Deli/Café

Chair:
Michele Bridges Michele@BridgesinCommunication.com

Origin:
Over the years we have received feedback from the community that they would like to see more of this, it is identified as a nation-wide co-op trend, and our survey shows support for it as well.

Function:
Look into management, operations, equipment needs, etc.
Deli/Café Google Folder

 

Notes from the Visioning Meeting

Menu Items: simple sandwiches, soup, salad bar, coffee, vegetable and fruit     smoothies, protein drinks, etc. Consider making and selling kombucha.

  • Canvass local community to see what they’d like us to have.

Make food that meets variety of needs: vegan, vergetarian, meat, gluten free needs, etc. Take advantage of fact that some of these options are not available elsewhere in the area.

Who would prepare food?

    • volunteers (as at Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op)
    • purchase food items prepared by other local businesses; this could strengthen local partnerships

Create an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere with particular attention to music and seating.

Promote inclusiveness through education: use labeling to explain food contents, types, etc.
- Pennsylvania and Mt. Hope - diverse needs for cafe and groceries
- Use of incubators kitchen OR create one???
- Community friendly (less emphasis on vegan or something - just FOOD)
- Must be on commuter pathways
- Grab a quick lunch with morning coffee (and a few groceries)
- Simple and consistent
- Local partnerships for baked goods
- Maybe use a code system instead of direct labelling?
- Salad bar/soups
- Juicing
- Feature entrepreneurs
- Hot food options that offer meat, vegetarian and vegan
- Kombucha and local beer on tap
- Start simple: drinks and pastries
- Smoothies (green)
- offer things other people do not have in our deli

Menu items: simple sandwiches, soup, salad bar, coffee, vegetable and fruit     smoothies, protein drinks, etc. Consider making and selling kombucha.

  • Canvass local community to see what they’d like us to have.

  • Make food that meets variety of needs: vegan, vegetarian, meat , gluten free needs, etc. Take advantage of fact that some of these options are not available elsewhere in area.

  • Who would prepare food?

    • volunteers (as at Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op)
    • purchase food items prepared by other local businesses; this could strengthen local partnerships
  • Create an enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere with particular attention to music and seating.
  • Promote inclusiveness through education: use labeling to explain food contents, types, etc.

- Pennsylvania and Mt. Hope - diverse needs for cafe and groceries
- Use of incubators kitchen OR create one???
- Community friendly (less emphasis on vegan or something - just FOOD)
- Must be on commuter pathways
- Grab a quick lunch with morning coffee (and a few groceries)
- Simple and consistent
- Local partnerships for baked goods
- Maybe use a code system instead of direct labelling?
- Salad bar/soups
- Juicing
- Feature entrepreneurs
- Hot food options that offer meat, vegetarian and vegan
- Kombucha and local beer on tap
- Start simple: drinks and pastries
- Smoothies (green)
- offer things other people do not have in our deli