Pisces Rising + Seitans Helper's New Kitchen!

We are two vegan food businesses looking to get our feet off the ground in our own commercial kitchen in Brooklyn.

Laura
Business Services
$16,047
pledged of $16,000 goal
250
Backers
0
Days Left

Project Description

Hiya!

We are the women behind Pisces Rising Vegan + Seitan's Helper, two local Brooklyn businesses bringing beautiful, great tasting vegan food on an accessible level. Our main mission is to show everyone how easy it is to be vegan and that you don't need to give up delicious meats + pastries while saving the innocent lives of animals. We also love our community and want to do our best to support it. We decided to team up together to get a commercial kitchen space where both our businesses can thrive and grow.

Rosemary Chocolate Croissants by Pisces Rising, all vegan, baby!
Beautiful array of vegan meats by Seitan's Helper, getting some sun!

 

More Vegan Food?

Yes! It wasn't too long ago that finding quality vegan food was an impossible feat. Luckily, in 2019, there are many up-and-coming + successful vegan businesses. What makes us different? We take pride in being local and personalized. Seitan's Helper is one of the only vegan meat companies that is based in Brooklyn and makes everything from scratch. Pisces Rising Vegan is a one-woman business that loves to make every custom order truly customized, and is dedicated to bringing fine-dining level flavors on the more regular, affordable, and daily level. 

 

Laura Varley of Pisces Rising having a good time with these cookies
Amanda Fox of Seitan's Helper, looking lovingly at her vegan bacon

 

Who are y'all?

My name is Laura Varley and I am the owner/chef of Pisces Rising Vegan. Being raised vegetarian + cooking from scratch my whole life, it was a no brainer for me to go into the culinary world. After becoming vegan 6 years ago, I decided my new mission was to show the world how easy it is to be vegan through food. I've worked through the NYC restaurant world, at places such as Avant Garden + Modern Love Brooklyn, and am now ready to venture out on my own. With Pisces Rising Vegan, I specialize in what I love most: cakes, breads, and savory pastries. I love being able to make your day special with a flakey croissant or a bright, delectable birthday cake. I hope to be able to supply local Brooklyn cafes with tasty goods to delight vegans and non-vegans alike.

My name is Amanda Fox, the owner of Seitan’s Helper, and I’ve been a vegan for the past sixteen years. Cooking has always been an important part of my life, starting in childhood. I grew up learning skills from the women around me. The Seitan’s Helper journey began a little over a year ago. My wife, Cheyanne, and I had a dream of bringing fresh, flavorful plant based deli meat to vegans everywhere. We continue to strive to create compassionate versions of food that we grew up enjoying.

A perfect vegan cubano sammy by Seitan's Helper... soon to be your favorite night time meal!

 

An earl grey + blueberry layer cake by Pisces Rising, all ready to go for your next birthday celebration!

 

What are y'alls plans for the future?

Well, over the past few years you've seen us both grow exponentially. Starting at Vegan Market (the monthly vegan popup in Brooklyn) we have both managed to start selling our products to well-known NYC business such as Orchard Grocer (Manhattan); Riverdel (Manhattan + Brooklyn); and Hartbreakers (Brooklyn). We've even been able to vend at larger events such as Vegan Shop-up and VegFest! With your support, we are able to grow even more and will be having a permanent nightly food stall at the bar Precious Metal located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We will also be able to get our products in more places in Brooklyn + open up custom orders to take on larger amounts. 

Seitan's Helper's bacon on a special sandwich at Orchard Grocer

 

Pisces Rising cake for sale at Riverdel

 

Why are y'all doing a crowd-funder?

We absolutely love our community and all the people we've met along the way over the past year. Many of you have started to reach out to us asking how you can help us. We decided to start a crowd funder as a way for all of our friends + family to support us in one place, as well as new friends + customers! We specifically chose iFundWomen as it aligns with many of our values as women entrepreneurs. We know 16K is a lot, but if we reach our goal we will be able to fully fund our new kitchen space. This means having a space to thrive in, as well as being able to open it up as an affordable, friendly kitchen space for other small up-and-coming businesses to rent. We will even be able to throw special popup dinners in the space + have cake pickups!

 

Our new space! Isn't she cute?

 

Where is the money going?

All the money we raise will be going straight to our beautiful new kitchen space, right in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn! As we both live in the area, it was a no brainer to choose this space as home. We had enough in our savings to pay for the deposit and first few months rent, however, we need a little help with equipment. Here is an outline of our expense report:

  • Oven: $1800
  • Fridges: $3800
  • Freezer: $1600
  • Tables + Supplies: $2000
  • Induction Burners: $500
  • Electrician: $1200
  • Unforeseen expenses: $2000
  • Inspection: $600
  • and the rest of it will go towards iFundWomen fees, taxes, and our rewards!

