Hey hey friends (we sent this out via mailing list today, apologies if you're getting it twice -- thank you guys especially for your pledges and continued support),
Remember that restaurant project we told you about? It's been a little while -- sorry for the silence! We've been hard at work, and here's what we've been up to:
After a few missteps and lots of lessons learned, we finally got our plans approved by the LA County Health Department at the end of May. This gave us the green light to begin building our space, which was pretty much an empty box before. Thanks to your support through our Kickstarter campaign in April, we've been able to buy some equipment (refrigerator, freezer, induction ranges, shelves, etc.), build furniture, remove 5 layers of paint from our cement floors, and begin work on plumbing and electrical upgrades. Thank you!
ALL DAY OPEN HOUSE + SUMMER SOLSTICE HANGOUT
There's still much to be done before we can open, but in our desire to share as much as possible with you about this process, we want to invite everyone over.
SAVE THE DATE:
Thurs June 21 from Noon to Midnight
3416 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA 90039
Drop by, stay late / ditch work, come play! See our MESS before we open. Ask us questions, give us feedback, apply for a residency. Celebrate the longest day of the year!
ALL DAY: musical stylings and performances, summer snacks, egg balancing, live screenprinting, piñatas, birthday cake and film screenings in our courtyard after dusk. Details to follow shortly.
RSVP and find directions here if you're gonna come!
CALL FOR RESIDENTS 2012!
ATTN: Everyone (Artists, Cooks, Plumbers, Park Rangers, Moms + Granddads, the list goes on!)
Thank You For Coming will be run through an interdisciplinary rotating residency program, which aims to give people from varying experiences and backgrounds an opportunity to run a restaurant and explore new 'n old ways of sharing food with people. Thank You For Coming welcomes residents to use our kitchen and space as a platform for public engagement and creative experimentation and presentation.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Anyone with secret talents, rad ideas, and good vibrations! Thank You For Coming seeks motivated individuals who can make a case for how our space can be used as a platform to support your idea/project. We encourage our residents to work with and engage the public and relate to our mission of exploring different means and modes of sharing food and hanging out. Residents will need to make and serve food while in residence, but you don't have to be a professionally trained chef or restauranteur by any means. We welcome food-makers from all disciplines.
As a resident, other responsibilities will include opening and closing the joint, helping us keep the space in food-safe shape (equipment and counters wiped and cleaned daily, etc.), getting food in mouths during OPEN hours, and organizing public programming and educational workshops. If this sounds like a lot, don't worry -- the TYFC crew will be here to help you work through your ideas, get you organized, do your dishes, and be your assistants and labor force as needed. We're all in this together!
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Thank You For Coming is just under 900 square feet and will be permitted as a commercial kitchen by the LA County Health Department. When we start, we'll have a simple kitchen without a Type I hood and standard gas range (we couldn't afford it). Instead, we'll be using electric induction ranges to cook with. We hope to install a hood and standard range and oven 6 months after opening. Our walls are mostly blank and our furniture includes two 10-foot-long work/eat tables and a 30-foot-long counter. Most of this is modular and moveable and can accommodate seating for up to 30 people. Thank You For Coming also has access to an adjacent outdoor courtyard where we've planted an edible garden.
Residents will have full access to all of our:
Kitchen equipment (full list to come)
Stocked pantry (full list to come)
Cookware and dishware (full list to come)
Garden harvest (full list to come)
Residents will also be provided with a small stipend and a budget for food ingredients and other materials. Thank You For Coming (ServSafe certified) staff will provide support for residents.
HOW TO APPLY
We are taking applications starting...NOW!
Residency periods are negotiable and somewhat flexible, but keep in mind we are structuring the program around 2-week (Monday-Sunday) cycles. To start, Thank You For Coming will be open Wednesday-Sunday for Lunch & Dinner.
To participate as a resident at Thank You For Coming, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information/responses:
Name / Contact Info (E-mail, Phone) / Location
Explain a project/idea you'd like to make happen at Thank You For Coming.
What resources do you need to make that project/idea happen?
What is your interest/experience/comfort level in making food for a bunch of people?
What is your experience/interest/comfort level in working with youth and community members of all ages with little to no experience in whatever it is that you will be doing?
Tell us about your food -- what might a menu look like and what would your ingredients and processes be?
Tell us anything else you want us to know about you -- this can be a short bio, a statement of work about your practice, website links, whatever!
What is your availability to participate as a resident? Do you have any schedule restrictions?
MORE INFO ON APPLICATION PROCESS
The application process is open and rolling until further notice. We will read applications every Friday and contact applicants with questions as they arise. Our OPENING date is a little up in the air right now, but as soon as we draw near to a more definite date, we will begin scheduling residencies. Please bear with us while we get open and figure out all the structural kinks. We are excited to read about you and your ideas! If you have any questions, just e-mail us at email@example.com -- we'll also work on getting an FAQ page up on our website ASAP.
Huge THANK YOUs to James Graham from BA, Jill's Paint, Ava + Avo, Kayla Cohen, Doug McCollough, Marcus + Cosmo, Marjory Garrison, Jessica Cowley, Keith Scharwath, Alissa Walker, and Kamil Beski for all your rad advice and hands in recent weeks.