Fogwood & Fig Cafe

Fogwood & Fig - sharing the beauty and deliciousness of plant based comfort food in our soon to be cafe

Diana
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Project Description

FOGWOOD & FIG was started by Diana Bezanski. 

Fogwood & Fig is an extension of our plant based culinary adventure that has unfolded over the last 5 years - in our lives, home, and especially in our kitchen. It's the food that's given us comfort and energy all year long, and now we get to share that with you every day. It's house crafted feel good food!

Our menu will offer a variety of delectable sandwiches, messy good burgers, whole meal bowls, salads and specials that change with the season. Gluten free options are abound and plenty so no one is left out. Weekend brunch will boast specials not offered during the week such as our spelt warm spiced pancakes and Spanish scramble. Expect food that is bright, fresh, thoughtful - wonderfully good in a casual rustic setting, with natural light, calming whites and a cozy vibe.

Always with gratitude!

L: Diana with the menu of the day; R: the Chimi Cha Cha burger - spiced beluga lentil and mushroom patty w roasted scallion aioli, house pink pickled onion, and fresh green-herb chimichurri sauce

L: Diana with the menu of the day; R: the Chimi Cha Cha burger - spiced beluga lentil and mushroom patty w roasted scallion aioli, house pink pickled onion, and fresh green-herb chimichurri sauce

We have developed relationships with local farmers, and wherever possible, when in season, our produce will be locally sourced. We want the name FOGWOOD & FIG to evoke both our local community and a sustainable lifestyle.

We pay great attention to recipes, ingredients, and presentation, as well as taste. We believe this will create a harmonious combination, one that adds up to an "experience".

brunch items include: house-made granola w nut milk & fresh fruit (top L); quinoa in a cup w chocolate cream (top C); avocado mash on crisp toast w smoked paprika (bottom C); hummus toast w sliced tomato & house pickled onions.

brunch items include: house-made granola w nut milk & fresh fruit (top L); quinoa in a cup w chocolate cream (top C); avocado mash on crisp toast w smoked paprika (bottom C); hummus toast w sliced tomato & house pickled onions.

t Farmer's Markets, our burgers are always among our most popular items. If you are a burger-lover --- wait til you taste ours.

At Farmer's Markets, our burgers are always among our most popular items. If you are a burger-lover you'll enjoy ours.

"They did it again. Fogwood & Fig came up with a new veggie burger. I wish I hadn’t agreed to share it. The Freida Casa Burger with Mole Sauce. I mean come on. It came with Mexican street corn, avocado and pickled onion. If I have to ever pick my last meal… this will be it!" - JM; Bklyn,NY

Our loaded vegan burgers will please even the most stubborn carnivore. We'll feature satisfying main-course salads, abundance bowls, sandwiches, home-made granola - perfect with our house-made nut milks, and some rotating specials.

Diana: "Fogwood & Fig will be casual and comfortable. We'll feature seasonal soups and stews so there's changing fare for those that crave something new. We'll always feature a choice of our regular savory selections, for those inclined to stay with their favorites. And I expect to change things up on the weekends, with Saturday and Sunday specials."

Seasonal Soups and Stews

Our favorite soup on cold days. Red lentil and poblano with avocado mash and fresh herbs!

About the Cafe

We found an ideal location in a historic building on a charming street. :)

Fogwood & Fig cafe will boast rustic charm, be modest and inviting, with natural light, a cozy and airy feel set amid a décor of calming whites.

The seating capacity indoors is approx. 20, and there will be a small selection of tables outdoors during the warmer months surrounded by fresh flowers and plants. We contemplate serving a late morning breakfast, lunch and early dinner with brunch on weekends.

Our location under works! Says Diana: "I hope people coming to Fogwood & Fig see it as more than a nourishing meal. I am hoping they see it as an experience - a pleasant one of course. I want the ambiance to be part of that experience."

About the Location

Port Jervis, NY is a small historic city but feels like a small town. It’s located just outside our home-town of the equally historic and charming Milford, PA. It also borders Montague, NJ and is only 75 minutes north west of NYC.

