• A Chef Jake creation

“Have you seen this? Is it mean to say good fucking luck?” a friend of mine e-mailed me apropos this recent Kickstarter campaign. “This whole idea of funding someone’s business and getting a token in return just seems ridiculous to me.”

Begging to differ is Jake Bickelhaupt, a young self-trained chef with “years of experience” (per his bio, a year and a half) at restaurants including Trotter’s and Schwa. As part of his efforts to amass $125,000 in support of a brick-and-mortar place he plans to call Dyne (for “dynamic”), he’s offering items such as a donor name plate together with an apron autographed by himself ($175+); a kitchen tour, an engraved chef’s knife, signed menu, and dinner for two ($2,000+); and a 12-course dinner for ten to be hosted in the pledger’s own home ($7,500+). Not since Crib’s Albert D’Angelo has there been a Chicago enfant so terrible!