Nutmeg Kitchens Seasonings

$3,450 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 9 months
Margaret Reilly MacKenzie  REDWOOD CITY, CA
Nearly 10 years ago, I founded Nutmeg Kitchens, a personal chef and small event catering company. As chief cook and bottle washer, I created a word of mouth following that has allowed me to serve a wide swath of clients in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula area. It has been especially rewarding to be a part of my clients' special occasions, from baby and bridal showers to milestone birthdays and anniversaries to celebrating the life of a loved one. 

Throughout this time, I have continually honed my craft, literally consuming all things cooking-related from cookbooks, magazines and blogs and many good meals prepared by myself and others. But the thing I've enjoyed the most is playing around on my own, for better or for worse - that hard cider mustard did not turn out as I expected, but it’s a work in progress!

Nutmeg Kitchens Handcrafted Seasonings is a result of my kitchen experimentation. Why should I purchase a seasoning blend or a rub when I could very well make my own? After gifting my first blend, Magic Mediterranean, to a number of friends, I was overwhelmed with questions about when it would be available for purchase. My second concoction, Chipotle-Brown Sugar Rub, has met with similar responses. Lemon-Ginger Warmth and Orange-Sage Warmth complete the quartet of Nutmeg Kitchens Handcrafted Seasonings. All blends are made with Pacific Blue™ kosher sea salt and only organic herbs and spices.

I have worked for many months to create the perfect combination of flavors in my blends and have developed recipes that will hopefully jumpstart the imaginations of those who purchase them. But now the hard part begins: finding the finances to make my dream a reality. I have secured my San Mateo County Cottage Food Operator permit allowing me to sell directly to the public and at farmers’ markets (a space is waiting for me at the Portola Valley Farmers’ Market!). The funds I raise here will go to purchasing ingredients and packaging materials, insurance, farmers’ market fees and marketing materials.

And what is your benefit for supporting me? Well, first and foremost, I hope it will be that you take pride in helping a small business person and any amount you can donate is apppreciated - many hands make light work. Besides my thanks, when you donate a minimum of $200, you will receive a Nutmeg Kitchens Handcrafted Seasonings Quartet twice annually for two years, along with new recipes I’ve developed. With a minimum donation of $100, you will receive a Quartet twice a year for one year. Please know that you will have my sincerest thanks no matter what amount you donate!

I hope to have the funds to go forward with this venture by September 2016 and take the holiday gift giving season by storm! Your support will enable me to do that!


My thanks are heartfelt as you consider contributing to my goal of bringing spice to as many kitchens as I can!
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Update 5
Posted by Margaret MacKenzie
9 months ago
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I'm thrilled to have received my ingredient order today from Starwest Botanicals in Sacramento. Using organic ingredients in my blends has been a priority and all of Starwest's dried herbs and spices are not only organic, but kosher as well. This makes me very happy!

Thank you to my contributors! Every day Nutmeg Kitchens Seasonings Blends get closer to becoming a reality, all with your help!
My ingredients!
All ingredients are organic and kosher!
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Update 4
Posted by Margaret MacKenzie
9 months ago
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Here's a mock up of what a bag of Magic Mediterranean Blend will look like when packaged. I purchased my organic herbs and spices from Starwest Botanicals today thanks to the generous contributions I've received. Thank you!!
The future!
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Update 3
Posted by Margaret MacKenzie
9 months ago
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My wonderful, Bill, (the supply chain guru) helped today with price determination. We measured and weighed out the ingredients for 3 of the 4 blends (I ran out of dried lemon zest so the Lemon-Ginger will have to wait for a day or two). I'll use the blends we made today for marketing purposes and in my cooking for clients and my family. Thank you to everyone who has donated to Handcrafted Seasonings. This is becoming a reality!
The Supply Chain Dept at work
Beta test (fragrant) results
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Update 2
Posted by Margaret MacKenzie
9 months ago
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Last night it was an all-grill dinner. Grass-fed flank steak with Chipotle-Brown Sugar Rub, topped with Three Herb Chimmichurri Sauce;, Grilled Corn with Chimmichurri Butter and Grilled Beefsteak Tomatoes with Magic Mediterranean Blend. Perfect fare for a warm summer evening!
Flank steak with Chipotle-Brown Sugar
Beefsteaks with Magic Med Blend
Grilled corn with chimmichurri butter
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$3,450 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 9 months
Created July 3, 2016
Margaret Reilly MacKenzie  
$250
Anonymous
8 months ago
KC
$100
Kirby and Björn Conrad
9 months ago

You are in our thoughts. with love, Kirby and Björn

DL
$100
Denise Lautmann
9 months ago

Dear Margie, What an awesome venture...I am so glad that you will have this to pour your energy into as you try to move forward. Remember...One day at a time...Sending lots of love and good wishes to you!

$400
Anonymous
9 months ago
NE
$100
Nelly and Mark Emmerson
9 months ago

Looking forward to your continued success!

MD
$200
Maryann Moise Derwin
9 months ago
SK
$100
Susan Kritzik
9 months ago

To Margie with love!

DP
$250
Dana & Ann Parsons
9 months ago
EL
$200
Ellen Lussier
9 months ago
HR
$200
Harvey & Kitty Rudman
9 months ago

To help you get to a more positive place and hopefully move forward. With heartfelt love, Harvey & Kitty

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