Organically Bent

Organic Catering Chefs Scaling Up to Teach Low-Income Children To Budget, Buy, Cook, and Serve Small Batch, Clean, Organic Healthy Meals.

Lana
Maryland
$5,071
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Project Description

 

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Our Mission: We will change the way the world eats. One clean, organic meal per low income child, one event at a time.

 

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What is the market size and magnitude of this opportunity? The needs of the Baltimore and Washington DC areas are similar to the struggles of cities nationwide. A nationwide launch is possible after our test market continues to collect data in Baltimore and Washington DC. The projected market is in the millions.


The Problem: There is a lack of clean comfort food that is not processed. There is also a lack of authentic New Orleans creole cuisine in the Baltimore/DC area. There is a lack of resources teaching low income children how to cook healthy meals for themselves and siblings that they care for while parents are away from the home. Big business is trying to suck the life blood out of small, rural and urban farms. They need consistent support from small and large businesses through easy access to their products.


What is Bent's product and how does it solve the problem? We provide clean, organic comfort food for catered events (with proceeds used to feeding hungry children and teach them to cook) or as individual meals served to the public through pop-ups and farmers markets. We utilize students from local culinary schools to teach them how to become culinary entrepreneurs with a focus on serving the community. With the work that we do, we give back to the community by teaching children (through long-term cooking classes) how to cook meals that do not come in a package. We focus on educating children about the importance of eating as much unprocessed food as they can. We take them to shop for food at local farmer's markets and teach them the importance and affordability of buying local organic food. Many have been told that organic food is outside of their reach. Many are handed backpacks of food at school to get them through the weekends that contain nothing but processed food under the guise of something healthy. We give them a budget and we burst the bubble of that myth! We then teach them how to cook what they bought. If we teach them young enough, it's a positive cycle that can be implemented for life.

 

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Why are we seeking funding? We need your funding to hire chefs, procure a larger space, obtain equipment that allows us to scale for profit portion of the business within growth projections, commission branding and software to facilitate an easier way for our target audience to find us, and allocate more funds that allows to train more children to buy, cook, and eat healthy. Technology is the wave of now, not the future, and we need to get onboard or be left at the train station.


Our Team: 

 Executive Chef/Head of Executives - Lana Parker Browner

 

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Executive Chef  - Bobby Browner

 

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Additional Staff:

1 Sous Chef/Culinary Intern

 

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2 part-time chefs in training/servers

 

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Updates

The Project FAQs

What are the challenges of your project? The challenges of our project are similar to most crowdfunding projects. We currently lack the capital investment to scale according to our growth projections. We have a ton of opportunities that have been presented to us that we simply cannot accommodate without upfront investment. That is where you can help the most! Your support will not only help hungry, unhealthy children in the city it will help us show them that crowdfunding can be an effective part of their capital investment planning. We are training future entrepreneurs that lack access to funding because of credit scores, backgrounds, family circumstances, and even lack of housing.

What are the risks associated with your project? Our risks are slim. We have been successfully doing this for a year now, albeit on a much smaller scale, without any issues. We are licensed by the local health department, registered with the state of Maryland, and are fully insured.

What is the community's perspective on what you do? We have amazing feedback from our community supporters. They want to see us do more!

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28 Supporters
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$28
Bent Did it Magnet

Official Swag with our logo and @bentdidit to let everyone know that you support the movement to give back by teaching kids to cook clean healthy organic meals.

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Chef B& LP's Favorite Recipes

A sampling of our family's traditional recipes. These are an example of the delicious, clean recipes that we will use to teach children to cook for themselves!

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$75
HOT TICKET ITEM! Miss Lana's Creole Seasoning Starter Pack

All of our food is made in small batches from scratch using locally sourced organic ingredients including our spice blends! Looking for the kick we put into our food on a daily basis? Well this is the hot ticket item for you!

