Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 10, 2011.


The Lunch Room is joining Ann Arbor's pioneering downtown street food scene this summer, selling vegan meals and goodies out of a cart.

Great news for food lovers in Ann Arbor, and especially for vegetarians and vegans: you will have a terrific new dining option this spring! The Lunch Room is opening a food cart downtown that will offer healthy, delicious and economical vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides and baked goods. Our cart will be nestled among several others in a new courtyard on W. Washington between Ashley and First streets. The courtyard is slated to open in late April and will operate through mid-November.

This is the time to show your love for the Lunch Room! You may have eaten our food, you may have a personal connection with Phillis or Joel, or you may have an interest in delectable, wholesome, plant-based foods. Whatever your motivation, we need your help to bring our food cart to life.

Our goal in this campaign is to raise $8,000. These funds will let us purchase a trailer, construction materials for the outside and inside of a concessions cabin, and appliances like a refrigerator, sinks, steam table, and hot water heater.

We have a host of rewards for your donations: see the list on this page for details. For every donation made, you will have also our undying love and gratitude. The shirt on the above is one those attractive rewards that is available.

See you at the Lunch Room Food Cart!

Video credits:

Joel Panozzo & Phillis Engelbert: scriptwriters and directors

Andy Sell: artiste extraordinaire and cameraman

Celibeth Donnelly: creative director, menu & spiritual advisor

Ryan Shea: soundtrack guitarist

FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES SNEAK PEEK, see our short production: "Making the Lunch Room Kickstarter Video." Click here.


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    We will send a cookie card your way. Exchange the card for a tasty mind-blowing morsel when the cart opens.

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    A voucher for your first sandwich at the cart. Yes, of course you will also get that cookie card.

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    A Lunch Room button + above.

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    A Lunch Room magnet for your car or fridge and your name listed on our website for those who got this project off the ground + above.

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    A fashionable Lunch Room t-shirt (offered in both women's and men's cuts) + above.

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    An invitation to our exclusive cart tour and food-tasting preview party + above.

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    An invitation to a special mid-summer “members” dinner party and your name on “Wall of Fame” on the cart + above.

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    A menu item named after you and a personalized “Lunch Room” tray + above.

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    A dinner for four prepared at your home by Phillis & Joel and you keep the trays + above.

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- (30 days)