Crust, A Bakery Built on Entrepreneurial Equity.

Rise for All!
A small batch bakery cafe, crafting from scratch goods, lite fare & coffee. Rooted in equity, committed to access.

Amanda
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Project Ends on December 31, 2018

Project Description

Hi!
I'm Amanda, Chef Owner and Operator of Crust by Mack. I am a proud native of Baltimore, and for nearly a decade I’ve worked in service of my community by being a vehicle for change in food justice and nutrition education. 

In less than a year from now, I plan to open a bakery that will offer fresh, from scratch seasonally inspired dishes while changing the narrative around access and business in Baltimore.

Photo from Baltimore Beat by E. Brady

OUR BAKERY
At Crust we believe that food has birthplace. Every recipe has a story and each ingredient we use is clean, fresh and local when possible. We bake our goods before sunrise, with fresh brown eggs. Our produce is harvested by farmers we know on a first name basis. Our milk is organic, from grass fed cows 100 miles up the road.

At Crust, experience the joy of food made from hands instead of machines.
A place where our story, becomes part of yours.

Grilled Pear Salad Photo by Kate Grewal

OUR MISSION
A Bakery Built on Entrepreneurial Equity

Because access bridges the gap toward equity, we understand that every business may not be created equally. Growing up in a low income community, I saw first hand how poverty affected the resources available to me in my community. By the time I got to college, I learned that students who grew up in more affluent neighborhoods had access to 70% more education related resources, mentorships and funding opportunities. 

Crust is committed to providing entrepreneurs, especially those of color, with access to the tools they need to create an equitable and sustainable businesses. From conception, we built our bakery as a resource to our community. Our Bakery is open for service Thursday through Sunday. During the days that we are closed, we open our doors to entrepreneurs and small businesses for collaborations and invite startup brands to participate in programming designed to strengthen and sustain their businesses from the inside out.

Attendees will receive valuable tips, strategies and motivation from our Speaker Series with industry pro’s that cover; branding, marketing & social media. Our workshops offer a hands on approach to business from the mind of a creative entrepreneur.

Our staff, who are authentic, goal driven, compassionate individuals, are offered a living wage, because we understand that working for someone else does not mean putting your dreams on hold.
At Crust it is important that when we rise, it’s together for all.

Chefs Table at Dovecote Cafe by Kate Grewal

OUR GOAL

Crust is seeking to raise 30k for our very first brick and mortar to help fuel Baltimore and fulfill our mission! Funds raised will help us support programming, scholarships and get our doors open by summer of 2019!

With our team and your support, I know that we can create something beautiful!

The Thankful Brunch Cookbook, captured by Kris Williams

 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

At the eve of each season, CRUST will host an intimate invite only supper club that will bring creatives of all kinds under one roof, to break bread and discuss the business of entrepreneurship and our individual roles in understanding & supporting the process.

These suppers will be a way for businesses and brands to share true experiences, gain insight from other professionals and create genuine relationships that support one another through the process.

For one night, we’ll put it all on the table and hopefully leave full, in more ways than one!

Each experience will be curated, family style & set for twelve!  

 

 

12/12/2018
A PIECE OF THE PIE
$50
Megan
12/02/2018
THANKS SUGAR!
$25
Keme Jones
11/28/2018
THANKS SUGAR!
$25
Bikkle
11/28/2018
A PIECE OF THE PIE
$50
Dwayne S
11/28/2018
EACH ONE, TEACH ONE!
$100
Travis Davis
11/28/2018
A PIECE OF THE PIE
$50
Curtis Womack Sr
11/28/2018
Monetary Contribution
$50
Mera Kitchen Collective
11/28/2018
THANKS SUGAR!
$25
11/28/2018
THANKS SUGAR!
$25
Melanie Young
11/28/2018
Monetary Contribution
$10
Monetary Contribution

Monetary Contribution with No Reward

Give what you can to support our Speaker Series! Your contribution will help us host the Speaker Series at no cost providing access, networks and opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Speaker Series features guests in hospitality, media, marketing, tech and business management.

8 Supporters
Contribute
$50
A PIECE OF THE PIE

Thank you for helping us rise!
It takes an entire community of people to build a great community bakery. This donation level gets us one step closer to opening our doors to serve you.

At our entry way, you’ll find a piece of artwork that displays the first and last name of each donor, including yours! Each name will help complete one beautiful slice of pie because, well we couldn’t have done it without you.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
EACH ONE, TEACH ONE!

Access is at the core of our business model.

That’s why we’ve partnered with local chefs and nonprofit organizations to develop a twelve week mentorship program rooted in self-love, skill and opportunity.

Crust will offer scholarships to grade school students in the community, who meets specific socioeconomic needs, creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

For every thousand dollars we raise in this level, we'll fund one full mentor scholarship.

Up to three recipients selected per calendar year.

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
SAVOR THE SEASON!

Stand out this Christmas season with pies that will easily become the centerpiece in your holiday spread.Choose from two dozen sweet or savory handpies or two 9 inch pies that can be shipped anywhere in the US.

3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
AT THE TABLE

Only eleven seats available……

Entrepreneurs, Influencers, Brands…

Snag your seat to our first ever Seasonal Supper Club Tasting Experience!

This reward grants you a “first look” at what Super Club at CRUST is all about!

Be prepared for a fully curated experience from the food, to the tablescape, drinks and décor! This tasting experience will be an evening to remember.

Enjoy a hearty family style supper with appetizers, two proteins & a vegetarian dish, dessert and seasonally curated cocktails.

*This reward does not include access to the Supper Club. The purchase of this reward secures your seat to our private Supper club tasting, which happens prior to the Supper Club Launch.

HEADS UP…You may be trending!

