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Ever win a contest? How about a restaurant? Me neither. But someone will do both when the owners of Pace Food + Drink in Santa Barbara give away their restaurant to their favorite entrant on June 1, 2014. I thought this was a strange choice for what to do with a successful restaurant you no longer want to own, but it certainly is intriguing.
pace food + drink in santa barbara
some food from the current menu… yum
What do you need to do to enter? First, put up 500 big ones — that’s right, the entry fee is $500 just to submit your info. A steep price, perhaps, but the grand prize has a value quite a bit higher:
The winner will receive:
- A fully operational, 50 seat restaurant with an open kitchen and a beer and wine license
- The lease paid for up the first 12 months (a value of $83,000)
- $20,000 in working capital to help cover expenses for the first 12 months (at the current owners’ discretion)
- 120 hours of mentoring, if requested, from the current owner/chef Jeff Snyder, who has over 35 years of experience in the industry
Not a bad deal, really. To enter, individuals or groups are to submit a 3-minute (max) video and a one-page essay describing how/why they are the right fit for the restaurant. From the submissions, the current owners and a panel of local restaurateurs-made-judges will narrow the lot down to ten finalists. From there, five entrants will each take the reigns at the restaurant for one night (respectively), and then a winner will be chosen.
the snyder family: giving away their restaurant in santa barbara, california
Is this all fodder for the next big reality show? Will there be so many entries paying $500 each that they’ll make up for the money they would have gotten from simply selling the place? Are these people billionaires just doing this for fun? I’m not entirely sure. But I bet there are more than a few people out there pretty excited about the prospect of winning their very own restaurant in Central California…
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I was recently contacted by Kyle Garrett from Seven Summits Productions and told about a neat new venture called the 7 Squared Project. This is a bold project by two film makers who want to use their prowess with the camera to highlight 7 non-profits and 7 businesses in San Francisco with a crowd-funded mini-documentary series. Many of the featured businesses/non-profits are doing work that is geared towards food — Four Barrel Coffee, Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, La Cocina, Mission Pie, and the San Francisco Food Bank, to name a few (hence the reason I was interested in featuring this on B&C). If you’re still scratching your head, watch their short video on Indie-Gogo site and you’ll understand a lot better. Plus, exponents are pretty awesome, so I was excited right away.
7 Squared Project
Per their press release:
“The 7 Squared Project is a community-based fundraising campaign that aims to produce a series of mini-documentaries for fourteen organizations that are doing purposeful, socially responsible work in San Francisco. Some of the organizations involved are up-and-coming enterprises, while others are already established staples of the city. The project will be funded by donations from members of the community who want to support such worthy organizations. In return, the organizations are providing a variety of incredible prizes in exchange for donations to the project.
The funding goal to produce the fourteen mini-documentaries is $49,000, a carefully chosen amount that equates to $3,500 per video. This will cover production costs and allow the filmmakers and project creators, Amber Crosby and Kyle Garrett, to produce two mini-documentaries per month, beginning in September 2011. Whether the project falls short of its funding goal or exceeds it, one video will be produced for every $3,500 raised from the campaign. The 7 Squared Project hopes to produce more than the targeted fourteen mini-documentaries.”
So, if you read well, you’ll notice that these nice folks are hoping to raise a bit of cash for this adventure… and they’re a bit short at the moment. If you feel so inclined to support local film makers and their quest to expose (in a good way) socially responsible businesses and non-profits (may of which feed us yummy food), feel free to donate a buck or two, and tell your friends, too. I hope they can make some cool videos because I know I’d enjoy watching them. Documentaries are the best.
B&C Donation: $25. Booya.