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Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe

Support Lutunji's Palate as she grows into her new larger commercial kitchen and bakery & cafe at 1400 Park Ave South in Minneapolis!

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Campaign Ends on August 15, 2021

Project Description

Lutunji has loved baking sweets her whole life — it's her love language. She loves to bless people with treats. Since 2018, she has been selling scrumptious treats, like her famous Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Harriet’s Escape Peach Cobbler, and Coconut Macaroons. Many of her desserts are vegan and gluten-free!

 

Lutunji's Palate Peach Cobbler in a glass jar with a spoon in it and the lid from the jar to the left of the jar with the Lutunji's Palate logo on it. The lid is sitting on a patterned linen. There is also a jar of Lutunji's Palate Pecan Cobbler in the back right of the photo. It is slightly out of focus.

 

But Lutunji’s Palate is not just about amazing treats — she and her team bake with community and people in mind.  She has partnerships in the community that allow her to invite local teens (StepUP), young adults (Emerge), and men returning to work after incarceration into the kitchen to learn about baking, running a business — and life-skilling. Lutunji’s Palate has already outgrown two commercial kitchens! In order to expand her business and her commitment to the community, she needs a much bigger space — that’s where you come in. You can be a part of building Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe. She already has a beautiful space at the new Gatsby building at 1400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. Your support will help build out the kitchen, the bakery case and counter, and the seating. Lutunji is working with retired General Mills Executives to optimize operations and kitchen equipment needs, ensuring a world-class kitchen space.

 

Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe floor plan

 

You see, building this bakery is about so much more than making and selling delicious gourmet desserts. It’s about bringing more people into the bakery to life-skill — and supporting the programs that foster community. We invite you to make a contribution today. Together we will build a great resource for the neighborhood and community. Thank you!

As you wait for the Bakery and Cafe to open, you can find them in grocery stores (North Market and many of the local Lunds and Byerlys, Specialty Foods), farmers markets (Farmer’s Market Annex and Northeast Farmer’s Market and The Plant Based Pop Up), and restaurants (Handsome Hog, Pimento, and The Gnome).

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Where will Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe be located? In the beautiful new Gatsby building located at 1400 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN!
  • When will Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe open? The Bakery & Cafe is expected to open in the middle of September 2021!
  • What will my contributions be used for? Your contributions will be used to purchase equipment for the commercial kitchen and to build out the beautiful new location including tables and chairs. 
  • What if my place of work or church would like to help raise contributions to support Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe? We would love that! Please reach out to Pete: pete.gamades@gmail.com
  • Lutunji's Palate is a social enterprise, how is that different from a non-profit? Lutunji's Palate is a for profit business that prioritizes partnerships in the community that allow it to invite local teens (StepUP), young adults (Emerge), and men returning to work after incarceration into the commercial kitchen to learn about baking, running a business and life-skilling.
Ella and Maggie
07/31/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
07/31/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Ella and Maggie
07/31/2021
Early Bird Exclusive
$35
Susan K Otten
07/29/2021
Recognition on Commemorative Donor Wall
$1,000
07/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
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07/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Katie Pilarski
07/25/2021
Early Bird Exclusive
$25
Anna
07/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Kelsey & Adam Tritabaugh
07/22/2021
Early Bird Exclusive
$200
Inna Kuznetsov
07/20/2021
Early Bird Exclusive
$20
Monetary Contribution
  • Give what you can. Contributions of all sizes are welcome!
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1,000.00 USD
Recognition on Commemorative Donor Wall
  • Have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
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4 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Name a Dessert for a Month
  • Name a dessert at Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe! Each funder will get to submit a name to be added to one dessert. Month preferences will try to be honored. Proposed names will be subject to Ms. Lutunji's final approval.
  • Plus, have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
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10,000.00 USD
Private Dessert Making with Ms. Lutunji
  • You and five guests will have a private baking experience with Ms. Lutunji as she makes her trademark desserts. Each person will get a specially designed smock/apron and some tasty treats!
  • Plus, name a dessert at Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe! Each funder will get to submit a name to be added to one dessert. Month preferences will try to be honored. Proposed names will be subject to Ms. Lutunji's final approval.
  • Plus, have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution
  • Give what you can. Contributions of all sizes are welcome!
54 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Recognition on Commemorative Donor Wall
  • Have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
46 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Name a Dessert for a Month
  • Name a dessert at Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe! Each funder will get to submit a name to be added to one dessert. Month preferences will try to be honored. Proposed names will be subject to Ms. Lutunji's final approval.
  • Plus, have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
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0 Supporters
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD
Private Dessert Making with Ms. Lutunji
  • You and five guests will have a private baking experience with Ms. Lutunji as she makes her trademark desserts. Each person will get a specially designed smock/apron and some tasty treats!
  • Plus, name a dessert at Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe! Each funder will get to submit a name to be added to one dessert. Month preferences will try to be honored. Proposed names will be subject to Ms. Lutunji's final approval.
  • Plus, have your name included on a commemorative donor wall at the new Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe!
  • Plus, get exclusive access to Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe soft opening!
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