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Crafted Kitchen, an incubator-style commercial kitchen, provides small food businesses with space and resources to make their culinary dreams a reality.
Crafted Kitchen is an incubator-style shared use commercial kitchen designed to give small food businesses access to the space, resources, and business skills they need to make their culinary dreams a reality.
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Join us this Saturday morning at 10:00am as we chat with Andy Harris of the So Cal Restaurant Show. We’ll talk about how we’re supporting the community and the ways in which we’ve adapted while remaining committed to providing for other businesses.
One time only! Limited quantity...only 50 boxes available!
Holiday box stuffed with deliciousness from Omiso Moo's Craft Barbecue Seoul Sausage Company Brûlée. La Huesuda Tacos and El Machete 1924 Handkrafted Chilli Sauces.
And! All proceeds benefit No Us Without You.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL ALERT!!!
Some of us have been blessed to call @craftedkitchen our home. It goes without saying that what Cindi has created for the DTLA/#ArtsDistrict community is nothing short of amazing.
Normally around this time we would be preparing for a holiday party where our fellow restaurant friends would bring an item for a potluck but COVID-19 had other plans…But instead of letting this dampen our spirits, a few of us at #CraftedKitchen decided it would be fun to create one EPIC holiday box so that everyone could sample some of the amazing brands that came from this place that as of most recent, @latimes put as one of the best 101 establishments in Los Angeles. In other words, we’re packaging a piece of CRAFTED KITCHEN for ya’lls - A first of its kind!
So…we got our friends from @mooscraftbarbecue , @moderno.cocina, @elmachete1924 , @brulee.la , and @miso_dtla miso_dtla …we’re all putting an item together into this box (see above images ) and for this one time only we’re packaging them all up as one Holiday Set. To take it one step further, we decided that all of the proceeds will be benefitting @nouswithoutyou, another amazing organization that is doing unbelievable things to better our community during these crazy times.
Sales open TODAY (LIMITED SUPPLY!) for pickup on FRIDAY DEC 18 between 4-7pm. All items are uncooked/frozen and comes with cooking instructions to be enjoyed at your homes =)
Please click the link in our bio for the link or visit foodequalsfamily.com
Thank you everyone for supporting us during these unprecedented times. We appreciate you all!
Thank you @infatuation for recognizing @burmese_please and @bridgetownroti as two of 2020’s best #popup restaurants! So proud of these talented women who cook with their hearts and bring joy to our palates. Bravo, ladies!
What a week! Congratulations to @bridgetownroti and @mooscraftbarbecue for being named amongst this year’s best takeout/pop-ups! Thank you @bill_addison and @holynopales for recognizing that the food/beverage/hospitality industry is an ecosystem that goes well beyond the traditional brick and mortar restaurant model and that excellence abounds in this “unmarked brick building”. So much for flying under the radar!
Congratulations Rashida Honeycutt-Holmes and Moo's Craft Barbecue for being named by L.A. Times Food as the top takeout pop-ups! #latfood #popup #entrepreneur #eatlocal #supportsmallbusiness #toosmalltofail
The best pop-ups take on 2020 and reshape the future of L.A. dining.
Thank you L.A. Times Food for including Crafted Kitchen in this year's #101best list. We're honored to be among these extraordinarily talented women and men, all of whom have sacrificed so much this year.
This year's guide and launch event are presented by City National Bank
Wow. If you know me, you know that I’m rarely at a loss for words, and yet I am. Thank you @latimesfood and @bill_addison for including me and Crafted Kitchen in this years #food101 list. I am deeply honored to be named alongside these immensely talented and truly remarkable women and men, all of whom have sacrificed so much this year. And, for the list to be released on this day, 12/7, makes it even more meaningful. #ifyouknowyouknow
No us without you
We need your help! As the Christmas Holiday approaches, we’re distributing Toys & Tamales to every one of the 1,400 families we serve.
$20 provides a family with a dozen tamales and toys for their children.
$33 feeds a family of 4 for 1 week.
We appreciate your continued support, through the holidays. We love you all! #nouswithoutyoula #toysandtamales 📸 @melhummel
No Us Without You is a 501-C-3 dedicated to eliminating food insecurity for undocumented, back-of-the-house staff and their families. These workers, who are unemployed due to COVID-19, are the backbone of the hospitality industry. Although their paychecks are taxed, because they are undocumented, they are ineligible for unemployment benefits.
What began as an effort to feed 30 families each week, @nouswithoutyou is now feeding upwards of 1,300 families. Crafted Kitchen proudly sponsors No Us Without You and we ask that, in observance of #givingtuesday, you consider supporting them, too. $33 feeds a family of 4 for a full week. Alternatively, a list of much needed supplies is available on @amazonsmile
To donate, please visit @nouswithoutyou or, for @amazonsmile donations, you’ll find the link in our profile.
