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Codey's NOLA Commissary: Create.Consume.Connect

Because New Orleans births culinary genius, Codey's will incubate culinary dreams.

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Project Description

We invite you to envision a space that will bring the creativity of New Orleans’ best food entrepreneurs to the bellies of locals and tourists alike. The place where the aroma of cajun spices, red beans with smoked sausage and occasional hints of sweet skillet corn bread overcomes the room. Flavors like this are only birthed through love and commitment. Passionate about their work, many culinary artists will say, "I just want to cook". It gives them so much joy. But the truth is that the food business encompasses so much more than passion in order to scale to the next level of success. Whether you're working from a food truck, under cottage law, or catering events, the areas of financing, legal formalization, food compliance and staffing are always lingering needs to be addressed when advancing to the next stages of growth.

According to Forbes article, "No, Most Restaurants Don't Fail In The First Year", two economists tracked single-establishment restaurants and found that most restaurants don't fail. The smaller start-ups with 20 or fewer employees fail and that skews the results of overall restaurants. Actually, restaurants with 21 or more employees have a median lifespan longer than other businesses of the same size. Now that's the epitome of bitter-sweet news! 

Codey's was created out of necessity. We will help bridge the gap between the success of larger food businesses and small ones by discovering the missing components and addressing them. We are creating programming and a system of supports around food entrepreneurs who have tunnel vision of a higher goal but are missing a few links in their network. 

Our first course of action is to provide access to affordable kitchen space and technical assistance to improve systems and operations.  With kitchen space alone, entrepreneurs will gain access to an ecosystem of other culinary artists, diverse revenue streams, and the space to train staff. No other commissary kitchen in New Orleans offers robust programming for food entrepreneurs at various stages of business.

In the second phase of build out will include outdoor food pods that will serve as a marketplace for residents to connect to fresh and affordable foods. The first black owned commissary and co-op kitchen in New Orleans, Codey's will be located in the Hoffman Triangle community. We are proud to say that it may be the first building on the block to be remodeled and placed in operation since Hurricane Katrina. A community hub, incubator and anchor, Codey’s will serve as a connector by creating a space that embodies a culture of community, reciprocity, and innovation.

Codey's is named in memoriam of Codey Lamar Taylor, a cousin of founder, Sinnidra Taylor. He was a bright-eyed, fun-loving illustrator who fell through the cracks of the juvenile justice and mental health system; this space has been created in his honor. May he rest in power and peace. March 1982- August 2013.

Codey & Sinnidra

About Sinnidra Taylor, Founder & CEO

After 11 years in education, Sinnidra made a seemingly drastic career change after falling in love with a Hong Kong style waffle while traveling in 2017. Less than a year after her experience, she launched Crazy Waffle Bar and has been working with food ever since. Reflecting back, she soon realized that her diverse background played a significant part in her growth and success thus far.  The totality of life experiences equipped her for a future in leadership. Her love for food and avid desire to advance her communities through service and philanthropy led to the idea of a larger concept. Codey’s NOLA is a product of the barriers she has faced a food entrepreneur.

***Codey's currently does not hold a non-profit designation.

 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I contribute any amount?
    Answer: Absolutely, Yes
  • Where can I send questions?
    Answer: Feel free to email any question(s) to meka@codeysnola.com
  • When will I receive my reward?
    Answer: You can expect it to be mailed within 2 weeks of receiving your donation. Any delays will be communicated.
  • Where is Codey's NOLA located?
    Answer: 3520-22 Fourth Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • Is my donation tax deductible?  
  • Answer: Codey's currently doesn't hold a non-profit designation. Additionally, please reach out to sinnidra@codeysnola.com for sizable donations requiring non-profit designation. 
Shontae Stallworth
05/26/2021
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$30
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05/01/2021
Triple C Package
$50
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04/30/2021
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$50
Ashley Zanders
04/25/2021
I've Got Stake Package
$100
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04/17/2021
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$100
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04/14/2021
Monetary Contribution
$500
Radical Joy Bakery
03/31/2021
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$100
King mia
03/26/2021
Sampler Package
$500
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I've Got Stake Package
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Daniel Fuchs
03/11/2021
Triple C Package
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care! No gift is too small or too big.

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20.00 USD
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You will receive access to our photo booth to document your contribution and share your support for this campaign.

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50.00 USD
Triple C Package

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Codey's Swag; Please provide shirt size.

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500.00 USD
Sampler Package

A donation received between $500- $999, the donor will receive:     
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) *Codey's T-Shirt and Photo booth access

2 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
More Than A Spoonful Package

A donation received between $1,000- $4,999, the donor will receive: 
*Wooden Spoon Engraved with Donor's Name to be displayed on wall of seating area at Codey's
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) 
*Codey's T-Shirt and Photo booth access

 

2 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Foodie Package

A donation received between $5000+, the donor will receive: 

*One free private event with $500 in catering 
*Wooden Spoon Engraved with Donor's Name to be displayed on wall of seating area at Codey's
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) 
*T-Shirt and Photo booth access

0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care! No gift is too small or too big.

24 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Picture Perfect

Photo Booth Love

You will receive access to our photo booth to document your contribution and share your support for this campaign.

3 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Triple C Package

Codey's Photo Booth Access

Codey's Swag; Please provide shirt size.

24 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Sampler Package

A donation received between $500- $999, the donor will receive:     
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) *Codey's T-Shirt and Photo booth access

2 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
More Than A Spoonful Package

A donation received between $1,000- $4,999, the donor will receive: 
*Wooden Spoon Engraved with Donor's Name to be displayed on wall of seating area at Codey's
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) 
*Codey's T-Shirt and Photo booth access

 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Foodie Package

A donation received between $5000+, the donor will receive: 

*One free private event with $500 in catering 
*Wooden Spoon Engraved with Donor's Name to be displayed on wall of seating area at Codey's
*$50 Giftcard
*Yard Sign (local residents)/Keychain (non-local residents) 
*T-Shirt and Photo booth access

0 Supporters
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