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Bene Plates™ is a revolutionary food and nutrition company serving the chronically ill and the walking well with incredible food.
Bene Plates™ is a revolutionary food and nutrition company serving the chronically ill and the walking well with incredible food.
144 backers pledged $17,930 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Chris Faddis and I'm about to launch a FOOD REVOLUTION and I'm hoping you'll join me! 

I started this journey after losing my wife to colon cancer and seeing firsthand the immense struggle for chronically ill patients to remain well-nourished. (You can hear more about that story in the video above.)

Introducing Bene Plates:

Our goal with BENE PLATES is to provide high quality, great tasting, nourishing meals for our chronically ill clients to help sustain them during their disease. We also hope we can serve many other folks who just want to eat well to stay well. With the busy lives so many of us lead - it has become increasingly difficult to eat healthy on a consistent basis. 

Bene Plates prepares "craveable," clean (non-toxic), micronutrient rich meals, weekly and delivers directly to our customers homes. Our kitchen is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is an FDA approved facility - allowing us to ship anywhere in the United States.

I believe strongly that food can both taste good and be good for you. You can rest assured that your meals will taste amazing. That's our charge and we take it very seriously. Our chefs and nutritionists will work hand in hand to plan meals that taste great and are nutritionally supportive.  Below you'll find a lot more info on our food and our nutrition programs.

Become a Supporter and Get Great Food!

We're hoping you'll partner with us as we launch this company. We have secured our kitchen, we're testing our menu, we've put our marketing and branding in place and we've developed our proprietary nutrition guidelines. Now as we get ready to launch we are asking for your help. You can see all of the great rewards to the right. We're giving you some great deals on our meals and some other cool perks. Just pick your reward to the right, and share with your friends - then in November, we'll contact you as we get ready to fulfill your rewards. Be sure to check out some of our "stretch goals" and bonus rewards below. 

Here's just a very small sampling of some of the menu items we could be sending your way:

Milestones:

  • Developed 130 page nutritional guidelines document (the culmination of two-years of research)
  • Developed our business model and pricing structure
  • Developed our menu (a menu that we'll never stop creating and innovating on!)
  • Secured our kitchen space (see some photos below)
  • Identified and ordered our packaging equipment
  • Finalized our branding and marketing plan

Next Steps:

  • Menu Testing
  • Install packaging equipment - run packaging test runs
  • Run shipping test runs
  • Finalize Website build-out
  • Run final nutritional analysis on menu items for labeling and to test against our own nutrition guidelines

All of these next steps are being done in the month of October in order to make sure we're ready for November shipping!

More about our food and nutrition programs:

For the last two and a half years I have worked with our head of nutrition, Dr. John Oertle, to research, develop, and plan our program. We have met with nutrition and culinary advisors, we've studied the latest research and we've even met with a few leading researchers. This has all culminated into a 130 page document that serves as our nutrition guidelines for our chefs and nutrition teams. 

**IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER** Bene Plates does not claim to treat or prevent chronic illness - nor do we suggest you utilize our food as medical treatment or in place of medication or treatment that has been advised by a physician. 

Here's some highlights about our plan.

3 Foundations of our Menu:

Clean eating is key to eating for health. We ensure that the ingredients we source come from clean sources. This means no pesticides in our vegetables, no antibiotics or hormones in our meat, eggs and dairy.

A micronutrient rich diet is essential to healthy living. That's why we incorporate lots of micronutrient rich foods in every meal to increase your micronutrient intake while you enjoy incredible food.

Spices and Herbs are for more than just flavor. Food should taste amazing and let's face it, salt and pepper alone don't do the trick. We work hard to incorporate a variation of spices and herbs in every single menu item. Not only will this flavor the food - but spices and herbs are considered to be naturally "anti-inflammatory" which is very important when eating for health.

Our Nutrition Programs:

Bene Plates™ revolutionary approach to food and nutrition includes a full suite of nutrition services offered for the chronically ill and those among the walking well. We do this through one-on-one nutrition consultation and advanced nutritional testing, which we utilize to develop an individualized diet and supplement plan for each customer. This additional program is optional but strongly encouraged for all of our customers - especially the chronically ill. (Many insurance companies will cover this service.)

While our advanced nutrition testing and consultation is not included in our Kickstarter rewards - we invite you to learn more on our website or contact us for more information.

**IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER** Bene Plates does not claim to treat or prevent chronic illness - nor do we suggest you utilize our food as medical treatment or in place of medication or treatment that has been advised by a physician.

Stretch Goals

While we've set a modest goal of $15,000 for this Kickstarter - we're hoping we can take this even further - and with your help, WE CAN! Here are some of our "stretch" goals and some bonuses you'll get if we make it to those goals!

Stretch Goal 1: $30,000

If we hit this goal we'll be able to develop our cold-press juice menu and every supporter who contributed $45 or more will get upgraded to include some of our juice with their delivery! (I'm most excited about this because it will include a juice program for Cancer patients!)

