Crowdsourcing Mornings: PancakeBot


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The PancakeBot allows you to “print” out pancakes into just about any design you can imagine. It’s easy, REALLY fun, and you don’t need an art degree (or a culinary one) to do it! 

  Designed to inspire, entertain, and bring out the creativity in both young and old at home, the PancakeBot is also a product with commercial durability to help your brand make a lasting impression and draw in more customers.  From the whimsical dream of Miguel Valenzuela to make a pancake machine out of LEGO for his two daughters, the PancakeBot has evolved into a complete patent pending product capable of creating pancakes like never before.

Their included user-friendly software allows you to design your own pancake by tracing any image right on your computer. From your favorite piece of art or character, a child’s drawing, a product image or your company, or team logo, the software creates the file and the PancakeBot does the rest.  As the artist, you control what lines are drawn first, which in turn lets you determine the shading of the pancake.  Once you have traced the image, the files can be stored on an SD card allowing you to print the designs you have created at anytime without having to ever re-trace the image.

The PancakeBot uses a patent pending batter dispensing system to “print” the batter onto the included griddle. By using a combination of compressed air and a vacuum, the PancakeBot controls where the batter is dispensed. Onboard controls let you fine tune the dispensing of the batter as it glides over the griddle.
  You can even incorporate color into your PancakeBot creations by simply adding food coloring to the batter.  PancakeBot aims to inspire both young and old to create and have fun with their food as well as develop interests in engineering, art, programming, and food manufacturing through the use of technology.  So go ahead and impress your family and friends by printing out their favorite character, animal, team logo or design. Let your imagination run wild and create pancakes almost too good to eat!

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As of March 30th, this project has raised around $325,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 10 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $59, you will get your face made into a shape of a pancake.  For a pledge of $179, you will get one PancakeBot.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1853707494/pancakebot-the-worlds-first-pancake-printer

Weekend Planning: 2015 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast


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This Saturday in Anniston, the City Meeting Center will be transformed into a massive fundraiser for the Anniston Kiwanis. This Saturday, from 6 am to 1 pm, at the Anniston City Meeting Center, anyone can have a great pancake breakfast with flapjacks and sausage, and a drink! The Kiwanis is expecting to cook over 14,000 pancakes, and see around 4,000 of people to attend this year, so it’s best to get there early to avoid the long lines!

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Pancake Day was started in 1985 and is their primary fundraiser. It supports Back to School Clothes Shopping for 100-125 students each August and all other projects funded by the Kiwanis Club of Anniston. This event has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. In 2014, over $50,000 was raised at this event. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. And the meal will include three pancakes, two pieces of sausage, and either coffee, orange juice, or a Buffalo Rock Pepsi drink. Regular and sugar-free syrup will be available. And of course, butter will be available for the pancakes. For the ones who can’t eat at the City Meeting Center, you can take out your breakfast as well!

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Members recommend you arrive before 8 am if you want to beat the crowds.  The worst time for the crowds will be between 8-10 am.  There will be around 100 people from various Kiwanis clubs including the Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Builders Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club, helping out with the tasks including making the pancake batter, serving the food, cleaning the tables, cooking the pancakes and sausage, and more!

In the kitchen which is in the back and outdoors in a tent, every oven will be used to cook sausage and there will be many grills going to cook pancakes.  During the breakfast rush, you might have to wait for a few minutes for the crew to catch up, but you will get fresh and hot off the grill pancakes.  While the adults are cooking the pancakes and sausage, the kids will be cleaning the tables, serving the food, making the batter, and more, this is a true team effort!

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Volunteers from the various Kiwanis Clubs will begin cooking sausage and making pancakes as early as 3 am Saturday morning.  They would like to see the entire community come out and have a good time.  The 2015 Anniston Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast takes place on Saturday March 1st from 6 am to 1 pm at Anniston City Meeting Center.  To learn more, go to: http://www.annistonkiwanis.com/

Get Free Pancakes At IHOP Today On National Pancake Day


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Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised nearly $16 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. On March 3, 2015, guests from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with its tenth National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.

IHOP’s goal this year is to raise $3.5 million, if that amount is raised, it would take IHOP’s 10-year contribution to the CMN to over $20 million.  IHOP Restaurants will be offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers Tuesday from 7-10 am local time at participating IHOP Restaurants.  All proceeds collected in Alabama will go to Children’s of Alabama or the USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  Go out and enjoy some pancakes!  Learn more at: http://www.ihoppancakeday.com

Weekend Planning: 2015 Gadsden Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast


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Even though there is a chance of wintry weather this weekend in NE Alabama, you still need to come out and eat those pancakes!  This Saturday in Gadsden, the Convention Hall will be transformed into a massive fundraiser for the Gadsden Kiwanis. This Saturday, from 6 am to 2 pm, at Gadsden Convention Hall, anyone can have a great pancake breakfast with flapjacks and sausage, and a drink!  The Kiwanis is expecting over 6,000 people to attend this year, so it’s best to get there early to avoid the long lines!  To get you pumped up, enjoy this classic Gadsden Kiwanis pancake ad!

Tickets are $5 at the door. And the meal will include three pancakes, two pieces of sausage, and either coffee, orange juice, or a Buffalo Rock Pepsi drink. Regular and sugar-free syrup will be available. And of course, butter will be available for the pancakes. For the ones who can’t eat at the Convention Hall, you can take out your breakfast for an additional $1 per plate. Last year, the pancake breakfast raised over $55,000, and the Kiwanis are hoping to raise around $50,000-$60,000 this year.  Over 15,000 pancakes and 2,000 pounds of Dean’s sausage will be cooked on this pancake day!

Members recommend you arrive before 8 am if you want to beat the crowds. The worst time for the crowds will be between 8-10 am. There will be around 125 people from various Kiwanis clubs including the Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Builders Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club, helping out with the tasks including making the pancake batter, serving the food, cleaning the tables, cooking the pancakes and sausage, and more!  In the kitchen which is in the back, every oven will be used to cook sausage and there will be many grills going to cook pancakes. During the breakfast rush, you might have to wait for a few minutes for the crew to catch up, but you will get fresh and hot off the grill pancakes. While the adults are cooking the pancakes and sausage, the kids will be cleaning the tables, serving the food, making the batter, and more, this is a true team effort!

Volunteers from the various Kiwanis Clubs will begin cooking sausage and making pancakes as early as 3:30 am Saturday morning.  They would like to see the entire community come out and have a good time.  The 2014 Gadsden Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast takes place on Saturday February 21st from 6 am to 2 pm at Gadsden Convention Hall.  To learn more, go to: http://www.gadsdenkiwanis.org/

Check Out Star Wars Pancakes On Fat Tuesday


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Someone did not tell me that today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, or Fat Tuesday.  So Star Wars did something cool!  They took pancake batter and turned it into characters from the Star Wars films!  Let’s hope your pancakes don’t turn to the dark side!  Enjoy!