Parlor City Vegan has been bringing scratch-made, plant-based comfort food to vegans and omnivores alike since 2016. We started as a vegan pop-up café at the weekly Broome Country Regional Farmers Market, and the demand for our products has grown, outpacing the capacity of our small shared rental kitchen.
Founders Sara and Lei decided to create Parlor City Vegan following a family health crisis. In 2016, Sara's father suffered a major heart attack. As he was recovering, Sara, a long-time vegan, delivered her signature comfort food dishes to him weekly. This former "meat and potatoes" lover was converted. With her father convinced, Sara and Lei decided to share their vegan comfort dishes with the community, starting at the Broome County Farmer's Market.
Inspired by memories of their families most beloved recipes, Sara and Lei want to bring the best comfort food they can to the meat and potato masses - without any of the animal products. They enjoy the challenge of reinventing traditional family recipes and have traveled the world - eating their way through new ingredients and techniques from China to Thailand, Belize to Costa Rica, and all the way up to the Southern Tier of Upstate New York. They strive to serve the highest-quality dishes, while supporting farmers by using locally-grown produce.
So What's Next?
PCV has grown a lot over the past few years. We sell out of our offerings nearly every weekend at the farmers market, but our vision doesn't stop there. We've expanded into catering and have left happy faces and full bellies across New York and Pennsylvania. From weddings to vegan Thanksgiving celebrations - our team has worked hard on perfecting our recipes, so much so that we've even launched our own line of artisanal vegan cheeses. We have partnered with stores and restaurants as far as Austin, Texas to help people realize just how good vegan can taste!
There's no doubt that the plant-based movement is growing and we're so proud to be a part of it. It's thanks to you that we can keep doing what we love. We hope you'll continue to help us grow as we embark on this new journey.
We want to fill the hole when it comes to vegan offerings in the Southern Tier - and open Binghamton's only 100% vegan café. We already found the perfect location. Now it's just a matter of getting this project off the ground.
Our vision is to create a premier vegan culinary destination in Upstate New York, a welcoming place for you to come with your family, friends, or coworkers - regardless of whether they're vegan or not - and enjoy a great meal. At Parlor City Vegan, you'll find the food you love, like our Big Maxine, signature truffle mac and cheese, fried chicken, vegan cheeses, and seasonal specials, offered throughout the week- not just on weekends. We look forward to sharing our creations with everyone in our community, with a delicious pay-as-you-can beans & greens plate to allow all of our neighbors to experience our scratch made vegan comfort food.
It won't just be a place to serve food. For the first time, we'll also be able to make the food where we sell it. We've had to struggle with working in small shared rental kitchens. Now, we'll have a full kitchen to work with, just feet from your table. That means we'll have more resources for special events, like private parties or large catering orders.
What will we use the funds for?
We need to raise at least $7,000 to purchase some specialty kitchen equipment, including: range, oven, fryer, ventilation hood with fire suppression, refrigerator, and sink. This will allow us to create higher quality gourmet dishes using local ingredients, and will allow us to expand our house made food products for purchase including our cheese line, seitan meats, and the ever popular house Lox of Love.
Will You Join Us?
We love sharing our scratch made comfort food creations and want to make sure that the Southern Tier has a home for vegans and omnivores alike who want to reduce their consumption of animal products, while enjoying delicious homemade food. Your contribution will ensure that we are able to offer an alternative to traditional dining options, while continuing to support local vegetable farmers and local non-profits.
Risks and challenges
Owning a brick and mortar cafe can be expensive. Over the years we have learned how to do more with less and value a simple functional space over excess. We've also learned to expect the unexpected. Last minute City planning and permit issues, as well as construction delays can increase project costs. This funding will be critical to overcoming these challenges that could delay opening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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