About this project
Taco Bike serves organic, local, sustainable breakfast tacos from a bicycle. Our mission is to change the world, one taco at a time.
As a social business, we want to use Taco Bike to promote organic food, animal welfare, bicycling, and sustainability. We have a double bottom line and measure our success in terms of the positive impact we have. We want to be carbon neutral, certified humane, and the South’s first certified organic restaurant.
We know that the best ingredients make the best food, which is why we’re using eggs from Vital Farms, cheese from the Rumiano family, flour from Bob's Red Mill, masa from Gold Mine Natural Foods, and as much local produce as possible. We also have close relationships with local organic farms Delvin Farms and Green Door Gourmet, and have found distribution channels for all of our ingredients.
We're already serving up tacos all around town to our friends and to businesses upon request. We have the recipes down, have talked to all the right people, and are ready to press the "go" button. Taco Bike has even received a sponsorship from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors through their Pay it Forward Program.
We’re going to be set up Monday through Friday mornings along main commuter roads going into downtown Nashville. Our model is to expand by making more tacos and adding more locations. We'll be using Pop, a commercial kitchen in East Nashville, to prepare the tacos, then wrapping them in foil and putting them in a warmer to keep them piping hot. We plan on biking to the same locations every day so that people can make a habit of picking us up on their way to work.
Our menu is simple. $5 per taco including choice of salsa and extra cheese. We're considering carrying secret off-the-menu items like hash browns, tacos for dogs, extra tortillas, and organic orange juice, as well as seasonal off-the-menu items like fruit skewers.
Taco Bike is also vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free-friendly. If you ever don't see what you need, feel free to ask. We're here to serve. We want to do the best we can to make everyone happy.
We are passionate about breakfast tacos, and we want to bring more of this amazing food to Nashville. Breakfast tacos aren't only delicious, but are a healthy start to your day when done right. We select our ingredients based on nutritional content, ethics, and, of course, taste, ensuring that you're getting the most out of the most important meal of the day.
By supporting Taco Bike, you’re also supporting the local businesses that we work with, like Pop, Halcyon Bike Shop, Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, Delvin Farms, and Green Door Gourmet. We're committed to working as locally as possible so that we can keep more money in the local economy and contribute to a more vibrant Nashville.
Taco Bike will be participating in 1% for the Planet, and donating a portion of our proceeds to local charities that champion our causes. Organizations we'd like to support include: Community Food Advocates, Farm in the City, Nashville Grown, the Nashville Bicycle Alliance, Walk/Bike Nashville, Music City Cycling, Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville (UCAN), the Nashville Public Library Seed Fund, Ride for Reading, the Oasis Bike Workshop, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Your support will allow us to buy and build out a bike trailer, and help us cover our operating expenses during the first three months while we get rolling. Here's a breakdown of what funds will go toward: trailer bed ($750), trailer hitch ($300), trailer shipping ($200) trailer buildout ($2000), three months of kitchen rental ($900), restaurant equipment ($1000), organic certification ($1000), humane certification ($1000), carbon neutral certification ($1000), insurance ($300), sidewalk vending permit ($50), iPad and point of sale system ($300), other operating expenses ($1125).
Bring organic breakfast tacos to a street corner near you by backing us on Kickstarter and telling everyone you know. Back the bike and taco bout it. (Get it?!)
Music Credit: "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown
Risks and challenges
We want to be the first certified organic and certified humane restaurant in the country. This is important to us because of what it stands for. We're voting with our feet. We're going out of our way to prove that we're doing the right thing so that we can educate others and encourage them to do the same. We're setting a good example.
We'd be the first restaurant in the South to get certified organic, and only sixth in the county. We'd be the first certified humane restaurant in the South. These certifications come with their own timelines, limitations, and costs. Since Taco Bike doesn't fit neatly into a pre-described category, this process is a little unknown. We'd be pioneers! This is exciting and uncertain. We've spoken to the head of the USDA organics program, who is a supporter and himself an avid bicyclist. Everyone wants it to happen, and we're going to fight for it! By spearheading the process, we're also going to make it easier for other businesses and restaurants to follow in our footsteps.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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