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Eclectic home-cooking with an emphasis on smoked meats, barbecue and sweets. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner from scratch daily.
Eclectic home-cooking with an emphasis on smoked meats, barbecue and sweets. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner from scratch daily.
263 backers pledged $34,917 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: Now that we've MET our goal (Woohoo!) we wanted to tell you our AWESOME plan! Since we've exceeded one level of stretch funding... an incentive was unlocked for every backer over $25 to receive a free coffee and pastry! If you want in on this deal, you still have time to make a pledge or increase your backing amount. 

The second stretch goal of raising $2,500 was UNLOCKED. One random backer will join Chef Angie in the kitchen and be her Official Taste Tester (see the video in Update #5).

If we reach $30,000 in pledges, we will randomly select TWO MORE backers to join Chef Angie in the kitchen and be her Official Taste Tester.  

If our campaign raises BEYOND our full stretch amount of $32,060, EVERY backer over $25 will receive an invite to our official SVK ribbon cutting ceremony so WE can all EAT together and CELEBRATE! On top of that, we'll draw names of 30 backers to receive a limited edition SVK Sweetest Fan tshirt. Check out Update #5 for all the details :)

Hello! We're Angie and Anneliese of Sweet Virginia's Kitchen (SVK). Oh, and that's our daughter Sophia. SVK is a family neighborhood restaurant opening in the fall of 2016. Our new storefront is located in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago at Foster & Damen.

OUR STORY...

We've always made an excellent team and enjoy the art of entertaining. So, opening a restaurant is a dream come true for us! Hostess with the mostess, Anneliese, will be our smiling face at the front-of-the-house. Chef Angie will live in the kitchen combining many years of cooking for friends and family with the catering business she started in 2014. We want our guests to feel comfortable in our space as if they're eating dinner at grandma's. Sweet Virginia's Kitchen is named after Angie's grandmother who passed down her love of cooking to her granddaughter. 

At Sweet Virginia's Kitchen, we'll offer HOME-COOKED meals from scratch for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We support local businesses whenever possible and use the freshest ingredients. Some of our signature menu items will include farmhouse rice pudding, fresh fried fall donuts, chilaquiles, shrimp tacos with citrus slaw, campfire chicken legs, sweet turkey ancho chili with cornbread, mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and our famous smoked pulled pork. WE LIKE PIG BUTTS AND WE CANNOT LIE. But, we promise to have some tasty VEGETARIAN options as well. Don't just take our word for it -- check out some of our FOOD!

Our vision for SVK, is to create a welcoming space for all. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT is important to us and we've enjoyed getting to know some of our new neighbors. Over the last several weeks, we've met with our alderman, attended community meetings and workshops, and introduced ourselves to local businesses. We were honored to host a Welcome Back Breakfast for staff at Amundsen High School and Chappell Elementary. 

As parents, education is EXTREMELY important to us. Through the years, we've appreciated the support we've received and it's time to give back! Anneliese has also been a social worker in the Chicagoland area for 15 years.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT SVK:

Sweet Virginia's Kitchen is easily accessible by public transportation and has plenty of parking. Our location has had some turnover, but we intend to be a LONG-STANDING FIXTURE in the community. We've been working diligently to create a special space for our guests. Here's a sneak peek of some changes and upcoming projects. Highlights include an icky drop-ceiling removal, which was replaced with a clean new look. Future plans include new signage and a sidewalk cafe. We'll provide updates as we grow.

SVK will have unique decor and we're really excited about it! The space will be warm, with touches of RECLAIMED WOOD and a farmhouse feel. We've collected vintage kitchen pieces we're UPCYCLING as lighting fixtures throughout the dining room and kitchen. Look for our gramophone playing tunes from the 50's and 60's! 

SVK By DAY: We aim to meet the needs of our guests who have little time on their hands. The space is set up in a fast-casual setting with counter service that won't feel rushed at all. So if you want to relax and drink your coffee, feel free to cozy up in one of our reclaimed benches.

SVK By NIGHT: By evening, we offer a more elevated dinner service and feature a special mixer menu for guests choosing to BYOB. We hope you'll find our versatility convenient whether you're looking for ice cream after a ball game or a leisurely dinner.

THIS is why we NEED your help:

So now you've heard all about us and if you like what you see, we hope you'll consider supporting our project! We have: 

1.) The perfect location;

2.) A team of helpers who have taken just as much pride as we have;

3.) And the determination to make it all happen! 

