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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 3 2013

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No visit to Punta Gorda is complete without a slice of Gooey Butter Cake from Pies & Plates!
No visit to Punta Gorda is complete without a slice of Gooey Butter Cake from Pies & Plates!

Pledge $30 and get a Deluxe Lunch Pass for Two (a $32 retail value)

We are on a mission. 

A mission to create in downtown Punta Gorda the most exciting hangout for foodies in southwest Florida.  A restaurant where you can dine with your friends and enjoy truly remarkable food.  A bakery where you can enjoy amazing specialty coffees, desserts and fresh baked goods.  A gourmet store where you’ll find an amazing array of specialty foods and a treasure trove of cooking tools.  A culinary academy where you can explore the culinary arts, learn to cook and share your own culinary knowledge.  A place where every visit is a culinary adventure.

Pies & Plates is an award winning bakery café, specialty store and culinary academy in Punta Gorda, Florida.  We just celebrated our 10th anniversary.  Every year we’ve evolved to get better and better.  But, we’re feeling constrained by our environment  We can't begin to do all the creative and exciting things we want to do in the space we have.  It's time for a change.  If you love Pies & Plates now…just wait till we get downtown! 

Pledge $50 to join our Culinary Academy Club and get $50 in cooking class credits plus access to our blog "Chit Chat from our Kitchen."

We want to be a real bakery…

They say, “No visit to Punta Gorda is complete without a slice of gooey butter cake from Pies & Plates.”  It's time for our bakery to grow to its full potential.  Our current lease has restrictions that prevent us from being a bakery because of our proximity to a national grocery chain.  We'd love to sell decorated cakes and artisan breads.  We can't because of our lease.  We'd love to be able to continue the development of our gooey butter baked goods but we need a larger baking area to do so.  By moving downtown we will be released from these constraints.  We just hired a new pastry chef and can't wait to start creating our own new products for your enjoyment.

Pledge $100 and get an autographed recipe collection featuring our culinary academy team's all time favorite recipes plus $25 in cooking class credits.

The above video shows a recent cooking class we hosted for Travel Writers who were visiting Charlotte County to learn about the area so they could write articles for Travel magazines, newspapers, etc.  Pies & Plates is doing all it can to help put Punta Gorda on the map!

We need a larger classroom…

Pies & Plates began offering occasional evening cooking classes in its dining room about five years ago.  Today, we have a dedicated classroom and offer an amazing schedule of classes.  It’s a place where foodies gather to share their knowledge and novices learn to cook, where children discover new foods and local chefs showcase their talents and polish their teaching skills.  (What chef doesn’t dream of being the next food network star?)

Our culinary academy classroom is just way too small to accommodate all the students who want to attend.  Hands-on classes are a tight squeeze.  We need equipment that we don't have room for.  We have so many projects that we are working on that will allow us to network with the community and promote the culinary arts but we need more space.

Pledge $100 and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in our new courtyard dining area once a month for a whole year!

We want to create an awesome dining experience...

Pies & Plates is what is known in the industry as a “fresh casual restaurant.  ”It’s fun and funky and flavorful and some say fabulous.  We’ve won best restaurant for lunch the last three years in a row.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could serve a great breakfast as well? Wouldn’t it be nice if we were open downtown on Friday & Saturday nights for coffee, wine and dessert?  Oh, how we can use more seating.  The thing we like best about moving downtown is that there will be plenty of room for outdoor dining!   A little music, a fan blowing overhead, the smell of brownies wafting from the bakery…heavenly!

We want shopping to be a culinary adventure...

Our specialty store is loaded with kitchen gadgets, specialty foods and gifts.  If we move downtown we’ll be able to have a dedicated area where you can sample our specialty foods and test drive kitchen tools before purchasing them.  

Check out Our Photos on Flickr

If you don't want to pledge on-line then please contact us at 941-505-7437 or email us and we'll let you know alternative ways that you can pledge.

Our Other Mission

Hurricane Charley blew into town August 13, 2004
Hurricane Charley blew into town August 13, 2004

We hope that moving Pies & Plates downtown will also help Kick-start our historic downtown.  

