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Jafflechute - The World's First Float-Down Eatery

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Published August 28th 2014
Melbourne's only pop-up float-down toastie delivery service
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... grilled cheese sandwich?

Melbourne's first float-down eatery, Jafflechute, is the brain-child of founders Adam Grant and David McDonald with the help of Huw Parkinson and "lots of friends". What is a jafflechute? A jafflechute is a jaffle ("toastie"/panini/grilled cheese sandwich) attached to a parachute. Pay on PayPal, select a time and location from the options given (varies), stand on the 'X' marked outside your chosen location at your chosen time, and await your jaffle to fall from the heavens. Seriously.
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Jafflechutes: Not your average sandwich experience

In an epic crowdsourcing project, Jafflechutes set off to chute the breeze in North America. They visited Montreal, New York City, and will head wherever the wind (and cash flow) blows them next. In a matter of speaking, wind is their only concern. A wayward breeze and an ill-placed tree or ledge or police car are all that are holding Jafflechutes back from ultimate success; they can't drop your precious cargo from too high, nor too low of course, or failure is imminent.

If you think substance is compromised in favour of style, you'd be mistaken. This "gravity-controlled melted cheese sandwich delivery mechanism" has made toasties ranging from good ol' ham and cheese ($6 AUD) to cheese, roast beef, dill pickles, mushroom and mustard ($7 AUD), with vegan and gluten-free varieties available if you ask nicely.

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Even the grill marks resemble a parachute, no?

Jafflechuting in Brooklyn began with a ground-roots campaign using Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets, seeking the perfect apartments and offices from which to launch. The tour included stops in Montreal, Canada, where the menu offerings included a combination of Canadian favourites: a poutine jaffle (french fried chips with gravy and cheese between two thick slices of pressed, toasted bread) and a maple syrup variety.

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Digitally enhanced jafflechuting in action

Melbourne's favourite "floateria" will be opening again soon, as Spring springs and the weather becomes more predictable, if that's at all possible in Melbourne.

Need to try a jaffle at Melbourne's first, only, and best pop-up float-down toasted sandwich delivery service? Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for announcements of their next launch dates, and book your most up-lifting sandwich delivery. I am, with bated breath, awaiting a reply to my inquiries on their next drop; I'll update this article as soon as I hear.

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Why? Who wouldn't love catching a jaffle from the heavens? First date, romantic anniversary, 21st birthday party fun?
When: Varies! That's half the fun.
Where: Varies! That's the other half of the fun.
Cost: Starting around $5 AUD
Your Comment
Great article, what an original concept!
by EricaL (score: 3|1692) 3138 days ago
Congrats on first place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12640) 3125 days ago
This is such a fun idea; I love it. You'd better show up on time though, or anyone could end up with your jaffle!
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12640) 3139 days ago
Wow, fun article indeed ;) and fun concept. I'm gonna make a jaffle now, the chute contraption may take longer!!!
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3133 days ago
I've been trying to find details of when they are up and running as the kids (or is that me?!!) are keen to try, but no luck on their website or fb page - any ideas?
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1753) 3132 days ago
I cannot, cannot wait until their next chute.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 3132 days ago
Truly bizarre!
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1753) 3135 days ago
Jafflechutes are chuting again! Next week... in... Brookyn NY?! Yes it's true, but hopefully they'll be back on Aussie soil soon. In the meantime, chute the breeze with your NY homies and tag them on the facebook announcement here:

by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1497) 3132 days ago
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by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1497) 3132 days ago
I love this concept and will definitely be checking it out next time i'm in Melbourne!
by LoveTravel (score: 1|73) 3125 days ago
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