You could make an awful lot of potato salad at The Commissary. Just sayin'.
Five days ago, Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, was just a man with a dream. A dream of making pototo salad which is, as dreams go, a very attainable one.
Zack started a Kickstarter project to fund his goal which was, quite frankly, hilarious. Donors were promised incentives from "I will say your name out loud while making the potato salad" to being able to hang out in the kitchen and add an ingredient to the potato salad.
The Internet did the rest. Five days later, the Potato Salad Kickstarter has raised $40,000 and climbing. Yes, you read that right.
And, of course, the story has gone national, getting press from all manner of traditional media to a "think piece" in Gizmodo. And, frankly, I think that's kind of awesome. Zack's Kickstarter was clever and funny and manages to use Kickstarter (who recently relaxed their fundraising rules) to parody itself.
On the other side, we have another local-based Kickstarter which could bring a lot more to Columbus than a bite of potato salad. One which, ironically, would be the perfect place to make potato salad with a bunch of people.
The Commissary is a planned mixed-use space with a focus on food and drink. The brainchild of Kate Djupe, it could serve as a test kitchen, a chef's classroom and more. Here's a video explaining more:
While Zack's Potato Salad has smashed its goal, The Commissary is still tantalizing short of its target $40,000 (they're more than 90 percent of the way there). And with just days remaining — it ends this Thursday, July 10, at 10 p.m. — The Commissary is an all-or-nothing Kickstarter, meaning if it comes up short of its goal, it gets nothing.
So let the Redditors of the world donate to potato salad and consider giving to The Commissary. Maybe Zack could even arrange to rent the space for the making of the potato salad?
5:28 p.m. UPDATE: The Commissary has reached their target. Good job, Columbus! (They're setting some cool stretch goals if you want to keep donating until the deadline.)