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SWAG ALERT: Bent's Kids Can Cook! T-shirt

Our kids love to show off that they have accomplished something and what better way than with a t-shirt? They wanted to share the joy and pride they feel when wearing this shirt with all of their backers that supported them at this level!

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SWAG ALERT: T-shirt with our logo that says: I Partied to Give Back

We will be giving this shirt to our catering customers. Why? Because they DID party to give back! A portion of our catering proceeds is partitioned to support our community movement. Customers love to wear this shirt to show that they helped the movement!

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$125
SWAG ALERT: T-shirt with our logo that says: #getbent

The back says Get Bent then tell them Bent Did It! It's our slogan! Catchy, isn't it? This is how we ask our clients to refer us to their friends. Now you can do the same!

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$300
Pay It Forward: Organic Cooking Lessons for One Child (age 13-17)

It feels good to give doesn't it? This is the reward that keeps on giving! This award is used to directly support our mission by providing the funds needed to completely train a child to purchase locally sourced organic food, cook it, and serve it to their families.

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Personal Chef Private Organic Romantic Dinner for Two

Reward that special someone with a romantic dinner in the comfort of your home or a selected romantic location. We provide a 4 course meal by one of our private chefs.

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Pay It Forward: Organic Meal Prep for One Family - One Month

Help feed others healthy food that doesn't come out of a box! Pay It Forward: Meal Prep for a Family of Four (one month - dinner five times per week).

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Generous Human Sponsor

We love to say thank you and with this reward we will be thanking with a catered party for up to 50 guests. AND, we will plaster your generosity all throughout social media to let everyone know how you generously supported the movement! You Rockstar!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward
28 Supporters
Contribute
BentEventsBanner
$28
Bent Did it Magnet

Official Swag with our logo and @bentdidit to let everyone know that you support the movement to give back by teaching kids to cook clean healthy organic meals.

18 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_0618
$50
Chef B& LP's Favorite Recipes

A sampling of our family's traditional recipes. These are an example of the delicious, clean recipes that we will use to teach children to cook for themselves!

49 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
IMG_4715
$75
HOT TICKET ITEM! Miss Lana's Creole Seasoning Starter Pack

All of our food is made in small batches from scratch using locally sourced organic ingredients including our spice blends! Looking for the kick we put into our food on a daily basis? Well this is the hot ticket item for you!

30 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
SWAG ALERT: Bent's Kids Can Cook! T-shirt

Our kids love to show off that they have accomplished something and what better way than with a t-shirt? They wanted to share the joy and pride they feel when wearing this shirt with all of their backers that supported them at this level!

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
SWAG ALERT: T-shirt with our logo that says: I Partied to Give Back

We will be giving this shirt to our catering customers. Why? Because they DID party to give back! A portion of our catering proceeds is partitioned to support our community movement. Customers love to wear this shirt to show that they helped the movement!

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
SWAG ALERT: T-shirt with our logo that says: #getbent

The back says Get Bent then tell them Bent Did It! It's our slogan! Catchy, isn't it? This is how we ask our clients to refer us to their friends. Now you can do the same!

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_4949
$300
Pay It Forward: Organic Cooking Lessons for One Child (age 13-17)

It feels good to give doesn't it? This is the reward that keeps on giving! This award is used to directly support our mission by providing the funds needed to completely train a child to purchase locally sourced organic food, cook it, and serve it to their families.

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
fullsizeoutput_8fa
$400
Personal Chef Private Organic Romantic Dinner for Two

Reward that special someone with a romantic dinner in the comfort of your home or a selected romantic location. We provide a 4 course meal by one of our private chefs.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_3764
$650
Pay It Forward: Organic Meal Prep for One Family - One Month

Help feed others healthy food that doesn't come out of a box! Pay It Forward: Meal Prep for a Family of Four (one month - dinner five times per week).

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_4833
$1,400
Generous Human Sponsor

We love to say thank you and with this reward we will be thanking with a catered party for up to 50 guests. AND, we will plaster your generosity all throughout social media to let everyone know how you generously supported the movement! You Rockstar!

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward