City Grit failed to reach its goal of raising $100,000 on Kickstarter last summer, but that has not stopped Sarah Simmons from plotting the relocation of her acclaimed culinary salon. The chef tells Eater that she has to move City Grit, actually, because the building that the restaurant sits in is being sold, and she's not sure how much longer she can stay. Sarah recently set up a fundraising page on City Grit's website that is basically a version of the Kickstarter campaign, but without Kickstarter.
We saw such incredible support from the community — from strangers, friends, frequent CITY GRIT guests and chefs — and, amazingly, it hasn't stopped just because the campaign ended unsuccessfully. So many people are reaching out — via email, Twitter, text, snail mail — to tell us they can't believe they missed the deadline or donated and still want to be able to participate regardless of the rewards. So many people are really excited to support our effort to get into our new space. It's been very heartwarming.A ton of chefs have already agreed to cook at the reopening party next May, including Andy Ricker, Dan Kluger, George Mendes, Ryan Hardy, Christina Tosi, and Missy Robbins.
We want the community to be able to feel like they are a part of what we're doing, but also want everyone to be able to be rewarded for their contribution, so we created a fundraising tab on our website with many of the same rewards we offered on Kickstarter, including pre-sales and VIP experiences for upcoming dinners, discounted memberships, and cooking classes.
So many people were scared they'd miss out on our star-studded chef Opening Party and even more chefs have reached out wanting to come cook for it, so we've included a select number of tickets for pre-sales at a reduced price for this event on May 7. Once they're offered to the general public and we announce the rest of the lineup next year, the prices will go up so we encourage everyone to jump on this one quickly!
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