This event will be filmed and photographed (so dress to impress). Purchasing this reward grants permission to CRUST and its partners to use your image, voice and likeness for promotional purposes included but not limited to print, television, the World Wide Web, and across all social networks. By purchasing this reward you agree to these terms and conditions.

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

11 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
BE OUR GUEST

Host a five course dinner party for four.

We will create a customized dinner menu, complete with a beautiful place setting, stationary, a signature cocktail + A limited edition tote bag with some of our favorite things for each dinner guest.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
CRUST MOB

This reward is for our die hard Crust lovers or anyone who loves swag!

Receive two Signature Tee’s (Crust Mob + Rise For Crust)

Two dozen sweet/ savory hand pies

Crust Cake (Enjoy our signature six inch three layer cake)

Free drip coffee for a year + Crust Coffee Mug

+ A limited edition tote bag with some of our favorite things

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
LET THEM EAT CAKE!

Well Crust, Yes Crust!

Rent out our space, six hours for a future event!  Enjoy sweet & savory pastries and appetizers for up to 25 guests. Plus receive a four hour photo booth rental from PARADOX PHOTOS!
Only two available!

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
FOUNDING PARTNER

You’ve Found Us.
We’ve Found our place in the world.
Be our Founding Partner!

Together we can create opportunities that fuel the economy, ecosystem and create a more equitable food scene in Baltimore!

This reward is great for creative individuals and brands that:
Host 6-12 events per year
Produce workshops or seminars
Create content for their brand and want to eliminate studio rental fees
Desire a non-traditional work space  

As a Founding Member, gain access to our space for private events, seminars workshops and more! Up to eight events in a full calendar year, 365 days. During the days that the bakery is closed, schedule office hours & studio rentals for content production. Receive a 10% discount on in house catering for scheduled events. Receive support on event production and development. This reward allows you to expand upon your brand potential while helping another Rise!

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward

About the entrepreneur

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Monetary Contribution with No Reward

Give what you can to support our Speaker Series! Your contribution will help us host the Speaker Series at no cost providing access, networks and opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Speaker Series features guests in hospitality, media, marketing, tech and business management.

8 Supporters
Contribute
$50
A PIECE OF THE PIE

Thank you for helping us rise!
It takes an entire community of people to build a great community bakery. This donation level gets us one step closer to opening our doors to serve you.

At our entry way, you’ll find a piece of artwork that displays the first and last name of each donor, including yours! Each name will help complete one beautiful slice of pie because, well we couldn’t have done it without you.

9 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
EACH ONE, TEACH ONE!

Access is at the core of our business model.

That’s why we’ve partnered with local chefs and nonprofit organizations to develop a twelve week mentorship program rooted in self-love, skill and opportunity.

Crust will offer scholarships to grade school students in the community, who meets specific socioeconomic needs, creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

For every thousand dollars we raise in this level, we'll fund one full mentor scholarship.

Up to three recipients selected per calendar year.

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
SAVOR THE SEASON!

Stand out this Christmas season with pies that will easily become the centerpiece in your holiday spread.Choose from two dozen sweet or savory handpies or two 9 inch pies that can be shipped anywhere in the US.

3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
AT THE TABLE

Only eleven seats available……

Entrepreneurs, Influencers, Brands…

Snag your seat to our first ever Seasonal Supper Club Tasting Experience!

This reward grants you a “first look” at what Super Club at CRUST is all about!

Be prepared for a fully curated experience from the food, to the tablescape, drinks and décor! This tasting experience will be an evening to remember.

Enjoy a hearty family style supper with appetizers, two proteins & a vegetarian dish, dessert and seasonally curated cocktails.

*This reward does not include access to the Supper Club. The purchase of this reward secures your seat to our private Supper club tasting, which happens prior to the Supper Club Launch.

HEADS UP…You may be trending!

This event will be filmed and photographed (so dress to impress). Purchasing this reward grants permission to CRUST and its partners to use your image, voice and likeness for promotional purposes included but not limited to print, television, the World Wide Web, and across all social networks. By purchasing this reward you agree to these terms and conditions.

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

11 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
BE OUR GUEST

Host a five course dinner party for four.

We will create a customized dinner menu, complete with a beautiful place setting, stationary, a signature cocktail + A limited edition tote bag with some of our favorite things for each dinner guest.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
CRUST MOB

This reward is for our die hard Crust lovers or anyone who loves swag!

Receive two Signature Tee’s (Crust Mob + Rise For Crust)

Two dozen sweet/ savory hand pies

Crust Cake (Enjoy our signature six inch three layer cake)

Free drip coffee for a year + Crust Coffee Mug

+ A limited edition tote bag with some of our favorite things

+ Donors at this level also receive rewards from “A piece of the Pie”.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
LET THEM EAT CAKE!

Well Crust, Yes Crust!

Rent out our space, six hours for a future event!  Enjoy sweet & savory pastries and appetizers for up to 25 guests. Plus receive a four hour photo booth rental from PARADOX PHOTOS!
Only two available!

2 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,000
FOUNDING PARTNER

You’ve Found Us.
We’ve Found our place in the world.
Be our Founding Partner!

Together we can create opportunities that fuel the economy, ecosystem and create a more equitable food scene in Baltimore!

This reward is great for creative individuals and brands that:
Host 6-12 events per year
Produce workshops or seminars
Create content for their brand and want to eliminate studio rental fees
Desire a non-traditional work space  

As a Founding Member, gain access to our space for private events, seminars workshops and more! Up to eight events in a full calendar year, 365 days. During the days that the bakery is closed, schedule office hours & studio rentals for content production. Receive a 10% discount on in house catering for scheduled events. Receive support on event production and development. This reward allows you to expand upon your brand potential while helping another Rise!

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward