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Former MNE student spices up Kickstarter campaign

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Award-winning chef Jason Klingensmith of Swine Dining launches his new line of spice rubs through a Kickstarter campaign beginning today.

The Erie-based grill master has won recognition in local barbecue contests with his Jamaican Jerk, Wimpy’s, Sparlicon and Dilly Dust mixes, and introduces a new spicy version of the Wimpy and Jamaican Jerk mixes with today’s Kickstarter campaign. Backers can expect to receive a range of rewards, from the spice rubs themselves to customized mixes and private barbecue parties.

Klingensmith is a former student of the Mercyhurst North East culinary program. He learned the craft of barbecue from his grandfather and has been cooking for others for close to 30 years. In addition to Swine Dining, he teaches classes at Duran’s Farm Fresh Products grocery store in Waterford and regularly enters and wins local cooking competitions. He creates handmade small batches of his spice blends using high-quality ingredients with no fillers.

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that connects entrepreneurs with backers to promote creative projects and allows communities to bring their ideas to fruition.

This project is made possible through Mercyhurst’s Quickstarter initiative, conceived and directed by Professor Kristan Wheaton, which connects entrepreneurs with skilled local college students who help conduct the fundraising campaigns. Quickstarter operates through the Ignite Erie collaboration, led by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Mercyhurst University.

For more information on Swine Dining, contact Jason Klingensmith at or check out Swine Dining’s Kickstarter page here. For more information on Quickstarter, contact Kristan Wheaton at