We've already secured traditional loans to purchase some really great equipment:

However, our SVK VISION requires more and commercial equipment is costly.

Stretch Goals: Any funds raised beyond the expense for our kitchen equipment would allow us to showcase the full look of Sweet Virginia's Kitchen both inside and out. SVK plans include a sidewalk cafe in the spring. Comfy tables and chairs would complete our laid back vibe and exterior signage offers a welcoming message to those passing by. 

You can feel good about supporting us...

Because we are committed to serving our community + we offer up some damn delicious food. We're thrilled about the buzz and positive feedback we've received, but we understand restaurants are a dime a dozen in Chicago. That's why we're taking extra steps to make sure we don't blend in with the rest. We're serious about our food and we prepare each dish with sprinkles of love. At SVK, we're not just grabbing prepacked items from the freezer and dropping it into a fryer. We put extra prep and time into every dish because as Chef Angie says, "Life is too short, to eat mediocre food." 

If you live or work in the neighborhood, we hope you'll decide to back our small business! We're excited about the meaningful connections we're making and we want to connect WITH YOU TOO!

REWARDS:

As a way to give a special thank you to our backers, we are offering unique rewards for different levels of pledges, which are listed on the right side column of this page. Once this project succeeds, you will be asked any necessary information (i.e. shipping address, shirt size, etc). Some of the rewards include: Our packaged SVK house blend coffee, SVK ultimate fan t-shirt's, homemade goodies, private parties, branded limited edition ceramic handmade coffee mugs & serving bowls by Pottery After Dark

Please remember, if we do not make our goal in time, we receive no Kickstarter funding. NOT A PENNY. Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, so please help us out by sharing this campaign with your friends and family. With your continued support, we can turn this dream into reality! Thank you for taking the time to read about us and we hope to see you soon at Sweet Virginia's Kitchen

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO:

For this awesome video created by David Alexander: Vimeo.com/DAlexanderFilmmaker

For this awesome article written by Patty Wetli at DNAinfo.com

HUGE THANKS TO: Mary Moy, Jamie Fuller, Mars Bagacina, Courtney Fong, Jacob Novak, Carolyn Boubel, Zeina Zahr, Holly King, Desmond Ryan, Jason Berumen, Elizabeth Beach, Dave Beach, Amanda Crawford, Shannon Pechak, Teresa Blomquist, Michelle Hierzer, Christina La Porte, Auna Foote, Suzanne Collins, Trish Bombard, Amanda Bombard, Anita Fuller, Kelly Cushion, Kim Kelly, Erin Kato, Rachel Patino, Chi-an Chang, Patty Wetli & David Alexander. Without all of you, SVK would only be half as awesome and we are forever grateful! 

Risks and challenges

Opening in November is the most present obstacle to overcome. Having the equipment and decor in place; hiring and training new staff; and welcoming guests in the door, make an ambitious business plan. As office manager at a Chicago nonprofit, Chef Angie melded operational, technical and analytical projects with her resourcefulness. Her mélange of business skills and instinct for community helped result in increased revenue and market share. Research and planning guided her strategy.

Angie's management experience makes her a relatable trainer and sought-out advisor. Staff will be given the tools and training they need to make SVK the most welcoming respite. Timely hiring is priority as Angie's last few events were at capacity. Angie will post positions for hire.

If there comes a point in the early times where a contingency plan needs to be implemented, Angie and Anneliese will be prepared. They stretch to the extent of their hospitality, from hosting VIP Pride tailgate parties along the parade route to running Angie's catering business.

Anneliese is a local business woman with the perfect set of skills needed to handle stressful situations. She's patient and serves as an excellent support role. There may be some challenges along the way but we promise to keep our backers updated on EVERY step of this process! Without you we wouldn't be able to complete it!

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    THE ONE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

    On a date of your choosing we will give a surprise gift to a customer. While they’re enjoying a meal we will bring a beautiful plate of deliciousness (you can pick from three dishes) to an unexpecting guest naming you as their patron for the day! And afterwards you’ll get a personally signed postcard so you know you put a smile on someone's face! This is a perfect option for any of you faraway folks or for anyone who wants to spread a little joy and buttery goodness.

