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Help us open Trio restaurant so we can provide delicious plant-based food, made & served with love for the community. #TrioPlantbased
Help us open Trio restaurant so we can provide delicious plant-based food, made & served with love for the community. #TrioPlantbased
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My name is Sarah Woodcock, and I need your help to open Trio Plant-based—Minneapolis’ first plant-based restaurant owned primarily by people of color.

I’ve been vegan for the last six years, perfecting delicious plant-based recipes at home with my husband Dan. I became vegan because I care about animals yet I love the fact that a plant-based diet also has benefits for human health and the environment.

One thing I’ve learned is that while being vegan is integral to social change, it’s only part of the solution.

One year after I went vegan, three powerful Black women started the Black Lives Matter movement. And it woke me up to the brutalities that African Americans face in the United States. As we opened our hearts to the cause, the tragic stories compelled Dan and I to get involved. And in July 2016, Dan and I joined a protest for a Black man who had been killed by the police.

Little did we know that our future business partner, Louis Hunter, was also at that protest. Afterwards, Louis was falsely charged with rioting and was facing 20 years in prison for something he did not do. When Dan and I met Louis and heard his story, we were so moved we immediately got involved. I helped organize demonstrations in support of Louis, and just a few weeks before his trial date, miraculously, his case was dismissed.

During Louis’ordeal, he lost his business, his housing, and his vehicle. And the ordeal was traumatic to him and his four daughters. But since then, Louis, Dan, and I have formed an unbreakable bond, and we have decided to build our futures together.

Our dreams have culminated in the creation of Trio Plant-based—Minneapolis’ first plant-based restaurant owned primarily by people of color. And we need your support.

We have held three pop-up dinners that have been wildly successful, completely sold out, showcasing delicious plant-based food such as lasagna, burgers, fries, root beer floats, BBQ chicken wings, salad with our homemade ranch dressing, and our already popular vanilla cake with strawberry sauce.

We have put our hearts and souls into our food, along with our love for justice and our love for the community. We are ready to establish a brick and mortar restaurant. We have found the perfect location in Minneapolis, and we need your support now. Back our restaurant and invest in opening a plant-based restaurant where everyone, regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or income will have a seat at the table.

Please help us open Trio Plant-based restaurant by backing our Kickstarter project today. We are ready to take the next step and need your generous support now.

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Video produced by Jae Shin Cross, music produced by Lamar Hunter CEO of Noc World Ent., photography by Brooke Reynolds and Cori Miller, and consulting by Nekima Levy-Pounds and Marques Armstrong of Black Pearl, LLC.

Risks and challenges

We understand that this is an huge undertaking and are not embarking on it without serious thought and consideration. We have a community of support that brings plant-based and vegan lifestyle expertise, decades of restaurant industry and ownership experience, business professionals from multitudinous industries, photographers, videographers, and media experts together with one goal – making Trio Plant-based a successful part of the community.

We are ready to take the next step and need your generous support now.

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    Trio Merch & More

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    Community Meal, Party Mix & More

    You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. You get a bag of our housemade Party Mix.

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    Ranch, Cake w/Strawberry Sauce & More

    You get a container of our popular housemade ranch dressing and a slice of our delicious vanilla cake with strawberry sauce.

    You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. You get a bag of our housemade Party Mix. You get Trio merch. And we will recognize you on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Slice of Vanilla Cake w/Strawberry Sauce (pickup only)
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    Lasagna Dinner & Ticket to Soft Opening

    You get our lasagna dinner for one with lasagna, salad with housemade ranch, and garlic toast (pickup only)! You get a ticket to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled).

    You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    Personalized Brick in Supporters Wall

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant.

    You get a ticket to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
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    Limited Edition Supporter Keychain

    We will create 100 limited edition Keystone supporter keychains good for a free non-alcoholic beverage when they show their keychain (limit one per visit). Forever.

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get a ticket to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Keystone Supporter Keychain
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
    • Community Meal Token (valued at $10)
    • Your Name (or Org Name) as a Keystone Supporter on our Website
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    Private Dinner Party for Four

    The founders of Trio will treat you to a private dinner party for four (4) at Trio Plant-based (to be scheduled for a Monday evening after open).

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get a ticket to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor a community meal for someone in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
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    Tabitha Brown VIP Pass & More

    Tabitha Brown, adorable and lovable vegan actress known for making the Whole Foods "TTLA" sandwich famous, will be attending the Trio Plant-based Grand Opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota (to be scheduled). This Reward gets you one (1) Trio VIP Early Entrance Meet n Greet with Tabitha Brown Pass to mingle with Tabitha Brown inside Trio before dinner!

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant.
    You get 2 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 2 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Trio VIP Early Entrance Meet n Greet with Tabitha Brown Ticket
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
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    Private Dinner Party for Eight

    The founders of Trio will treat you to a private dinner party for eight (8) at Trio Plant-based (to be scheduled for a Monday evening after open).

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get 4 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 4 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Private Dinner Party for Eight by Trio Founders
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    Tabitha Brown VIP Dinner Ticket

    Tabitha Brown, adorable and lovable vegan actress known for making the Whole Foods "TTLA" sandwich famous, will be attending the Trio Plant-based Grand Opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota (to be scheduled). This Reward gets you one (1) Trio VIP Grand Opening Dinner with Tabitha Brown Ticket! You will have a reserved seat at Tabitha's table, and if we know one thing for sure, it's going to be a hugely fun evening! There is a limited number of these tickets available so don't wait.

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get 4 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 4 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

    Includes:
    • Tabitha Brown VIP Dinner Ticket
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
    • Community Meal Token (valued at $10)
    • Your Name (or Org Name) as a Keystone Supporter on our Website
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    Tabitha Brown Kitchen Takeover

    Tabitha Brown, adorable and lovable vegan actress known for making the Whole Foods "TTLA" sandwich famous, will be in Minneapolis for the Trio Plant-based Grand Opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota (to be scheduled). The lucky recipient of this Reward (only one available!) means Tabitha Brown will takeover your kitchen and cook something vegan with you, all while entertaining you and thousands of viewers via Facebook live on her hugely popular Facebook page @ActressTabithaBrown. There is ONLY ONE Reward available like this, so don't miss this opportunity for Tabitha Brown to take over your kitchen and cook with you LIVE! Up to 10 individuals can be present.

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get 4 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 4 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

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    • Tabitha Brown Kitchen Takeover - One of a Kind
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
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    Private Dinner Party for Forty

    The founders of Trio will treat you to a private dinner party for forty (40) at Trio Plant-based (to be scheduled for a Monday evening after open).

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get 4 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 4 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

    Includes:
    • Private Dinner Party for Forty by Trio Founders
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
    • Community Meal Token (valued at $10)
    • Your Name (or Org Name) as a Keystone Supporter on our Website
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    Private Dinner Party for Eighty

    The founders of Trio will treat you to a private dinner party for eighty (80) at Trio Plant-based (to be scheduled for a Monday evening after open).

    You get a personalized brick in our Keystone supporters wall which will be permanently displayed at our restaurant. You get 4 tickets to the Trio soft opening (to be scheduled). You sponsor 4 community meals for people in need. We will recognize you as a Keystone supporter on our website and send you a digital image to show that you helped open Trio.

    Includes:
    • Private Dinner Party for Eighty by Trio Founders
    • Personalized Brick in Keystone Supporters Wall in Restaurant
    • Exclusive Ticket to Trio Soft Opening
    • Community Meal Token (valued at $10)
    • Your Name (or Org Name) as a Keystone Supporter on our Website
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