasta Flyer's ultimate goal is to open permanent locations in "towns with a large concentration of colleges and universities."
Prizes for donating to the campaign include items like a bowl of pasta at one of the pop-ups ($10) to experiences like a chance to stage with the Pasta Flyer team at one of the pop-ups ($100) or the opportunity to talk shop and exchange recipes with Ladner over a meal at a Japanese Izakaya ($1,000). So far, Pasta Flyer has raised $5,287 of it's $85,000 goal and the campaign has 24 days left to go. Five percent of the Kickstarter funds raised will be donated to the National Celiac Disease Society. Go, watch the fundraising video:
Video: Pasta Flyer Kickstarter
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