Cafe Giraffe will offer "better than home cooking" food choices with options to exclude the top 8 food allergies and intolerances.
Cafe Giraffe: Fast-casual Restaurant & Market
Convenient, delicious, allergen-free food is coming soon to NYC.
The food at Cafe Giraffe will always be free of gluten and will always be mostly free of peanuts, fish, and shellfish. Our delectable offerings can also be customized to exclude the remaining top 8 food allergies and intolerances, including milk, egg, tree nuts, and soybean.
Our elegant, family friendly venue will literally be a place that has something for everyone. Modernist burgers and sandwiches with hand-crafted sauces, tempting desserts, and delicious drinks will appeal to customers who do not have food allergies but want to try something “better than home cooking” at a great price.
Cafe Giraffe will open our doors in NYC in spring, 2012. We plan to expand to a city near you within five years. Our EatNo8 (trademark pending) and No-8 (trademark pending) line of sauces will be available for purchase through mail order and on amazon.
We first started planning Cafe Giraffe in December, 2009. We're seeking seed funding to secure leases for a retail space and equipment, commission expert help including kitchen design and real estate brokers, and to take the final step toward full financing.
Your support will help revolutionize the restaurant landscape for people with food allergies.
Kickstarter is a seed-funding Web site. Your contribution will NOT be processed unless we meet our pledge goal.
$43,900 is the amount we need so that we can qualify for loans to finance the rest of our operations costs. Our backers will help us leverage the next steps in our financing.
Yes! Every pledge makes a difference. One thing we need to demonstrate with this campaign is that there is enough interest in an allergy-free option. Your pledge will help us make that statement!
Fast-casual means that meals, including a drink, entree, and dessert or snack, will cost between $8-$15. There won't be a long wait for your food, and you can eat it in the restaurant or easily take it to go. We will be like Chipotle or Starbucks in ambiance.
Our food will be mostly free of peanuts, fish, and shellfish. That means that we won't ever use those ingredients, and we will make every effort to maintain a space that is free of those allergens, but if your allergy is extremely severe, we can't guarantee that our space has not been contaminated through unexpected methods.
Yes! We will open even if we do not meet our backer target. However, we will be able to open much sooner and start providing allergen-free food as early as spring 2012 if this seed funding campaign is successful.
If we meet our pledge goal, your credit card will be charged on November 12, 2011.
For the highest quality and lowest chance of allergens, we will only use ingredients made in our space. That means our sauces, mixes, blends, and other bases for food and drink will come only from our facilities. This way, we know what goes into every single food offering and can guarantee that, from start to finish, your food is free of your allergens.
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Oct 6, 2011 - Nov 11, 2011
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1 backer Limited (99 of 100 left)
Enjoy gluten-free, modernist hamburger buns and birthday cake at Shake Shack in Battery Park City on 10/22/2011 in honor of the NYCCD's 8th birthday. Also receive a subscription to our Web and mobile application services as they roll out over the next year.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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1 backer Limited (749 of 750 left)
Receive a slice of gluten-free cake customized for your food profile on your next birthday! No shipping on this one.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
1 backer Limited (999 of 1000 left)
Receive a Cafe Giraffe tee shirt! We'll also deliver a slice of allergen-free birthday or holiday cake to Meals on Wheels, City Harvest, or the New York Cares program. We'll send you a photo of your birthday girl or boy.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $45 or more
2 backers Limited (173 of 175 left)
It's party time! Receive a pass to our "backer's party" before we open our doors to the public. We'll serve a complete menu of food plus delectable desserts and drinks. You won't want to miss this party!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $100 or more
4 backers Limited (9996 of 10000 left)
Come in for a slice of allergen-free cake on your birthday... for life. If you can't make it in for your cake exactly on your birthday, come in for the cake the day before your birthday or any day after your birthday. Hint: This would make an awesome b-day or holiday present for someone special! We'll send you a certificate with our thanks and a big Happy Birthday card reminding you where to get your cake when you need it!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $235 or more
1 backer Limited (99 of 100 left)
Picnic: We'll pack you a picnic for four that matches your food profile. Your kit will include healthy snacks, lunch, dessert, and drinks, with kid-friendly options. Delivery provided within NYC only.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $455 or more
0 backers Limited (500 of 500 left)
Receive a limited-edition, signed Béatrice Coron print of the Cafe Giraffe flagship store laser cut art. We'll also provide one afternoon of allergen-free snacks to an NYC after-school program in your name and send you a picture postcard with our thanks!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,800 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
We will provide an in-store, allergen-free snack and story hour for kids once a month in your name for a year. This event will be listed as "Backer's Story Hour." We will send you a personalized video recap of each event for the "feel good story" of your year!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012