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Extraordinary Artisans Table (E.A.T.) Marketplace has acted as patron to local growers, farmers, and artisans, holding their hand out for many in the Temecula area.
Now, E.A.T. is working through an Indiegogo Building and Renovation campaign, asking all for a hand up to the next level of business. Inch by inch, they are approaching their goal. And Indiegogo is a vehicle to make that happen. But they need help to reach their next goal.
“I hear from our small farmers, like Cook’s, that without eateries like us, they wouldn’t be in business. I could easily purchase from (a large company) like Cisco and cut a huge percentage off, but this store supports the local economy. We’re one eclectic family.” Owner Leah DiBernardo said.
DiBernardo, Temecula area local food network-ing star and active supporter of area charities such as Slow Food USA and Oak Grove Center for Education, Treatment and the Arts, has developed a unique co-op business plan, providing kitchen work space, helping launch small businesses, and always highlighting awareness on clean food and proper diet as is her personal mission.
Indiegogo is a patronage partner, pure and simple.
Any art history major could tell you, this is the way artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo Di Vinci were sponsored to do their work. Patrons would donate funds, allowing artists to do what they did best.
Now, fans and customer’s turn to support the future of this business in Temecula and beyond, and the kick-back gifts for sponsorship are well worth the cost of donation. If you love E.A.T., Harvest2U, and Primal Cravings, the time is now to show the love.
Donate a little, get some cookies, a spork, or a sticker.
Most fans are leaning toward seeing their name on the “Wall of Fame” which they can receive by donating a mere $50, a pittance when you consider the cookies, t-shirt, and instant appreciation of the E.A.T. staff.
“We want everyone to be able to see the names of those who helped us build this Community Eatery.” As described on the campaign, and also includes a Cool Dozen Cookie Tin, fresh pressed LOCAL ORGANIC T-Shirt designed by E.A.T staff member John Finnell.
“Our kitchen is a family style. We keep the atmosphere open, are supportive of one another, and as we grow are striving to keep everything good, clean, and fair.” DiBernardo said, as is the Slow Food USA campaign mantra.
According to the Slow Food USA web site, this is easily defined:
Good: Our food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome.
Clean: Our food should nourish a healthful lifestyle and be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment and ensure animal welfare – without harming human health.
Fair: Our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.
For All: Good, clean and fair food should be accessible to all and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and nations that reside in the USA.
As always, owner Leah DiBernardo only wants what is best for her staff, her partner farmers and growers, and the many engaging personalities she has under the E.A.T. umbrella. “We want to move the business into a space that is clean, safe, leak free.” Testament to their needs, was a leak, after last week’s rain storm, that caused a cave in closed their doors early. But more than costs of doing business, it’s shining the light on all of the independent small businesses that E.A.T. strives to help.
In the days of campaigns to raise funding for small businesses, Indiegogo is a rare company, as the “Flexible Funding Campaign” funds raised reach the company regardless of whether or not the goals are met. With 33 days to go in the campaign, they are but a percentage of the way there.
E.A.T. realizes that what they are asking. And that is why their “perks” are designed to give back to the community.
Who is E.A.T.
“E.A.T. supports 26 farmers, ranchers, at least a dozen artists and artisans in Temecula, Murrieta, and Southwest Riverside County,” said DiBernardo. “Our style of business boots and supports the local economy at a time it is truly needed. Plus, we serve excellent clean food for people with growing health and food allergy issues, many which are caused by the way food and grain is stored.”
DiBernardo is an expert on nutrition, business, and the ins and outs of food storage in and around the United States. Listening to her explain how flour, grains, coffee, and more are stored and delivered is enough to make you want to grow your own. “People bring in lists of foods they are allergic to, and we work with them to create menu items that they can eat, that are delicious, satisfying. It’s uplifting to see how thankful they are when they realize there is another way.” DiBernardo said.
Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee:
“That coffee you love when you come to E.A.T. was roasted, shipped less than a month ago. You taste it in each cup. It’s rich, aromatic, fresh. Other coffees can take years to get to your pot at home. These are the types of things we want to teach people, educate people that they should expect more about what gets to your table.”
Good, Clean Food:
In the Slow Food USA way, E.A.T. Marketplace provides food that is good, clean, fair, and in full support of local farms.
“By supporting E.A.T. Marketplace, you’re supporting families. Farmers. You’re supporting over 26 people who work here. Harvest2U who delivers amazing produce daily. If we’re delivered a truck load of tomatoes, it’s ketchup, tomato soup! and whatever else we can come up with. Different every week.” DiBernardo said.
But even more, she focuses on the families who need to adhere to certain dietary restrictions due to food allergies. “I hate to see people put their kids on certain diets without trying to eat clean first.” DiBernardo said. “It’s amazing what we’ve seen by providing the Paleo meals, the gluten free menu, the clean, good ingredients in every recipe. We see people treat each other better, to clear their ‘brain fog’ that comes with additives, preservatives. They are kinder to each other around the table. And if that’s what we do? then we make the world a better place. One family at a time.”
E.A.T. Marketplace is located: 27535 Jefferson Ave. , Temecula CA, 92590
Or call: 951-694-3663
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