So I just cancelled a Bounty Dinner for the first time. In this instance, it is due to not having a good ballot for you guys to vote on. As a voting and paying community you deserve not just awesome options, which we had, but a plurality of them.
It appears that there is further recruiting needed, and for sure the dinners are a great tool to that end. Still, I didn’t want to have a dinner with three dishes, and a ballot with less than twice that. I think it cheapens the act of voting and the experience of winning the Bounty.
I try to follow the Stackexchange mantra; “Does this make the internet a better place?” Skimpy ballots don’t do that; we want many robust options and for our votes to matter! So if Dreamsfood isn’t making the internet a better place, how can it make the real world better?
Well in terms of the real world, Dreamsfood has had two awesome Bounty Dinners so far, and provided food for the HelpingHands CommunityGarden benefit. We must be doing something right, right? That makes me believe there is a little bit of tweaking that needs to happen with the Call-For-Recipes mechanic.
We need more cooks perhaps, and maybe not everyone understands how to submit a recipe card, or what one is. Recruitment and Awareness are two problems holding back the Call-For-Recipes mechanic.
So at the end of the day, Alpha not only means doms and all kinds of other things, but it’s means First. We’re still in testing, not even Beta. As Alphas, I’m hoping you guys can provide me any feedback on where we’re not clear, if you can find a friend who loves to cook and get their interest, invite them to join; we’re an open group now.
I look forward to any constructive criticism or feedback. Post below or message me or email me at email@example.com. We’ve had some awesome successes and I want to keep them rolling.
…Yes, the dinner will be rescheduled, though I don’t think doing localized theme bounties is necessarily the best approach; what do you think?
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So far we have two bounties for the voting, recipes can be submitted up until midnight next Tuesday, 4/10; voting begins the day after and goes for a week until 4/17!
We will be looking forward to some amazing dishes on Earth Day, 4/22
Congratulations to HelpingHands CommunityGarden at for a great benefit orchestrated by Derek Stephen Lory! A big shout out to Portia Yiamouyiannis, Beth Binkovitz, Carmen Combs, Melissa Wick, and Allison D Smith for all the effort they each put into their dishes, as well as for coming out to the event to support the Garden. The Greener Grocer and the Clintonville Community Market landed some major support to get us a lot of the ingredients we used.
Dreamsfood was able to totally come through on the five pans, and delivered SIX pans of food (2 1/2 made by Portia alone!). We served up an all vegan menu with three gluten-free dishes (and yes there were some folks looking for some GF options!). Dishes included a fantastic Hummus, Grape Leaves that disappeared, Five-Beans Salad, Five Greens Salad, lyrical Roasted Root Medley, Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Lasagna with cream sauce, Tomato and Cheez Lasagna, and BBQ-Smoked Shredded Seitan with Zuke Slaw on Rye.
We will have some pics up soon, but I want to drop an enormous thanks to the Dreamsfood team for cooking and Derek and the Garden for doing great work. Each cook was totally thrilled to be able to channel our efforts into such a worthy cause. Keep up the good work!
Okay everyone vacation is over, Charitability aside, its time for some cooks to make some money to cook to everyone’s amazement and enjoyment! The call for recipes is back on in full swing! Send your cook brain to South Asia and bring us back some recipe ideas! Dinner is 4/22, the call ends 4/10, voting end 4/17
Dear Dreamsfood Alphas,
As a member who has participated in the Bounty cycles or seen them work, this is our first Charitability Cycle. I want to reach out to you personally to help with the Helping Hands Community Garden Benefit (HHCG) at Wild Goose Creative. The best parts about volunteering are three-fold; attendance is totally optional (but more fun if you can!), you can help whenever you want and in as little as an hour, and with mostly (hopefully entirely) freely donated stuff!
We are trying to get started on the community outreach efforts with Dreamsfood and I think our member Derek’s organization is a good start. I pledged five hotel pans of food, prepared by the Dreamsfood community, to the HHCG benefit. I chose five because that is a good amount that I know I can handle even if no one else can volunteer. So if you are not available it’s not a problem, I’m just hoping some of you might be because that will make it that much more fun.
- What I’m hoping for, from anyone able and willing : one 9x13 casserole or other quantity of food of some kind that you can put some time and care into. I don’t want anyone to think this needs to be some three hour investment with two dozen steps; a big, straightforward bowl of hummus would be rad, a bean salad, or anything you care to make (especially in bulk). For the sake of coherence, I do want the dishes to all conform with the current Dreamsfood group (i.e. be vegan). We will be prepping and storing food the nights of 3/28-30 (next Wednesday through Friday) and the day of 3/31 (next Saturday, until about 5pm, which is go time).
