Head to our Indyblog for a greatly expanded feature, but the short version here is that an Indiegogo campaign for Roots Farm to Table Vegan Cafe just expired, with $480 raised out of a $40,000 goal.
That goal was the purchase of the historic Little Market & Deli by Gina Buhl, who wanted to operate a juice bar, host nutritional classes and run a farmers market. Buhl was assisted by "Raw Food Guy, Shane," actually Shane Gorrell, who aided with the website and marketing.
Following a chat with Buhl, I had an interview with Gorrell, during which he discussed many alleged past business ventures. The "serial entrepreneur" also claimed to be a chef and former Army Ranger, and regarding the campaign, he said, "We don't necessarily need the cash to tell you the truth."
Gorrell later declined to provide any evidence of military service or documentation for any business claims. After speaking with various members of our community, I pieced together communications during which Gorrell provided inconsistent information and made dubious statements, such as claiming he had 70 million followers. As an apparent answer to why he couldn't provide paperwork, he said his truck had been stolen and he'd filed a police report. But CSPD says, "A report was not taken as his vehicle was repossessed by the credit union."
Further, I reached supposed guest educators (posted on a prior version of the Indiegogo page) who said they had no plans to come here. And when I asked Buhl to account for all the inconsistent information, part of her reply was "... I'm not going to go do background research on him ... What I'm going to do is look at what I need to see. And I need to see that he's vegan. I need to see that he's juicing. I need to see that he's doing exactly what he's talking about he's done."
Of that last point we have zero evidence. But Buhl claims Gorrell has now "totally stepped away from everything," while he claims to have been "called out to Seattle and don't know when I will be able to return." She also says she'll re-run her campaign.
À la carte
• The 11th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, benefiting Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com), takes place from 2 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26. Tickets are $25 (13 and under) to $50 to sample from a huge list of area eateries, breweries, bakeries, roasteries, and more. All that's of course alongside musical acts.
• The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., cspm.org) will host the Colorado Grown Festival 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, with a variety of hour-long workshops running $10 each ($5 for members, $30 unlimited; pre-registration and -payment required). Applicable to the culinary crowd are two sessions hosted by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, each on composting, soil building and raised beds. Plus a session on the "History & Techniques of Home Canning" by Hungry Chicken Homestead and "Make Cheese Make History!" with The Goat Cheese Lady.