Thinking back to March of this year...things were tense and we weren’t sure how (or if) we’d survive. Over the past 9 months, so many of you have shown up for and supported us that here we are, feeling blessed.
What are you thankful for?
Last week, the @nytimes invited readers to send 6 words describing what they’re thankful for...a 6-word memoir. Here are a few:
- The crinkling eye above the mask.
- A furtive hug from a friend.
- The backyard haircuts are getting better.
- Friends who give me streaming passwords (@tasteofpace)
- Saved a lot of lipstick money (@kristina.ashleigh)
- More homemade pasta, no more jeans.
- No shame in elastic waist pants.
- Braless at home? No one cares.
- I’m just thankful for indoor plumbing.
- It’s just a cold, not COVID.
- Wasn’t too late to say sorry.
- Healthcare workers. Healthcare workers. Healthcare workers.
- Tried. Failed. Failed worse. Kept going.
- The women who came before me.
When entrepreneurs start successful businesses, they create jobs that contribute to widespread prosperity. Unlike large companies which often divert profits to centralized corporate headquarters in distant cities, small businesses like Bijoux Macarons keep local dollars close to home. These businesses create jobs, and those jobs pay neighborhood workers who, in turn, reinvest their paychecks in local economies.
As we close out yet another month in this endless and poorly managed pandemic, I’m joining many of my peers in reflecting on the state of the restaurant industry. LA County has yet again shut down outdoor dining, while offering zero aid to the thousands of small businesses and their employees reliant on those covers. Our Senate is on Thanksgiving vacation, leaving the HEROES Act—introduced and passed in the House in May by the way—to gather dust as restaurant owners across the country are forced to lay off their employees and shutter their businesses.
In March I was naive, thinking that this would blow over by the end of summer and that the government would step in to help citizens and businesses see it through. As the pandemic has dragged on, it’s become clearer that what little aid was available was never going to be enough to sustain our industry. From the closure of titans like @pokpokpdx and multiple @momolongplay locations to the loss of beloved LA institutions like @beverlysoontofu_la, @maamsirla, @hereslookingatyoula, and so many others, it’s clear the restaurant industry cannot survive under these conditions, nor should it have to.
Owners should not have to choose between laying off their entire staff and financial ruin. Servers and cooks should not have to risk their health to avoid eviction. It’s easy to point the finger at folks refusing to wear masks or people partaking in reckless pandemic activities, but the bottom line is the blame for these shutdowns and the economic devastation they’ve unleashed upon our industry rests on the shoulders of our State and Federal Government. @jrepanich, @meghanmccarron, and many others have recently written pieces noting the many ways in which restaurants have been failed, and I implore you to seek out and read their work. While you’re at it, follow and support @indprestaurants as they help the restaurant industry fight for its life.
If you love restaurants, or you love eating out with friends, or just having someone else cook for you, if you’ve experienced the joy of being a regular, having them call out your order to you as you walk in the door, if there’s a place that’s at the top of your list to dine at “once this is all over,” then please—don’t wait till it’s too late to do your part. Call your local representatives, call you state-level government offices, and demand that they help save the restaurants that make our communities what they are. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and order yourself some take-out, and don’t forget to tip.
The American dream is defined, in part, by the ability for anyone to open her own business. Entrepreneurship drives this country’s economic prosperity and fuels innovation. When you #shopsmall you support the dreams of others, like La Huesuda Tacos. Treat yourself to seasonal and traditional empanadas, made locally in #dtla. Enjoying these “take and bake” pastries, both sweet and savory, is as simple as turning on your oven. That’s it. (Link to order is in @lahuesudatacos profile)
This year, #shopsmall, an initiative to encourage people to support the small businesses in their local communities, matters more than ever before. Whether you’re ordering curbside pickup or ordering cookies online, shopping small helps independent businesses persevere during these challenging times. With the holiday season upon us, this is a great time to show your support. #shopsmall now, and continue long after the holidays shopping season. Small business owners, including The Naughty Cookie, are counting on you. #supportsmallbusiness #plantbased #entrepreneur #girlboss #eatlocal #mondaymotivation #cookies #dtla #madeatcraftedkitchen
So proud of No Us Without You and their tireless work in providing for BOH workers and their families. $33 feeds a family of 4 for a week. Join us in supporting them!
No Us Without You was founded in a moment of anger, when its founders wondered, "Who is taking care of back of the house?"
Congratulations Rashida Holmes and Bridgetown Roti!
In Los Angeles, the chef Rashida Holmes grows her small food business to meet the demand for comforting West Indian food.
Fresh pasta. Hand made by Orso. Available for delivery throughout So Cal, popping up at Employees Only LA. Available for purchase at both the @cityhallfarmersmarket and @newportbeachfarmersmarket. It’s a labor of love and worth every calorie. #entrepreneur #pasta #freshpasta #supportsmallbusiness #eatlocal #eeeeeats #handmade #madeatcraftedkitchen #cheflife
Back in the early days of Crafted Kitchen, Ed Paje came to talk about his idea for a different kind of #kombucha. We connected over food entrepreneurship and finance. Back then, his product, Koldwave Kombucha, was mostly a passion project as he wasn't ready to leave the world of private equity. Understandable. Today, after trials and errors and lessons learned, @keazytea launched.
