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Anna MeyerBy Anna Meyer
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Anna MeyerBy Anna Meyer
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$7,107
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90
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 2 2015 3:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

What it means to "Range Free"

Gluten & Grain Free Shirley Temple cupcakes
Gluten & Grain Free Shirley Temple cupcakes

We all have to eat! But when a regular meal can shut your body down or become fatal, simply eating becomes a challenge. I have been a professional baker since 2008, but began baking allergen-free in 2009 after my diagnosis with extensive allergies. The difficulties I overcame adapting to my allergies inspired me to help others gain freedom from dietary restrictions. For several years I've been crafting recipes, studying allergen-free foods, conducting market research, and working with my client base to develop a bakery and cafe to feed the community. I create delicious food for everyone, with an emphasis on convenience, so we can all range freely. Now is the time to finally make this dream a reality!

I've found a great location in downtown Columbia to bring safe dining to Mid-Missouri. Range Free will focus on specialty cakes, as I have done commercially for nearly a decade, yet it will also be a full service cafe offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, coffee and tea! In order to fulfill this passion, I've started this campaign to off-set a bank loan and working capital. The space is already equipped with a number of high-dollar items (oven! sinks! refrigerator!) that thankfully lowers my budget however, there's work to do! 

+ To create a full menu the kitchen needs to be updated with a range and hood--the biggest expense in my budget!

+ Equipment purchases of a mixer, cooler, and a dry case to display all the delectable baked goods

+ Lots and lots of color-coded utensils and dishes to keep ingredients separate and denote allergen-freedom.

How will everyone Range Free?

Grain-free pizza (yeast-free, too!)
Grain-free pizza (yeast-free, too!)

Range Free provides a wide selection of baked goods, prepared foods, and ready-to-prepare ingredients catering to special dietary needs of those allergic to the Top Eight Allergens and well beyond the “free from” population, including grain-and-gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, paleo, and low glycemic diets. Because the necessity of specialty diets requires unprocessed, quality ingredients manufactured in a contamination-free environment, Range Free offers a high quality, local, unprocessed and nutritional menu.

As the only establishment in Mid-Missouri to be dedicated to wheat, peanut, and tree nut free foods, Range Free is also the only eatery that specializes in grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free, & soy-free foods. Range Free caters to the intricate food-allergic population, with convenience, accessibility, and trust-coupled with expertise and versatility-ensuring each customer a safe and wholesome meal. This commitment extends beyond specialty diets, utilizing delicious ingredients that are naturally allergen-free and just plain delicious, so there's something for everyone.

Why Allergen Free?

Grain and Top 8 Free SunButter Cookies
Grain and Top 8 Free SunButter Cookies

Food allergies affect 15 million Americans! The data on people with food allergies, many of them children, is staggering.

+ Food allergies affect 4% of adults and 1 in 13 children

+ 30% of children have multiple food allergies that are not taken into consideration

+ Between 1997-2011 food allergies increased by 50%

For many of this diverse group—ranging widely in age, economic, social and ethnic groups—eating at a standard restaurant or chain is never an option, or at best, a gamble, and a stressful, tedious endeavor. Range Free is dedicated to helping this under-served population.

Risks and challenges

My unique risk is that Range Free is primarily dedicated to serving a niche market. Although the population with restricted diets may seem comparatively small, there are an estimated 10,000 people in Columbia alone with specialized diets. We are the population that knows best the challenges faced in eating, and the population that misses out on so much delicious food! Obviously we all need to eat to physically survive, but we also eat for emotional enjoyment. People living with restricted diets deserve to experience the happiness and comfort that comes with eating delectable food, and should not be limited to eating tasteless, utilitarian dishes simply to subsist.

This specialized establishment could initially be low interest for diners without food allergies. The most successful way to tackle this challenge is with incredible food that is made-to-order and from scratch, with the highest quality ingredients. With a varied menu, naturally allergen-free foods, and incredible flavor, Range Free will appeal far beyond the “free from” crowd. Range Free will give people with and without allergies an opportunity to share meals together!

But that’s all for after I open. Along the way there are obstacles to overcome, even some I have already hurdled. Bank loans, building permits, health inspections: these are all lengthy processes that I have been chipping away at, often while working multiple jobs. I expect hiccups and surprises—that’s part of starting a business!—and will continue to work diligently as I have for many years now, in order to bring this unexpected lifestyle into the service of an underserved population.

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    One dozen cookies in a tin, delivered to your door! Assorted flavors of gluten-free and allergen-free cookies. Vegan too!
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    PIZZA!!
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    Every kitchen needs an apron, and this one comes with a hand-embroidered Range Free logo, and pockets full of cookies! Classic white with pockets and an adjustable neck strap--you'll look like a pro.

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    Holiday sampler
    Receive a sampler of the season, for one holiday, delivered to your door! Gluten-free, grain-free, allergen-free. Vegan too!
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    *Exclusive Backers party*
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    Have your event catered with delicious food for everyone! Includes hors d'oeuvres, salad & soup, side dishes, entree, and dessert for up to 50 people.

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Funding period

- (30 days)