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  • They are not customers, they are our guests. <br /> They are not your guests, they are your family. <br /> Your self and the hand that feeds you, <br /> nearer than sight when your own family leaves you. <br /> They will come back and be here <br /> believing when you are tired, <br /> because you’ll forget as you feed from this every day, <br /> how good this is, but they won’t, because it is. <br />
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  • 1. A SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY Feeding and nurturing the Community Presented at the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce By Vimala Rajendran June 4, 2014
  • 2. Vimala’s Curryblossom Café Born out of need • Cooking at home • Using local resources: food and community • Visit to Jamkhed
  • 3. Bringing our community together with love, warmth and hospitality over delicious, healthy food. Our Mission
  • 4. The work we are doing is sacred. This food has come to us through God... We start with healthy, locally-sourced ingredients Cane Creek Farm
  • 5. And we will serve it as his hands and feet. Wash your hands frequently and wear closed-toed nonslip shoes. Healthy ingredients, prepared with great care
  • 6. To prepare wholesome, culturally relevant food
  • 7. We are alchemists working through generations of history. That tastes good, “down to the base chemistry.”
  • 8. You are empowered now as an extension of me to have a sense of ownership. Own this, the words that you say and your every action… “Warmth and Hospitality” require continuous learning and training
  • 9. “Warmth and Hospitality” have created a unique community They are not customers, they are our guests. They are not your guests, they are your family.
  • 10. • Community Support (Micro loans, expansion) • Locally Sourced Food • Support for local agriculture • Variety, freshness • Living wages for all employees • Founding member of RAISE, national spokesperson and lobbyist for worker’s rights • Best of the Triangle designation • Everyone Eats! Achievements: Where we are today
  • 11. The Challenges • Uniqueness: new business model • Location – Visibility, pre-configured space, parking • Staff – New leadership, continuous training • Community Involvement demands – Staying focused on the mission
  • 12. Questions?
  • 13. Notes from Our Chef by Rajeev Rajendran Move fast, stay sharp. If it’s not sharp, it’s not a knife. Be attentive to guests. Be interested, be loving, be generous in all things, to each other and to them. The answer is yes. The work we are doing is sacred. This food has come to us through God, and we will serve it as his hands and feet. Wash your hands frequently and wear closed-toed nonslip shoes. Be patient. A great meal is a spiritual experience. You are empowered now as an extension of me to have a sense of ownership. Own this, the words that you say and your every action. These ships that are blown by strong winds are driven by small rudders, so watch your touch that you don’t put a single hand onto a plate in anger. And above all, watch your tongues. Your tongue becomes your eyes when we lose our sight, but it moves as a deadly weapon—more poisonous than the serpent’s tooth. Control it. It does not control you. Beloved, not many of you should become chefs because you know that we who teach shall be judged more harshly. But I am with you in this. Do as I would do. You are empowered to give what you need to give and say what you need to say to make their experience positive. They are not customers, they are our guests. They are not your guests, they are your family. Your self and the hand that feeds you, nearer than sight when your own family leaves you. They will come back and be here believing when you are tired, because you’ll forget as you feed from this every day, how good this is, but they won’t, because it is. It tastes good to them, it tastes good to them, you can tell by the way they give themselves to it, it is that good, down to the base chemistry. We are alchemists working through generations of history. Learn the recipes.