We are surrounded by a variety of outdoor activity that includes white water rafting on the Delaware river and camping. There are stunning waterfall parks and trail walks, which makes this area especially wonderful for leisure activity, and our café the perfect destination stop for good food.

We are happy to have secured our location for Fogwood & Fig in a most up and coming section of Port Jervis. The street our café is located on, has lovely antique stores, a coffee house with fresh baked pastry that also combines as a store of stylish home décor, and more antiques just across the street. A hip craft brewery is opening later this year and there is a wonderful art gallery filled with beautiful work that is a must stop .

We are thrilled to be part of this quaint location.

US 6, US Route 209, NYS Route 42, and NYS Route 97 all pass through Port Jervis, and Interstate 84 passes just to the South.

About Diana

Originally from central coast California, NYC, and now residing in Milford, PA, with Jeff and our dog Alice, country living has taught me so very much. It's about having appreciation, gratitude, and simply slowing down. It has helped me become connected to the earth. And since moving out here full time, my lifestyle and diet have become more sustainable than ever. Because I went vegan during this transition of settling down, I am more aware and conscientious about the food that I eat than ever before. I’ve developed relationships with local farmers, learned about gardening from volunteering at a friend’s local animal sanctuary, and I've begun composting in my very own backyard. In the beginning, winters were a struggle for me, but now I've learned to embrace them, as I do with all of the seasons. A tree with green leaves is now just as pretty as a naked winter tree. A fresh fig with homemade granola and cashew milk in the summer has become just as enjoyable as a warm spiced curry stew on a cold winter day.  eat well . be happy

Her recipes and food photography have been featured in:

NY Yoga Life Magazine

Milford Journal

The Feed Feed

Food 52

So Delicious Dairy Free recipe contributor

Follow your Heart

Diana (bottom L) has been a professional photographer for over 14 years documenting weddings, families and NYC fashion week

Meet the Team

Diana and Jeff at their local farmer's market serving up vegan burgers

Diana and Jeff met 20 years ago at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After a few years spent in NYC, they purchased a home in Milford, PA to be surrounded by quiet nature and a slower paced lifestyle. Living in the country helped inspire Diana to begin cooking a wide range of foods that celebrated vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds and so on. Her kitchen became a daily creative sanctuary. Jeff loved it. They discussed sharing these wonderful meals with others which led to the local markets, pop ups and now ... the café

Jeff provides the perfect counterbalance to Diana. Each is an expert photographer. (Jeff had the good fortune of working many years with iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber.) Whereas Diana's primary focus is on creation and food artisanship, Jeff is a most talented craftsman, with a knack for fixing just about anything that requires repair. He also has 15 years of diverse experience in the restaurant industry - from bartender to manager. While Diana will live in the Fogwood & Fig kitchen, Jeff will operate part time the "front of house."

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Updates

The Project FAQs

Budget and use of Proceeds

currently we have small working capital from money saved but require more funds for the costly expense of opening a cafe.

Notes: Equipment and Supplies includes refrigerators, freezer, ice machine, sinks, dishwasher, work tables, backsplash, shelving, etc. Renovations include flooring and ceiling in café area. The Deli Display is a front of house, refrigerated display. Provisions include the initial food order. Other items not included above (initial staff salary, furnishings and fixtures, etc.) will be funded from limited personal funds; however it is of course the hope of Diana and Jeff that the I Fund Women will succeed with a bit of a cushion to offset some of these costs as well.

Why Crowdfund

Independence: The funds from I Fund Women will allow us to create Fogwood & Fig in an independent manner, so as to remain consistent with our vision. 

Community: Fogwood & Fig believes in being a true member of its community. We feel that when a person makes a decision to dine out with us, they are entitled to more than sustenance - they are entitled to an overall happy experience. People dining with us will know they are among friends and that we seek for it to be a collaboration with our community.

About The Rewards

If a Reward requires a "selection" (such as choosing a date) these are made after the campaign.

