TRF Cafe Love-- Live Organic Vegan Eats

Triangle Raw Foods is growing and with your help we'll be able to build our own prep kitchen and open a small cafe!
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Triangle Raw Foods
Food
Durham, North Carolina
United States
1 Team Member

A Little Bit About Us

Chef Matthew Daniels and Jane Howard Crutchfield started Triangle Raw Foods out of a mutual love for health and good food.  We love providing organic, gluten-free, vegan raw food options to our community.  We use as many local, organic ingredients as possible, and really value the importance of supporting our local economy.

 

The Project

Triangle Raw Foods started on May 2, 2011 as a weekly raw food delivery service, known back then as Triangle Raw Foodists.  We also sold prepackaged food out of the back of a van!  In early 2012, we finally got an actual food truck.  The food truck has been a huge part of our growth, but we are ready to grow into something even bigger and more amazing!  Our long-term goal is to be able to serve freshly prepared raw food meals in a small cafe setting.

Before we can do that, we'll need to build and equip a commercial kitchen.  The cost for a full cafe would be upwards of $40,000, so we are just starting with the basics for now.  With our own kitchen, we'll be able to keep doing what we do, but also have the potential for future growth.  It will be a place where you can stop in for a quick bite or grab food to go.  We will host pop-up dinners and teach raw food prep classes.  

While we have been growing as a business over the last 2 years, we feel that our customers are ready for something more, and we are outgrowing the shared kitchen we currently use.  We are now providing food to other local markets, such as LoMoMarket, Bean Traders CoffeeCocoa Cinnamon, and soon Whole Foods Market in Durham, so kitchen time really is starting to be a necessity!

We love The Cookery, and it has been a HUGE asset in our growth since we began in 2011, but it's time for a more permanent location where our roots can grow deeper.  Another great benefit of having our own kitchen is that it will be completely GLUTEN-FREE and VEGAN!  

We recently did a Pop-Up Restaurant and got a small feel for what it would be like to have a cafe, and we LOVED it!  We also received good feedback from the community (http://www.wral.com/triangle-raw-foods-brings-healthy-cuisine-to-you/12391067/)

We can not do this without the help of our supporters, though.  As a very small business, we really only make enough money to make ends meet.  We could wait until we can afford it ourselves, but our friends and customers have encouraged us to at least give this a shot.  If it works out, awesome; if not, we'll continue on the road we are currently on :)

 

Why We Chose Crowdfunding vs. Bank Loans

As two people with less than perfect credit histories (based on poor financial decisions and mistakes we made when we were younger), getting loans from banks is pretty much out of the question.

Also, organic prepared raw food can be very costly and time-consuming to make, and we don't want to charge a fortune for it just so we can make money to pay back big loans. We want to charge just enough to cover the food cost and our time/labor.

 

What We Need & What You Get

What your money will go towards:

  • Equipment: commercial dehydrators, commercial food processors, high speed blenders, refrigeration, counter tops, sinks, immersion heaters, dishwasher, etc
  • Building the space: materials, plumbing, electricity, permits, getting everything to health code
  • Other essential stuff: tables, chairs, dishes, etc

 

What you will get from it:

Besides getting an awesome place to come enjoy a fresh raw food meal or raw food to go, you will be a huge part of helping to create the Triangle's VERY FIRST all raw prep kitchen and small cafe!  With Durham recently being named "The Tastiest Town in the South," it just seems fitting that it should also have something like this!

Plus, there are some other great perks for being a supporter!  We want you to have the opportunity to get back what you give, so we are offering discounts as rewards.  That way, you have the potential to make your money back in the form of savings!  It's win-win for everyone!!!

 

Other Ways You Can Help

We very much understand that it just isn't possible for some people to make donations for stuff like this, but there are other ways you can help!

Help us get the word out!  That really is the most helpful thing of all!

We appreciate you guys SO MUCH!  Without you, none of this would be possible!

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  • $10USD
    Thank you for believing in us!

    You get our sincere gratitude and the great feeling of knowing that you have contributed to the existence of the Triangle's very first all raw cafe!

    34 claimed
  • $25USD
    You rock!!!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a free dessert when the cafe opens, plus 5% off all TRF purchases for a month!

    76 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $30USD
    Cafe L.O.V.E. T-Shirt

    we will have a few designs to choose from! These could be available by August, but we are putting the estimated date as Sept. 1 just to be safe. We'll let you know when they are ready!!!

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  • $50USD
    We love you!!!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 10% off all TRF purchases for a month

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  • SOLD OUT

    $60USD
    Raw Food Class

    Join Chef Matthew in a raw food prep class at 6pm on Wed, Oct 9 at Cafe L.O.V.E. You will learn the basics of raw food and how to make your own raw vegan sushi and wasabi! (plus our sincere gratitude, a backer-exclusive T-shirt, and 10% off all TRF purchases for a month!)

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
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    You are so freaking great!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 10% off all TRF purchases for 3 months

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    You are a superstar!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 10% off all TRF purchases for 6 months

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  • $150USD
    Create a Custom Chocolate Bar!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 10% off all TRF purchases for 6 months, and we'll create a custom chocolate bar for you (you pick the flavors!) We'll sell your chocolate bar for a month, and possibly add it to the regular menu!

    7 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $200USD
    You are spectacular!!!

    Our sincere gratitude, plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 15% off all TRF purchases for a year!

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  • SOLD OUT

    $350USD
    Yoga and Discounts :)

    Our sincere gratitude, plus 2 private in-home yoga classes taught by JH (must live in the Triangle area), plus a backer-exclusive T-shirt, plus 15% off all TRF purchases for a year!

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $400USD
    Raw Food Prep Class w/ Matthew

    A class for you and 4 friends, taught by Chef Matthew, on the basics of raw food preparation. You will also get to make your own dinner or dessert (your choice!) plus, a TRF backer-exclusive T-shirt and a 15% discount for a year

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $400USD
    Group Yoga!

    1 month of weekly yoga classes for a group of friends or employees (at your home or business!) Plus our sincere gratitude, a backer-exclusive T-shirt, and 10% off all TRF purchases for a year!

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  • $500USD
    You are totally awesome!

    A backer exclusive T-Shirt plus 25% off all TRF purchases for 6 months!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    1 Day Raw Food & Yoga

    We will close the Cafe for a weekend in the Fall- tentatively October 5-6 to host 2 days of raw food and yoga fun! There is another perk ($850) for both days. each day includes: fresh juice, raw lunch, 2 yoga classes/workshops, raw food info session

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $650USD
    2 Day Raw Food & Yoga

    We will close the Cafe for a weekend in the Fall-- tentatively Oct. 5-6 to host 2 days of raw food and yoga fun! each day includes: fresh juice, raw lunch, 2 yoga classes/workshops, raw food info session

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  • $1,000USD
    You Are AMAZING!!!

    our sincere gratitude, plus a 25% discount off all TRF purchases for a year, plus a backer exclusive T-shirt, plus a private customized dinner in the cafe for up to 10 people

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,000USD
    5-Course Dinner at your House

    Dinner for 10 people. We will even travel up to 160 miles away from Durham for this one!!! Plus, you'll get the TRF supporter T-shirt and a 25% discount off of all TRF purchases for 1 year.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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