Naan Americans

Empowering passionate home cooks or aspiring chefs to host global culinary experiences from their home kitchens for locals.

Supriya
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Project Description

 

Naan Americans

Millennials are cooking more and it isn’t considered a chore but ability to create an experience.

However, there is no easy way exists in finding places for culinary enthusiasts to learn new skills, become culturally literate and taste global food locally.

-Cooking schools are expensive and also complex for amateurs

-You travel places to learn local cuisine

-Online recipes limits people from feeling, smelling and tasting all the amazing ingredients

-Dining at restaurants limits you from learning culture and tradition behind the food they serve

Our Platform

A GO-TO web platform to FIND global culinary experiences offered by passionate home cooks or chefs from their home kitchens locally.

Our Mission

Naan Americans is a community building platform that empowers home cooks or chefs to host culinary experiences to people within the community to:

-Follow passion, build followers and generate revenue

-Teach new skills, share recipes and encourage home cooking

-Socialize within the community, enlighten them with culture, history and tradition via food

How will we use your money?

Our biggest challenge is not having a user-friendly interface for host chefs to instantly enroll, schedule and publish classes. We want to build UX App and improvise website for our hosts to create events conveniently and at the same time for guests to find, inquire, review or book classes easily. In addition, our platform will be designed with background checks & risk scoring features to provide utmost security to our hosts and guests.

 

Our Team

Supriya Shekar

Co-Founder and CEO

Supriya holds a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University. She spent a decade as a Molecular Biologist before deciding to plunge into for-profit social entrepreneurship. Her entrepreneurial mind set from the age of seven after starting a makeshift book store as a kid, led her to explore several entrepreneur boot camps and ventures in the scientific startup.  However, her passion in cooking and entertaining her friends and neighbors during her free time turned out to be the most fun, yet socially impactful venture. This idea led her to start a global community building platform that brings people together via food and enlighten them with history, culture and traditions, bridging the gap of knowledge on diversity around us.

Supriya is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, where she brings more than 5 years of management experience from her previous startups- Medbiomarkers, Inc. and SNIFE CO. Since then, she has worked on the intersection of technology, consumer marketing, entertainment, and community building.

Anjana Chennagiri

Co-Founder and COO

Anjana is an Indian vegetarian food specialist, food blogger and is certified Homeopathy in practice from British Institute of Homeopathy, New Jersey. In addition, she holds an engineering degree from India and worked in the US as an elementary school teacher.

After she moved to the United States from India, she found herself missing two things, family and food. With a new-found phrase called “acquired taste”, she began experimenting new recipes in her kitchen that reminded her home, back in India. Since then, she has documented her cooking adventures in her blog called “Simple Cooking Surprises”.

Anjana is the COO, where she is involved in scouting passionate chefs and cooks to host unique classes to people in the community. She is also involved in the day to day operations of all the events at Naan-Americans.

 

Swati Sangwan

Co-Founder and VP of Marketing

Swati was born and raised in an entrepreneurial family who owned a catering business, where food business was the topic of discussion every day. She graduated with Banking and Finance at London School of Economics in UK and secured her Masters in International Business and Marketing from University of Sydney, Australia.

She has worked for several companies from Supply chain to Marketing and Branding analyst including pharmaceutical and transportation industry. However, food is her passion and always left a void in her professional life until she crossed paths with The Naan-Americans.

Swati is the VP of Marketing where she is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for social media sites, including blogging, creating social media profiles, managing regular posts and responding followers.

Our Culinary Experience Reviews:

Sita Mehta Merchea reviewed Naan Americans5 star

Thank you for a fabulous kids' sushi class at beautiful Allandale Farm!! My son and I had a wonderful experience learning to make one of his favorite foods! He came home so excited and proudly presented his sushi to my husband to snack on :) A morning well spent for sure. We're really glad we found you guys -- can't wait to take some classes for myself!

Andy Weltman reviewed Naan Americans 5 star

Wonderful evening with the Naan Americans! The cooking demonstration was amazing - easy to follow, hands on, yet such intricate delicious dishes. What a great way to socialize with friends and make new ones!!

Gail French Fricano reviewed Naan Americans5 star

A great experience! I learned to make several delicious Indian dishes while getting to know members of the community.

Holly Archibald Raynes reviewed Naan Americans 5 star

Wonderful experience with The Naan Americans. Cannot recommend it highly enough. I had no idea it was possible to make Indian food in my own kitchen!

