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BUTTER OUR BIZKIT

plant-based comfort + punk passion + radical expression

$6,630
pledged of$45,000 goal
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Campaign Ends on July 31, 2021

Project Description

Split rectangular image. Left side features a yellow background with blue "Guerilla Bizkits" graffiti text. Right side features person in gorilla suit eating biscuits over a sheet tray filled with biscuits and crumbs.

HOLD YOUR GROUND

Bizkits are our biz. We love to mix ‘em, roll ‘em, bake ‘em, butter ‘em, fold ‘em, mold ‘em… you get it. But something we love even more about this biz is all the ways it’s connected us to our community, the people we met over the past year and the change it has had on us personally. It has allowed us to contribute to mutual aid efforts, stock community fridges and collab with local artists and businesses. We feel more connected to our neighbors than ever, thanks to farmers market friends, dedicated customers, and other dope small businesses. All of these things have led to a confidence in what we do and believe, a deep appreciation for community and friendship, and a newfound sense of independence and individualism. 

After kitchen rental after kitchen rental closed on us, we wound up in our most recent kitchen. The kitchen was a WIP and had electrical issues, leading us to lose all of our product and ingredients 3 weeks. in. a. row. At the same time, Ali started having terrible abdominal pain and has spent most of the last two months in the hospital or at doctors appointments in Seattle. To top it all off, when we asked to expand kitchen hours last month, our manager replied that our kitchen would be closing in two weeks and we had to move out by then. So, yeah - three kitchens gone within 8 months.

We made the move to a private space to secure the future and stability of GB. We now have a place for this biz to continue to grow and give back. But our third unexpected kitchen closure has pushed us into a private space sooner than we had anticipated. And, well, now we’re here - asking to be community funded so we can continue to be community focused.

Split rectangular image. Left side features a blackout (dried cherry & pickled jalapeño) biscuit on blue and white checkered deli paper. Right side features a scanned biscuit bag with a blue design showing a cartoon biscuit cowboy whistling and the text "GUERILLA BIZKITS - Hardcore flavor; www.bizkits.biz; fucking vegan.”

SITTING ROUND AT HOME

IYKYK. And if you don’t, let us tell you about GB. We make small batch plant-based bizkits from scratch in Nashville, Tennessee, that are packed with hardcore flavor.

March of 2020 threw three huge hurdles at us: the Middle Tennessee tornado that destroyed our neighborhood; the pandemic that halted our lives two weeks later; and the loss of our jobs due to said pandemic. We did what we had to do. We baked our feelings away.

The first biscuits that Ali made were… terrible. But it was love at first fold. We tested bizkit after bizkit after bizkit until we knew it was perfect. Then we asked everyone we know to try it until they could say the same. We developed three signature flavors that are all f*cking vegan. The Straight Edge is your classic buttermilk bizkit. Without the butter or milk. Packed with garlic and cheddar cheese, the Loaded pays homage to the Red Lobster biscuits of our youth. Then there’s the Blackout. It’s tart from dried cherries and pleasantly smokey from our house-made jalapeños that are pickled with Chiles de árbol. We currently wholesale bizkits to retail partners and directly to you by way of farmers markets, collaborations and pop-ups in Nashville.

Guerilla Bizkits has been our compassionate passion project that has expanded into so much more. We’ve done, seen, grown so much over the past year and can’t wait to continue with your help.

Our iFundWomen goals are to:

  1. Deck out a private space for GB to f*ckin’ grow

  2. One word: bureaucracy (obtain permits, certifications, nutrition info)

  3. Finish our packaging that can be composted at home (yep!)

Split rectangular image. Left side features a hand-painted white sign with blue text that reads "NO NUTS. NO DAIRY. NO EGGS. NO ANIMALS. FUCKING VEGAN." Right side features a plain biscuit sandwich with 4 Impossible burgers topped with yellow cheese and pink thousand island dressing.

 

BIZKIT POWER

It wouldn’t be fair to ask for your support without explaining who we are and what we believe. We are colorful in character, emphasizing and amplifying Nashville’s colorful and strange nature by supporting creatives. We are compassionate in creation, for Earth, for animals, for each other. At the center of our creation is a commitment to conscious consumption and contributing to the community. We are punk in ethos and will always be anti-fascist, anti-capitalist, anti-militarist, anti-authoritarian, anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-oppression.

We’ve centered our lives around compassion, equity, and justice by loudly and proudly participating in the fight for total liberation. We will always continue to uphold these principles. And, as we grow, we will continue applying these principles to the bizkit biz. 

Image split into 4. Furthest left features the word “EQUIPMENT” in yellow, a silver mixing bowl, measuring spoons, fire extinguisher, fridge, three basin sink, and “$8,200” in yellow on a blue background. Middle left features the word “SERVICES” in yellow, a saw, a plumbing van, a time clock, and “$21,000” in blue on a yellow background. Middle right features the word “PACKAGING” in yellow, a compostable icon, bio-based icon, non-gmo icon, and “$6,000” in yellow on a blue background. Furthest right features

 

GOOD INTENTIONS

$45k is a lot of money. We know. We’ve been budgeting, saving, accountant...ing to figure out how to make a space work. With Ali in and out of the hospital (another looooong story) and with us effectively operating a 10% of the usual, we’re in a pickle. 

Check out our breakdown of where the money will go ☝️

Split rectangular image. Left side features a tattooed hand with a ring holding a bizkit breakfast sandwich with vegan egg, sausage and sauce on a blue background. The right side features a yellow background with the word "hardcore" written five times in blue.

