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Support our mission to bring great tasting, fresh food to Brooklyn at NY’s premier vegan delicatessen! #EatAtMonks #freshfoodtastesgood
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At MONK’S, our philosophy is: Fresh Food Tastes Good. We make classic American comfort foods from whole plant-based ingredients. We hand select produce from local markets and source our other ingredients from ethical distributors. We think food should come from farms and kitchens, not labs or factories.

local organic ingredients
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Monks Founders Chris and Rebecca started making our signature Monk’s Meats seitan in their Bed-Stuy kitchen in 2010. Long time veg/vegans, Chris and Rebecca were drawn to seitan, an all natural alternative to animal meat made from wheat, to answer that age old question: “But, where do you get your protein?” While working Manhattan day jobs, they tirelessly honed their recipes and techniques, fed friends and family their experiments, and quietly perfected the art of making wheat meat. In 2011, Monk’s Meats began popping up in local grocery coolers and on bar and restaurant menus around New York City. Every weekend since 2012, MONK’S has been serving inventive sandwiches and small plates featuring Monk’s Meats seitan, house made sauces and pickles, and fresh local produce at Smorgasburg and other festivals, flea markets and food fares. Every week, our small team hand produces and deliveries hundreds of pounds of Monk’s Meats seitan to restaurants, apartments, and offices across five boroughs.

Becca, Chris and Danielle working away in the kitchen! All seitan and smiles.
Becca, Chris and Danielle working away in the kitchen! All seitan and smiles.

 

Seitan on seitan on seitan!
Seitan on seitan on seitan!

 

Veggie burger slider, carrot dog, jerk seitan and bbq mushroom sandwiches
Veggie burger slider, carrot dog, jerk seitan and bbq mushroom sandwiches

 

Over the past five years, we’ve received an overwhelming reception from NY’s vegan and vegetarian community. We have reached the limit where our current capacity just can’t satisfy all of your demand. Every weekend, we hear you asking where you can get more of our products. Well, we have found a place!

OUR VISION

Our vision is to create New York’s premier gourmet vegan Delicatessen and Kitchen. MONK’S is a place reminiscent of the butcher shops of old New York, but with a conscious difference - an un-butcher’s shop. At MONK’S, you will find our signature Monk’s Meats wheatsteaks, meatballs, and sausages, as well as vegan charcuterie, fresh tofu and yuba, vegan cheeses and spreads, housemade sauces, seasonal side dishes, beverages, sandwiches and more. Yes, there will be sandwiches, lots of our sandwiches, available every day of the week - not just on weekends.

Seasonal shiitake salad, hushpuppies with pepper jelly, watermelon 'poke' salad
Seasonal shiitake salad, hushpuppies with pepper jelly, watermelon 'poke' salad

But it’s more than just the retail shop. MONK’S Delicatessen and Kitchen will combine our production kitchen with the retail space in one location. Behind the stocked deli case, an open and busy kitchen reveals the processes behind our house made products. Stainless steel counters, a butcher block, gas range, smoking cabinets, meat slicer, and baking ovens are hard at work. A window allows you to peek into a climate controlled aging room for nut cheeses and vegan charcuterie products. Out of sight, walk in refrigerators, additional prep space, and dishwashing facility bolster our ability to produce more foods and bigger events, festivals and markets.

Seasonal kimchee dog, tofu quiche, chickpea dill and tomato bruschetta
Seasonal kimchee dog, tofu quiche, chickpea dill and tomato bruschetta

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH THE MONEY?

We are looking to raise at least $50,000 to fill in the gaps as we build out the storefront/kitchen. This Kickstarter project will also help us acquire some specialty equipment we need to make larger quantities and varieties of our products: 80L tilt skillet, smoking and steaming cabinets, a climate controlled aging room, and fresh soy milk/tofu making equipment.

WILL YOU JOIN US?

We love feeding you. It’s our calling here at MONK’S. We want you to enjoy eating everyday.

Whether you need to swing by and grab something to make for dinner at home on a Monday or you want to buy a sandwich and hang out in the shop, we want you to eat well, to eat tasty fresh food, because we know FRESH FOOD TASTES GOOD.