Our downtown needs a kick-start.  After being destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004 it was making a great comeback until the recession hit.  While new buildings have replaced some that were destroyed and many wonderful businesses, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants have moved in, there is still so much to be done.  We need more people-centrix businesses (retail stores, restaurants and art galleries) to help draw people back downtown.  If Pies & Plates downtown, the area will gain not one but three new businesses  - a bakery-cafe, a retail store and a culinary academy.  Pies & Plates attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.  It will be great to have them strolling around downtown.  Pies & Plates is a highly respected business and moving it downtown might encourage other entrepreneurs to open up there as well.  

The downtown has long pursued new retail establishments to add to the mix of an already busy restaurant and gallery section of town.  Pies & Plates would be a perfect addition, that will add a new "destination" for the city as a whole. --  John R. Right, President, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce  

Pies & Plates was the winner of 9 first place Reader's Choice awards in 2012 including Best Bakery, Best Gift Shop and Best Restaurant for Lunch, Desserts, Coffee and more!
Pies & Plates was the winner of 9 first place Reader's Choice awards in 2012 including Best Bakery, Best Gift Shop and Best Restaurant for Lunch, Desserts, Coffee and more!

How will the funds raised be used?

If our campaign succeeds, we will be leasing a large space in downtown Punta Gorda's Herald Court Centre (also known as the city parking garage.)  

This would be our new location - The Herald Court Centre
This would be our new location - The Herald Court Centre

The funds raised will be used to build out the space.  The city does provide a build out allowance but it will fall far short of what is needed to complete this project.  The estimate for the kitchen hood alone is over $23,000.  Nothing has been done to this space.  It needs walls, floors, ceilings, ac, electric, water, a bathroom, etc.  Pies and Plates basically requires three kitchens -one for the restaurant, one for the bakery and one for the culinary academy.  Kitchens are expensive.   And then of course we need to do all the finishing touches to make it our home.   

We're not asking for Donations!

Please understand that we are not looking for DONATIONS!  The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to find backers who want to see this project succeed and who are willing to help us raise the funds we need IN EXCHANGE FOR REALLY COOL REWARDS.  We win.  You Win.  Punta Gorda Wins!  It's a win,win, win!  Check out our rewards in the column at the right!   

Still don't understand crowd funding?  Crowd funding is defined as the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a business venture. Think of it like an investment but instead of equity you can get whoopie pies instead!  Yum!

Do You Belong to our Crowd?

Here are the kinds of people who might want to fund our project:

  • People who think the world is a better place when it is filled with unique, independently owned shops and restaurants and believe that small enclaves of commerce in America's downtowns should be treasured and preserved.
  • People who love Punta Gorda and want to help kick-start our downtown.
  • Fans of Pies & Plates and all the delicious and fun stuff we have to offer!
  • Fans of businesses already located downtown because moving Pies & Plates downtown will help them, too!
  • People who enjoy outdoor dining - including dog lovers. (Bo and Buster can't wait to make new canine friends in our outdoor dining area.)
  • Lovers of gooey butter cake
  • Foodies of all ages
      
There will be lots of room for outdoor dining when we move downtown.
There will be lots of room for outdoor dining when we move downtown.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 in just 30 days. 

It's a huge amount of money to raise in such a short period of time but we can't move downtown with anything less.   

What if we don't reach your goal?  

Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing.  Which means if we don't reach our goal your credit card is not charged. The rewards disappear.  And, we don't move downtown. (How sad.)  We actually like this all or nothing policy .  After all, we can't move half way downtown if we raise half our goal. 

We'll be sad if don't reach our goal but at least we'll all be able to say we tried!  If the campaign fails we'll have to decide what we want to do about our current lease.  Frankly, moving downtown is kind of a now or never thing for us.  If we do decide to enter into another lease with our current landlord then it is unlikely that we will ever move downtown. So please, help us reach our goal! 

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends about our project and our fun rewards!  And help us get some momentum going by pledging soon!  We only have 30 days to reach our goal! 

