WHO WE ARE: Danna Andrews and Camille Dierksheide, friends since culinary school, teamed up to establish Solar Crêpes, a boutique mobile crêperie, to be located in Arlington, Virginia. At the heart of Solar Crêpes is the food – delicious, sustainable, natural, artisanal, and overwhelmingly local food made with respect. Solar Crêpes is committed to sustainability. Farm-to-table, natural products; limited packaging; a second-hand truck and food cart; even the beautiful commercial pots and pans inherited from Camille’s beloved Uncle Vish—Solar Crêpes is doing its part to protect the environment.
OUR INSPIRATION: As professional cooks we are drawn to books and programming about food, but with diseases such as diabetes and cancer suddenly plaguing our own families, we began to turn our focus from recipes and techniques to the origins of our food and the consequences that can result when middle men choose what’s served on our plates. Chef Jamie Oliver’s infectious passion about cooking and childhood nutrition has been a powerful motivator, driving us to want to spread the message of nutrition and cooking to our community; Joel Salatin’s farming practices, which show love and respect for his animals and the Earth, motivate us to seek out like-minded producers; and Michael Pollan’s quest to understand the origins of our food has driven us toward a business model of educational transparency.
WHY WE'RE SPECIAL: Solar Crêpes will be a new business model for the hospitality industry, supporting those with a passion for culinary artistry AND family. Our goal is to create an eco-friendly company where employees may pursue their culinary careers, working family friendly hours, earning a living wage, and serving products that are both delicious and supportive of healthy nutrition and raised on local, sustainably-managed small farms.
REACHING OUT: In addition to supporting its employees, Solar Crêpes is excited about forming community linkages to teach the fun and fundamentals of cooking. In fact, we've already teamed up with T.C. Williams High School Gardening Club -- our composting partners -- and hopefully the first group of students for our cooking classes.
WHAT WE NEED: The jewel in our environmental crown will be our solar powered food cart – the only cart of its kind in the Washington Metropolitan area. We've sunk every dime that we have...and then some.... into this project. We need your help to get the solar panels installed!!
It will cost $4,754.80 to install the panels. Any additional money that we receive will go towards expanding our website to debunk common misconceptions and misinformation about nutrition and healthy eating.
We hope you can help us make this dream a reality!!
Check us out at www.solarcrepes.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-VA/Solar-Crepes/344455537644
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