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This Fall, Mica will bring Israeli flavors back to Piedmont Ave with catering, a market and a new restaurant - help get her funded!
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We hit our FIRST 2 GOALS & now we're going for a 3rd: $35k! 

With the extra funds, we'll be able to buy a pita oven to have fresh bread at Pomella.  We'll also be selling the bread in the market so you can take it with you and enjoy it at home!  Please help us get there!


And here's our story... 

After a year of searching, I finally found a new location and will be re-opening Ba-Bite as "Pomella" on Piedmont Ave THIS Fall!  I'm so excited to bring Israeli cuisine back to Oakland! 


My name is Mica and back in 2015 we opened Ba-Bite - an Israeli restaurant -  which quickly lived up to it's name and became a second home for our employees and our community. 

Last year, after loss in litigation with the landlord, we were forced to close which left both me and my customers broken-hearted.

It has been a very difficult year both emotionally and financially and I've been working very hard to get my life and business back on track.  But I'm finally excited to announce that I am coming back and will be opening in an amazing new location! 


We'll be re-opening this Fall in the former Chow building right on Piedmont Avenue, close to MacArthur Blvd.  (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????)  

The space is MUCH bigger than our last location, and we'll not only run our catering business and restaurant out of the kitchen, but we're SUPER EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE we're launching a grab-and-go MARKET as well!  


Yes, we are planning to re-open BUT we need your help!!

I'm launching this Kickstarter to help me buy a hummus machine which will allow me to make 5x the amount of hummus that I do now!  The machine costs $25,000 and 100% of the funds raised will go towards its purchase!

Here's a glimpse of its beauty......

And here's what I'm dealing with now.....!!

The new machine will help us keep up with your love of our hummus with greater efficiency and even better silky-smoothness!  (And most importantly, it will save my sanity!!!)

 WE HIT THIS GOAL!!  THANK YOU!!  But we have 2 weeks left.  Please see our STRETCH GOALS below!

We have hit our first stretch goal!  And now we are trying to raise 10k more to buy a pita oven.  I've always dreamed of making my own fresh bread at Pomella and not having to buy pita from a local vendor.  

If we can raise 10k, we'll be able to buy a pita oven within Pomella's first year!  Please help us get there!!!

MICA: Former owner of Savoy Catering and Ba-Bite, current owner of Pomella.  Arguably a local celebrity.  Queen Bee.  The one and only!

SALAAMS: Salaams is a food-obsessed Crowdfunding Strategist who worked coaching campaigns at Indiegogo and PieShell for the last 5 years.  Salaams is now an independent consultant and helps people like Mica launch campaigns!  They also have a small, Oakland-based bread business.

LAURA LOPEZ; Laura holds a B.A. in Film Production from USC and has a high degree of technical fluency in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro.  She also teaches an introductory-level blockchain class and is known for her cat whispering skills.  She produced and directed the Pomella pitch video!

DOUGLAS DESPRES:  A seasoned SF-Bay based photographer working in lifestyle, events, and portraiture.  Doug took all of the gorgeous photography you see on this page!


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 Join our mailing list to get notified when we open!! 


I cannot wait to be back in business and to see you all again. Thank you so much for your support!

Risks and challenges

The only challenge at this point is waiting for the renovation of the space to be completed. Originally we were planning to open in September, but it looks like construction is moving more slowly than that, so we are likely going to have to wait until October. Obviously with any renovation project delays happen, so we're prepared to have to wait longer if necessary. Either way, the project is a go - its just a matter of time before its completed!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Sumac Spice Mix + Marinade Recipe!

    At this level, you'll get Mica's famous sumac spice mix with the chicken marinade recipe + ALL of our gratitude, plus a huge thank-you on social media and our website!! This spice mix is inspired by the grilled chicken in the Tamra village and contains sumac, cumin, allspice and more!

    Includes:
    • Sumac spice mix
    • Chicken marinade recipe
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Pistachio Baklava!

    Mica's popular pistachio baklava! At this level you'll get one package of baklava, ALL of our gratitude and shout out on social media and a mention on our website's donor page!

    Includes:
    • Mica's pistachio baklava
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Mica's Famous Hummus + Pita Chips!

    At this level you'll get 16 oz. of Mica's famous silky hummus + za'atar spiced pita chips (i.e., the perfect snack!), and a HUGE thank-you from us on social media AND our website! Gluten free option includes organic veggies instead of chips!

    Includes:
    • Hummus (16 oz.)
    • Za'atar spiced pita chips
    • Sumac spice mix
    • Chicken marinade recipe
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Schug + Hummus + Za'atar Pita Chips

    THE green hot sauce! Yemini-style hot sauce with green chilis, cilantro and Hawaij. This level also includes hummus, za'atar spiced pita chips (or organic veggies for GF folks), ALL of our gratitude and a shout out on social media and our website's donor page!!

    Includes:
    • Schug
    • Hummus (16 oz.)
    • Za'atar spiced pita chips
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    31 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Dinner for 2 at Pomella!

    DInner for two at the new restaurant - food and beverage on us! No expiration date and could make a fabulous gift! Plus a huge thank you on social media and our website and ALL of our gratitude!!

    Includes:
    • Dinner for 2 @ Pomella
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • Social media shoutout
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Mica's Special Food Bundle!

    This contains ALL of the food items offered above - in one giant bundle! Wrapped with Mica's love, of course.

