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Soul Taco Houston

EXPERIENCING PEOPLE, PLACES & CULTURE…. ONE FUNKY FRESH TACO AT A TIME

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Campaign Ends on December 31, 2021

Project Description

Soul Taco is a "soul & passion" project.  The owner, Chef Dawn Sloan, studied, learned and practiced her skill set in Michelin Star restaurants.  These restaurants taught and focused on discipline and perfection; absolutely fantastic for a kitchen, but Chef Sloan still felt wanting....as if she was missing a part of herself in the kitchen. As a descendent of the south, she understands the meaning behind soul filling food.  "The Soul" is in direct correlation with, not only the beauty in and of the food,  but also how the food directly connects with the customers. The "soul" is THE essential part of the food.  With the push and help of friends and family (...and some recipes from her grandmothers and great grandmother) Soul Taco was created.

Photo By: Rob Milton

 

Four years ago, Chef Sloan tested a theory surrounding community and food –if you bring people together over a table of food, communion, you can drive difficult discussions, with perfect strangers, around differences creating constructive synergy instead of destructive static. Taking that theory, she and her Sous Chef. Leah, placed a simple taco truck in a community in Houston that knew everything about Tex-Mex but nothing about the soul food twist Chef Sloan placed on the tacos.  Breakfast tacos are a staple in Texas... but adding soul food to "trick out" the tacos created a buzz in the community. Chef Sloan uses local vendors to help master the "mama's table" flavors in the food.

Photo By: Yumdopetastic

We are paired up with a local coffee shop which shares the same values and philosophy around bringing culturally different people together and creating community.  Before COVID, all the seating was shared seating and gently encouraged people to sit together and share a common space.  Since we have started putting life "back together", the community that was created around the coffee shop and the tacos has returned and started to grow - we connected with the community and they continue to support us. This connection keeps them coming back for the daily menu as well as any new creation that pops up on social media for the weekend.  Focusing on this infusion keeps many consumers coming back for their favorites, but also allows for “food education” for many that are unfamiliar with the deep rooted heritage and craftsmanship that is paired with soul food.

 

 

The tacos and categories are named after classic soul singers and songs Chef Sloan grew up listening to, with her grandmothers, as she learned at their hands in their kitchens - her 1st Michelin Star Kitchen. The menu is designed to inspire conversations with the customers as well as employees who don't know or understand the rich culture of soul food and the instrumental part it plays in the American cuisine.  This menu, this creation is a homage to her family heritage.  Chef Sloan originates from a long linage of chefs - but until the 60's, black people were not "privileged" or 'worthy' to be called chef, they were considered "cooks" - this is helping to morph and break that stereotype.

 

 

Soul Taco is also attempting to shatter the glass ceiling in the restaurant industry by creating a space for female chefs and chefs of color to come, train and learn how to hold their own in a professional kitchen setting without their talents being discounted.  The majority of the staff are female, of color and/or have been marginalized or abused in this industry due to their sex or race.  This kitchen is a safe space and where they can learn from a Michelin trained chef about creativity, excellence and most of self-worth.

 

 

Photo By: Lanecia Rouse Tinsley @larouse

Funding Ask

We currently operate out of a food truck and a small kitchen that desperately needs renovations.   Our business has grown rapidly past the truck for daily operations– we need to move to a brick and mortar to serve our customers and the new consumers.  Currently, we are turning down potential business (large caterings) and growth opportunities due to the scheduling conflicts. We want to remain faithful and loyal to those who supported our truck.  We keep consistent days, hours and location; this has proven to be not only profitable but also essential to the survival of the brand.  The funds will be used for the buildout on the brick and mortar as well as hiring new employees at a living wage.

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

 

Please contact Chef Sloan at info@soultacohouston.com for more information about this campaign. 

Carie C
08/15/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Blair Martin
08/10/2021
Our Delectable House Made Hand Pies
$50
Darin
08/01/2021
Famous Slow Roasted Brisket
$500
Zee Potts
07/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$25
Alan
07/29/2021
Texas Meets Louisiana
$100
Tamela Owens-White
07/16/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Soph & Waff
07/16/2021
Texas Meets Louisiana
$100
Long
07/15/2021
Texas Meets Louisiana
$100
Kizzy Luke
07/15/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Sloan
07/14/2021
Famous Slow Roasted Brisket
$500
Monetary Contribution

Any and all monetary contributions will be gladly excepted.  With your contribution you will receive a personal thank you letter from the Soul Taco Crew along with our classic sticker.