Every contribution is greatly appreciated, whether it is $1, $100, or even $500, no amount is too small or too large. Every single penny is going towards making our dreams become reality and we really can't thank you enough!

The signature crag by Pisces Rising: bread stuffed with scalloped potatoes, bacon, caramelized onions, and cheese. All yours with a $10 donation! (photo cred: @capersandkindness ❤︎)
The ever-popular breakfast burrito by Seitan's Helper, all yours with a $15 donation! (photo cred: @capersandkindness ❤︎)

 

How about these rewards?

Yes! We've spent some time thinking of rewards that show you how much we love and appreciate you! They range from stickers + soap for smaller contributions, to free lunch stamp cards + cakes for larger contributions. We've even included a solo monetary contribution option for people who would just like to donate with nothing in exchange. Check out the whole list on the right!

 

*~*THANK YOU*~*

Seriously, we can't thank you enough! For your support, your thought, even just reading this campaign. We have 31 days to reach our goal but it the mean time feel free to check out our websites + Instagrams, all linked on the right. We hope you have a lovely day!

Updates

The Project FAQs

*~*Frequently Asked Questions*~*

  • Where are y'alls social media links?
  • You can find all our links to the right! The twitter icon links to Seitan's Helper's instagram and the linkedin icon leads to their website :)
  • What if I would like multiple rewards?
  • You can always make a contribution of any amount, so use that feature! Use the monetary contribution option and put an amount that totals the rewards you'd like to buy. There should be a comments section of some sort, so let me know what you're after. Thanks so much!
  • What if I don't live in NYC?
  • Any reward that is not perishable (meaning food) can be shipped to anywhere in the country! This includes the t-shirts, stickers, and soap. Also, all the rewards are valid for a full year, so if you do find yourself in the city, you'll be able to redeem food rewards.
  • How will you ship it to us?
  • Please send us contact information and your address when you purchase a reward and we will happily ship!

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions! 

Thank you!!

Kate
07/31/2019
Free Soap!
$15
Rina
07/31/2019
Free Pastry!
$10
07/31/2019
Big ole Thanksgiving Turkey
$25
Joe
07/31/2019
A Snazzy New Shirt!
$40
Tom Hanrahan
07/31/2019
A Snazzy New Shirt!
$40
Alyea
07/31/2019
Free Pastry!
$10
Khushboo Jain
07/31/2019
Baby Thanksgiving
$75
Khushboo Jain
07/31/2019
All of the cake!
$75
Laura
07/31/2019
All of the cake!
$75
Ericar1477
07/31/2019
Free Soap!
$15
Monetary Contribution

Just because you care. We will also write you a personalized thank you note!

24 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Stickers + a big ole thank you!

1 Pisces Rising Vegan Sticker + 1 Seitan's Helper Sticker + a personal thank you note

194 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$10
Free Pastry!

This reward will give you a free card to use at any popup event for a free pastry of your choosing. (Pisces Rising Vegan). Redeemable for one year.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

80 Left
20 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Free Soap!

This reward is equal to one free bar of soap of your choosing by The Fanciful Fox.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

91 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Free Sandwich!

This reward will give you a card that you'll be able to exchange for a free sandwich at any popup event. (Seitan's Helper). 

Valid NYC only! No ship

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

87 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
A Brand New Hat!

Your only chance to score one of the rare baseball caps with the Seitan's Helper logo. Perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes!

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
25 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
A full meal!

This reward will give you a card that you will be able to exchange at any popup for a free sandwich AND free pastry. (Seitans Helper + Pisces Rising Vegan).

Valid NYC only!

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

 

73 Left
27 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Big ole Thanksgiving Turkey

A 2.5 pound thanksgiving turkey from Setian's Helper, just in time for Thanksgiving! Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

18 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
A Snazzy New Shirt!

Your choice of either a Pisces Rising or Seitan's helper shirt, both designed by Zach Fay. This is the only time these will be available!

Also includes stickers and a personal thank you note.

13 Left
17 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Lunch + Cake!

This reward will let you have one free sandwich at any popup event by Seitan's Helper. It will also allow you to order a free 2 layer 6" cake that is fully customizable by Pisces Rising. (Valid for 1 year)

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

30 Supporters
None available
$75
All of the cake!

This reward is equal to a free 6" 3 layer cake of your choosing, fully customized, on the date of your choosing. It will also include a card for a free pastry at any popup event. (Pisces Rising Vegan). 

