The coolest local community project kick-starter, Salt City Dishes is back for 2013! The event brings together locals for a dinner featuring several presentations of innovative ‘Cuse-based projects. Diners vote on their favorite proposals after the meal and the winner gets a $1000 grant to be used as seed or investment capital. It’s a very simple concept that ties in delicious food and great projects to enrich our community. Got an idea? The organizers are accepting proposals now!
Salt City Dishes had it’s inaugural event back in 2011 and it sold out. Salt City Dishes is inspired by FEAST Brooklyn and similar projects, but it’s the first of its kind in Syracuse. Tradition dictates that winners from the previous year’s Dishes must return and give a short talk about how their project turned out. I think it’s an important step in establishing a rich cultural environment in Syracuse. Presented proposals tend to comprise a wider range since presenters are going after a grant, not a bank loan. Not only that but Salt City Dishes also gives diners a chance to meet and listen to inspired locals with exciting projects. It’s also a place to connect with like-minded individuals in a communal atmosphere of both innovation and creativity. Syracuse has people with a million ideas, but SCD connects these folks with the capital needed to bring ideas to fruition. A very noble mission indeed.
The ladies behind Salt City Dishes were kind enough to share some of the great projects that won previous events:
Our past winners:
-Salt City Slam (a monthly poetry slam series held at Artrage Gallery that brings together amateur and professional spoken word artists)
-Bikes for peace (sponsored six free bike repair clinics that taught kids how to fix their own bikes)
-SUBPAR (crafted and installed site-specific screen printed ceramic tiles on derelict buildings)
Very interesting and inspiring projects indeed. Think you’ve got what it takes?
The organizers are accepting proposals until Friday, March 8th and I highly recommend you consider submitting–or just attending this exciting evening to support your community. Submissions must be for projects that take place in Syracuse, involve the community/are open to the public, and must be completed within a year of receiving funds. The dinner isn’t until May 5th but I wanted to get this thing out. Tickets will cost $15-20 and don’t go on sale until May. More details on the way!
I’ve included a video from the 2011 Salt City Dishes via Daylight Blue. It gives you an insider glimpse into Salt City Dishes’ totally unique environment. Take a look!
Check out Dishes on the Road 2012:
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