After years of hard work in the food industry and many successful pop-up food events , The Fiction Kitchen is eager to finally make our dream come true: to open up a 100% vegetarian restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. On a block in the historic train depot and warehouse district which has been somewhat forgotten over time, we plan to create a thriving, new culinary destination which will not only impress your palate but give back to the community as well. Your help will enable us to purchase new kitchen equipment which has never been used to prepare non-vegetarian foods.
THE FICTION KITCHEN:
As each of us worked to expand our culinary knowledge and began to explore new possibilities in the world of food, the more challenging it became to consistently find inspiring vegetarian food when we went out to eat. Although many places were beginning to offer more vegetarian and even vegan menu options, the choices always seemed both limited and predictable. We craved vegetarian cuisine which was fresh, creative, locally sourced and carefully prepared, and thought maybe there were other people in need of the same thing.
In May 2010 we decided to test that theory by heading up the monthly Fiction Kitchen vegan brunches at The Pinhook in downtown Durham, NC. Offering a new, seasonal menu each month, we developed a very supportive following who sometimes lined up for over an hour to see what the Fiction Kitchen would come up with next.
Our brunch themes varied between traditional brunch fare like French Toast, "bacon" and huevos rancheros to Thai food, "crab" cakes and southern classics like biscuits with gravy and pulled "pork" BBQ.... all made vegan!!
A consistently overwhelming response from a variety of diners gave us all the more reason to feel like we owed it to our local community, surrounding farms, and the global movement towards more responsible food choices to open a farm to fork inspired vegetarian restaurant in Raleigh. We chose the location at 428 S. Dawson St. not only because of its close proximity to the art and warehouse district, the Depot and other downtown Raleigh nightlife, but because we will be close to both the North Carolina State Farmers Market and the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. This will allow us to not only offer seasonal menu changes, but also create daily specials based on the freshest local produce available. Our menu will also include many vegan and gluten free options.
For the past few months, we have been working closely with Raleigh Architect Andrew Osterlund, who has helped us design our storefront, as well as the most efficient kitchen and bar area we'll need to bring you a fun, satisfying and affordable 100% vegetarian meal. The start-up and construction costs for even a small restaurant like ours are approximately $200,000, and that's not counting the cost of purchasing equipment which has never been used to prepare meats or seafood. It is for that reason that we would like to not only achieve our goal, but exceed it!
The $36,000 we are asking for here will go towards the following new equipment:
- exhaust hood and vent system
- 6-eye range with two ovens
We feel purchasing these items new is an essential aspect of making a positive start for a vegetarian based kitchen.
In addition to offering frequent menu changes, there are even plans in the works to collaborate with area artists who will create rotating in house installations of their work, which will both echo and enhance the seasonal changes of the menu. Collaborating with a local graphic designer as well as artists and craftsmen using reclaimed materials,The Fiction Kitchen is so excited to offer Triangle area diners a fun, unique and even inspirational culinary experience with each visit.
Please take a moment to donate to this cause which means so much to us. By spreading the word and helping us raise funds for some new kitchen equipment, you will become part of a local and global movement toward sustainable, responsible and cruelty-free food choices. Help us put a vegetarian restaurant on Raleigh's map once and for all! We send you a sincere thank you for checking out our campaign!
Although there is a huge list of people who have supported The Fiction Kitchen team from the beginning (which is way too long to list), here are links to some resources which have been so helpful to various aspects of our project... maybe they can help you, too:
Artistic design and consultation:http://annecushingrhodes.wordpress.com
Metal and Woodworking:http://bmd-b.blogspot.com/
Printing Arts: http://shedletterpress.com/
Sweet Treats: http://www.justcrumb.com/
Video footage by: Travis Long
Video footage and editing by: Justin Camputaro
Huge shout out to Carol and Carolyn, who dedicated so many Sundays to the brunches, for your countless hours of hard work. Without you we would still be just Fiction.
- (37 days)