Café Nordo is a nonprofit performing arts organization committed to new and innovative storytelling, that strives to push the boundaries of theatrical storytelling by integrating the culinary, performing, and visual arts.
Nordo’s Culinarium will be the new permanent home of Café Nordo. There, immersive performances where food meets performing, literary, and visual arts will activate the historic landscape and contribute to revitalization efforts underway in Pioneer Square.
With your help, Café Nordo will open Nordo's Culinarium this fall in Pioneer Square at the corner of Main & Nord Alley, former home to Elliott Bay Book Company. Nordo's Culinariaum will not only host Café Nordo's immersive theatrical experiences but also act as a crossroads between the culinary and performing arts. We'll throw in literary and visual arts and a complete disregard for temperance, creating an unparalleled arts venue in Seattle.
If you are eager to visit the exciting new venue that Nordo's Culinarium is destined to become, please contribute to our Kickstarter campaign. Our goal here is to raise $35,000 towards building a beautiful new kitchen facility specifically tailored to Café Nordo's unique service and create a theatrical / dining venue that can be transformed into as many different worlds as we can conjure for you! Please take a gander at the myriad ways we have dreamed up to thank for your tax deductible gift.
Café Nordo is currently undergoing a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to fund renovation of the 1890s-era Globe Building at the corner of Nord Alley and South Main Street into Nordo’s Culinarium. This requires the purchasing and installation of a light grid, lighting equipment, sound equipment, kitchen equipment, furniture, and a track system for curtains and wall flats. As of this moment, we’ve raised $138,000 of our $250,000 fundraising goal. Which includes 100% board participation, 4Culture Equipment Grant, 4Culture Unforeseen Opportunities, and individual gifts from our generous and committed supporters. While the Kickstarter campaign is targeted toward the renovation of the kitchen, if we surpass our fundraising goal the additional funding will go on to support other necessary expenses in the renovation process.
To date, Café Nordo has operated on a project-by-project basis which requires moving loads of equipment from place to place and hurriedly installing a theater and a restaurant for every show. The successful completion of this campaign will enable Café Nordo to spend more time on art, community, and educational outreach. We will no longer waste weeks securing new venues and building a new kitchen and theatre from scratch for every production. Instead, fulfillment of this campaign will provide secure storage for theatre and kitchen equipment, enable us to diversify programming reaching more people in the Seattle community, and provide Pioneer Square with community space and opportunities for artists and audiences to gather in cultural exchange.
Where’s the money going?
The Kickstarter campaign will provide the funding necessary to outfit our kitchen with stoves, refrigeration and other elements we need to provide our audiences with the imaginative food presentations they’ve come to love.
Upon first walk-through of the Globe Building we had hoped to renovate the existing refrigerator and exhaust hood. Unfortunately, after negotiations were already underway we found out that we would need to replace this necessary kitchen equipment entirely. As it currently stands, the kitchen is completely gutted and as a culinary theater, it goes without saying -- Nordo’s Culinarium can’t open without it.
Now we are racing against the clock to be able to complete the kitchen on time! To make our quixotic first performance in the Culinarium happen by November, we need your help to raise $35,000 necessary for our complete kitchen build-out in our new home in Pioneer Square.
We can’t complete the kitchen build-out without your help.
We need you -- all of you Seattleites and beyond -- to not only support us with the Nordo’s Culinarium kitchen build-out, but also to support a community space focused on art and culture, to contribute to Pioneer Square revitalization efforts, to encourage innovative culinary and theater ventures that feature the imaginative work of local chefs, artists, performers, and storytellers.
Executive Artistic Director Erin Brindley and Executive Producing Director Terry Podgorski are the guiding artists of Café Nordo. Brindley directs, co-produces, and designs the menus for each show, and Podgorski co-produces, writes the scripts, and designs and builds the sets. Erin and Terry, alongside a team of seven foodie theater wizards make up Café Nordo.
In early 2014 Café Nordo increased the size of the board from 11 to 17 members to oversee the implementation of Nordo’s Culinarium. Our board is energized, excited, and committed. Our board members have professional expertise in finance, fundraising, marketing and programming required to guide Café Nordo into this next chapter.
This venture is welcomed by neighborhood businesses and associations including the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Jones & Jones Architects, the Kitchen by Delicatus; and past Nordo sponsors: Café Walter Audio, Repast Bakery & Café, Uber, Vino Verité, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and The Stranger.
Spread the word!
If you have any questions about the Culinarium please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to tell you more. We’ve made it this far due to the amazing support and generosity of donors and supporters. Let’s take it all the way and fund a new kitchen for Nordo’s Culinarium.
If you cannot donate financially, we appreciate you spreading the word about our work to people you think share our appreciation for culinary theater. You can find us at http://www.cafenordo.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CafeNordo
Thank you so much for your generous support!
Risks and challenges
One of our biggest challenges is getting the permits signed off on before we open. We have a very ambitious deadline, and are contracting production staff and artists accordingly, but permits are certainly not in our control. We have a reserve built in to our overall capital campaign plan that will cover administrative expenses and have negotiated with the landlord that our rent will not begin until the venue is permitted.
Also any time an organization goes through this kind of growth there is strain on the infrastructure. We have staffed up and hope that our signature flexibility helps us through this transition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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