Knockout Pickles

A FARM TO JAR PICKLE ENTERPRISE
FROM THE WARRIORS OF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

 

Knockout Pickles (KOP) is our artisanal pickle business that started in 2014. In addition to offering employment for our Warriors and a supplemental revenue stream to OK, we also set out to craft a really dill-icious pickle! Under the direction of our Culinary Director, Joe Hart, we developed a recipe, production method and canning technique that could be utilized by our Warriors and scaled as the business grew. In our first year, we sold 400 jars of pickles at special events and the holiday season. Today, we are selling bulk buckets to four restaurants as well as individual jars at four retail outlets in our local community.

 

In 2014 we tried our hand in the artisanal pickle craft!

In 2015 we will take our pickling enterprise to the next level:
• Expansion of sales at OK special events to several other local festivals
• Begin production and sales to local restaurants
• Begin first partnership in May with Kinderhook Tap in Oak Park.
• Sales to local retail outlets including the Juice Joint in River Forest and the Sugar Beet Co-Op will begin in 2015

Even bigger things are in store for the year ahead! Please check back soon, we are putting our plans on paper.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Opportunity Knocks has three social enterprises which provide a revenue stream in addition to meaningful and gainful employment for the Warriors. They are Knock Out Pickles, the Warrior Farm, and Warrior Catering.

A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. At Opportunity Knocks, we created our social enterprise for two primary reasons:

To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining;

and

To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Like most things at OK, each of our businesses developed organically out of our Warrior-focused program efforts in the culinary arts. As planning, shopping and meal prep are integral components of all our programs, it was a natural extension that our enterprise efforts would capitalize on these important life skills. It was also imperative that our Warriors would be involved in all facets of the business operation, from sales and marketing to production and distribution, so that such skills could be utilized in the pursuit of other vocational interests.

HOLIDAY ORDERS

Tis the season of giving! And what better gift to give then the gift of the pickle! Now is your chance to purchase Opportunity Knocks’ very own, Warrior-made and Warrior-approved Knockout Pickles. Available in three flavors, classic, deli, and spicy, these are the perfect gift for stocking stuffers and to show those who mean the most how much you care. Please have all orders in by December 19th. Pickles will be ready for pickup on Wednesday, December 21st between 10 am and 5 pm. If needed, you may make alternate arrangements with Joe Hart.

Mailing List

Sign up for the Knock Out Pickles mailing list and keep up with all of the exciting new updates and information about the enterprise, as well as communications related to any special order opportunities. Click below to sign up now!

WHERE TO FIND KNOCKOUT PICKLES

KOPs are on the menu at these Local Restaurants:
• Kinderhook Tap
• Old School Tavern & Grill

Jars of KOPs are available at these local retailers:
• Sugar Beet Food Co-Op
• Old School Tavern & Grill
• Alpine Food Shop
• Carnivore Oak Park

Special Events & Festivals:
• The OK BBQ Block Party on June 18, 2016
• The OK Classic Softball Tournament on September 24, 2016
• December 2016 Holiday Web Orders

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Opportunity Knocks has three social enterprises which provide a revenue stream in addition to meaningful and gainful employment for the Warriors. They are Knock Out Pickles, the Warrior Farm, and Warrior Catering.

A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. At Opportunity Knocks, we created our social enterprise for two primary reasons:

  • To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining; and
  • To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Like most things at OK, each of our businesses developed organically out of our Warrior-focused program efforts in the culinary arts. As planning, shopping and meal prep are integral components of all our programs, it was a natural extension that our enterprise efforts would capitalize on these important life skills. It was also imperative that our Warriors would be involved in all facets of the business operation, from sales and marketing to production and distribution, so that such skills could be utilized in the pursuit of other vocational interests.

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