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Welcoming refugees. Empowering women. Crafting delicacies. #KaramKitchen
Welcoming refugees. Empowering women. Crafting delicacies. #KaramKitchen
247 backers pledged CA$ 17,406 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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Are you looking for a tangible way to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis?Are you looking to invest in three phenomenal entrepreneurs? Do you want to contribute to a generous community in Hamilton? Do you just like great food? If any of those make you say yes!, we hope you’ll consider supporting Karam Kitchen! 

 

This past year, over 950 Syrian refugees were invited to resettle in Hamilton. Despite having faced the kind of nightmare most of us struggle to conceive of, three of these women, Rawa'a, Dalal, and Manahel, are teaming up with co-founders Brittani and Kim to start a catering company in our area, serving fresh, authentic, deliciously prepared meals. We’re inviting you to learn more and partner with us to make Karam Kitchen a commercial success and a positive model of refugee engagement.

The Details

  • Karam Kitchen will start by offering group catering in the form of crowd-pleasing platter options. (Our smoky eggplant dip, called Mutabel, and our Lamb and Beef skewers are incredible!) See our sample menu here.
  • We are proud members of The Kitchen Collective, which will be our home base for cooking. Joining The Collective means we already have a commercial licensed cooking available to us!
  • Our three founding chefs are newly arrived Syrian refugees to Hamilton with amazing cooking skills. They are partnering with Brittani Farrington and Kim Kralt, who bring years of experience in restaurant management, catering, and quick service marketing. We hope to be able to hire more newcomers as soon as business growth allows!

The Funds

We've received incredible support from the Hamilton community and the Planning & Economic Development Department of City Hall. All we need now is funding to take us to market! In addition to fulfilling the perks on the right, we'll be using the money for:

  • Business Licensing 
  • Kitchen Fees
  • Insurance
  • Ingredients for Menu Development
  • Packaging Equipment
  • Pots and pans, cutlery, and all the other things you need to prepare a meal
  • Specialized equipment to keep our food hot or cold while we deliver
  • Printed Promotional Materials - including menus!
  • An Arabic translator for business meetings

Will you join us?

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform. You won't be charged unless we meet our goal! 

With your help, we can create a company that helps these three entrepreneurs build a new life in Hamilton, and contributes to our vibrant community. We hope that you'll consider donating. We look forward to preparing food for you!

Risks and challenges

While we’ve already come a long way in our business planning, a unique challenge of this business is the language barrier between our chefs and the broader Hamilton community. Your support will allow us to hire a translator as-needed to ensure operations run smoothly.

Any new business faces the challenge of getting the word out. We hope that you’ll help us by ordering our amazing food, and inviting your friends to do likewise!

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.76

    A Heartfelt Thank You!

    Pledge $1 or more and you'll receive our team's thankfulness!

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    Mint Tea or Coffee!

    Once we're up and running, stop by the Kitchen Collective and pick up a cup of either Mint Tea or Arabic Coffee!

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    Mini Dessert Box

    Visit us at The Kitchen Collective after the campaign ends to pick up a box with mini Syrian desserts inside!

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    Sampler Meal

    Enjoy a meal full of our menu highlights. You'll get a Kafta Kabab (ground lamb and beef) and Shish Tawook (yogurt marinated chicken) served over Cashew Rice. On the side you'll have a fresh Tabouleh salad. Homemade pita bread will be served to dip into our house yogurt and Mutabel (a smoky eggplant dip). Vegetarian alternatives are available!

    You'll pick up this delicious meal at the Kitchen Collective!

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    Complete Feast for Two Delivered

    With this special treat, you'll get the entire Sampler Meal listed above for two people PLUS sweet Syrian desserts to end your meal. We'll deliver this one to a location of your choice as long as it's in the Hamilton area!

    A perfect date night idea!

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    Complete Feast for Two for Pick-Up

    Our delivery option may have sold out, but you can still get the entire Sampler Meal listed above for two people PLUS sweet Syrian desserts to end your meal.

    You'll pick up this date-night to-go at The Kitchen Collective!

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    Dessert Reception for 15

    Host a sweet little party for 15 and we'll provide a delicious assortment of Syrian desserts along with Mint Tea and Arabic Coffee. We'll deliver and set up anywhere in the Hamilton area.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $381

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    Sponsor a meal for Micah House!

    Micah House is home for refugee claimants seeking asylum from danger, terror & persecution. They rely on volunteer Meal Hosts to provide dinner for their 12 guests and 2 Night Managers on any given evening. By choosing this reward, you provide a delicious, substantial meal at a date that is helpful for Micah House.

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    Dinner Party

    Want the whole experience? For $500, host a dinner party with up to 15 guests and you'll get a full dinner, plus coffee, tea, and dessert! We'll deliver anywhere in the Hamilton area.

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Funding period

- (30 days)