What's Keazy Tea? It's a tea-based beverage with 5% naturally occurring alcohol. Low-cal, low sugar and free from artificial flavors and chemicals, it's a healthy, antioxidant-rich, probiotic beverage. Delivered to your door, it's in a category of its own.
keazy tea embodies four all natural ingredients. SUGAR + WATER + TEA + CULTURE
“Food has never been about the food. It’s about context.” Thank you @ramzibudayr for your generosity, your hospitality and your kindness. (ps...Mi casa es su casa. Forever and ever. Amen)
When COVID-19 hit, LA restaurant consultant Ramzi Budayr teamed up with chef Tyler Curtis to launch FEW For All, a pasta delivery service with a philanthropic bend.
Congratulations Bridgetown Roti and Orso for making the L.A. Times Food list of “Seven Must-Try Takeout Upstarts”. So proud of you!
Talented chefs are supporting themselves by starting takeout services.
I will never understand so I stand in solidarity. I will listen. I will learn. #blacklivesmatter ColorOfChange
Scenes from yesterday’s Seoul’d out farewell to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes
Thank you Seoul Sausage Company for consistently bringing smiles (and sometimes tears!!) to the people. (Video: @thesocialtrust)
May is #MentalHealthAwareness month. FREE resources exist for restaurant industry workers and their loved ones thanks to Coastline Wellness
NOW is the time prioritize your self care. This means FREE therapy sessions for you...the ones that normally cost hundreds of dollars per session. To access the list of reduced rate and free volunteer therapists, visit @CAhospitalitycoalition and click the link in bio for a full directory of people you can call to set up your first phone appointment. It’s that easy! Nows the time.
Congratulations @fewforall. We’re so proud of you!
THANK YOU SO MUCH
We’ve officially hit the two month mark (to the day), and as luck would have it, our team woke up to the most amazing gift anyone could ask for: our hero @bill_addison featured us in the @latimes!
Thank you Bill for this generous, thoughtful, amazing write-up, and for featuring some of the hospitality heroes on the front lines who push themselves every day to provide our community with some necessary comfort.
This truly feels surreal, and we could not have done it without every single person that has been a part of our journey since the beginning. So we’d like to honor some of those people now, and forgive us if we leave anyone out (we will edit as the day progresses) - still overcome with emotion over here!
Thank you to @ivcooks and @pilotdtla for the continued and endless support. To Cindi and the team @craftedkitchen for hosting us during this time of growth and transition. To our extended family @nouswithoutyou, @valahospitality, @mata.tu.sed, @mr_diaz, @requiem4adrink: you inspire us to keep pushing and leading with empathy. To @secret_lasagna and @tabularasabar for believing in us and our products. To @funwithkate for being a spiritual guide and shoulder to cry on. To every media outlet, influencer and follower that has used their platform to shine a light on our project. To our friends @bray___ray @kevincaravelli @chefchadcolby @antico___la for being a part of our first Table 60 project (congrats on the write up as well, homies). To @hallithbates for her generosity and beautiful sense of whimsy - those menus give us life. To @chile.limon for being the first to join our team when we had no f**king idea what we were doing. To @fryingsolo, @pizzababy4eva and @rileybillingsley for being so down to jump in and make things happen when we were stretched thin. To @lafoodbank for feeding LA and providing food security for hundreds of thousands of people in need.
To you. To LA. We love you so much.
Be well, friends. We can’t wait to be together, all of us, very soon.
Tyler, Mallory & Ramzi
@ Crafted Kitchen
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has twice failed to help independent restaurants. Loans have been granted to massive chains, like RUTH'SCHRISSTEAKHOUSE and Shake Shack while the majority of small restaurants in this country are seeing rent bills pile up with no relief in sight. According to a survey conducted by the IRC and the James Beard Foundation, the food services industry only received 9% of PPP loan dollars, even though it accounted for 60% of job losses in March.
The government's Paycheck Protection Program has failed independent restaurants.
Now more than ever, the importance of flexibility and open mindedness. See how forward-thinking Hank and Bean are successfully pivoting their business. Thanks to @margauxlushing and Forbes for sharing their story.
Until when doesn’t just depend on federal orders and state recommendations, but also on the comfort of those hosting or attending - and none of us know when things will begin to normalize.
It’s our honor and our privilege to open our doors (and our arms) to these extraordinary humans.
Tips and resources for So Cal small businesses.
As you know, local communities and small businesses have been impacted by spread of COVID-19. As a nonprofit that supports small businesses, Accion wants to provide you with helpful information and resources as the safety and health of our staff, clients and community is the highest priority.
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