Thanks in advance for your support and thanks for your patronage and friendship these past ten years.  You're all wonderful!

Cindee & Dennis Murphy

TIPS ON PLEDGING: 

Note that when you go on-line to pledge you will be asked to register with Kickstarter and set up an Amazon account if you do not already have one.  It only takes a few minutes do so so. If you like you can come in to Pies & Plates where we have a computer set up and we can help you.

You can only select one reward per account. If you want to select more than one reward then enter the total amount you want to pledge (enough to cover all rewards) and select one of your rewards so you can complete the pledge process.  Then email us at www.piesandplates with a list of the rewards you really want and we'll be sure to make it happen. 

If you have any questions about this project or how to pledge please call Pies & Plates at (941) 505-7437 or email us at piesandplates@comcast.net or come by Pies & Plates.

Risks and challenges

Pies & Plates has been in business for 10 years! During that time we've won dozens of local, state and national awards including Business of the Year from both the Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce. (visit www.piesandplates.com for details) We credit most of our success to having truly awesome guests and a community that supports us. But, we also think we've been successful and able to overcome our many challenges (hurricane, a car driving thru the building, etc.) in part because of our ability to roll with the punches. Had we not been willing to change course when needed and make adjustments to our business plan we would not be here today. We know there will be challenges to this project that we have not anticipated. But we think we have gotten pretty good at weathering storms. We are really confident that with the $200,000 raised here we will able to complete our move downtown. The real challenge will be to succeed as a business in our new environment. We think we've made a sound business decision and that we will be successful downtown but like any business venture...only time will tell. As for the fulfillment of your rewards let me say this. We know we are not asking for your life savings but even so you when you make a pledge it should be with the expectation that you will receive your reward. We intend to do all we can to see that you receive your reward in a timely manner. However, please know that things seldom go exactly as planned. Logistical issues will undoubtedly arise in scheduling classes and special events - the date you want might not be available. It may take us longer than we expect to bake the gooey butter cakes. And, we'll have a hard time accommodating all of you if you all show up for lunch on the same day. (We'll need to maintain a healthy balance of paying diners and reward diners to stay in business). More than anything else we are concerned about the extreme seasonality of our community and our ability to satisfy rewards (like free breakfasts and lunches) during the summer months. If satisfying rewards during the summer months make it difficult for us to remain in business we might need to suspend reward fulfillment over the summer or stretch the time frame for fulfillment over a greater period of time. For these reasons, we reserve the right to modify the time and manner of fulfillment of your reward and will keep you informed of any changes that we have to make. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. If you support us we promise we will do our best not to disappoint you.

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    FRIENDS OF PIES & PLATES. Several people have asked us to set up a pledge category without rewards. So, this is it. While we are most happy to reward everyone who pledges we are especially grateful for those who just want to give. We can't begin to express how much your generousity and support means to us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and look forward to sending you a handwritten thank you note.

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    CHILL OUT DOWNTOWN. With this pledge you get a whoopie pie and an iced tea to enjoy while you discover the shops and galleries of downtown Punta Gorda.

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    THE GOOEY TOUR FOR TWO: After we open downtown grab a friend and stop by for a quick tour and enjoy slices of gooey butter cake and bottomless cups of fresh brewed coffee or iced teas.

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    DELUXE LUNCH PASS FOR ONE: Enjoy a lunch entree, beverage and a slice of gooey butter cake at our new location.

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    THE CULINARY ACADEMY CLUB. With a pledge of $25 you'll get $25 in cooking class credit to apply to future classes and enjoy great savings on your retail purchases the day of class. Before choosing this reward please see the other Culinary Academy Club pledge levels below. FYI, most classes cost between $25 and $55.

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    BREAKFAST FOR TWO DOWNTOWN: Enjoy a breakfast for two and a bottomless cup of coffee. Bring two extra paying guests with you and we'll serve you some biscotti to enjoy with your coffee!

