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By Sarah Simmons
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CITY GRIT
CITY GRIT

CITY GRIT is a culinary salon, a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host. Founded by Sarah Simmons, CITY GRIT offers food-culture events anchored by dinners that feature a pre-actualized tasting menu around a particular theme or ingredient.

Referred to by The New York Times as the Off Broadway version of the James Beard House, CITY GRIT has “quickly become a magnet for out-of-town talent,” bringing in chefs from all over the country to our kitchen in New York to create memorable dining events that are open to the public.

We’ve been told by guests that our current space is so warm and inviting that they don’t want to leave. And that thrills our hearts, but there are some aspects to the current dining experience that come along with operating out of shared space in a 200 year old building that we'd like to change.

We want to continue to bring chefs to NYC, giving them the opportunity to cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen. And we want our guests to enjoy their food in a beautiful space with the same charm of our current location, but with the amenities of a state-of-the-art restaurant.

Given the constraints of our current space, we are consciously aware as to what needs to change. We want our guests to be able to access restrooms that aren’t shared, to enjoy their meal in a lively environment that is buffered by outstanding acoustics, and to enjoy the benefits of central air-condition.

We’ve found a perfect location that will help us achieve our goals to offer you a better dining experience and have spent the last year meeting with investors to raise the money we need to build out a new space. We’re using our money and our investment dollars wisely to make the space the best it can be. So we're looking to the kickstarter community to help us raise funds towards the deposit for the new location. 

Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. If we don’t hit our goal of raising $100,000 in 30 DAYS (yes, days), we won’t be able to sign the lease and put down the deposit on our new home. We can’t let that happen! So spread the word- tell your friends, relatives, co-workers, dog-walkers, anyone… Let’s do this y’all!

Risks and challenges

Every project has challenges; luckily we’ve built a strong team that is ready to hit them head on (with hardhats on, of course). We’ve got expert contractors, brainy engineers, successful restaurant architects, devoted project managers and most importantly, all of you, to keep us going. More over, we’re keeping their stomachs full so we can work through all hours of the day to bring you the most kick-ass CITY GRIT ever.

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    Bless your heart! A HUGE southern THANK YOU for contributing.

    You’re email will be added to receive our progress notes (total 4 emails) about renovating and opening our new space!

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    You’re the first to know about CITY GRIT’s upcoming events. We’ll add you to our VIP email list, which receives notification of events before the general public.

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    A signed recipe card for Sarah's never before published Fried Chicken recipe AND a packet of our secret fried chicken spice blend.

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    A sweet treat delivered to you from our pastry partner, Clarice Lam of The Baking Bean.

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    A Southern Snack gift pack delivered to your door.

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    One ticket to a Macaron Class! Haven't you always wanted to learn how to make your own macarons? Now you can!

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    2 VIP tickets to November’s Sunday Supper in NYC.

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    2 VIP Tickets to October's Sunday Supper in NYC!

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    2 VIP tickets to November’s Southern Shabbat in NYC.

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    One invitation to CITY GRIT's opening party!

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    Two invitations to CITY GRIT's opening party featuring food from some of our favorite celebrity chefs!

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    A Southern Fried Chicken Picnic for 10 people.

    Available only in New York City.

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    You get a private CITY GRIT Cooking Class for 6 people!!

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    A 6 month membership for 1 person, which equals 4 monthly dinners to CITY GRIT (that's 24 dinners y'all!).

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    A 3 month CITY GRIT membership for 2 people. That means 2 tickets to dinner every Thursday night for 12 weeks! Keep all dinners for yourself, or share the membership with friends!

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    We come to you! An in-home dining experience for up to 8 guests.

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    A 6 month membership for 2 people, which equals 4 monthly dinners to CITY GRIT (that's double the fun!).

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    Our pastry partner, Clarice Lam of The Baking Bean will work with you to recreate your favorite childhood treat, that not only will you get to name, but will also go into our “Favorite Things” holiday gift basket.

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    CITY GRIT's Holiday Party Package! This includes 1 private company holiday party for up to 70 guests held at CITY GRIT with a customized four course menu and more. Service and gratuity are included.

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    The VIP treatment! Work with me to create your custom private dinner at CITY GRIT for up to 20 guests. You can even spend some time in the kitchen if you want. You’ll also get 5 invites to our opening party and a special holiday basket of our favorite things.

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    CITY GRIT's Holiday Party Package comes to You! This includes 1 private company holiday party for up to 100 guests held at your office with passed food, stations and more. This will make your office holiday party one not to miss.

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