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    START IT OFF RIGHT

    Add some big flavor to your day with this one! Maybe you can't possibly choose from the great menu options and need ONE more plate to complete your meal. Maybe you're just a bit peckish and need a small bite to keep you fueled. Whatever the need this is a perfect fit. Treat your taste buds and come on in with this level where you will receive a card for one appetizer and one beverage to start any meal.

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    LOCAL BREAKFAST FAN

    Come say hi and stop in for an SVK breakfast. Your day begins with warm fall donuts, followed by the breakfast entree of your choice, coffee or tea and milk or juice. When your breakfast of champions is done and you're ready to start your frittata fueled day, we’ll make sure we send you off with a personalized thank you postcard from the SVK Family.

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    NOT JUST ANY MUG

    One ceramic handmade coffee mug by SVK co-owner Anneliese from PotteryAfterDark. Back at this level and you can personalize your mug with the artist.

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    FRIEND OF HEFFA

    We've got a massive tomato plant that's looking to be a star, so why not show her some support and stop in at SVK for TWO customized vegetarian dishes from our "It's a Start" appetizer menu. After you sample some veggie delectables, we'll bring out a sweet treat and send you home with a personalized thank you postcard from the SVK Family!

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    SVK Fan Card

    This backing gets you a punch card good for TEN different redemptions. Your card can be used for donuts, coffee or any pastry and never expires!

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    COFFEE & SWEETS FOR TWO

    Having a take it easy kind of Sunday morning? Or looking for a sweet-treat-night-cap? Stop by with a friend to sample a platter of our desserts and pastries. We’ll sweeten the pot with two fragrant cups of our gourmet house blend SVK coffee or tea!

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    FRIEND OF VIRGINIA

    Let's be friends! Stop in at SVK and pick TWO dishes from our "It's a Start" appetizer menu. After you sample some delectable homemade savories, we'll bring out a sweet treat and send you home with a personalized thank you postcard from the SVK Family!

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    DONUT FAMOUS

    A special donut, created and NAMED after you that will be featured at our restaurant for a day. Your name, photo and donut will be blasted on the SVK Facebook page and we'll of course send you home with... you guessed it, DONUTS. Get ready, because you're about to get donut famous!

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    TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

    Heading to Winnemac for a ball game, Montrose Harbor for a beach day, or just want some serious eats with good friends? Stop in at SVK for the following to-go package: chips, beverages and Texas Tommy’s for four: A hot dog wrapped with bacon, topped with fried peppers and onions, plus melted provolone! Served on a warm toasted bun -- yum!

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    DATE NIGHT AT SVK

    It doesn't get more straightforward than this! Date Night! One appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, and two beverages at Sweet Virginia's Kitchen (Monday through Wednesday). After gazing into each other's eyes, we'll send you off with a personalized thank you postcard from the SVK Family.

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    FARMHOUSE SWEETS IN A BOWL

    We can't give up the family recipe, but we can give you our famous rice pudding in a limited edition, ceramic handmade serving bowl (by PotteryAfterDark). Enough to feed you and 4 others. Or, just yourself (we've heard of people doing this). No shame -- just enjoy! Available for in-store pickup. Sorry out-of-towners, we cannot ship the pudding but we’ll make sure you get the bowl! Includes the cost of shipping.

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    PICNIC IN THE PARK

    Come by SVK to grab your picnic basket (yours to keep) filled with savory samplings, beverages & dessert goodies for two. Then head over to Winnemac or your favorite local park for a day of fun and good eats. Chef Angie will work with you to personalize your picnic menu on this special day!

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    THE OUT-OF-TOWNER PACK

    Unfortunately we can’t be as close to everyone as we’d love to be, so we made this level just for those lovely people who don’t live in the neighborhood. Perfect for those of you who want to show your support, despite the geographical challenges. This package includes the cost of shipping and features:

    A limited edition ceramic handmade coffee mug (by PotteryAfterDark)

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    A bag of SVK house blend coffee

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    An exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirt

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    a special care package of baked goods created by Chef Angie (not limited to out-of-towners)

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    PARTY IN THE SVK

    Want to boogie with the SVK crew? This level gets you an exclusive invite to a pre-opening party. Come visit the new digs and party the night away. We’ll have music, great company, drinks, and of course tons of our menu items for you to try. That’s right! You get to be one of the first to eat from our tables. Once we’ve wrapped up (and who knows what hour that will be, you party animal you), we’ll make sure you go home with one of an exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirts. Get those party shoes on!