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    BEHIND THE COUNTER LATTE ADVENTURE AND SOUVENIR COFFEE MUG. Come behind the counter to learn how Pies & Plates delicious lattes are made. Take home a mug that read, " I've Been Getting Gooey and Making Whoopie at Pies & Plates."

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    DELUXE LUNCH PASS FOR TWO: Enjoy lunch for two including entrees, beverages and gooey butter cake at our new downtown location. (Single Visit - Retail Value $32)

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    COCONUT MACAROONS: Enjoy a dozen of our large decadent chewy coconut macaroons! Gluten Free! For shipping within the US add an additional $13.

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    PIES & PLATES COOKBOOK: Get an autographed copy of Pies & Plates first ever cookbook. Anticipated publication date July 2014. Add $13 to your pledge to cover shipping within the US.

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    WHOOPIE PIES: Enjoy a dozen of our large whoopie pies in assorted flavors. Large soft cake-like cookies with a yummy cream filling! For shipping within the US add an additional $13. Date of fulfillment depends upon production demands. Please be patient they are worth the wait. .

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    GOOEY BUTTER CAKE SAMPLER. Enjoy four small packages of our most popular gooey butter cakes in this yummy sampler pack. Includes Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Buttery Turtle and English Toffee. Each cake measures 5" x 2" Shipping within the US included. Makes a great treat for a college student!

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    GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. Nearly three pounds of gooey goodness. Chewy on the bottom and gooey in the middle. Choose one from six of our best selling flavors: Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Buttery Turtle (Butterscotch), English Toffee, Coconut Almond Fudge and Traditional Vanilla. For shipping within the US add $13 per cake. If you want to order more than one cake, just pledge the amount needed to cover all the cakes and shipping. We'll be contacting you by email to obtain flavor choices and shipping instructions. Date of fulfillment depends upon production demands. Please be patient they are worth the wait.

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    GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. Nearly three pounds of gooey goodness. Chewy on the bottom and gooey in the middle. Choose one from six of our best selling flavors: Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Buttery Turtle (Butterscotch), English Toffee, Coconut Almond Fudge and Traditional Vanilla. For shipping within the US add $13 per cake. If you want to order more than one cake, just pledge the amount needed to cover all the cakes and shipping. We'll be contacting you by email to obtain flavor choices and shipping instructions. Date of fulfillment depends upon production demands. Please be patient they are worth the wait. .

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    CULINARY ACADEMY CLUB At this pledge level you'll get $50 in cooking class credit to apply to future classes. Plus, you'll get access to our invitation only blog "Chit Chat from Our Kitchen" filled with cooking references, tips from our instructors, videos, recipes and more! And, you'll enjoy great savings on your retail purchases the day of class. (Before selecting this reward, check out the great rewards at the $100 level)

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    COFFEE & BISCOTTI Enjoy a pound of Pies & Plates fresh roasted Special Blend of Coffees from the Americas. Our best selling blend. Choose whole bean or ground. Comes with two gorgeous packages of our homemade biscotti in assorted flavors like Chocolate Hazelnut, Vanilla Almond, Apricot White Chocolate, Gingerbread and more. Plus, enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of biscotti when you come in to pick up your package. Add $13 for shipping within the US.

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    A GIFT BASKET FROM OUR BAKERY! This basket will include a wonderful assortment of Pies & Plates baked goods, coffees, teas and chocolates. Enjoy it yourself or give it as a gift!

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    LATTE LOVE: Contribute $50 and get a large latte and a cookie once a month for a whole year.

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    CHILL OUT: Contribute $50 and get a small sized real fruit Smoothie, a Coffee Cream Shake or an Iced Cafe Caramelo and a cookie once a month for a whole year.

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    LUNCH PASS FOR FOUR: Enjoy lunch for four. Includes entrees, beverages and gooey butter cake. (Single Visit - Retail value $64)

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    GOOEY BUTTER CAKE TWO PACK. Comes with one Triple Chocolate and one Buttery Turtle gooey butter cake. (see descriptions above). Gift wrapping available at no extra cost. This makes a great gift! And, it's great for entertaining! For shipping within the US add $26. Sorry that shipping is so high but each cake weighs about 3 lbs and they have to be shipped priority mail. Since we don't know what the demand will be until the campaign ends we can't guarantee a specific delivery date. We will try our best to accomodate those of you wanting cakes for the holidays. Please be patient with us. Our gooey butter cakes are worth the wait! And of course you get high fives from our staff, recognition on our website and the satisfaction of knowing you've helped kick-start our downtown.

