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An experimental food and art project where everyone can be a cook!
An experimental food and art project where everyone can be a cook!
203 backers pledged $10,951 to help bring this project to life.

Thank you for backing our project + Thank You For Coming receives an Awesome Food Grant

Hello, happy Tuesday! Thank you everyone for backing our project on Kickstarter. It means a shit ton to us. We wanted to give you an update on what we've been up to since we launched. Apologies if you're receiving this twice as we just sent this out via email and we think some of you are on our mailing list as well! Thank you again. We are moved and inspired.

Dear friends, homies, MOM, strangers, everyone,

Thank You For Coming is a new restaurant/hang-out project we’ve been working on here in Los Angeles. We’re still about 2 months away from opening officially and we’re learning a lot about staying inspired and being patient. In the meantime, here’s some news on our progress:

We’re psyched to announce that the Awesome Food chapter of the Awesome Foundation chose our project as this month’s recipient of a $1,000 micro-grant award. We’re honored and grateful to have been chosen from among 800 applicants. The grant will help us cover some of the hard start-up costs associated with renovations, permits, and materials and equipment (e.g. plumbing and electrical upgrades, health department permits, a convection oven, dishware, and lumber and supplies to build out a 30-foot counter). Many thanks to the Awesome Foundation!

We’re equally grateful for and moved by everyone who has helped us with our Kickstarter campaign. We can’t thank you enough for your inspiration and feedback, your help in spreading the word, and for becoming backers. FOR REAL, thank you! We still have 11 days left to go in our campaign, and we hope to make our $10,000 fundraising goal by then. We promise to honor every shout out and every $1 pledged by keeping our build out costs low and by working hard to make you proud! Help us reach our goal in your own rad style:

LOS ANGELES, these are for you --
  1. We’re having a work day this Saturday, April 14 from 9am to 3pm in our courtyard at 3416 Glendale Blvd, LA, CA 90039 to build a milk crate farm to support our future kitchen. We’ve been collecting dozens of recycled milk crates these past few weeks, and we can’t wait to fill them up! Come by anytime to lend a hand with lining milk crates, mixing soil, and planting vegetables. Food, seeds, and garden tips for all who come to hang out! Drop us a line if you can make it.
  2. Laura and Jenn will be speaking about Thank You For Coming ideas and processes as part of Exchange Panel II (Resourcing) on Friday, April 20 at 8pm at The Last Bookstore at 453 S. Spring St in Downtown LA. The panel will focus on the sustained exchange of space, food, time, etc. in the LA  creative community and will also feature Douglas Clayton (SpacefinderLA), Karen Atkinson (Getting Your Sh*t Together), Ariel Climer (Synchronicity LA), and Lenore Smith (Downtown LA Time Bank).
  3. Our long-lost friend, Leif Hedendal (you may know him from Cooking with Leif) will be in town from the Bay Area and offering a one-night-only dinner in Downtown LA at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18 in a secret location to be divulged upon RSVP confirmation to  We'll be helping and learning in the kitchen with Leif while he prepares a meal of live sea urchin, sel gris roasted Santa Barbara spot prawn, abalone dashi tide pool, dungeness crab, and so much more! More details onmenu and pricing here.

Lastly, we’re learning how to keep in better touch with everyone. E-mail us, check our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and/or write us a letter at:
Thank You For Coming | 3416 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039.
Thank you all for your continued support and inspiration.
Laura Noguera, Jonathan Robert, Cynthia Su + Jenn Su