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HELP FUND BLACK WOMEN-OWNED RESTAURANT

Each One, Feeds One. Partner with Sunshine and Soul Restaurant to help end hunger in our communities.

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Campaign Ends on October 3, 2020

Project Description

 

Sunshine & Soul restaurant serves mouth watering southern classics that have been the hallmark of many of our childhood memories. As a black and women-owned restaurant, we are committed to giving back to our local communities. 

 

For every meal we serve, we are partnering with nonprofit organizations to give a meal to someone in need.

 

I’m Alexis, owner and founder of Sunshine and Soul! There are so many feelings of nostalgia I experience while cooking and serving soul food. Some of my fondest memories are of my sisters and I soaking up the secrets to southern cuisine in the kitchen with my mom and aunts. I saw how this food was able to bring people together, how it was embedded in so many of my fondest memories…then one experience changed how I experienced southern cuisine, and how I shared that experience with others.

I had now been serving in various countries for three months when I found myself in a city right outside of David Panama. While, there we were able to serve a pastor for a weekend which is where I met a little girl who was about seven years old. She had the brightest smile with eyes to match. She bubbled over with joy and laughter everytime I saw her, but I couldn't help but notice how small she was for her age, or how far she had traveled to see the “Americanas” in town. One day I was on my way to the small local hut that sold fried chicken when I noticed this little girl trailing after me. Eventually she caught up to me while I was ordering. When my food came, she just stared at me. I immediately offered her some. She ate as if she hadn’t eaten in days. This became our daily routine for lunch during my stay there.  Further into my visit, the pastor explained to me that she comes from a very poor family with many siblings, so there isn’t always food available for her to eat. 

While, I never saw her again after I left Panama, I was reminded that there are people in my own community who have no idea where their next meals are coming from. I also knew of many local organizations who were fighting to end hunger everyday. I wanted to bridge the gap between the nostalgia I felt with my own family and the moment I share with that little girl in Panama who lit up when she was able to simply enjoy a meal — something she didn’t get to do often.

At Sunshine and Soul, we want to be a stable resource, so men, women, and children in our own communities are fed everyday. 

  • 50% Restaurant Equipment (Ovens, tables, dishwasher, etc.)
  • 25% Renovations/Buildout 
  • 15% Operational + Start up costs (permitting, licensing, staffing etc.)
  • 10% Donation to a Black woman-owned company or foundation

Thank you for your support to help fund Sunshine & Soul restaurant. To show our appreciation we've developed some perks that are definitely worth savoring!

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where will Sunshine & Soul Restaurant be located? The first location of Sunshine & Soul will be located in the Maryland/ D.C. metropolitan area.

 

  • When is the restaurant opening? The opening of our physical location to the public is pending COVID-19 regulations and guidelines for public spaces. Please be sure to follow our social media channels and website for the official announcement of our grand opening. 

 

  • Will your food be available on food delivery apps? We will be available on all of the major food delivery apps, such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Grubhub.                          

 

  • What type of food will Sunshine & Soul serve? Sunshine & Soul will serve mouth-watering soul food. You can expect to see your favorite classic soul food dishes, while also experiencing comfort foods with a twist. 

 

  • How can I continue to support the restaurant? Please share the story and vision of Sunshine & Soul restaurant with your family and friends through word of mouth and social media.         

 

  • Where can I learn more about the founder? You can learn more about Alexis Harris on Instagram @alexisj.harris or her website,  alexisjharris.com.                    
Arielle DeFoor
09/17/2020
Shareable Appetizer
$50
CJ McBath (Connie Priscilla Fund)
09/17/2020
And now for dessert
$250
Courtni
09/15/2020
Shareable Appetizer
$50
Anita B
09/13/2020
Shareable Appetizer
$50
Bria
09/12/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Jasmyn
09/09/2020
Southern Hospitality
$25
Ememobong Sunju-Abbey
09/09/2020
Shareable Appetizer
$50
Claudia Grant
09/09/2020
Southern Hospitality
$25
09/09/2020
Shareable Appetizer
$50
Anonymous
09/09/2020
Monetary Contribution
$10
25.00 USD
Southern Hospitality

+ 📩❤️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

7 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Shareable Appetizer

+ 📩❤️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

+ 🧁 Free 6-pack of Elle & Emmas Cupakes (Available for pick-up in DC, MD, and, VA) OR Virtual Build A Gourmet Cupcake Masterclass with Elle & Emmas.

 

12 Supporters
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100.00 USD
The Main Course

+ ❤️ 🗣️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder and a shoutout on our social media page.

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

 

6 Supporters
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250.00 USD
And now for dessert

+ ❤️ 🎥 Receive a personal thank you video from our founder and a shoutout on our social media page.

+ We're serving up a free Elle and Emmas mini cake (Pick-up within DC, MD, and VA) 

+ 😋 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

4 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Fine Dining Experience

+ 📝 ❤️ Receive a personal handwritten thank you letter from our founder.

+ 😋 📙 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

+ 🍽️ The first taste. An exclusive invitation to the VIP soft launch and a Sunshine & Soul Swag Bag

0 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Private Dining Experience

+ 📝 ❤️ Receive a personal handwritten thank you letter from our founder.

+ 😋 📙 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

+ 🍽️ The first taste. An exclusive invitation to the VIP soft launch and a Sunshine & Soul Swag Bag

+ 🙏 A custom thank you placement included in the "Our Community Made it Happen" section of the Sunshine & Soul menu listing of donors

1 Supporter
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Rewards

25.00 USD
Southern Hospitality

+ 📩❤️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

7 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Shareable Appetizer

+ 📩❤️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

+ 🧁 Free 6-pack of Elle & Emmas Cupakes (Available for pick-up in DC, MD, and, VA) OR Virtual Build A Gourmet Cupcake Masterclass with Elle & Emmas.

 

12 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
The Main Course

+ ❤️ 🗣️ Receive a personal thank you email from our founder and a shoutout on our social media page.

+ 😋 A digital recipe card for her "Honey Butter Cornbread."

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

 

6 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
And now for dessert

+ ❤️ 🎥 Receive a personal thank you video from our founder and a shoutout on our social media page.

+ We're serving up a free Elle and Emmas mini cake (Pick-up within DC, MD, and VA) 

+ 😋 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Fine Dining Experience

+ 📝 ❤️ Receive a personal handwritten thank you letter from our founder.

+ 😋 📙 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

+ 🍽️ The first taste. An exclusive invitation to the VIP soft launch and a Sunshine & Soul Swag Bag

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Private Dining Experience

+ 📝 ❤️ Receive a personal handwritten thank you letter from our founder.

+ 😋 📙 An exclusive digital cookbook by Sunshine & Soul founder Alexis

+ 👩‍🍳 An exclusive invitation for an intimate cooking experience. Make dinner with the founder, Alexis (available virtually and socially distanced in-person)

+ 🍽️ The first taste. An exclusive invitation to the VIP soft launch and a Sunshine & Soul Swag Bag

+ 🙏 A custom thank you placement included in the "Our Community Made it Happen" section of the Sunshine & Soul menu listing of donors

1 Supporter
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