Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
As the popularity of crowdfunding grows, more foodies are turning to the masses to finance their new restaurants, food trucks and wholesale cooking projects.
Former Top Chef contestants Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent have turned to Kickstarter to fund their new project: Shakewell Bar and Kitchen — a restaurant that will offer Mediterranean brunch, lunch and dinner with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients.
Mary Ladd interviews Chuck Siegel, who used Kickstarter to revive his company, Charles Chocolates. Siegel is gearing up to open a 7,600-square foot chocolate kitchen and retail space in the Mission.
Victory Burger, the new venture from Actual Cafe’s Sal Bednarz, hopes to opens its later this year with the help of a Kickstarter campaign that’s currently underway.
In the midst of the gluten-free dietary zeitgeist, enter caterer and former chef Simone Shifnadel, a gluten-free advocate with big dreams. She recently launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign to create Zenbelly Kitchen, a gluten-free shared kitchen, café, and community space.