BeeHive Oven Biscuit Café: A place to get a great Southern meal that feels like home. Read on, and tell your friends!
Who we are:
I am Treva Chadwell and I founded Beehive Oven in 2013 with my husband John. Our business reflects a heritage that spans generations. I have been classically trained at the Institute of Culinary Education, but learned how to make the best heritage meals with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as with my father in his restaurant and catering business. As an eighth generation Texan/Louisianan, I understand that good food is essential to one’s heritage. John was born in Texas and grew up in South Carolina where Southern food and hospitality are second nature.
John and I have dreamt of opening a restaurant café for about 20 years. There were lots of reasons why the time wasn’t right, but now it is. We made our start this year by selling biscuits and biscuit sandwiches at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Our dream is to feed hungry biscuit lovers every day in a café of our own. We plan to serve simply beautiful and delicious Southern food in our café. Items like a fried chicken biscuit sandwich and a biscuit-topped chicken pot pie will be regulars on the menu.
What we mean by heritage:
We think of our food as heritage, not old-fashioned or nostalgic. We are reaching to the past to recreate the feeling of home for you, our customer (and friend), and to pull on the strength of our family. Some of our recipes are pretty close to Grandma’s, and others are more updated for the way we want to eat today. We also understand that everyone has a heritage of their own that they are proud of. We want you to tell us your stories as much as we want you to listen to ours.
Quotes from people who have eaten our biscuits:
I just sat down with my homemade chicken soup and one of your pumpkin biscuits! So amazing your biscuits are! I have got to get back to work before I dive into more! Awesome job! – Missy in Fla. via Facebook
Just got our biscuits and had to have one even though it's 10:30 pm. (Ok mike had two!) Yummy., thank you! – Maureen in Tx. via Facebook
These are awesome biscuits, made in New York, but from an amazing southern chef and her husband, who went to Clinton High School with me (Go Class of '83)! They are delivered within just a few days and taste like heaven! Betsy in SC via Facebook
These astonishing heritage biscuits arrive in two days. You pop them in the toaster oven, then sit at your table and think you're at your grandmother's table with biscuits from a cast iron skillet. Spend your carbs, make them worth it and indulge in these biscuits. Ann in SC via Facebook
Heritage Biscuit w/ honey and butter... yaaaaaassssssssss Will in Tx via Facebook
Just has 1 for breakfast with raspberry. Yummy! Rebecca in NY via Facebook
Can a biscuit change the world?
We don’t really know the answer to that yet. We do know that biscuits have changed our lives for the better. We know that when people eat a well-made biscuit, they get a feeling of home and that feels good. We are working hard, and will continue to work to source the best ingredients for the biscuits and the other foods in our café. Most of the time, this will mean local, seasonal sourcing. Sometimes, it will mean contacting a small mill in South Carolina to get the best grits possible. The biscuit may not change the world, but we think it can make it a better place.
We also know that a feeling of home doesn’t come from filling a belly alone. We want to create a welcoming space that people like you will want to visit again and again. We plan to do that with a friendly staff and the owners on the premises. We want to get to know you. You don’t have to tell us how your day is going if you don’t want to, but remember we would really like to know. We want you to make the BeeHive Oven Biscuit Café yours.
What the money will buy:
We have raised about 70% of what we need to make BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe a reality. We have signed a lease in a great location, and have started the process of obtaining permits and licenses. We are looking for the remaining $35,000 to finish the build out, complete the purchase of equipment, and begin the hiring process for a Spring 2014 opening. We are looking for people who would like to join us in this adventure because it is customers like you who have pushed us all along to get this café open pronto. We are excited about bringing our Heritage biscuits to Brooklyn every day. If you haven’t been to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg yet, come on out and have a biscuit. We would love to meet you.
Risks and challenges
With any restaurant venture, there are a number of risks and challenges. Some of those are part of the NYC process and some will be unforeseen. We chose our rewards to be fulfilled as quickly as possible and provide the most satisfaction to you. We are confident that there is going to be some little surprise that will make us take pause but we are looking forward to solving these challenges as we move BeeHive Oven to opening.
We will create an outstanding food product, maintain a welcoming space, and keep the right people on staff. All of these things are critically important to us. Our brand is like our family name and it is our reputation. These qualities have an effect on the brand and we will not dilute them.
We are absolutely positive that we will be successful (and tired, and happy). John and I are ALL IN. We are putting everything we have into this business. It will succeed because people like you are part of this adventure. We are putting all of our focus and effort toward the result.
A hand written thank you note with a special recipe at the end of the project! Making Mom proud means thank you notes!
*** Oh! And you will get an exclusive BeeHive Oven Temporary Tattoo (Don't tell Mom).
We will include your name integrated into a special piece of art that will be displayed in the Café AND You get three Recipes to make a nice Brunch for yourself and your friends.
Plus all the stuff at the above levels
BLENDING BISCUITS AND ART - You are invited to our pre-opening party PLUS: a signed and numbered print of 500 created by co-owner John Chadwell. The art will be a variation of our BeeHive Oven Logo and you can display this art as a testament to your part in our venture. The original will be on display at BeeHive Oven.
Plus all the stuff at the $25 level.
You get on THE "B" LIST. You will receive an invitation to the pre-opening party, and every time you come into BeeHive Oven through April 2015, you will be greeted as a friend and will be served a free heritage biscuit for you and a friend!
PLUS - A private 4 hour cooking class with 7 of your friends. Chef Treva Chadwell will consult with you on the menu and make this a special time with lots of learning, laughter and fun. We'll make southern favorites and we will pick them together with you! Plus all the stuff at the $25 level. This is going to be fun and we promise, no dishes!!