 

Monk's team after serving up sliders and winning the People's Choice Award at the Vendy's!
Monk's team after serving up sliders and winning the People's Choice Award at the Vendy's!

 

BBQ Oyster mushrooms hot on the grill!
BBQ Oyster mushrooms hot on the grill!

 

Bulgogi seitan slider
Bulgogi seitan slider

 

Risks and challenges

A project this ambitious is not cheap. Over the years, we’ve learned how to make more with less. We’ve learned the beauty of clean simple well-crafted space that values function over frills. We’ve also learned to expect the unexpected. Real estate and construction cost in NYC are significant. Emergency expenses can cause delays to small projects. We are working with a professional architect and expeditor to help shepherd our project through the city building department and permit process. Gap funding is often essential to handle these last minute challenges that could stall opening.

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    Recipe Zine and a big thank you!

    Donors will have their name (or business) featured on our website’s list of backers and will receive a personal thank you email with our 2016 Monk’s Meats Recipe Zine attached! The magazine features the Monk’s team’s very favorite recipes using our seitan and other products.

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    Recipes, thanks and sandwiches!

    Donors will have their name (or business) featured on our website’s list of backers, will receive our 2016 Monk’s Meats Recipe Zine as well as 2 sandwich vouchers! (Redeemable at any of our pop up locations in NYC or our store once open)

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    Fully suited

    Donors will receive name recognition, the 2016 Monk’s Recipe Zine, 2 sandwich vouchers, our sweet Monk’s Meats trucker hat AND red Monk's Meat's chef's apron to really cook in style.

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    Monk’s Meats all week!

    Give a little and get it right back - your first $50 of Monk’s products is on us. Just flash your Monk’s membership punch card, which we will send to you.

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    More Monk’s Meats

    Your first $100 of Monk’s products is on us! Just flash your Monk’s membership punch card, which we will send to you.

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    Come party with us

    Donors will receive tickets to join us for our PREVIEW party! Be the first to visit the new shop. Get a behind the scenes look at where the magic is going to happen! We will open the entire shop for one night to VIP Monks fans! Food and bev will be served.

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    Come cook with us!

    Join our Monk’s cooking class and learn how to make some of our delicious delicacies (and taste them, too!). This rewards includes 2 seats in class with us. Classes will be held at our new kitchen once the shop opens. We will make standard seitan and two to three dishes featuring seitan and seasonal vegetables. Monk's Meat's aprons will be provided for you to keep!

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    VIP for life

    Donors will receive our limited edition MONK’S VIP pin that comes with perks – VIP pricing, invites to events and exclusive specials - just wear it to the shop and we’ll treat you right! Oh and we will put your picture on the wall of fame.

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    Come eat with us!

    Donors may invite up to 4 friends for a personally catered dinner. Four course meal in your home or place of your choice. Meal includes: appetizer, salad, main course and dessert for 4-6 people. We will work with you to plan a menu just for your dinner. Beverages and location fees not included.

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    Join the Club

    One year Subscription to Monks Meal Service. Pick up $50 a month in monks meats and products from the store. We email you our weekly Specials, you tell us what you want, and we have it ready for you to pick up in the store. (Local delivery available for additional charge)

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    Join the Club- National Shipping

    One year Subscription to Monks Meal Service. Pick up $50 a month in monks meats and products from the store. We email you our weekly Specials, you tell us what you want, and we ship it out to you! ( shipping fee covers the cost of packaging & shipping for the length of the entire membership)

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    It’s a (dinner) party!

    Donors may invite up to 8 friends for a personally catered dinner. Five course meal in your house or place of your choice. Meal includes: appetizer, soup, salad, main course, and dessert for 8-10 people. We will plan a custom menu for your dinner. Beverages and location fees not included.

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    Subscription Part 2

    You have your favorite things – “must have shiitake bacon every day”. This perk entitles you to $100 per month for 12 months. You tell us what you need and we will have it packed and ready for pick up (5 borough delivery available for additional fee)

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    Subscription Part 2- NATIONAL SHIPPING

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    It’s going to be LIT

    Donors will receive a catered evening event. Didn’t know we did fancy? Oh, we fancy. And we make a mean drink. Party includes small plates and finger food and two signature beverages for 20 guests for 2 hours. Location to be determined by host (location fees not included).

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