 

FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED

‘Cause we are our unique selves, we’ve created a concept that is authentic to ourselves. Guerilla Bizkits is our baby, and we can’t wait to watch our bizkit baby grow. Our community is what has made our growth possible, and for that, we are so grateful. Thank you for continuing to champion our growth. By supporting this iFundWomen, you’re helping us do our own thang, be our own people and change the biscuit bizkit game.

Split rectangular image. Left side features a quote, in yellow, that reads “We are creating a unique concept that is authentic to ourselves. While food is the focus, we want our personalities and beliefs to be at the forefront of what we do. - Ali, owner.” Right side features a picture of Zach and Ali in GB merch.

 

THE OWNERS

I’m Ali - the culinary and administrative director of GB. I do the research, develop the recipes, test the products, manage inventory, control food waste, ensure food safety, draft agreements, handle invoices, manage emails, crunch numbers, break down budgets, file taxes… oh, and make the bizkits. 

Zach is GB’s creative director. Really, he’s the whole marketing team. He designs our merch, brands our biz, runs our social and mans our market booths. He has brought both attitude and color to GB. We are both incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do what we love. 

Thank you for your support, both then and now. 🌱🧈🖤

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Are y'all vegan?

F*ck yeah. Both our bizkits and ourselves are vegan. 

When will I receive my reward?

Rewards will be fulfilled as our campaign ends. Funders will receive a notification and USPS tracking number when item/s are shipped.

What are your plans for these funds?

Our budget is broken down into 4 major parts: equipment, services, packaging and space. You can view a further breakdown here.

How are you purchasing the items listed in the breakdown?

We are shopping for used equipment first and will buy new items as needed. If we buy something at a price significantly lower than anticipated, we will update our spreadsheet and our goal accordingly.

Why did y’all choose iFundWomen?

Two reasons. Since co-founding GB, Ali’s confidence has done a 180 due to her role as culinary and administrative director. Creating a space where she can be fully independent and herself will continue to aid in her progress. And it’s simply the best platform for our crowdfunding needs. It gets us close to being truly community funded in the timeline we've been presented.
 

SeanM
06/03/2021
DOUBLED DOWN DONATION
$50
Joey
06/02/2021
STREET TEAM KIT
$50
ian
06/01/2021
BIZKIT PICNIK
$1,000
Cole
05/28/2021
WEAR IT ON YOUR SLEEVE
$200
Carson O’Shoney
05/28/2021
STREET TEAM KIT
$25
J Maloan
05/27/2021
STREET TEAM KIT
$30
Naaman Stillwell
05/26/2021
STREET TEAM KIT
$25
Caley Stothers
05/24/2021
DOUBLED DOWN DONATION
$50
Erin Kice
05/24/2021
TOTE IT
$100
Julia Steele
05/23/2021
TOTE IT
$100
Monetary Contribution

You’re helping us get 👏 shit 👏 done 👏 How else can you help? Share our campaign by word-of-mouth or on social - every little connection gets us one step closer.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

9 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
STREET TEAM KIT

Receive two new stickers + a button.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

25 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
DOUBLED DOWN DONATION

Thistle Farms, a Nashville non-profit focused on women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, will receive 10% of your donation

Thank you for supporting GB <3

8 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
WEAR IT ON YOUR SLEEVE

Receive a limited edition run of long sleeve t-shirt screen printed by Grand Palace.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Receive all above rewards + a ride in the Bizkit boat, a 1989 Ford F150. Must be based in Middle Tennessee.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
BIZKIT PICNIK

Receive a bizkit picnic basket filled with Crisis Cold Brew, breakfast by Radical Rabbit + dishes hand sculpted by HandWings Ceramics. Must be based in Middle Tennessee. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

2 Supporters
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2,000.00 USD
SHOWIN' OUT

Receive a one of two screen prints by Ashley Hurst, framed by Woodcuts Gallery & Framing. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

0 Supporters
Select this reward
4,200.00 USD
HELP STICK IT TO THE MAN - PAY OUR RENT

Have your name permanently featured on a flag by n.b. goods in our retail store. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

You’re helping us get 👏 shit 👏 done 👏 How else can you help? Share our campaign by word-of-mouth or on social - every little connection gets us one step closer.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

9 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
STREET TEAM KIT

Receive two new stickers + a button.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

25 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
DOUBLED DOWN DONATION

Thistle Farms, a Nashville non-profit focused on women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, will receive 10% of your donation

Thank you for supporting GB <3

8 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
WEAR IT ON YOUR SLEEVE

Receive a limited edition run of long sleeve t-shirt screen printed by Grand Palace.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
D. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Receive all above rewards + a ride in the Bizkit boat, a 1989 Ford F150. Must be based in Middle Tennessee.

Thank you for supporting GB <3

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
BIZKIT PICNIK

Receive a bizkit picnic basket filled with Crisis Cold Brew, breakfast by Radical Rabbit + dishes hand sculpted by HandWings Ceramics. Must be based in Middle Tennessee. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

2 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
SHOWIN' OUT

Receive a one of two screen prints by Ashley Hurst, framed by Woodcuts Gallery & Framing. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

0 Supporters
Select this reward
4,200.00 USD
HELP STICK IT TO THE MAN - PAY OUR RENT

Have your name permanently featured on a flag by n.b. goods in our retail store. 

Thank you for supporting GB <3

0 Supporters
Select this reward