A first for Leicestershire, as local deli café Odd John’s Kitchen launch crowd-funding campaign to extend their unique community based concept for the residents of Quorn. Since its launch in 2015, Odd John’s Kitchen in Swithland has been a runaway success. Within its welcoming, comforting and homely environment, it engages with the local community via events and workshops, as well as supporting local artisans and producers by stocking their goods. This unique concept has attracted loyal customers from both surrounding villages and afar. This success has created an exciting opportunity to replicate Odd John’s Kitchen on a larger scale within the Quorn based family run restaurant The Quorn Exchange. With the combined strengths of business knowledge, years of experience within the food and hospitality industry, and a strong ethos centered on family values and community spirit, the Cooledge’s and Ellison’s hope to bring a variety of benefits to the Quorn community through the “Help Odd John’s Kitchen Set Up Home in Quorn” project.
A first project of its kind to take place in Leicestershire, it aims to raise around £16,000 by 23 March 2016 through the secure online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, the funding will enable the proposed extension to deliver the following benefits: - A spacious and flexible community space ideal for local community groups and friends and families to meet. - A co-working space with power points and free WIFI for those who would like to work in a home-from-home environment. - A hub and support network with a retail platform for local artisan food and craft producers. - Local, fresh and wholesome food including breakfast provided throughout the week with free fruit for children and free breakfast for children in the weekends. - A variety of workshops from knitting to chocolate making to evening events including champagne tasting evenings. Rewards In return for the community-backed project, supporters will receive some great rewards, for example: - A third off a wedding package at the award winning wedding venue The Old Stables in Swithland. - A half price party for up to 100 people at The Old Stables in Swithland. - A meal for two with wine every month for a year. - 6 months worth of free hot drinks with a limited edition Odd John’s bottomless mug. Director, Jay Cooledge said: “We would wholeheartedly love to be part of the Quorn community bringing with us a whole host of benefits to the area. To make this project a reality, we need backing from the locals in both funding and spirit as this project is entirely built around the needs of the community in Quorn. Please help us make this a reality and make Odd John’s Kitchen the place to be in Quorn.” If you would like to find out more about the project “Help Odd John’s Kitchen to Set Up Home in Quorn”, then please visit their Kickstarter page via this link - http://kck.st/1KsI3oq. You can also follow the campaign updates on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/oddkitchenquorn or join the conversation on Twitter @oddjohnskitchen #GoOddJohnQuorn. Info on Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding enables people with a great business idea to ask the general public for the funding they need to set up or expand. The business sets a target for the money it wants to raise and explains how it will use the cash. People can then make pledges for small amounts of money in return for a reward if the target is reached.