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    OLIVE PUNTA GORDA: Everyone loves Pies & Plates fabulous olive oils and vinegars but some of you are not quite sure how to use them. With this reward you'll get a 205 ml bottle each of olive oil and balsamic (your choice of flavors). You'll also get access to our invitation only blog, "Olive Punta Gorda." By following this blog you'll learn all you ever wanted to know about cooking with olive oils and balsamics and gain access to some of our top secret recipes including our favorite recipe for Pecan Crusted Pork Medallions with Red Onion Marmalade. As a bonus, you also get a cute olive themed flour sack towel and olive fork tied up with a bow. This reward make an impessive gift for the foodie in your life. Add $13 for shipping within the US.

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    I KISS BETTER THAN I COOK RECIPE COLLECTION STARTER SET. This recipe collection starter set includes some of Pies & Plates favorite recipes bound in a cute binder style cookbook that says "I Kiss Better than I Cook" on the cover. It also includes a matching spatula and a matching set of blank recipe cards. Behind each section divide is one of our favorite recipes. It makes a great gift! Add one of your own recipes behind each divider and your gift become priceless! It's a great starter set for someone going off to college or for a bride to be! If you have a wedding coming up this next year this is the reward for you! Add $13 for shipping within the US.

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    FIVE PACK - DELUXE LUNCH PASS FOR ONE: With this reward you get five of our Deluxe Lunch Passes for One! Enjoy them yourself or give them as gifts! It's a great way to treat a friend, colleague or client to lunch when you can't be there yourself. Each pass includes a lunch entree, beverage and a slice of gooey butter cake at our new location.

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    THE BREAKFAST CLUB: Imagine enjoying a nice breakfast seated outside in our courtyard! If you go out for breakfast at least once a month then here's a deal for you! Enjoy a breakfast entree and an bottomless cup of coffee once a month for twelve months. Since many of you are only here part of the year it does not have to be used in consecutive months. You'll basically be getting a membership punch card to use until its gone. The only restriction we have is that you can't use it more than once a month. Bring at least one paying guest with you and we'll throw in some free biscotti to enjoy with your coffee!

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    CULINARY ACADEMY CLUB. Get $100 in credits to apply to future classes plus access to our invitation only blog "Chit Chat from our Kitchen" and our other invitation only blog "Olive You Punta Gorda" filled with recipes and tips on how to use Pies & Plates awesome olive oils and vinegars. (Before selecting this reward see our $150 level rewards.)

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    AUTOGRAPHED ALL TIME FAVORITES RECIPE COLLECTION FROM OUR CULINARY ACADEMY TEAM. This one of a kind limited edition autographed recipe collection includes all time favorite recipes from Pies & Plates' staff and from our Culinary Academy guest chefs. Each recipe will include a short biography about the chef and and a personal note explaining why its the chef's all time favorite recipe. 20 recipes in total. This reward includes a $25 class credit and access to the Culinary Chit Chat Blog and the Olive You Punta Gorda Blog. Beautifully packaged it makes a one of a kind gift!

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    GOOEY BUTTER CAKE TWO PACK. Comes with one Triple Chocolate and one Buttery Turtle gooey butter cake. (see descriptions above). Gift wrapping available at no extra cost. This makes a great gift! And, it's great for entertaining! For shipping within the US add $26. Sorry that shipping is so high but each cake weighs about 3 lbs and they have to be shipped priorty mail. Since we don't know what the demand will be until the campaign ends we can't guarantee a specific delivery date. We will try our best to accomodate those of you wanting cakes for the holidays. Please be patient with us. Our gooey butter cakes are worth the wait! And of course you get high fives from our staff, recognition on our website and the satisfaction of knowing you've helped kick-start our downtown.

