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Kickstarting the opening of The EK Cafe, bringing EK's dangerously delicious baked goods & comfort food to everyone, everywhere!

Evelyn’s Kitchen is a small business with lots of heart and even more potential. We make dangerously delicious baked goods and comfort food for adults…all packaged To Go in the unique and growing neighborhood of East Harlem, NYC. Our fresh baked goods and home cooked meals have developed a committed following (we’ve even been featured in People Magazine!) and we are ready to maximize our potential and embrace the growth!

Our journey has been an interesting one…we started as a wholesale baked goods and catering company and through the power of our dangerously delicious creations, social media and a dedicated team of amazing people (TEAM EK!) we now have the opportunity to open our first retail location: The EK Café!

We are turning to Kickstarter to raise funds to support this new venture. We have made our mark in NYC as a successful Wholesale & Catering Business (our customers include Madison Square Garden, VH1, Belvedere Vodka & Nike) and now are focused on building our retail brand with both a bricks and mortar café & a focus on our e-commerce store (that allows us ship our goodies nationwide!).

The transition from wholesale & catering to bricks and mortar café open 16 hours per day is exciting and overwhelmingly expensive! We decided to create the flagship store in our existing wholesale and catering space to save on costs but in order to ensure we can focus on the important stuff (making delicious food in a warm, nurturing environment with a committed and well trained team of committed bakers and chefs) we need a little help to cover some of the upfront costs including:

•New 54” Refrigerator (very necessary for storage as we expand) 2500K 

•New 3 Shelf Refrigerated Pastry Case (so we can expand our offerings and keep the cold things cold!) 2500K 

•New Air Conditioning Unit (those ovens make things HOT!) $2K 

•Custom shelving, cooling units, and counters (we’re keeping these simple, streamlined and multi faceted to make best use of a very small space): 10,500K 

•Jura Latte/Coffee/Espresso Machine: (coffee beverages will more than double our daily revenue potential) 3K 

•Bar Stools for our new ‘eat-in’ counter and chefs table (we’re looking for butts in seats) $1000

•Chefs Table for 8 for EK’s Private, Reservation Only Chefs Table Dinners (allows us to cater to foodies and create an elegant extension for the brand)
$1500 

•E-Commerce Fulfillment Center 2500K (so that we can ship our dangerously delicious goodies can be nationwide efficiently and effectively!) 

TOTAL AMOUNT NEEDED 27K

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY in EAST HARLEM:
So if we are so successful at wholesale and catering why are we opening The EK Café? Because the real fun for Team EK and the heart of the business lies in the opportunity to work directly with the public. Not only do we enjoy creating menus and the day to day feedback from our customers, we’ve found there is a real need for a business like ours in East Harlem, where many of the current, affordable food options focus on fast Chinese or Spanish takeout. We are bringing food from the heart & soul to East Harlem, making delicious, freshly made, healthy, hearty, elegant and affordable lunch and dinners ‘To Go’.

Will it work? In March 2012, we started to test the idea of offering our amazing baked goods and home cooked meals with The EK Café Pop Up Shop, offering service initially just a few hours a day then expanding (by demand) to 12 hours per(?) day, 5 days per week. With a limited menu, no advertising and utilizing only Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and word of mouth, The EK Pop Up Shop became very popular very quickly. There are SIX public, private and charter schools in a three block radius of Evelyn’s Kitchen and with our $10 hearty lunch specials, we became a quick favorite with many of the faculty and students. We’ve found that the busy executives and professionals who live and work in this developing neighborhood love the convenience of our delicious dinners to go and we are the go to treat for many of the moms and families of the community. That we’ve been embraced by our neighborhood means the world to us; that we are a destination for foodies who travel to East Harlem to get their fix is pretty exciting also.

Our plan is to continue to run our wholesale and catering divisions in the same space as we build the Evelyn’s Kitchen retail brand and by January 2014, be in a position to move those divisions to their own space and continue to develop the retail brand by expanding our online store offerings and opening additional EK Cafes in Manhattan.

Thank you for believing in Evelyn’s Kitchen. We are Ready to Rock and we look forward to welcoming many more friends to Team EK!

For more information on Evelyn’s Kitchen please check out our website: evelyns-kitchen.com, follow us on twitter @evelynskitchen or Instagram @evelynskitchen.

And if you’re curious here’s some great press we’ve gotten over the past couple of years…

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