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    CATERED TO YOU

    Everyone goes nuts when someone brings treats to the office! At this level you’ll get a special assortment of our favorite treats for 20 to 30 people. More than enough to feed your favorite football team! (I had to google how many people on a football team…) In fact, don’t even bring them to the office, bring them to your next tailgate! Or maybe just your next Netflix binge! Wherever you decide to bring this glorious assortment, you’ll definitely be the favorite. And lucky you, this includes delivery in the Chicago area.

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    PARTY IN THE SVK FOR TWO

    This reward gives you TWO tickets to boogie with the SVK crew! You and a guest will receive an exclusive invite to a pre-opening party. Come visit the new digs and party the night away. We’ll have music, great company, drinks, and of course tons of our menu items for you to try. That’s right! You get to be one of the first to eat from our tables. Once we’ve wrapped up (and who knows what hour that will be, you party animal you), we’ll make sure you BOTH go home with an exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirt. Get those party shoes on!

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    THE ENTIRE MENU

    This reward is just what it sounds like! You will receive a punch card to order EVERY. SINGLE. ITEM. on our standard menu. That includes breakfast, lunch/dinner, sides, desserts and beverages. Over 40 items on your very own punch card that never expires. You can even bring friends in with you to help tackle the menu! Come in as many times as it takes to try EVERY item we serve.

    Upon completion of the ENTIRE MENU, your photo will be taken with the SVK family and posted to the SVK Facebook page and Twitter feed declaring YOU (insert your name here), as an Ambassador of Sweet Virginia's Kitchen.

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    PERMANENT FIXTURE

    Become a lasting part of the SVK Family by having a table named after you! Each table in the restaurant will have a unique name and with this level you could be one of them! What better way to honor our patrons than to have a permanent place for you at our tables. This level of support is great for locals or out-of-towners.

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    BLOODY SUNDAY

    SVK is a BYOB restaurant, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still serve up one hell of a bloody! Here’s the deal: you bring in the vodka and we’ll create a special bloody bar and brunch for you and 10 guests: bloody mix from scratch with all the fixings: surf & turf skewers, applewood bacon, sausages, cheeses, pickles, veggies galore & glasses w/our housemade spiced rims. Plus, a spread of additional tasty brunch items!

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    THE OUT-OF-TOWNER: SWEETEST FAN

    Still wishing you were closer! This package includes the cost of shipping and features: TWO limited edition ceramic handmade coffee mugs & TWO serving bowls (by PotteryAfterDark).

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    FIVE additional customized handmade pottery pieces of your choosing. You work directly with the artist to design whatever pieces you want: vases, serving platters, coasters, cups, wind chimes, garden planters, etc.

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    TWO exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirts

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    TWO bags of SVK house blend coffee and a special care package of baked goods created by Chef Angie.

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    A personal shout out and thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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    Our millions of thanks and a welcomed place amongst our tables whenever you're in town and for a visit! (not limited to out-of-towners)

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    GAME NIGHT WITH FRIENDS

    A PRIVATE GAME NIGHT PARTY for you and 15 of your friends! Your friends will feast on SVK savory and sweet menu items, listen to tunes of your choice and play games all night long. You'll have the space all to yourselves -- so go wild!

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    TWO limited edition ceramic handmade coffee mugs & TWO serving bowls (by PotteryAfterDark)

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    An exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirt, a gift bag filled with SVK homemade goodies and TWO bags of our house blend coffee.

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    A personal shout out and thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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    Our millions of thanks and a welcomed place amongst our tables whenever you want to visit!

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    SVK'S ULTIMATE FAN

    A PRIVATE PARTY for you and 20 of your guests! Give your guests a night to remember with beautiful food, great music, ambiance and impeccable service.

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    TWO tickets to our SVK pre-opening VIP celebration party in November.

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    TWO limited edition ceramic handmade coffee mugs & TWO serving bowls (by PotteryAfterDark)

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    An exclusive SVK Ultimate Fan t-shirt, a bakery box filled with SVK homemade goodies and TWO bags of our house blend coffee.

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    A custom wood clock, handmade by a local artist.

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    A personal shout out and thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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    Your name immortalized on our menu. Our eternal gratitude and your name on our menu. That's right, we will name a dish after you or in honor of a loved one because you’re just that worthy!

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    Our millions of thanks and a welcomed place amongst our tables whenever you want to visit!

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Funding period

- (30 days)