Ah, the barter system, humanity's oldest economy. And it's alive and well in the modern marketplace—at least if you're using slow-cooked meat as currency.
Canadian restaurant chain Montana's Cookhouse & Bar has created an entire ad paid for with meat to promote its Best of BBQ Sampler. The crew offered Montana's smoked meat spread to a wide range of merchants in exchange for goods and services ranging from massage and yoga lessons to a manicure and permanent tattoo.
Even the ad agency (One Twenty Three West) and production company (OPC Family Style) agreed to work on the project in exchange for barbecue.
When the crew went door to door, not everyone said yes. But they seemed to have a pretty good success rate, and it's good to know that if I'm ever strapped for cash and need an MMA lesson, I can always bring a billfold full of brisket.
Agency: One Twenty Three West
Client: Montana’s Cookhouse & Bar, Cara Operations
Creative Directors: Rob Sweetman, Bryan Collins
Art Directors: Rob Sweetman, Paul Riss
Copywriter: Bryan Collins
Account Services: Christina Tan, Scot Keith
Production Company: OPC Family Style
Director: Max Sherman
Director of Photography: Kiel Milligan
Executive Producers: Harland Weiss, Donovan Boden, Liz Dussault
Producer: Dwight Phipps
Editor: Oleg Jiliba
Sound Design, Music: Six Degrees