5×5 Night Food and Farm Businesses
Voting Closes:

August 22, 2022 11:59 pm

About this idea
We have located a brick and mortar that is equipped with the tools necessary to: 1. Provide space for cooks and chefs to have an opportunity to showcase their delectable dishes in a physical and steady location while generating income on a rotating or scheduled basis 2. Give chefs and cooks space to prep, cook and execute catering requests as well as allow for refrigeration and storage space which is necessary for most catering opportunities 3. Foster space for small business owners to produce items such as packaged seasonings, sauces and canned products with ease while allowing storage space 4. Opportunities to learn the basics of P2P sales for beginning food entrepreneurs 5. Be a space for education and resources as we, the owners of Kuntry Cookin', detail or experiences, best practices, help with food plans, support in navigating the licenses and inspections many beginning food entrepreneurs have no idea about 6. Simply be a space where individuals, especially of color feel included and equitable as they grow their business
Impact
"Uncle Rohn's Table" will bring the home chef out of their kitchen, allowing them to not only earn income from their business, but also do the following: grow their crowd base; give them a physical location to prepare, cook and serve their current crowd base; learn from other experienced business owners about licensing procedures, inspections, obtaining and LLC and more. This impact alone is tremendous as it is a starting point for many who desire to operate and sell to the public while adhering to local protocol for food sales that may not necessarily have the means nor way (finances) to do so. The impact on the community as a whole is mighty as well. The goal is for this facility to be where growth is necessary - The City of Muskegon Heights. Additionally the space is centrally located making it accessible to pretty much all. This will be another venture that unifies the community while allowing residents that have a passion and desire to create foods and manage a business the freedom to live out their hearts desires at a low cost.
What I'll do with $5,000
Every cent from the winnings will go towards the purchase of the building that will house "Uncle Rohn's Table". We have met with numerous investors that are positively intrigued in this venture and willing to take a chance. We have also met with numerous banks and credit union and feel good about the possibility and availability of funding via a loan. This win decreases the amount of debt that we would take on for this venture which is always beneficial. We currently have no debt with Kuntry Cookin' which has been one of our greatest accomplishments. Since our first win with Start Garden's 5x5, we have worked diligently and steadfast in turning our pitch into a reality. It took almost two years, however during that two years we had the unique experience to operate a bar and grill in which we completely increased sales threefold from the previous 3 years of it's operation; managed the staff from front of house to back of house; and made it the only truly place for EVERYONE in Downtown Muskegon. These winnings will allow us to do what we've proven we can do in a brick and mortar, yet the grandest part of this venture is that we get to bring people along for a journey of a lifetime who want more for themselves, who pray for their dreams to come true, who have a gift but not necessarily the funding or support to make the dream evolve. This win will be a win for not just Kuntry Cookin' but for every person that steps into "Uncle Rohn's Table".
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About Destinee Keener

Destinee was raised by a single grandmother who was a foster parent to numerous children. Having this nontraditional upbringing bolstered an awareness of the needs of people of color in her community. She has a passion for bringing attention to areas lacking in diversity, equity and inclusion within her community and is not shy to public speaking and vocalizes the necessity or equal access and policy change often. Destinee and her spouse have a passion for giving and do so through time, talent and treasures. After loosing her job in 2015, with a leap of faith and encouragement from her community, Destinee and her spouse built their own business, “Kuntry Cookin’” which has become a reputable catering and food truck in the City of Muskegon.

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Attention


SUBMISSIONS THIS MONTH ARE FOR FOOD AND FARM BUSINESSES THAT ALIGNED WITH MICHIGAN GOOD FOOD FUND’S MISSION (OFFERS HEALTHY, AFFORDABLE FOOD; INCLUDES RACIAL DIVERSITY IN OWNERSHIP AND/OR EMPLOYMENT; AND IS ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS). IF YOU THINK YOUR BUSINESS IS A FIT PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR IDEA!