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FoodChasers' Kitchen

We've chased food, now it's time that we chase our dreams and passion!

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Campaign Ends on August 26, 2021

Project Description

We’ve chased food, and now it’s time to chase Our Passion and Our Dream

From two unknown people chasing good food around the world to people chasing the food we make. Over the last eight years, many of you have nudged, recommended, and some have even begged us to open a restaurant. What many of you don’t know is that we wrote a menu about 13 years ago and placed it on a bedroom wall, and pursued other goals. Due to the overwhelming positive response from our customers and followers, we decided to take a “leap of faith” and not just chase food but also chase our dream of owning a restaurant. Now we need your help to actualize our dream.

Our names are Dr. Maya and Dr. Kala Johnstone, and we started FoodChasers on Instagram eight years ago. In addition to maintaining our strong social media presence, we served as school principals for 11 years. We did not attend culinary school, and we are the product of watching our family members cook, the Food Network, and YouTube. We like to say our business/restaurant was built from Instagram, an iPhone, and followers. We took pictures of the food we either chased or made ourselves and posted them on Instagram to share with our followers. It was that easy for us. Cooking and finding good food have always been easy for us, but you know what has not been easy, opening a restaurant. As life-long learners, we love learning about operating a business, but can we keep it real for a second? To be honest, the bills are adding up, but we aren’t giving up.

FoodChasers’ Kitchen will be a new, fast-casual restaurant with dine-in seating and delivery that will provide fresh breakfast, sandwiches, and salads. The menu will feature a diverse selection that includes meals inspired by our “food travels” from around the world. FoodChasers' mission is to create an environment that encourages travel by displaying information, pictures featuring cuisine, and coffee from various places around the world.

Thus far, we have spent a considerable portion of our savings, and grateful to our immediate family for investing in our dream. Thus far, we have allocated cash toward a down payment on leasing restaurant space, leasehold improvements, and additional kitchen equipment and supplies. Now we need to raise capital for additional equipment, furniture, and improvements to the property before restaurant opening.

In addition to food, the well-being of children is our priority. Although the core function of our business is supplying food, there will be a philanthropic arm to our business. FoodChasers’ Kitchen intends to partner with Philadelphia schools to provide funding for therapeutic calming spaces for students and teachers, offer book scholarships to graduating seniors, sponsor class trips, and other charitable projects that will provide donations to school staff and students. It is our ultimate dream to partner with public schools throughout the United States.

We appreciate any monetary donations!

 Thank You! 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

* Where is the location of the restaurant?

    * Elkins Park, PA

* What type of food will be served? 

   * American Food (Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch) 

* Hours of Operation:

   * 7:30AM-3:30PM

* Are you hiring?

   * Yes, we are hiring all positions (please email admin@foodchaserskitchen.com

 

 

Branchout!
07/31/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$100
Brent And Jessica
07/30/2021
Your Name On The Menu
$250
Simply Dauntless
07/30/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$100
Karen civil
07/30/2021
Your Business Listed
$500
Michelle
07/30/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$100
Claire Andrews
07/29/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
07/29/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$100
Camara Wilson
07/28/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$200
Tiffany McIntyre
07/28/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Kelli Wyatt
07/28/2021
(2) Breakfast & Coffee
$100
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care!

Any donation is welcomed to help us chase our dream of opening a restaurant.  

Thank you in advance! 

13 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Thank You Acknowledgement

Backers at this and all other pledge levels will receive a thank you email.

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10 Supporters
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100.00 USD
(2) Breakfast & Coffee

Backers at this level will receive two breakfast or lunch entrees as well as a beverage from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu.

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43 Supporters
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400.00 USD
Pre-Opening Dinner with FoodChasers

Backers at this level will get the opportunity to attend an evening event at our restaurant, where we provide samples of our menu and "mocktails" will be served.  

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3 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Your Business Listed

Backers at this level will have a menu item named after their business, and their business contact information will be available on our menu and website for two weeks. 

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2 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Small Party Package

Backers at this level will receive a small party provided by us.  This package feeds between 6-8 people.  You will be able to select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu.  Please note* this package has to be picked up from the restaurant.

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1 Supporter
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2,500.00 USD
Game Night (Monday Night Football)

Backers at this level will have access to our restaurant for one Monday Night Football Game. That's right, you get to use our entire restaurant with 9 of your friends. You can select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Game Night Menu. Please note* our restaurant is a BYOB.

 

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0 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Platinum Party

Backers at this level will select either a catering event at your residence or our restaurant for 25 guests. You can select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu. This is a perfect package for a holiday party, wedding rehearsal dinner, engagement party, baby shower, game night, birthday party, etc. Our restaurant is a BYOB. Please note* your residence must be within 20 miles of the restaurant (Elkins Park, PA, 19027).

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care!

Any donation is welcomed to help us chase our dream of opening a restaurant.  

Thank you in advance! 

13 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Thank You Acknowledgement

Backers at this and all other pledge levels will receive a thank you email.

190 Left
10 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
(2) Breakfast & Coffee

Backers at this level will receive two breakfast or lunch entrees as well as a beverage from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu.

57 Left
43 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
Pre-Opening Dinner with FoodChasers

Backers at this level will get the opportunity to attend an evening event at our restaurant, where we provide samples of our menu and "mocktails" will be served.  

27 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Your Business Listed

Backers at this level will have a menu item named after their business, and their business contact information will be available on our menu and website for two weeks. 

50 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Small Party Package

Backers at this level will receive a small party provided by us.  This package feeds between 6-8 people.  You will be able to select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu.  Please note* this package has to be picked up from the restaurant.

19 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Game Night (Monday Night Football)

Backers at this level will have access to our restaurant for one Monday Night Football Game. That's right, you get to use our entire restaurant with 9 of your friends. You can select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Game Night Menu. Please note* our restaurant is a BYOB.

 

16 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Platinum Party

Backers at this level will select either a catering event at your residence or our restaurant for 25 guests. You can select from our Exclusive Crowdfunding Menu. This is a perfect package for a holiday party, wedding rehearsal dinner, engagement party, baby shower, game night, birthday party, etc. Our restaurant is a BYOB. Please note* your residence must be within 20 miles of the restaurant (Elkins Park, PA, 19027).

8 Left
0 Supporters
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