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What's good everyone?

My name is AC Boral and I am the Chef and Owner of Rice & Shine. I'm excited to announce the Can I Kick It? Rice & Shine Kickstarter to open our very first Brick & Mortar in Long Beach, CA. 

Rice & Shine is a Filipino American pop-up dining experience. We’ve been doing this for five years and we’ve been based in Long Beach for two years now.

The soul of Filipino Food is at the family table
The soul of Filipino Food is at the family table

What's Goin' On?

After five years hustling, we’ve found Rice & Shine’s first permanent home in LONG BEACH! 

We plan for it to be a 40-seat restaurant, pop-up venue, and community space. The kitchen will also be the home for Rice & Shine Catering to serve the greater LA area. 

We’ll be on Fourth Street and Temple, on a street with a bunch of Long Beach’s favorite restaurants, shops, etc. Basically, we’re moving into a really great neighborhood. 

Rice & Shine's first home will be in LONG BEACH!
Rice & Shine's first home will be in LONG BEACH!

For our menu: we're excited to bring some classic Rice & Shine dishes to the table along with some o' dat new new! Also, this spot will hold home court for our several pop-up menus.

Longanisa Scotch Eggs will be available EVERY Sunday for Rice & Shine Brunch. Our Kamayan and Vegan Kamayan menu will be on deck for the weekend.

Enter The 36 Courses: The Wu-Tang Tribute Dinner will make its LBC debut in our home. 

 We're so excited to have this new restaurant as our toy and bring you good food!

The menu will feature food that is nutritious and supports the local food economy. You can expect to enjoy the Modern Filipino flair we've built our name on while offering options to accommodate gluten-free, vegan, and other dietary considerations.

When Can We Eat?

We're hoping to begin our soft opening in late July. And for our Grand Opening we’re aiming for September, once we get our beer and wine license (haaaaaay!).

Longanisa Scotch Eggs - A Rice & Shine Brunch staple
Longanisa Scotch Eggs - A Rice & Shine Brunch staple
Sisig Chilaquiles. U hungry yet?
Sisig Chilaquiles. U hungry yet?

Why I Do This

Rice & Shine's core belief is that the soul of Filipino food is at the family table. And what food means to me is the memories of my childhood, the memories where food is love.

It was in 2017 my biggest inspiration--in my career and in my life--passed away. And though I lost something immeasurable, I gained something invaluable: the mission to keep his legacy alive.

AC & Dad
AC & Dad

I remember he passed away on a Tuesday and the same week we had a sold-out 28-seat pop-up brunch that Sunday. Me, my mom, and my sister decided almost immediately that cancelling that pop-up would be the last thing he’d want so we went ahead and dedicated that brunch to him.

Standing alone for a minute in the back office before that brunch, something clicked. I realized that all I was doing with these pop-ups was imitating my dad and the way he would host and entertain, the way he’d let people in and gather everyone to eat. That’s when every insecurity I had about me as a cook, as a chef, as a businessman in the culinary world disappeared.

I’ll never forget how I gorged myself on just his kare kare sauce and rice, how the smell of his chicken adobo would fill the house when I got home from school, and how texting friends and family that he was making fried chicken would mean that ten hungry kids would show up.

Dad's Fried Chicken
Dad's Fried Chicken

I can’t ever recreate those memories but I can try to share what they meant to me with you.

This is why I want to open a restaurant.

I’ve had many people who I’d like to consider mentors and inspirations to me that kept me in the food world to that point in 2017, but realizing the real reason why I do it and who I learned it from in those 29 years drives me more than anything else.

Food is love
Food is love

How Can We Help?

To be honest, we got very lucky finding this space and moved very quickly to secure it.

And diving into this, I had faith that we would get the support needed to make this happen.

Even though the space was about 80% ready when we got the keys, the financial cost of opening a restaurant is more than you probably think. A new (used) set of equipment, permitting, insurance, and other costs add up quickly.

We have budgeted the costs and this Rice & Shine Kickstarter will get our doors open. 

Beyond backing this project, here are a few more ways you can support: 

  • Attend the Can I Kick It? Launch Party on Thursday, June 20 at Romeo Chocolates from 6pm-8pm. 
  • Share the Kickstarter on social media -- #CanIKickItRiceAndShine
  • Connect us with groups/communities for collaborations, speaking engagements, etc. 
  • Come thru when we finally open the doors
  • Other -- we’d love to hear how you’d like to support in your own way
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We really appreciate you and the support we've had these past five years.

And now I'm calling in the homie favor of giving me one more push to make something really special happen for our community.

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Be Well & Be Happy,

AC

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photos: @hello.jenni @thelokelshow @jazzkalfayan video: @mcj_impressions

Risks and challenges

Surprises LOVE to pop-up once you get the restaurant opening process going. So our dates are tentative and the fulfillment of your rewards depends on when we open.

We know you're hungry, but we appreciate your patience while we build this crazy machine and make sure it runs well before we have too much fun.

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    Maraming Salamat!

    Thank you very much!