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    ONE YEAR LUNCH PLAN FOR ONE
    With this plan, you get one punch card with 12 free lunches on it. (Lunch includes an entree and a beverage - dessert and gratuity not included). The only rule is that you can only use the cards one time per month. Otherwise you can use the card whenever you want. You don't have to use it all up in one year. Which is great for our snowbird friends who are away during the summer. Bring at least one paying guests with you and we'll treat you to a slice of gooey butter cake as well.

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    CULINARY ACADEMY CLUB. At this level you'll get $150 in class credits to apply to future classes plus access to two of our our invitation only blogs "Chit Chat from our Kitchen" and "Olive You Punta Gorda. And you'll get an email notice whenever new classes are added to the schedule making it easier for you to get into the classes you want. (Now that's a great perk) If you take a lot of classes we hope you'll consider pledging even more than $150 when you select this reward. You can enter any amount and you'll get a class credit equal to the amount you pledge. You'll basically be prepaying for your classes and your generous pledge will help us move downtown..

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    TEN PACK - DELUXE LUNCH PASS FOR ONE: With this reward you get ten of our Deluxe Lunch Passes for One! Enjoy them yourself or give them as gifts! It's a great way to treat a friend, colleague or client to lunch when you can't be there yourself. Each pass includes a lunch entree, beverage and a slice of gooey butter cake at our new location.

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    THE BREAKFAST CLUB FOR TWO. The same as the Breakfast Club for one but for two people instead of one. Bring in two paying guests and we'll give you some free biscotti to enjoy with your coffees.

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    LATTE LOVE: Contribute $200 and get a large latte a week for a whole year. Plus enjoy a Behind the Counter Latte Adventure to learn how your lattes are made. This would make a great gift for the latte lover in your life! If you work downtown it will be fast and easy way to start your day!

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    CHILL OUT!
    With the reward, you'll get to enjoy a real fruit Smoothie, a Coffee Cream Shake, an iced Coffee Caramelo OR one of our other iced or blended specialty beverages once a week for a whole year!

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    ONE YEAR LUNCH PLAN FOR TWO
    With this plan, you get two punch cards. Each punch card will have 12 free lunches on it. (Lunch includes an entree and a beverage - dessert and gratuity not included). The only rule is that you can only use the cards one time per month. Otherwise you can use the card whenever you want. You don't have to use it up in one year. Which is great for our snowbird friends who are away during the summer. Bring at least two paying guests with you we'll treat you to two slices of gooey butter cake as well.

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    GIVE COOKING CLASSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Instead of giving a traditional gift this year why not give a cooking class? For a pledge of $250 you can get ten $25 class certificates just perfect for your favorite nurse, your hair dresser, the mail carrier, teachers, your favorite client, etc. Or, select five $50 class certificates for family and friends. (Note most of our classes cost between $25-55)

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    TWENTY PACK - DELUXE LUNCH PASS FOR ONE: With this reward you get twenty of our Deluxe Lunch Passes for One! Enjoy them yourself or give them as gifts! It's a great way to treat a friend, colleague or client to lunch when you can't be there yourself. Each pass includes a lunch entree, beverage and a slice of gooey butter cake at our new location.

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    12 MONTH DELUXE LUNCH PLAN FOR TWO
    Why not go all out? This plan includes entrees, beverages AND Gooey Butter Cake! You'll get two punch cards with 12 meals each. The only rule is that you can only use the cards one time per month. Otherwise you can use the card whenever you want. You don't have to use them up in one year. Which is great for our snowbird friends who are away during the summer.

