Have you crave for a dish but it’s no where available where you live? The only option you have is to make it yourself.
I have been living in Minneapolis since 1999 and only heard of a few Filipino restaurant that started and but closed in a few months. There’s really no place close to satisfy my occasional craving but to hit the oriental store and get my own ingredients and make it myself. I’m lucky that there’s Google to help find recipes and how to make them (one of the great sources is ulampinoy.com).
This summer while working on some freelance project. I was craving for Daing na Bangus. The closes oriental store is 25 miles from my house. I have have deadlines to meet and really don’t have time to drive that far to satisfy my craving. Then out of food craving and hunger, came a “lightbulb” moment.
Boy I was really hungry for that Daing na Bangus… If only I can find someone who can prepare that fish dish for me. I’m willing to pay a reasonable restaurant price. While hungry and perusing the free section at Craigslist. I realize, perhaps I can post an ad for a cooking services for Filipino food. But my habit of “one-upping myself” kicks in. I told myself, maybe I should just build a Craigslist for Filipino food myself. From that idea, I thought maybe I can help those aunts and uncle, abuelo and abuela that are needing to earn extra bucks make some money. They got mad skillz cooking alright, and goddammit, I think they deserve to get paid for that talent. I think that is something that has real value but under-appreciated nowadays.
The more I think about it, the more I come out with different ways to package this service. i.e. the best way to share your heritage through share your dish, helping unemployed people with cooking skills earn money, let people know other culture through the universal language of flavor, promote racial tolerance by letting people taste your ethnic dish and discovering common likes, or change people’s fastfood eating habits by providing an alternative of where to buy healthier meals prepared by someone in the neighborhood. I can go on and on about this…
So now I built a crowdfunding website especially designed for dish sharing. If you know anyone who got cooking skills, from professional chefs to occasional family cook during family get together. Let them know that they can post their specialty dish here at Palootoo.com. It’s currently on beta but it’s fully functional. I put together a short video that shows how it works in this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_XlfdTsFSw