In the Rewards, we used the word lunch generically, to connote a meal. Lunch is interchangeable in meaning with brunch or even late breakfast for the purpose of the Rewards. More on that after the campaign when our hours are set.

Rewards that include lunch do not include tax, tip, beverage(s), or dessert - unless indicated.

Each backer choosing a lunch Reward will receive a signed certificate for same; we request you redeem it within 6 months.

All Rewards are US delivery only.

Cooking Demo's are not available on Weekends.

Food delivered to office Reward is restricted to locations within a 15 mile radius of the cafe.

Burger bar Reward is restricted to a 50 mile radius from the café; dates and times subject to availability.

The take-home gift/food options are subject to change. Here are descriptions of those mentioned:

Cashew cheeze sauce - raw cashews w smoked paprika, smoked sea salt, lemon juice;

Organic house granola - gluten free, made with seeds and organic pure maple syrup;

House pickled pink onions - great on burgers and sandwiches even salads

Risks and Challenges

Opening a free-standing restaurant/café is a daunting proposition for anyone. In our case, we've spent two years preparing. We've secured what we believe to be an ideal location whose fix-up requirements are manageable. We've undertaken the process of developing a meticulous budget - renovations, staffing, equipment - and have had the benefit of consulting with experts to assist us with that process.

Our menu style, food items, and recipes are well developed. And our reputation in the community and most everywhere we've served our fare, is hard-earned and positive.

Diana's creativity and food artisanship and Jeff's front of house talents and behind the scenes craftsmanship (he can fix anything) is a formidable combination.

We understand it is necessary when pursuing a major venture to prepare for the unexpected. This is not lost on us. We are and shall remain diligent and alert. This café is our dream, and a labor of love, we are pleased to work hard in its pursuit.

Accordingly, we believe we can say with total certainty that upon success of this Kickstarter, Fogwood & Fig will open and all Rewards will be delivered as represented, and all backers will find themselves pleasantly nourished with all good things. Thanks to all who support.

03/28/2018
YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF THANKS
$15
10/05/2017
YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF THANKS
$84
09/13/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$30
08/17/2017
YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF THANKS
$15
08/16/2017
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH
$27
08/16/2017
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH
$27
08/16/2017
LUNCH FOR 2 – PLUS
$88
08/16/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$100
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08/16/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$113
08/16/2017
LUNCH FOR 2
$100
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
41 Supporters
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$15
YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF THANKS

Your name proudly displayed in a frame. Thank you!

13 Supporters
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$27
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH

Enjoy a delicious item such as our messy good burger! Your name on WALL OF THANKS!

14 Supporters
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$41
FOGWOOD & FIG HOUSE GRANOLA

your name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS a 12 oz. bag of our gluten free house granola. We use organic rolled oats, organic pure and local maple syrup, warm spices, coconut flakes and sunflower seeds. Thanks for your support! Includes shipping in U.S only. estimated delivery October 2017

2 Supporters
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$63
LUNCH FOR 2

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for two on us - one item each plus share one side or treat. Shipping of meal card included. estimated delivery -October 2017 + Name on WALL OF THANKS

13 Supporters
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$88
LUNCH FOR 2 – PLUS

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for two - one main item each plus a side each. PLUS YOU take home a delicious item such as cashew cheese sauce, or house granola or other. Please check section ABOUT REWARDS. Name on WALL OF THANKS. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017. Thanks so much!

20 Supporters
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$113
LUNCH FOR 4

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for 4 on us - any 1 main item each plus 2 sides to share. Please check section ABOUT REWARDS. Name on WALL OF THANKS. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017. Thanks so much!

4 Supporters
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$153
LUNCH OR BRUNCH FOR 12 DAYS = YUM!

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch or brunch once a week for 12 weeks. Choose any 1 main item per visit. Expires 6 months from cafe opening date. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017 + WALL OF THANKS.

