We are the ONLY Dedicated Gluten-Free operation in or around Harrisonburg and love being able to offer great quality products to the community as the need is becoming increasingly greater. It really warms our hearts to hear, "Wait, everything is gluten-free? Even the Cinnamon Rolls? I haven't had a Cinnamon Roll in over 5 years." and to see the joy on a child's face while enjoying his first ever chocolate whoopie pie. We offer tasty treats to everyone, but also understand the need to eat gluten-free. This is the whole reason we do what we do and we need your help to grow!
First let us thank you for taking the time to look at our campaign and watch our short video! Take a second to read the "About Val & Jon" section at the end (we didn't know where else to fit this vital information in!).
Fine Flours (Gluten-Free) Bakery is raising funds to expand into a permanent (but mobile!) food truck and provide so much more than just baked goods to the community in and around Harrisonburg, VA. It feels a bit strange to be asking for funds, but we are so grateful to anyone and everyone who can help us open! Our goal is to bring delicious gluten-free food to all people--those who require it, and those who simply crave a good meal. NOMS Deli will remain dedicated gluten-free and concentrate on refining delectable hot sandwiches and deli foods using our own breads and top quality, locally produced ingredients. There will be many Vegetarian and a few Vegan options, and everything will be gluten-free and fresh! We are asking for help in raising the funds to get our gluten-free food truck project up and running!
We are currently a very small scale operation, selling fresh waffles and baked goods at the Harrisonburg Farmer's Market, as well as several retail stores in the area. Fine Flours Bakery has been bursting at the seams for a while, the next practical step is to expand our space and our menu, offering more delicious gluten-free food to the public everyday!
We have been talking about what we would serve if we had our own food operation for years, long before Fine Flours Bakery was even contemplated, and our menu ideas have been abundant and diverse. Valerie was raised on traditional Uruguayan cuisine, which entails Italian inspired food, red meat and simple seasoning, while Jon was raised on Southern food and to love sandwiches of all kinds. It was important to us to incorporate both our backgrounds into whatever our food venture became. We have finally narrowed it down to a specific list of hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, deli items and baked goods. We also look forward to offering a loyalty rewards program, accepting JMU Flex and offering incentives for good grades to local grade-school students.
Some of our menu offerings:
About our Menu and Food:
There will be several signature sandwiches (you see some pictured here, above and below) and the option to build-your-own sandwich! NOMS Deli's house gluten-free breads will be baked every morning, ensuring freshness and top quality for customers. Our deli menu items will consist of a rotating schedule of delightfully yummy sides, cold salads, cold sandwiches, grain bowls, baked goods, desserts and many specialties of the house. There will be options for people with specific dietary restrictions or for those who seek out Vegetarian and Vegan options. Using high quality, locally sourced ingredients is very important to us, our customers and patrons should feel great about the fact they are contributing to a sustainable network of food partnerships with local producers and farmers.
About Val & Jon:
Hello! We are Valerie and Jonathan Ramsey from Harrisonburg, VA. Fine Flours Bakery was started about two years ago in our apartment after Jon was restricted to a Gluten-Free diet. As we searched to accommodate his diet we found little to no fresh or local options. Jon and I have always been foodies, and we both love work with food preparation, learning about flavors and how to be proficient. When we realized people following a Gluten-Free diet also had no local or fresh options, we decided to take our love of food to the next level and ensure a local and fresh gluten-free option in our community. Our ambitions were big from the get-go-- we wanted to jump right into a large scale food operation, but discovered quickly the financing was not realistic for us as beginners. Now, two years later, we have had to move our bakery twice, but we are so happy we started from the ground up. We have learned from our experience and formed lasting bonds with our patrons and with other local businesses in the community. Many recipes were developed over a long period of time to reach our standards, and we are still working on refining our products everyday to fit many dietary restrictions in addition to being gluten-free. Fine Flours Bakery has built a large following in Harrisonburg, upholding our reputation for being the only dedicated gluten-free operation in the area, as well as having great tasting products and the ability to be flexible with dietary needs. Now entering our third year, we are aspiring to open a food truck and expand our food offerings to the public, operating as NOMS Deli!
Thanks again for looking at our campaign and we hope to see you when we open! Special thanks to Brian Ripley of Brian Ripley Photography for helping us take these amazing food and family shots.
We are excited to be able to offer our gluten-free products on a larger scale. However, there are a few obstacles that present themselves to our project such as raising the funds for the remainder of our truck/trailer and raising the capital for operations to begin as quickly as possible. We need $3000 for the truck/trailer and an estimated 16,000 for the build-out, permits and to meet Virginia Code. Therefore, we are trying to fundraise a minimum of 10,000 with the grand hopes of exceeding that goal!
If we are not successful in exceeding our $10,000 goal, the remaining gap will be filled through a business loan from The Staunton Creative Community Fund in Staunton, VA (they are also helping us with our long-term business plan). Staunton Creative Community Fund's Mission Statement: "The Staunton Creative Community Fund serves as the local hub for entrepreneurial innovation, networking together the talent, creativity, information, funding, and resources to grow a vibrant local economy."
We have a start-up staff ready to go, our monthly overhead will be relatively low and we have several set-up locations in mind. We are looking to be ready for business by January 2014 and kick-off strong!
You Rock! Jon & Val will cater a delicious 3 course gluten-free dinner party in your home for you and up to 5 (6 total) of your family and friends! Also, 2 NOMS Deli T-Shirts and have your name added to our list of contributors!
You are seriously AMAZING! This contribution is huge, our thanks will be huge as well. Besides receiving 2 NOMS Deli T-Shirts, a bunch of punches on your loyalty card, lots of free sandwiches, sides and drinks, you will ALSO receive a free cooking class for you and one other person! In this session, you will learn the trade secret of one of our signature sandwiches as well as have all of you gluten-free questions answered on any of our products as well as general questions about baking and cooking gluten-free! Also, have your name added to our list of contributors!