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    DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS CLUB: With this pledge of $500 you’ll be inducted into Pies & Plates’ exclusive DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS CLUB. You'll get 36 free lunches to enjoy over a five year period and you'll get a free specialty beverage (smoothie, coffee cream shake, latte, etc) at every gallery walk you attend for the next five years! You'll also get an engraved name tag and a decal for your car. (The value of this package is over $600). Our hope is that as an ambassador you'll invite a friend to join you for lunch now and then and show them around downtown. Once people discover our downtown we know they'll come back again and again. From time to time we'll be hosting '"walk abouts" and other special events for our ambassadors and we'll keep you updated on news and special events happening downtown. As an ambassador, you'll be recognized on our website and invited to an Ambassador's Club party after we open downtown. We only need 400 people to choose this reward to make our goal! And just think of the impact that 400 ambassadors can have on our downtown! (Lunch includes an entree and a beverage for one person and is limited to one free lunch a month. Dessert and gratuity not included).

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    LATTE LOVE: Contribute $500 and get up to one free latte a day for a whole year. Plus...you'll get high fives from our staff, recognition on our website and a Behind the Counter Latte Adventure to learn how your lattes are made. (Over $1,000 value so even if you only come a few times a week or are here seasonally its a great deal). This would make a great gift for the latte lover in your life! And, if you work downtown it will be fast and easy way to start your day!

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    TWO YEAR LUNCH PLAN FOR TWO
    With this plan, you get two punch cards. Each punch card will have 24 free lunches on it. (Lunch includes an entree and a beverage - dessert and gratuity not included). The only rule is that you can only use the card one time per month. Otherwise you can use the card whenever you want. Which is great for our snowbird friends who are away during the summer. Bring at least two paying guests with you we'll treat you to two slices of gooey butter cake as well.

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    SPECIAL AFTERNOON EVENT: Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthday Party, Going Away Party or Whatever! Keep things simple by letting us throw you a party. Invite up to 20 guests. All you have to do is send out the invites, plan your party games and decorate the room if you'd like. We'll do the rest. Menu will include an elegant buffet of tea party fare - mini sandwiches and sweets, fruit and veggie trays, beverages and themed dessert (cupcakes or cake).

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    GIVE COOKING CLASSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Instead of giving a traditional gift this year why not give a cooking class? For a pledge of $500 you can get twenty $25 class certificates just perfect for your favorite nurse, your hair dresser, the mail carrier, teachers, your favorite client, etc. Or, select five $50 class certificates for family and friends. (Note most of our classes cost between $25-55)

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    BUSINESS FRIENDS OF PIES & PLATES: We've designed this package for our friends in the business community who want to back our move. This package allows you to choose any combination of the rewards we are offering (lunches, cooking classes, special events, baked goods, gift baskets, etc.) up to a $500 value.

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    PRIVATE EVENING CULINARY ADVENTURE. Enjoy a private evening Culinary Adventure for up to 20 guests: Gather your friends for a private culinary adventure at Pies & Plates! Sit back and relax as a four course gourmet meal is prepared before your eyes by a member of our culinary academy team! Not only will you enjoy a delicious meal and learn how its made but you'll take home some great recipes as well. You'll have lots of time to mix and mingle! A fun way to enjoy time with your friends! Great client appreciation event! Extra guests can be added for an additional fee when we set the date for your event.

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    Private Team Building - Hands-on Cooking Adventure! What better way to get your team working together than by cooking together! For this event everyone needs to show up ready to work. We'll don our aprons and split into teams to prepare different parts of the meal. Then you'll all sit down and enjoy it together. Invite up to 25 people. Additional people can be added for an additional fee when your adventure is scheduled.

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    ELEGANT HISTORICAL COOKING ADVENTURE. Gather up to 40 of your friends for an exclusive culinary tour of Punta Gorda's past! Share an evening steeped in history as you enjoy an elegant multi-course meal inspired by the foods served at the Hotel Punta Gorda (1887-1926) and at the Hotel Charlotte Harbor (1926-1959). Learn not only about Punta Gorda's history and the history of the hotels but also about the challenges the kitchen staff may have faced during that period. Throughout the evening you'll be treated to live cooking demonstrations and historical tidbits from our staff. There will be plenty of time to mix and mingle. You'll also be recognized as a backer on Pies & Plates' web site and get two invites to Pies & Plates private grand opening celebration. This reward would make a great client appreciation event for a business.

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