    Includes:
    • Sumac spice mix
    • Hummus (16 oz.)
    • Za'atar spiced pita chips
    • Schug
    • Rugelach cookies (12)
    • Mica's pistachio baklava
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    8 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Exclusive Donor Cocktail Party!

    Come and celebrate with us!! At this level you're invited to a party where you'll enjoy bites and drinks with your fellow supporters! (Catered by Mica of course!) Date and time TBD. You'll also get a shout-out on social media and you'll be listed on our website's donor page and receive SO MUCH GRATITUDE from us!!!!

    Includes:
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Let's Make Brunch & Eat It Too!

    At this level, you'll attend a shakshuka and challah workshop taught by Mica herself! Afterwards you'll enjoy a wonderful brunch accompanied by champagne and other goodies! You'll also get bonus shakshuka spice mix to take home, an invite to our exclusive donor party (time/date TBD), ALL of our gratitude and a thank-you on social media and our website!

    Includes:
    • Shakshuka + challah workshop
    • Champagne brunch
    • Shakshuka Spice Mix
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Limited 5 backers
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    Babka Workshop! (B.Y.O.R.P.)!

    Come hang out with Mica for the afternoon! In this hands-on workshop, Mica will teach you how to make 5 different flavors of babka: poppy seed, chocolate, cheese, fruit and nut. Everyone gets babka to take home! B.Y.O.R.P. (bring your own rolling pin!) and get ready for a fun day!

    Includes:
    • Babka Workshop with Mica
    • Babka to take home!
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • Social media shoutout
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Mica Will Cook You Dinner!

    That's right! At this level, Mica will come to your house (local only please!) and cook a dinner for 8! She will set up, cook, and clean. The menu will include a mix of favorites and new specialty items! You'll also receive an invite to our exclusive donor party (time/date TBD), ALL of our gratitude, and shout outs on social media and our donor page!

    Includes:
    • Dinner for 8 in your home!
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    EARLY BIRD - Pistachio Baklava!

    Mica's popular pistachio baklava! At this level you'll get one package of baklava, ALL of our gratitude and shout out on social media and a mention on our website's donor page!

    Includes:
    • Mica's pistachio baklava
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Reward no longer available 7 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    EARLY BIRD - Best-Ever Rugelach Cookies!

    **Save $10 with this Early Bird deal if you pledge by Aug 16!!**

    BEST EVER!! Get these before they're gone! They contain apricot, bittersweet chocolate and walnuts. At this level you'll get 12 cookies, all of our gratitude and shout out on social media and a mention on our website's donor page!

    Includes:
    • Save $10 off the regular price! ($35)
    • Rugelach cookies (12)
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    LATE BIRD - Best-Ever Rugelach Cookies!

    **Save $5 with this Late Bird deal if you pledge by Aug 16!!**

    BEST EVER!! Get these before they're gone! They contain apricot, bittersweet chocolate and walnuts. At this level you'll get 12 cookies, all of our gratitude and shout out on social media and a mention on our website's donor page!

    Includes:
    • Save $5 off the regular price! ($35)
    • Rugelach cookies (12)
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Reward no longer available 14 backers
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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Best-Ever Rugelach Cookies + Thank You!

    BEST EVER!! Get these before they're gone! They contain apricot, bittersweet chocolate and walnuts. At this level you'll get 12 cookies, all of our gratitude and shout out on social media and a mention on our website's donor page!

    Includes:
    • Rugelach cookies (12)
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Reward no longer available 20 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    EARLY BIRD/Let's Make Brunch & Eat It 2!

    **Save $25 with this early bird deal if you pledge by Aug 16!!**

    At this level, you'll attend a shakshuka and challah workshop taught by Mica herself! Afterwards you'll enjoy a wonderful brunch accompanied by champagne and other goodies! You'll also get bonus shakshuka spice mix to take home, an invite to our exclusive donor party (time/date TBD), ALL of our gratitude and a thank-you on social media and our website!

    Includes:
    • Save $25 off the regular price! ($175)
    • Champagne brunch
    • Shakshuka Spice Mix
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
    • Shakshuka + challah workshop
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    Reward no longer available 14 backers
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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Chef's Table Dinner for 2 @ Pomella

    At this level you'll get to dine in the brand-new restaurant and enjoy appetizers followed by a family-style dinner. This will be an extra-special meal containing unique Israeli dishes which you won't find on the Pomella menu!! You'll also be invited to our exclusive donor party, receive a ton of our gratitude and get shout outs on both social media and our website!

    Includes:
    • Chef's table family-style dinner
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
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    Reward no longer available 10 backers
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    Pledge $1,350 or more About $1,350

    EARLY BIRD - Mica Will Cook You Dinner!

    **Save $150 with this early bird deal if you pledge by Aug 16!!**

    That's right! At this level, Mica will come to your house (local only please!) and cook a dinner for 8! She will set up, cook, and clean. The menu will include a mix of favorites and new specialty items! You'll also receive an invite to our exclusive donor party (time/date TBD), ALL of our gratitude, and shout outs on social media and our donor page!

    Includes:
    • Save $150 off the regular price! ($1500)
    • Invite to exclusive donor party
    • Social media shoutout
    • Name listed on Pomella's donor page
    • MICA'S UNDYING GRATITUDE!!
    • Dinner for 8 in your home!
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Funding period

- (30 days)