Stretch Goal 2: $60,000

If we hit this goal, we'll not only upgrade everyone with cold-pressed juice, we'll also be throwing a BIG party sometime in December or January and EVERY one of our supporters will be invited!

Stretch Goal 3: $100,000

If we hit this goal, we'll not only upgrade everyone with cold-pressed juice and throw a big party, but we'll pledge $5,000 to start the Angela Faddis Foundation - which we hope to establish to provide meals for chronically ill patients who can't afford them but need them. PLUS everyone who pledged $45 or more will receive a FREE Bene Plates T-Shirt.

Stretch Goal 4: $150,000

Okay - this one is big and it's a HUGE stretch... but we can dream right? Here's the deal - if we reach this goal we will build a BENE PLATES FOOD TRUCK - that we'll take on the road to events like cancer walks/runs and other fundraising events to support the chronically ill. We'll also take this truck around to hospitals and other food truck festivals, and the like to spread the word about eating well to live well. PLUS all of our Kickstarter supporters will get their name printed somewhere on our truck! AND you'll also get the cool stretch bonuses above. (p.s. I already have my eye on a truck.)

About Our Team:

Chris Faddis, Founder
Chris Faddis, Founder

Chris Faddis is an entrepreneur, author and national keynote speaker with experience in restaurant management, marketing, and concept development. His experience with chronic disease led to his desire to create a nutritionally supportive restaurant for chronically ill patients that would support their healing and reduce symptoms while feeding them nourishing foods. Chris has partnered with culinary, nutrition, and medical experts to put together the most advanced nutrition program available on the market.

Dr. John Oertle, Director of Nutrition
Dr. John Oertle, Director of Nutrition

Dr. Oertle is a board certified naturopathic physician, who specializes in oncology and chronic disease. He works at Envita Natural Medical Centers of America (ENMC), an international medical group of diverse medical practitioners specializing in individualized treatment plans and advanced technology for premiere outcomes. It is here that Dr. Oertle practices in the role of lead physician, sits on the medical treatment review board, and plays an integral role on the research and development team.

Menu Advisor, Chef, Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Menu Advisor, Chef, Fr. Leo Patalinghug

A Catholic Priest, and a chef? You got that right. Fr. Leo is the host for the TV Show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, Co-Host for the radio show Entertaining Truth on Sirius XM Radio, bestselling author, contributor for newspaper and magazines. Fr. Leo has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, EWTN, and even the Food Network, where Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in a cooking competition called, "Throw Down! with Bobby Flay." He is the Founder of The Table Foundation which has the mission to elevate culture and family life, one meal at a time. 

Risks and challenges

1. The biggest risk is the project not being fully funded - meaning those that sign up won't get what they were hoping to get - but it also means you won't be charged for your pledge. So that risk is handled.
2. The pricing we have set for our campaign fully covers the cost of the food, labor to make the food, the packaging and the shipping. We already have the kitchen secured and we can ramp up staffing as needed to produce and fulfill orders.
3. We're working with a fulfillment/packaging consultant that specializes in perishable shipping to help us plan appropriately to get this food produced and shipped once the Kickstarter ends.
4. One last risk is that we are not fully completed w/our menu come November 1st and have to delay shipping. Based on where we are at with our menu - I'm not worried that this will take place. However, this is precisely why we have stated that we will ship in November. We hope it will be early in November - but even if we are delayed - we'll be able to get it to you in the month of November.

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    Double-Date Night in a box! We'll put together a romantic menu for four to include several courses - including a delectable desert. We'll prepare the meal and overnight it for you to heat, plate, and serve. (Full plating/serving suggestions included.) Plus we'll ask Fr. Leo to sign a couple copies of his book, "Spicing Up Married Life," filled with great recipes for romantic date nights at home.

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    A Dinner Party-in-a-box - Chef, Fr. Leo and I will set the menu for and our chef's will prepare an exquisite meal for you and your friends (10 ppl). The meal will include appetizers, plus four courses - including dessert and table decor. We'll send this "dinner party" directly to you in a chiller box with all instructions on how to heat and serve - plus a list of pairing suggestions.

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    A culinary tour of Phoenix, AZ for FOUR with Chris Faddis and award winning chef, Jeff Kraus of The Crepe Bar (google him). Plus a few "surprise" guests in the Phoenix dining scene. Check out a few of our favorite places to eat and drink in the Valley of the Sun. This may be a desert, but in terms of food, Phoenix is lush with options. You and your guests will join me for a taste of the town + you'll probably meet some really great chefs on our way! (Travel to Phoenix not included.)

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    Chef, Fr. Leo and I will come to your house and prepare a dinner party for up to 20 guests. We'll do all the work and Fr. Leo and I will cook live for your guests while we chat with them about food and whatever comes to mind. Fr. Leo will be sure to make this an entertaining night for you and your friends. (Date will be determined based on Fr. Leo's availability after the Kickstarter.)

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