    We'd love to gift you one of our Rice & Shine Egg logo pins and a handwritten note for your support!

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    Bread & Butter

    Get yourself a tub of Rice & Shine's Ensaymada Butter with a bag of our housemade pandesal!

    Come through anytime after our Grand Opening to get it.

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    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
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    Bread & Butter and Thank You & Logo Pin

    Earlybird perk!

    Filipino Time won't help you here. Cuz when this earlybird deal is gone, it's gone.

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    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
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    From The Heart

    To give expecting nothing in return: we humbly thank you.

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    !! FLASH SALE !! - Gift Card Value Pack

    Thanks for sharing in our excitement to open! To show our gratitude, we are adding an option to choose a gift card value package as a reward to use once we open our doors. This reward will only be available Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.

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    • $20 restaurant gift card (LONG BEACH)
    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
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    Pop-Up of Your Choice - Earlybird Perk!

    In this case, the Earlybird gets the waffles, not the worm.

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    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) Seat to a Rice & Shine Pop-up
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    !! FLASH SALE !! - Gift Card Value Pack

    Thanks for sharing in our excitement to open! To show our gratitude, we are adding an option to choose a gift card value package as a reward to use once we open our doors. This reward will only be available Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13.

    Includes:
    • $50 restaurant gift card (LONG BEACH)
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
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    Pop-Up of Your Choice

    Nothing beats the vibe of a pop-up food experience! We will still be running the Kamayan, BrunchClub, and Vegan Kamayan menus that we built our name on.

    One seat for any of our standard Rice & Shine pop-ups.

    Oh, and go home with some Bread & Butter too.

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    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) Seat to a Rice & Shine Pop-up
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    Wu Tang Dinner - Enter the 36 Courses

    Wu Tang Tribute pop-up dinner - Enter the 36 Courses - is coming to LONG BEACH for the first time in our future restaurant space! Music, art, & food combine for a Culinary Experience featuring Wu inspired dishes by Chef AC himself (including the infamous WU TANG FLAN AIN'T NUTTIN TA F WIT - 24K Leche Flan). Plus, all guests go home with a one of a kind Wu Tang art piece. There are ONLY 36 SEATS available for this reward, so don't sleep on this one.

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    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) ticket to Enter the 36 Courses Dinner Pop-up
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    !! FLASH SALE !! - Gift Card Value Pack

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    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
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    Pop-Up of Your Choice for Date Night

    Nothing beats the vibe of a pop-up food experience! We will still be running the Kamayan, BrunchClub, and Vegan Kamayan menus that we built our name on.

    Two seats for a Rice & Shine pop-up menu.

    You get double the Bread & Butter.

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    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) Seat to a Rice & Shine Pop-up
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    The Wall of Family

    Our Wall of *Fame* is meant to celebrate everyone who brought me along this far on my culinary journey.

    Friends, family, guests, peers, staff... We all made this happen together. And we'd love to give recognition for your contribution as well.

    (Any pledge amounting to $250 or more cumulatively will receive The Wall of Family Recognition)

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    Housewarming Brunch Party

    Our first BrunchClub in the space is gunna be one big family party. Except this one will have Sisig Chilaquiles and Sinigang Lumpia along with the karaoke.

    Preview the whole menu, participate in activities, and kick it with the Rice & Shine Family on an easy Sunday morning.

    Oh! And get to see your name on the Wall of Family for the first time!

    Includes:
    • Thank You Note
    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) ticket to Rice & Shine Housewarming
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    Housewarming Brunch Party for Two

    Impress that brunch date!

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    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
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    Keep It 1000

    EARLYBIRD perk built for the Rice & Shine MEGAFANS.

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    • Thank You Note
    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • One (1) Seat to a Rice & Shine Pop-up
    • Wall of Family Recognition
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    Private Cooking Class with Chef AC

    Get to know my cooking philosophy and choose a menu that gets you excited.

    Aaaaand if you want... I'll even teach you the recipe for one of our Signature Dishes...

    Bring tupperware. There will be lots of baon (leftovers).

    Up to 12 guests total.

    Includes:
    • 12× Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • 12× Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • 12× One (1) Cooking Class Spot
    • Thank You Note
    • One (1) Signature Rice & Shine Recipe
    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
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    Private Party at the Restaurant

    You and 50 friends will throw one of the first parties inside our new space. Come through!

    Family party quantities of food and DJ included.

    Includes:
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    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • 51× Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • 51× Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • Rice & Shine Private Party
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    "It's Over 9000!!!" Party

    Private Party at the Restaurant but with our staff in DBZ cosplay.

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    • Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • Rice & Shine Private Party
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    Rice & Shine WORLDWIDE

    Where you want us? We'll fly to you.
    Bring those Rice & Shine vibes ANYWHERE.

    Travel and coordination costs not included.

    Includes:
    • Thank You Note
    • Rice & Shine Logo Pin
    • 51× Ensaymada Butter (8 oz)
    • 51× Bag O' Fresh Pandesal (Filipino bread rolls)
    • Rice & Shine Private Party
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