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CA$ 21,010
pledged of CA$ 95,000pledged of CA$ 95,000 goal
109
backers
56hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, July 26 2019 5:44 PM UTC +00:00.

About

HISTORY

In 1984, my mom, Glenda Zenari, opened the doors to a small kitchenware store with big ambitions. Glenda wanted to bring big city retail she had experienced growing up in Chicago to her native Alberta. It was a labour of love and an altogether new model for Edmonton shoppers. Zenari’s was the first place where you could buy high end kitchenware and a cappuccino from the same counter. In the early 90s,  my dad Adriano joined his wife in business and brought with him his love of Italian food, hospitality and service. With his enthusiasm for all things Italian, Zenari’s grew to include a wine bar, expanded menu and catering business. 

TODAY

35 years later, and our family is poised for another big step! Dalla Tavola Zenari is a restaurant concept developed by me, Elisa Zenari, my husband Ran Huget, and my brother, Giancarlo Zenari.

Dalla Tavola Zenari translates to from the Zenari table. In effect, Ran, Giancarlo and I want to share our passion for food and hospitality that we developed while working at Zenari’s and catalyzed while sitting around our family table. Honouring the legacy of the flagship Zenari’s is the cornerstone to this new venture but, we’re going to put our own stamp on it.

FOOD 

Good food has always been an integral part of our lives and will be an integral part of our restaurant. We want to share the Italian comfort food my family grew up on, and not just pasta and pizza! Italy's culinary history is rich with recipes and local specialties that you only get to try if you're lucky enough to visit. We want to bring some of those dishes to the downtown Edmonton community we've served since 1984. From an expanded antipasti menu (think tapas or small plates) to the Northern Italian classic, Bollito Misto (literally translated to boiled and mixed meats - its so good, believe me), we want our guests to experience a true expression of Italian food, love and family! 

DRINK

Let there be Prosecco! Italians might be as passionate about drink as they are about food and Dalla Tavola Zenari will be no exception. My dad's go-to beverage has always been Prosecco, or a nice Amarone, or even just a simple espresso. His passion for a good glass of whatever he's drinking at the moment, has definitely rubbed off on us. But, it's not just about serving the "best." It's also about sharing something you love, with people you love. Dalla Tavola Zenari will have a comprehensive but accessible wine and cocktail menu. We want to compliment our food with an equally amazing glass of wine, spritz, craft beer or cocktail, and we want you to feel comfortable trying something new!

LOOK & FEEL

The original Kelly Ramsey building may have burnt down, but its been rebuilt into one of downtown Edmonton's most beautiful office towers. We want to honour the history and beauty of the original space we will be so lucky to call our own, and we plan to create a warm, bright, welcoming restaurant that gives a subtle nod to the architecture and design of the period. 

One element we're particularly excited about is our family gallery wall. They say it takes a village to raise a child; well, we know it took a community to raise a restaurant and we want to honour those who've helped us along the way. Family and community have always been, and always will be, a huge part of our business model and what better way to say thank you than to put your photo on the wall, literally.

photo credit Taverna Averna
photo credit Taverna Averna

Risks and challenges

Running a restaurant is hard work.

The restaurant industry is one of the most volatile industries you can imagine. The dream of opening a restaurant is often romanticized with visions of owners lounging with customers, visiting and sharing laughs while a symphony of action happens effortlessly around them. This sounds amazing but it is not the case. The restaurant business is hard and unforgiving.

We consider ourselves lucky. Lucky that our hard work and dedication has brought us to where we are. Zenari's celebrated its 35th anniversary this May. We've seen many businesses come and go over the years and we've learned a lot about what it takes to run a successful restaurant. While Ran, Giancarlo and I haven't managed Zenari's for 35 years, we’ve been actively managing the business for seven years and we have learned some valuable lessons about what it takes to run a restaurant in that time.

We live, eat and breathe our work. It doesn't always feel like work when you're as passionate about the business as we are. We can't wait to share our passion and energy at Dalla Tavola Zenari. With a combination of experience and a community of support, we know we have what it takes to run a profitable business.