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50.00 USD
Our Delectable House Made Hand Pies

1/2 dozen of our famous hand pies will be shipped to your door.  You can choose from the following sweet and inciting flavors:  Plump & Juicy Cherry, Southern Peach or Carnival Caramel Apple.

Chose one flavor or mix and match - your choice! (Directions for cooking included)

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100.00 USD
Texas Meets Louisiana

Our house made green and red salsa are all the rage!! You won't be able to put the jars down.  You will receive one 8 oz. jar of our red salsa, one 8 oz. jar of our green and a 1/2 dozen of our hand made Louisiana Meat Pies ( a recipe that steems from the owners great grandmother).  

You have the option of getting the blackberry wine sauce to serve with your meet pies. (Directions for cooking included)

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250.00 USD
Show Your Soul

Be the first to have the newest design of the Soul Taco Shirt.  Exclusive gold color and and only 100 will be made.  Show your support of your favorite tricked out taco by choosing this reward. 

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500.00 USD
Famous Slow Roasted Brisket

Even The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, agrees he has to "jump back and kiss himself". when he grabs a taste of this 3 day masterpiece.  You will receive our 15lb. (weight before cooking) 3 day, slow roasted brisket, ready for you to slice, heat and eat.

(Comes with warming instructions; Available for pick up only)

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5,000.00 USD
Dinner for 4 - w/ an Exclusive Chef

Let the owner, a 3 Michelin Star Trained Chef, prepare a night to remember for you and three other guest.  Chef Sloan will come in your home and prepare a 3 course meal for you and your guest with full service, dinning ware and wine parings. 

 

Must be within 300 miles of Houston and will not be valid during any holidays ( example: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc.). 

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10,000.00 USD
Dinner for 4 - w/ an Exclusive Chef

Let the owner, a 3 Michelin Star Trained Chef, prepare a night to remember for you and three other guest.  Chef Sloan will come in your home and prepare a 3 course meal for you and your guest with full service, dinning ware and wine parings. 

 

Must be within 600 miles of Houston and will not be valid during any holidays ( example: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc.). 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Any and all monetary contributions will be gladly excepted.  With your contribution you will receive a personal thank you letter from the Soul Taco Crew along with our classic sticker.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Our Delectable House Made Hand Pies

1/2 dozen of our famous hand pies will be shipped to your door.  You can choose from the following sweet and inciting flavors:  Plump & Juicy Cherry, Southern Peach or Carnival Caramel Apple.

Chose one flavor or mix and match - your choice! (Directions for cooking included)

148 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Texas Meets Louisiana

Our house made green and red salsa are all the rage!! You won't be able to put the jars down.  You will receive one 8 oz. jar of our red salsa, one 8 oz. jar of our green and a 1/2 dozen of our hand made Louisiana Meat Pies ( a recipe that steems from the owners great grandmother).  

You have the option of getting the blackberry wine sauce to serve with your meet pies. (Directions for cooking included)

121 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Show Your Soul

Be the first to have the newest design of the Soul Taco Shirt.  Exclusive gold color and and only 100 will be made.  Show your support of your favorite tricked out taco by choosing this reward. 

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Famous Slow Roasted Brisket

Even The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, agrees he has to "jump back and kiss himself". when he grabs a taste of this 3 day masterpiece.  You will receive our 15lb. (weight before cooking) 3 day, slow roasted brisket, ready for you to slice, heat and eat.

(Comes with warming instructions; Available for pick up only)

10 Left
2 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Dinner for 4 - w/ an Exclusive Chef

Let the owner, a 3 Michelin Star Trained Chef, prepare a night to remember for you and three other guest.  Chef Sloan will come in your home and prepare a 3 course meal for you and your guest with full service, dinning ware and wine parings. 

 

Must be within 300 miles of Houston and will not be valid during any holidays ( example: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc.). 

12 Left
0 Supporters
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10,000.00 USD
Dinner for 4 - w/ an Exclusive Chef

Let the owner, a 3 Michelin Star Trained Chef, prepare a night to remember for you and three other guest.  Chef Sloan will come in your home and prepare a 3 course meal for you and your guest with full service, dinning ware and wine parings. 

 

Must be within 600 miles of Houston and will not be valid during any holidays ( example: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc.). 

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