Press Release

First Runner-up at Business Owner's Idea Cafe Grant, April 2018

An Interview with Boston Voyager, January 30, 2018

 

 

 TNA: Cover Story on The Foundations TV news. August 11, 2017

 

July 14, 2017

 LiveNewton.net Founders, Jennifer Murphy and Holly Raynes,

Updates

The Project FAQs

Our potential risks and challenges

Our other biggest challenge is to make people feel comfortable going to host’s home kitchens for cooking showcase and tasting experiences. Just like AirBnB, any new set-up takes time for people to feel comfortable. Entering strangers home or allowing strangers to walk-in to your home comes with potential risks. However, companies like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft have proved that with proper security measurements we can create disruptive technologies which could change people’s lifestyle, so why not apply this to a socially impactful community building platform to bring people together.

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Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Give what you can to support this socially impactful platform. Your contribution will help us empower several home cooks and aspiring chefs and building a stronger community over a food plate. A special thank you from the team!

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$50
A Special Gift!

This reward includes a small gift to add in your kitchen as a token of gratuity. A non-sticky rice ladle that can stand, and a personalized Thank You note from Naan Americans team.

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$180
Masquerade Ball

Help us launch our App with a bang! Join us for our exclusive launch Masquerade Ball plus one guest. Launch party date is at the end of 2018 in Greater Boston area venue.

This reward includes:

  1. Two tickets to our App Launch Cocktail party

  2. Jazz band

  3. Two drinks per person included

  4. Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts

  5. Mystery game

  6. Best dressed award

  7. Free entry to our raffle to win an upcoming culinary experience event near you

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Private Sushi Rolling Event

We will host a private Sushi rolling party at your home for 6 people. Chef Artist Katherine Quecke will conduct a hands-on Sushi rolling event at your premises.

This reward includes:

  • Sushi Art class for up to 6 people

  • All ingredients are included

  • You will be rolling three kinds of artistic sushi (veggie or fish options)

  • Miso soup cooking showcase and tasting experience

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$2,500
Corporate Event

Help us fund through your company to support community building and empowering local aspiring chefs and we will host your next corporate team building event. Chef Artist Katherine Quecke will conduct a hands-on Sushi rolling event at your premises. Team up in a set of two and roll these delicate and artistic sushi, because rolling sushi needs a lot of patience and creativity.

This reward includes:

  • Sushi Art class for up to 20 people (2 ppl /team)

  • All ingredients and materials provided

  • You will be rolling three kinds of artistic sushi (veggie or fish options)

  • Miso soup cooking showcase and tasting experience

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Give what you can to support this socially impactful platform. Your contribution will help us empower several home cooks and aspiring chefs and building a stronger community over a food plate. A special thank you from the team!

3 Supporters
Contribute
Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 10.46.50 AM
$50
A Special Gift!

This reward includes a small gift to add in your kitchen as a token of gratuity. A non-sticky rice ladle that can stand, and a personalized Thank You note from Naan Americans team.

53 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 11.36.59 AM
$180
Masquerade Ball

Help us launch our App with a bang! Join us for our exclusive launch Masquerade Ball plus one guest. Launch party date is at the end of 2018 in Greater Boston area venue.

This reward includes:

  1. Two tickets to our App Launch Cocktail party

  2. Jazz band

  3. Two drinks per person included

  4. Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts

  5. Mystery game

  6. Best dressed award

  7. Free entry to our raffle to win an upcoming culinary experience event near you

48 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
23561649_533963750314338_5661767342164294528_n
$650
Private Sushi Rolling Event

We will host a private Sushi rolling party at your home for 6 people. Chef Artist Katherine Quecke will conduct a hands-on Sushi rolling event at your premises.

This reward includes:

  • Sushi Art class for up to 6 people

  • All ingredients are included

  • You will be rolling three kinds of artistic sushi (veggie or fish options)

  • Miso soup cooking showcase and tasting experience

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0 Supporters
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2
$2,500
Corporate Event

Help us fund through your company to support community building and empowering local aspiring chefs and we will host your next corporate team building event. Chef Artist Katherine Quecke will conduct a hands-on Sushi rolling event at your premises. Team up in a set of two and roll these delicate and artistic sushi, because rolling sushi needs a lot of patience and creativity.

This reward includes:

  • Sushi Art class for up to 20 people (2 ppl /team)

  • All ingredients and materials provided

  • You will be rolling three kinds of artistic sushi (veggie or fish options)

  • Miso soup cooking showcase and tasting experience

5 Left
0 Supporters
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