If running a restaurant is hard, opening a restaurant is not only hard but also expensive!

Our biggest challenge will be financing this amazing project. We know we have what it takes to run a successful restaurant, but building one is another can of worms. Mechanical, fixtures and equipment can add up quickly. You have to have a clear vision of your project and a firm grasp of your budget to be successful. We've worked really hard to secure some financing through ATB and the Canadian Small Business Financing program. We also have amazing support through our landlord, Pangman Development and John Day Developments. We're almost there but we need a bit of a boost to cross the finish line.

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    Throwback lunch for one.

    We never want to forget where we came from, so we thought we'd celebrate our roots with a Throwback lunch offer. The old school is new again and for a lucky 100 of you, one of your next lunch visits will feel like it's straight outta 2000! Enjoy any lunch menu item, including dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage, for $10.

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    Glenda’s famous pancake recipe.

    Our mom’s hard work and dedication to open Zenari’s in 1984 is every reason why we’re here today. While it might not be on theme for our new restaurant, Glenda swears by her Buttermilk pancake recipe and yes, it’s that easy!

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    Family recipe of your choice!

    After 35 years in business, Zenari’s has amassed a huge repertoire of recipes. Some of them are coming with us to Dalla Tavola Zenari, and some aren’t. If there’s a Zenari dish you’ve been craving to make at home, here’s your chance to have it. No questions asked. Seriously.

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    Lunch for two.

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    Dinner for two.

    It’s been our dream to offer nightly dinner service, and we’ve developed a huge repertoire of family recipes we can’t wait to share with you. Each reward includes, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for two guests.

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    2 VIP invitations to our grand opening.

    There’s no better way to launch a new restaurant than to celebrate with your family, friends, customers, supporters and vendors. We wouldn’t be here without all of you! They say Italians know how to live, well we also know how to throw a party!

    Each invitation includes VIP access + complementary antipasti and non-alcoholic beverages all night!

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    Skip the line at our grab’n go counter!

    In a hurry? Late for a meeting? Eat lunch like a VIP and enjoy front of the line ordering privileges at our grab’n go counter for the whole year.

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    Lunch once a month for a year.

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    Always a seat at our table.

    Owning your own restaurant comes with a few perks. Always having a table is definitely one of them. Enjoy a standing Friday or Saturday reservation at a time of your choice for a year, just like Adriano Zenari does.

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    Lunch once a week for a year.

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    Family style dinner a la Zenari.

    Enjoy dinner like a Zenari! A custom family-style dinner curated for you by Elisa and Giancarlo Zenari. Entertaining is one of our favourite pastimes so let us help you host 8 to 10 of your favourite people! We won’t disappoint.

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    Meals for community members in need.

    Food insecurity is a huge problem, even for people in Edmonton. Our family has always believed in supporting the community and so we’ve partnered with Food4Good, a division of the Jasper Place Wellness Centre, to provide a community lunch for its members once a month for a year, or for as many months as we receive pledges. We'll prepare, deliver and serve a hot or cold meal for approximately 100 of JPWC's community members in your name, if you'd like, you can come along and serve with us.

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    Office lunch a la Zenari.

    Want to be employer of the year? Bid on this reward and ensure your office is well fed! Whether you've got a small or large group to feed, this reward can be tailored to suit your office's lunch needs. We'll take good care of you, just like you're part of our family.

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    Patio party!

    It’s been a dream of ours to have a full fledge, real life patio on a street like Rice Howard Way. We’re so thrilled about it, we want to throw you a party!

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    Naming rights to the breakfast bagel.

    Here’s your chance to put your name on one of downtown Edmonton’s culinary classics!

    Named one of the 25 best things to eat in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine in 2013, Zenari’s breakfast bagel has been a menu staple since the late 90s. We couldn’t bear to leave the bagel behind and we’ll need a new name for our “new” bagel.

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    Naming rights to our spinach risotto.

    Zenari's spinach risotto has been a staple since the late 90s. Here's your chance to make it yours.

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