Crowd-funding in the kitchen: non-traditional financing and funding for your food-related project
Small business owners have found it difficult to access tradition financing from banks over the past few years. An increasing number of them, including chefs and value added producers, have turned toward crowd funding to put together the capital necessary to start or expand their businesses. From food trucks to fine dining, a variety of different models have been successfully employed. What’s worked? What’s flopped? We’ll discuss with our colleagues who have gotten help from the crowd to fund their projects. Whether by Kickstarter or pre-sale of discounted goods or gift cards, crowd funding builds on the familiar concept of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and takes it to the next level. Moderated by Gregory Heller, Seattle Chefs Collaborative. Presenters include Tim Crosby and Arno Hesse, both of Slow Money, chef Thierry Rautureau of Luc and Rover’s restaurants, and Jared Stoneberger of the Lark Cookbook Project.