Like every good New Orleanian–a title he earned in 2002 when he moved from Auburn to the Crescent City–Scott Touchton raises his daughter with an eye toward the indelible culture into which she was born. Early in his child-rearing days, though, Scott was challenged by bland books and puzzles advancing the preposterous idea that “food” could be summed up by an illustration of snack foods.
“One of the books [I'd read with my daughter Charlotte] is first words. So we’re going through the books, and all the pictures associated with food is like ice cream or pretzels,” Scott says. “Here we are in the culinary capitol of the world!”
Armed with American ingenuity and that beloved New Orleanian stubborness–I’m allowed to say that; I’m one of them–he created a puzzle that teaches children shapes and spelling through the iconic foods eaten at the mouth of the Mississippi. Circles = gumbo. Ovals = oysters. And so on.
It costs an awful lot to fund a new toy, something Scott hadn’t expected. But he’s determined to see his vision through, and is raising $15,000 for manufacturing, safety testing, and prototypes. So he’s holding a Kickstarter campaign (click here) to raise the money needed to make this tasty toy a reality. And if it works, there’s more puzzles to come.
“When we started this puzzle, we came up with three New Orleans regional puzzles,” he says. These include Louisiana wildlife and New Orleans landmarks. So NOLAphiles, get those wallets out. Take a look at the video below for more of Scott’s story.