Brunch Box is conceived by the two friends who have combined experience of more than 30 years in restaurant and food service industry and who are planning to open their first limited-service caf:
Executive Chef at Pulcinella Ristorante, Mclean, VA, 1991 - Present
Personal Chef/ Owner at Chef And The City, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010 - Present
Executive Chef at DC Bread & Brew, Washington, DC, 2010
Opening Executive Chef at Scion Restaurant, Washington, DC, 2009
Opening Executive Chef at Relic Restaurant & Lounge, Bethesda, MD, 2009
Sous Chef at Corduroy (a Washingtonian Magazine's top 20 Best Restaurant), Washington, DC, 2009
Well... we love working for other people and making them rich as much as you do so you can understand that when we learnt about the available space at the price we can afford, we jumped right on it. We now have developed a menu that offers healthy breakfast and lunch items made using locally sourced organic produce, hormone-free and antibiotic-free meats/ poultry and wild seafood from sustainable sources whenever possible. Business plan is in place. But we need help and support from friends and family _ that is you.
As a female immigrant of color with three years of college, I started out very humble working at garbage mega chains like Chick-Fil-A, Red Lobster and Olive Garden doing work a monkey can do. Still, I kept my hopes up high and finally got a job at Six Penn Kitchen in Downtown Pittsburgh when they opened in 2005. I was working for peanuts but I enjoyed working the pantry and was responsible for preparing salads, desserts, sandwiches and other cold items.
I have spent the last 10 years working for restaurant owners and always wondered when things would turn around. Now a three-time executive chef, I have developed professionally. As the head chef, Ive led two restaurant launches in Washington, DC. (yes, for the salary the restaurant owners felt like paying). Its no surprise that the entrepreneur in me screams for the ultimate achievement _ being in control of my career, life and finances.
So I told my good friend, Mario. We met when we were both volunteering with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Washington, DC, a non-profit dedicated to claiming restaurant workers rights. We have a lot in common _ chefs, first-generation immigrants and work horses with good character and children to support. So we decided we want to be business partners. And I would be the working partner doing hands-on, day-to-day operational tasks and running the business.
Although we have saved up some of our sweat money, my experience in opening restaurants tells me to expect the unexpected costs. So we've launched this fundraising campaign to ask you to back us and get something back for helping us work for our share of the American dream.
Were aiming to open the caf on Forbes Ave near Doquesne University in late August. So hurry and claim your perks. Depending on your contributed amount, you can get up to $1,000 worth of goods and services in appreciation regardless of where you live. So anyone not living in Pittsburgh and anyone living in Pittsburgh are welcomed!
If we are able to reach our funding goal thanks to you, residents, college students and workers in the area near the corner of Forbes Avenue and Pride Street will see quality food at affordable prices. We also plan to cater to nearby businesses and offices in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland (we are close to both). We'll deliver food to your work or home if you don't feel like waiting in line or your lunch break is short.
What We Need & What You Get
Our sweat money will cover most of the basic expenses like getting licenses and permits, supplies and groceries, labor, equipment (coffee machines, toaster and crock pot for soup, etc.) and cash registrar and signage.
Depending on your contributed amount, you can get up to $1,000 worth of goods and services in appreciation regardless of where you live. So anyone not living in Pittsburgh and anyone living in Pittsburgh are welcomed!
What we need help with
Advertising costs (online, social media and print). We also want to print and hand out coupons for free coffee or cold beverage, etc. and a la carte and catering menus to distribute to offices in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. The cost would be $2,000.
We would like an additional glass showcase fridge because the ones we have now won't be sufficient for our menu items. The cost would be about $2,000 if we get a used one.
Although the space is set up for selling cold items like (vegan sushi, salads, wraps, sandwiches, bagels and pastries), we want to more than just that. We'd like to serve hot food buffet style during the hours of 11:30 am and 2 pm daily. We are by regulations allow to cook the hot food in a rental health department inspected kitchen and transport the food to our cafe and sell it. We will need $1,000 to be able to do this. Then everybody will be happy!
Other Ways You Can Help
Please also help us by spreading the word. Mention to your friends and family and make use of the sharing tools on this site. Post this campaign on your Facebook and email to your friends. Tweet this campaign on twitter. Use any other social media sites that you use to let others know about the perks they can claim.