The HHCG is a community garden that in large part benefits the Clintonville Community Resource Center. I am organizing a volunteer push by Dreamsfood to provide food for a benefit event the HHCG has put together. There are other sponsors (including Patty Cake Bakery, yum, and Portia’s Creations, yum) that are providing support. This includes Greener Grocer and the Clintonville Community Market, who are providing most of the raw materials for the dishes we make.
If this interests you, email me, call me, track me down at work or whatever; I want to utilize your time and effort and talents effectively to channel our energy to help out a good local cause. If there’s anyone else you think might be interested, send them my way. If you want to just drop a dish off to me that’s cool; if you all want to hang out and cook together we can do that too.
This push is in line with the Big Idea behind Dreamsfood: Charitability. In short, my hope is to not only have awesome and exciting dinners with new, amazing, and/or experimental dishes, but to cultivate a corps of cooks that want to lend a helping hand to feed people
“Why no voting begin yesterday?”
We only got one recipe card. I spoke to the potential cooking team and have decided to postpone the dinner until April.
It is possible that the scheduling (3/25) was too soon, or just a bad day. Can’t do too much about that. It also looks like we may not have enough people who are cooks, or perhaps not enough people know how easy it is to submit a recipe card and win money to prepare the food. I want to address both of those things.
While I can reschedule the dinner in case that might get more people interested, I am going to do some more to address the other two issues as they are bigger agenda items. They beg the questions,
- How do we get more cooks?
- How do we submit recipe cards, win money, and get to make a dinner for everyone and get our due celebration?
I am going to actively start recruiting cooks wherever they can be found. Like in kitchens, I suppose. I am also going to make sure it is totally crystal clear how the cook side of the equation works in some upcoming posts.
This model is still being tested, and I look forward to any other feedback you guys might have. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other suggestions or ideas.
In the mean time between now and April, there is a special event of one of our community members that I want to throw some more weight behind such as we can. The Helping Hands Community Garden benefit is going to going down March 31. I have volunteered 5 hotel pans of food to help Derek out. Who wants to coordinate a big give for him? If you’re interested in some community outreach, and in helping meet the quota (actually, I would really like to over-deliver because its a great cause), email me.
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We have our first South of China recipe card, it’s a collaboration between two of our members! Not only is it two cooks, but there are three items! The deadline for entries is approaching though, and we’re low on entries. Who else has got some Indian, Thai, Burmese, Indonesian, etc recipes? Email a pic or description of them to email@example.com so we can get it listed!
3/25: Dreamsfood Bounty Dinner #003 - Everything South of China
The Bounty Theme this time is Everything South of China. Tickets are $9 to vote and /or attend the dinner; all proceeds go into the Bounty and then on to the cooks. Click [JOIN] to say, ‘I am going to this dinner!’
This Bounty is meant to round up as many recipe cards from as many cooks as possible. Remember, you don’t need to pay money to get your recipe card listed. If you want to vote you’ll need to kick in but you get your portion of your bounty back if you win.
COOKS: Get your tandoori and kanom krok pans ready! The call for recipes starts now and you get until next Tuesday to submit recipe cards to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be actual recipes, drawings, or your thoughts on what a recipe would look like. We are looking for your best most delicious or most deviously deviant dishes that originate from or riff on any dish from the Indian subcontinent through the Indonesian islands! If you win you’ll get a third of the bounty and an opportunity to wow the community on March 25th when you prepare your dish.
VOTERS/FOODIES: We will start voting on dishes next Wednesday! We will have a week to vote and declare some winners. We’re going to elect three dishes from the candidates that the cooks put forward. Tickets to vote and eat the food are $9 and the cooks will prepare the dinner on March 25.
DINNER: Dinner will be from 6-9, March 25th at a yet to be determined location. Winning COOKS bring the food, VOTERS bring themselves, and anybody who wants to buy a ticket after voting wraps up may do so UP TO the Friday before the Dinner (March 23rd).
For people who want to buy a ticket later after the winners are announced, if you can’t pay via PayPal, please email me at email@example.com to let me know you want to show up /before/ 3/25. We need to have a head-count by Friday for the cooks to know how much they need to buy.
Winning cooks will be the authors of the top three voted recipe card candidates among the candidates. Each winning candidate will receive 1/3 of the Bounty to prepare a dish based on the recipe card they submit.
Dishes will be served at a dinner organized by the Dreamsfood community. No individual can have more than one dish bountied; they can however be part of a collaboration without disqualifying the second dish.