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Mai VangBy Mai Vang
First created
Mai VangBy Mai Vang
First created
$2,403
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 21 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Selling egg rolls and Kool-Aid
Selling egg rolls and Kool-Aid

It all started in our backyard, raising funds to help pay Mai's medical bills that came with her hearing loss. Soon after, we began to contribute egg rolls to fundraising events in our community. As our community fell in love with our egg rolls, and word of our great food started to spread around town, the Eggroll Queen was born. 

Summer 2016
Summer 2016

During the summer of 2016, we purchased our first "new" space (a food trailer) to sell egg rolls & fried rice around the city, Wednesday to Sunday.  Tragically, in January 2018, our trailer burned down during a community fundraising event, but thankfully, with the help from the community, we were able to buy a food truck to get Eggroll Queen back up and running again. 

During food truck season (April 1 - Nov 15) at lunchtime, our food truck parks at Landmark Plaza on Wednesdays and Fridays, and at the state capitol on Thursdays. In addition, we go to four different farmer markets (Bloomington, Cottage Grove, Golden Valley, and New Brighton) throughout the week. While most of our customers are locals, we have a small following from the surrounding cities and neighboring States. The Eggroll Queen has even reached people as far as Florida. 

To give back to the community, which has helped us get to where we are today, we donate a portion of our profit each month to help feed the hungry and donate egg rolls to the community benefits four times a year.

New Brighton Farmer Market - Summer 2018
New Brighton Farmer Market - Summer 2018

In the fall of 2018, we realized that we needed more space in order to prepare the egg rolls, and that a commercial kitchen or small café is needed, but we did not have the capital to invest in one.  When Dr. David and Helene Schultz generously offered to help us expand, we were able to purchase the Underground Music Café on Dec 28, 2018.  With this cafe, we are able to expand our community outreach in addition to expending our existing business. Before we took over, the stage in the café supported local artistes and performers, and was built from the help of the community; and will continue to do so under the Eggroll Queen Café. We will be hosting live music, poetry reading, and more every Thursday through Sunday. We have also dedicated one of our walls for local artists to showcase their art. The community will also be able to use our space on Wednesdays from 4-10 pm, for private events, benefits, fundraising, meetings, etc. 

Eggroll Queen Cafe - Jan 2019
Eggroll Queen Cafe - Jan 2019

The café has been in business for over 20 years and unfortunately it shows. We will need to make considerable upgrades, including a ventless hood system for the deep fryer, before the cafe will be in a state to support the Eggroll Queen Café. To fund these updates, we are hoping that you would either contribute through this Kickstarter campaign or join us at one of our dinner/egg rolls sales events.

We're here today due to the love of our families, friends, associates, and the community. Our story begin with selling egg rolls in our backyard four years ago in order to help pay Mai's medical bills. Today, we have 6 employees working at the cafe, and once the kitchen is completed, we plan to expand our staff to about 10 employees. Over the past 4 years, the community has helped Mai stay sane and create jobs. We have been and always will be thankful beyond words and will continue to pay it forward. 

Egg rolls
Egg rolls

Risks and challenges

Over the years, we have learned to expect the unexpected and do more with less and value a simple functional space over excess. Although, we have budgeted for the planned upgrades to the cafe, county's equipment plan review can increase projects costs and could delay project completion. Therefore we will be hosting fundraising dinner/egg rolls sales at the cafe twice a month to raise additional fund for the unexpected cost.

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    Thank You!

    Thank you postcard from Mai, Eggroll Queen.

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    HUGS

    We will ship you a beautiful Eggroll Queen's Coffee Mug.

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    A Taste of Eggroll Queen

    Receive an Eggroll Basket (breakfast, cheesy chicken, cheesy steak, chicken, pork, veggies, cherry and strawberry cheesecake egg rolls). Ships within the United States.

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    Awake

    Get a 16 oz Eggroll Queen limited edition travel mug & 12oz smoky-dark chocolate-buttered toast coffee roast. Every time you come to our cafe with the mug, you get a $1 off on coffee/espresso.

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    Smile

    Donate $150+ and we will ship you an Eggroll Queen Cafe's Basket: 16 oz travel mug, 12 oz coffee, 12 oz tea, and samples of our delicious egg rolls (8).

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    Dinner + Thank you basket

    Come to a dinner for 2 and go home with a thank you basket: two 12 oz mug + 12 oz coffee and 12 oz tea.

    Dinner with Live Music
    Egg rolls
    Soup
    Pizza
    Dessert
    Drinks: Pops, tea, or coffee

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    Pay It Forward

    Give a gift of 300 egg rolls to a local charity, church, or school of your choice - fundraising.

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Funding period

- (31 days)