Valid NYC only! No ship

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

6 Left
14 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Baby Thanksgiving

Catered Thanksgiving meal including a 2.5 pound turkey, 2 sides, and a Thanksgiving pie. Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
20 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
All of the meat!

This reward will give you a free punchcard that is equal to 8 free sandwiches by Seitan's Helper. Valid at the Precious Metal stand or monthly pop-ups for 1 year.  

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

12 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
$110
All of the cake!

This reward will let you order an 8" 3 layer cake of your choosing, fully customized, on the date of your choosing! It will also include a punch card equal to one free pastry at any pop up event. (Pisces Rising Vegan)

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

Valid for 1 year

15 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Household Cleaner Workshop!

You and up to 6 friends can learn how to make natural household cleaners and soaps by Amanda Fox. One hour in Brooklyn, date TBD.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Dinner Tickets

Four tickets redeemable at different Seitan's Helper and Pisces Rising dinner events at Precious Metal in Brooklyn. Dates TBD.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

2 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Seitan Cooking Class!

You and up to 3 guests can come to our kitchen for a day of learning how to make seitan by the one and only Amanda Fox.

Redeemable for one year.

Also includes stickers and a personal thank you note!

4 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$2,000
Thanksgiving Meal!

We will make you a private Thanksgiving meal served in your home. Five full courses for up to six people. Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

1 Supporter
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just because you care. We will also write you a personalized thank you note!

24 Supporters
Contribute
$5
Stickers + a big ole thank you!

1 Pisces Rising Vegan Sticker + 1 Seitan's Helper Sticker + a personal thank you note

194 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$10
Free Pastry!

This reward will give you a free card to use at any popup event for a free pastry of your choosing. (Pisces Rising Vegan). Redeemable for one year.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

80 Left
20 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Free Soap!

This reward is equal to one free bar of soap of your choosing by The Fanciful Fox.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

91 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$15
Free Sandwich!

This reward will give you a card that you'll be able to exchange for a free sandwich at any popup event. (Seitan's Helper). 

Valid NYC only! No ship

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

87 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
$20
A Brand New Hat!

Your only chance to score one of the rare baseball caps with the Seitan's Helper logo. Perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes!

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
25 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
A full meal!

This reward will give you a card that you will be able to exchange at any popup for a free sandwich AND free pastry. (Seitans Helper + Pisces Rising Vegan).

Valid NYC only!

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

 

73 Left
27 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Big ole Thanksgiving Turkey

A 2.5 pound thanksgiving turkey from Setian's Helper, just in time for Thanksgiving! Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

18 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
A Snazzy New Shirt!

Your choice of either a Pisces Rising or Seitan's helper shirt, both designed by Zach Fay. This is the only time these will be available!

Also includes stickers and a personal thank you note.

13 Left
17 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Lunch + Cake!

This reward will let you have one free sandwich at any popup event by Seitan's Helper. It will also allow you to order a free 2 layer 6" cake that is fully customizable by Pisces Rising. (Valid for 1 year)

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

30 Supporters
None available
$75
All of the cake!

This reward is equal to a free 6" 3 layer cake of your choosing, fully customized, on the date of your choosing. It will also include a card for a free pastry at any popup event. (Pisces Rising Vegan). 

Valid NYC only! No ship

Redeemable for one year.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

6 Left
14 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Baby Thanksgiving

Catered Thanksgiving meal including a 2.5 pound turkey, 2 sides, and a Thanksgiving pie. Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
20 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
All of the meat!

This reward will give you a free punchcard that is equal to 8 free sandwiches by Seitan's Helper. Valid at the Precious Metal stand or monthly pop-ups for 1 year.  

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

12 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
$110
All of the cake!

This reward will let you order an 8" 3 layer cake of your choosing, fully customized, on the date of your choosing! It will also include a punch card equal to one free pastry at any pop up event. (Pisces Rising Vegan)

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

Valid for 1 year

15 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Household Cleaner Workshop!

You and up to 6 friends can learn how to make natural household cleaners and soaps by Amanda Fox. One hour in Brooklyn, date TBD.

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$200
Dinner Tickets

Four tickets redeemable at different Seitan's Helper and Pisces Rising dinner events at Precious Metal in Brooklyn. Dates TBD.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

2 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Seitan Cooking Class!

You and up to 3 guests can come to our kitchen for a day of learning how to make seitan by the one and only Amanda Fox.

Redeemable for one year.

Also includes stickers and a personal thank you note!

4 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$2,000
Thanksgiving Meal!

We will make you a private Thanksgiving meal served in your home. Five full courses for up to six people. Redeemable only in November 2019.

Valid NYC only! No ship

Also will include stickers + a personalized thank you note!

1 Supporter
None available