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$203
ATTEND THE OPENING DAY FOR 2

You and your guest will be among the first to enjoy a meal at Fogwood & Fig as you attend our OPENING DAY! Seating time options to be determined. Includes a main course each, side, treat, light beverage. PLUS YOU EACH take home a delicious item such as our house cashew cheese sauce or granola or other. Name on WALL OF THANKS

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$303
ATTEND PREVIEW - BEFORE WE OPEN, FOR 4 PEOPLE

You and 3 friends will be the first to enjoy food at Fogwood & Fig as you attend our PREVIEW DAY opening! Please call ahead to reserve a table. Includes each a main item, side, treat, light beverage. PLUS YOU EACH take home a delicious item such as our house cashew cheese sauce or house pickled pink onions or other surprise. PLUS YOU get a free lunch includes one main item and light beverage. Pledge includes shipping of invite. estimated delivery – August or September 2017. YOUR NAME ON WALL OF THANKS!

2 Supporters
None available
$553
PRIVATE COOKING DEMO PLUS LUNCH FOR 4

Name on WALL OF THANKS. PLUS you and 3 friends will enjoy a private cooking demo by Diana- pick up a few tips on how to cook delicious wholesome food. Demo will be followed by a Fogwood & Fig lunch and you enjoy the very food you just watched Diana prepare. PLUS YOU take home ONE delicious house made item like house pickled pink onion, cashew cheese sauce, or a house granola. please see section ABOUT REWARDS Pledge includes shipping of demo date. Estimated delivery - October 2017

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PRIVATE COOKING DEMO PLUS LUNCH FOR 6

Name on WALL OF THANKS, PLUS YOU and 5 friends will enjoy a private cooking demo by Diana- pick up a few tips on how to cook delicious wholesome food. Demo will be followed by a Fogwood & Fig lunch and you enjoy the very food you just watched Diana prepare. PLUS you each take home ONE delicious house made item such as pickled pink onion, cashew cheese sauce, or other please see section ABOUT REWARDS Includes a main course each, side, treat, light beverage. Pledge includes shipping of demo date. estimated delivery October 2017

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$1,003
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH DELIVERED TO YOUR OFFICE OR HOME

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS we will deliver lunch for up to 20 people. Include one main item each such as burger, sandwich or bliss bowl, plus a side salad enough to feed 20 people, and our walnut cacao date truffle. Requires two weeks notice and local to our cafe. please see the section ABOUT REWARDS Estimated Delivery October 2017

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TAKE OVER FOGWOOD & FIG FOR 16

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS you and 15 friends enjoy Fogwood & Fig cafe after regular business hours for a 2 hour stretch) You get a 3 course meal off the menu. YOU also get a take home food item such as our house granola, cashew cheese sauce or house pickled pink onion, or some other surprise. Requires 3 week notice. Perfect for Birthday, bridal party or baby shower! Includes shipping of reward card. Estimated delivery October 2017

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$5,003
FOGWOOD & FIG BURGER BAR - OUR POPULAR MESSY GOODNESS BROUGHT TO YOU

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS we'll set up and serve our burgers for up to 30 people at your next gathering. Choose up to 3 of our popular burgers, includes two side salads to serve 30 guest. Great for your next party and within 50 miles of cafe. Includes shipping of reward announcement. Estimated delivery October 2017

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward
41 Supporters
Contribute
$15
YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF THANKS

Your name proudly displayed in a frame. Thank you!

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$27
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH

Enjoy a delicious item such as our messy good burger! Your name on WALL OF THANKS!

14 Supporters
Select this reward
$41
FOGWOOD & FIG HOUSE GRANOLA

your name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS a 12 oz. bag of our gluten free house granola. We use organic rolled oats, organic pure and local maple syrup, warm spices, coconut flakes and sunflower seeds. Thanks for your support! Includes shipping in U.S only. estimated delivery October 2017

2 Supporters
None available
$63
LUNCH FOR 2

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for two on us - one item each plus share one side or treat. Shipping of meal card included. estimated delivery -October 2017 + Name on WALL OF THANKS

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$88
LUNCH FOR 2 – PLUS

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for two - one main item each plus a side each. PLUS YOU take home a delicious item such as cashew cheese sauce, or house granola or other. Please check section ABOUT REWARDS. Name on WALL OF THANKS. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017. Thanks so much!

