My name is Charleen Caabay, Chef/Owner of Kainbigan. Kainbigan serves Filipino Comfort Food in Oakland, CA. I created Kainbigan back in 2007, and that's when I realized that there was a need for Filipino food in my community. In Tagalog, the word kain means "to eat" and the word kaibigan means "friend". Where there is good food, there is always good company. I've always had a passion for cooking since as young as my teen years and up until now. I have been fortunate enough to share my culinary skills by catering many different special events, parties, and venues. Introducing Filipino food to new taste buds in my town, and bringing traditional flavors back into the scene continues to be my passion.
I wanted to focus my culinary specialty on Filipino food because of the lack of it in the city that I live in, Oakland, CA. As diverse and cultured as this city is, there is scarce access to Filipino Food. Though lumpia and pancit are popular choices in the Filipino food culture, I wanted to introduce other Filipino favorites to the community such as adobos, turon and sinigang to name a few. As a 2nd generation Filipino, I feel that Filipino food has become more and more Americanized. I want to bring back traditional comfort Filipino food to my generation and community.
In doing this campaign I am asking for your support to my dream and help to get Kainbigan up and running. Your donation will help greatly towards this goal. By donating you are helping me fund kitchen equipment, furniture, construction expenses to bring the restaurant to code, permit expenses and a variety of small miscellaneous expenses. In return I promise to cook the best Filipino food in the East Bay for you to enjoy.
What Kainbigan Needs
- 6 Burner Stove
- Cold Drink Cabinet
- Refrigerator (Single door)
- Freezer (Single door)
- Stainless steel shelves
- 3 Compartment sink
- Miscellaneous cookware
Construction Needed (per Alameda Health Department):
- 3 Compartment sink must be moved out from under the exhaust hood, this will require the move of the Produce/Prep sink to the other side of the kitchen
- Where the wall and floor tiling meet must be flush to the floor. Replacing tile in kitchen area and bathroom is required.
- Mop sink must be replaced to a floor sink where drain is direct plumbing
- Exhaust Hood cleaning and repair
Furniture & Lighting Fixtures
- Tables and Seating
- Floor mats
- Window Treatments
Permits, Licenses & Operating Insurance
Your Donation Impact
By helping me raise the funds to open Kainbigan, you will not only be supporting my dream, but also supporting
- Awareness of Filipino food
- Community growth
- Small business
- Women owned businesses
- Locally grown food
Other Ways You Can Help
I realize not every one will be able to help out by making a donation, but that doesn't mean you can't support my fundraising effort! Here is what you can do to help:
Help me get the word out about my campaign! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell the person on the street that you're passing by about my fundraising efforts.
If you have eaten my food and loved it please spread the word and let folks know I am in the process of opening my own space where you can get my yummy food every day!
Share my indiegogo campaign on your social media as many times as you feel comfortable
Visit me when the restaurant opens and let me cook up some good Filipino food for you
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me to reach my funding goal and to make my dream a reality!