Meal

is creating the next great food magazine.

69

patrons
WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WHY?
We are creating a bi-annual magazine that will celebrate humanness through the lens of food. We want to expand what “food journalism” can be by giving broad creative license to writers, artists, photographers and other contributors to seek out and report the stories they find compelling. We will get political. We will celebrate and critique underdogs and multihyphenate juggernauts alike. Above all, we will highlight the humanity behind these stories, because that’s why we think food is ultimately fascinating.

To subscribe and receive every issue of Meal Magazine along with a bunch of other perks, please sign up at the $5 level!

The first issue of Meal Magazine will be launched in late 2019. From then on, it will be a bi-annual volume of the best food-centric writing, art, and commentary we can create and curate. We love the tactile, analog quality of a great magazine—it’s something to hold and sink into, to toss in a backpack or place on a bookshelf, to forget about and return to years later. In between each issue of the magazine, we will bring you along for the ride as we share videos, photos, livestreams, public hangouts, and more.

Throughout the year, we'll also be working with our favorite chefs, bartenders, partners and brands to produce knockout food-centric events. Think: a surprise underground cocktail party in an unlikely location. An intimate ticketed dinner with a famous chef in someone's backyard. A game of horseshoes in the park with a local BBQ master helming the smoker. Special behind-the-scenes tours of a mushroom farm, brewery, or sports stadium. We've got some wild ideas, and we're gonna create some special experiences.

WHO ARE WE?
Meal Magazine is being created by editors Peter Sieve, Mecca Bos, Paige Didora, Joshua Page, and art director Jake Luck. We are a group of Minneapolis-based food writers, and between us we've consumed vast quantities of calories, written hundreds of reviews, interviewed hordes of chefs and workers at every level of the industry, and hammered out thousands of words for all sorts of outlets, local and national. Some of us have cooked, or still cook, professionally. In short, we're a group of weirdos who believe that growing, cooking, sharing, and eating food is the most important common human denominator; the unbreakable thread that binds us all together. We find endless inspiration in it.

Together, we began talking about creating something special that would exist outside the churn of daily industry coverage, critical reviews, and top-ten lists. Something that could artfully capture all kinds of stories based on larger ideas that tie all of us together through food.

The idea began to manifest itself into a vision of a beautiful, art-filled bi-annual magazine, the first issue of which we are creating right now.

WHY DO WE NEED YOU?
Creating a magazine is a bold endeavor, particularly when we are committed to paying contributors fairly and putting out a beautiful periodical that we – and you – will want to feature prominently in your homes and workplaces. And while we are seeking the support of some like-minded businesses, we really don’t want to fill the magazine with ads. Your monthly contribution will act a lot like a pre-sale, helping us pay contributors and plan the printing and distribution costs of the magazine in advance. Being a Meal patron means you're part of our growing community – we want to bring you into our circle, exchange thoughts and ideas with you in person, and give you some cool rewards in return.

Thanks so much for being here -- we're excited to create something special with your help!

Tiers
Amuse Bouche
$3 or more per month

Get your foot in the door! This small but mighty tier gets you:


  • Digital access to patron-only content that we'll post here on a regular basis (updates on magazine production, article previews, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, interviews, etc.). 
  • An invitation to our monthly happy hour hang in Minneapolis – join Meal's editors to share a drink, chat about the magazine, punch us in the mouth (please don't actually), or conspire about future events.
  • Our endless love and affection
Shrimp Cocktail
$5 or more per month

Along with the stuff in the first tier, this one gets you:


  • A subscription to the bi-annual print magazine!
  • A handful of Meal buttons for your jean jacket (new designs annually). 
  • A packet of Meal stickers to deface your favorite bar bathroom with
  • A shout-out in the magazine itself
Happy Hour
$10 or more per month

In addition to everything in the previous tier, you'll get:


  • A slick Meal t-shirt each year (we'll make a new design annually).
  • A 15% discount in the Meal online store
Prime Rib
$20 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also: 


  • Early bird access to purchase tickets to our more intimate, limited-capacity Meal happenings. These will be creative, strange, wonderful, can't-miss food events – and you'll be able to get a spot before the general public does, fancy pants. 
  • At every Meal event you attend, we buy your first drink.
  • We bump your Meal store discount to 25%


*must be a patron for at least 6 months for these rewards

Lobster Tail
$40 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also:


  • Guest list access for you and one friend to two Meal events per year, and a personal meet & greet with us and whomever our special guest is (could be a chef, musician, author, artist, etc.).
  • Beautiful framed cover of the first issue of the magazine. 


*must be a patron for at least 3 months to get these rewards.

Baked Alaska
$80 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also:


  • A special VIP pass – bring it to any Meal event, and you will be taken care of. Food and drinks covered, and surprises just for you.
  • A seat at the table for our exclusive annual dinner party. This is a special, intimate affair in a unique space with an amazing chef, and custom cocktails from our favorite mixologists. We'll be going all out for you. 


*must be a patron for at least 12 months to get these rewards.

WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WHY?
We are creating a bi-annual magazine that will celebrate humanness through the lens of food. We want to expand what “food journalism” can be by giving broad creative license to writers, artists, photographers and other contributors to seek out and report the stories they find compelling. We will get political. We will celebrate and critique underdogs and multihyphenate juggernauts alike. Above all, we will highlight the humanity behind these stories, because that’s why we think food is ultimately fascinating.

To subscribe and receive every issue of Meal Magazine along with a bunch of other perks, please sign up at the $5 level!

The first issue of Meal Magazine will be launched in late 2019. From then on, it will be a bi-annual volume of the best food-centric writing, art, and commentary we can create and curate. We love the tactile, analog quality of a great magazine—it’s something to hold and sink into, to toss in a backpack or place on a bookshelf, to forget about and return to years later. In between each issue of the magazine, we will bring you along for the ride as we share videos, photos, livestreams, public hangouts, and more.

Throughout the year, we'll also be working with our favorite chefs, bartenders, partners and brands to produce knockout food-centric events. Think: a surprise underground cocktail party in an unlikely location. An intimate ticketed dinner with a famous chef in someone's backyard. A game of horseshoes in the park with a local BBQ master helming the smoker. Special behind-the-scenes tours of a mushroom farm, brewery, or sports stadium. We've got some wild ideas, and we're gonna create some special experiences.

WHO ARE WE?
Meal Magazine is being created by editors Peter Sieve, Mecca Bos, Paige Didora, Joshua Page, and art director Jake Luck. We are a group of Minneapolis-based food writers, and between us we've consumed vast quantities of calories, written hundreds of reviews, interviewed hordes of chefs and workers at every level of the industry, and hammered out thousands of words for all sorts of outlets, local and national. Some of us have cooked, or still cook, professionally. In short, we're a group of weirdos who believe that growing, cooking, sharing, and eating food is the most important common human denominator; the unbreakable thread that binds us all together. We find endless inspiration in it.

Together, we began talking about creating something special that would exist outside the churn of daily industry coverage, critical reviews, and top-ten lists. Something that could artfully capture all kinds of stories based on larger ideas that tie all of us together through food.

The idea began to manifest itself into a vision of a beautiful, art-filled bi-annual magazine, the first issue of which we are creating right now.

WHY DO WE NEED YOU?
Creating a magazine is a bold endeavor, particularly when we are committed to paying contributors fairly and putting out a beautiful periodical that we – and you – will want to feature prominently in your homes and workplaces. And while we are seeking the support of some like-minded businesses, we really don’t want to fill the magazine with ads. Your monthly contribution will act a lot like a pre-sale, helping us pay contributors and plan the printing and distribution costs of the magazine in advance. Being a Meal patron means you're part of our growing community – we want to bring you into our circle, exchange thoughts and ideas with you in person, and give you some cool rewards in return.

Thanks so much for being here -- we're excited to create something special with your help!

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Tiers
Amuse Bouche
$3 or more per month

Get your foot in the door! This small but mighty tier gets you:


  • Digital access to patron-only content that we'll post here on a regular basis (updates on magazine production, article previews, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, interviews, etc.). 
  • An invitation to our monthly happy hour hang in Minneapolis – join Meal's editors to share a drink, chat about the magazine, punch us in the mouth (please don't actually), or conspire about future events.
  • Our endless love and affection
Shrimp Cocktail
$5 or more per month

Along with the stuff in the first tier, this one gets you:


  • A subscription to the bi-annual print magazine!
  • A handful of Meal buttons for your jean jacket (new designs annually). 
  • A packet of Meal stickers to deface your favorite bar bathroom with
  • A shout-out in the magazine itself
Happy Hour
$10 or more per month

In addition to everything in the previous tier, you'll get:


  • A slick Meal t-shirt each year (we'll make a new design annually).
  • A 15% discount in the Meal online store
Prime Rib
$20 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also: 


  • Early bird access to purchase tickets to our more intimate, limited-capacity Meal happenings. These will be creative, strange, wonderful, can't-miss food events – and you'll be able to get a spot before the general public does, fancy pants. 
  • At every Meal event you attend, we buy your first drink.
  • We bump your Meal store discount to 25%


*must be a patron for at least 6 months for these rewards

Lobster Tail
$40 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also:


  • Guest list access for you and one friend to two Meal events per year, and a personal meet & greet with us and whomever our special guest is (could be a chef, musician, author, artist, etc.).
  • Beautiful framed cover of the first issue of the magazine. 


*must be a patron for at least 3 months to get these rewards.

Baked Alaska
$80 or more per month

You get everything in the previous tiers, and also:


  • A special VIP pass – bring it to any Meal event, and you will be taken care of. Food and drinks covered, and surprises just for you.
  • A seat at the table for our exclusive annual dinner party. This is a special, intimate affair in a unique space with an amazing chef, and custom cocktails from our favorite mixologists. We'll be going all out for you. 


*must be a patron for at least 12 months to get these rewards.