20 Supporters
Select this reward
$113
LUNCH FOR 4

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch for 4 on us - any 1 main item each plus 2 sides to share. Please check section ABOUT REWARDS. Name on WALL OF THANKS. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017. Thanks so much!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$153
LUNCH OR BRUNCH FOR 12 DAYS = YUM!

Enjoy a Fogwood & Fig lunch or brunch once a week for 12 weeks. Choose any 1 main item per visit. Expires 6 months from cafe opening date. Pledge includes shipping of meal card. estimated delivery -October 2017 + WALL OF THANKS.

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$203
ATTEND THE OPENING DAY FOR 2

You and your guest will be among the first to enjoy a meal at Fogwood & Fig as you attend our OPENING DAY! Seating time options to be determined. Includes a main course each, side, treat, light beverage. PLUS YOU EACH take home a delicious item such as our house cashew cheese sauce or granola or other. Name on WALL OF THANKS

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2 Supporters
Select this reward
$303
ATTEND PREVIEW - BEFORE WE OPEN, FOR 4 PEOPLE

You and 3 friends will be the first to enjoy food at Fogwood & Fig as you attend our PREVIEW DAY opening! Please call ahead to reserve a table. Includes each a main item, side, treat, light beverage. PLUS YOU EACH take home a delicious item such as our house cashew cheese sauce or house pickled pink onions or other surprise. PLUS YOU get a free lunch includes one main item and light beverage. Pledge includes shipping of invite. estimated delivery – August or September 2017. YOUR NAME ON WALL OF THANKS!

2 Supporters
None available
$553
PRIVATE COOKING DEMO PLUS LUNCH FOR 4

Name on WALL OF THANKS. PLUS you and 3 friends will enjoy a private cooking demo by Diana- pick up a few tips on how to cook delicious wholesome food. Demo will be followed by a Fogwood & Fig lunch and you enjoy the very food you just watched Diana prepare. PLUS YOU take home ONE delicious house made item like house pickled pink onion, cashew cheese sauce, or a house granola. please see section ABOUT REWARDS Pledge includes shipping of demo date. Estimated delivery - October 2017

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$753
PRIVATE COOKING DEMO PLUS LUNCH FOR 6

Name on WALL OF THANKS, PLUS YOU and 5 friends will enjoy a private cooking demo by Diana- pick up a few tips on how to cook delicious wholesome food. Demo will be followed by a Fogwood & Fig lunch and you enjoy the very food you just watched Diana prepare. PLUS you each take home ONE delicious house made item such as pickled pink onion, cashew cheese sauce, or other please see section ABOUT REWARDS Includes a main course each, side, treat, light beverage. Pledge includes shipping of demo date. estimated delivery October 2017

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1 Supporter
Select this reward
$1,003
FOGWOOD & FIG LUNCH DELIVERED TO YOUR OFFICE OR HOME

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS we will deliver lunch for up to 20 people. Include one main item each such as burger, sandwich or bliss bowl, plus a side salad enough to feed 20 people, and our walnut cacao date truffle. Requires two weeks notice and local to our cafe. please see the section ABOUT REWARDS Estimated Delivery October 2017

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$3,503
TAKE OVER FOGWOOD & FIG FOR 16

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS you and 15 friends enjoy Fogwood & Fig cafe after regular business hours for a 2 hour stretch) You get a 3 course meal off the menu. YOU also get a take home food item such as our house granola, cashew cheese sauce or house pickled pink onion, or some other surprise. Requires 3 week notice. Perfect for Birthday, bridal party or baby shower! Includes shipping of reward card. Estimated delivery October 2017

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$5,003
FOGWOOD & FIG BURGER BAR - OUR POPULAR MESSY GOODNESS BROUGHT TO YOU

Name on WALL OF THANKS PLUS we'll set up and serve our burgers for up to 30 people at your next gathering. Choose up to 3 of our popular burgers, includes two side salads to serve 30 guest. Great for your next party and within 50 miles of cafe. Includes shipping of reward announcement. Estimated delivery October 2017

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