I am happy to share with you all about a new restaurant coming to the Portland area and the opportunity to be a part of what’s happening.
In the 1980’s, Dave Rose grew up in a small town just outside of Eugene, Oregon. He was very fortunate to have parents who invested time and effort into growing a small organic garden on their 5-acre property. Dave recalls that many of their family meals were comprised solely from whatever that garden would provide, and many times salads and vegetables became the star attractions at the dining room table. He loved how they tasted and more importantly how they made him feel – energized, satisfied and nourished. Fast forward to today where Dave and his wife Page are taking a “grassroots” approach to opening a new “healthy fast food” restaurant in Portland that will showcase many of the fresh ingredients he enjoyed as a kid.
Their soon-to-be restaurant is called Farmers Revival Salad Bistro and they will be showcasing innovative made-to-order gourmet salads, artfully combined into exotic flavor profiles drawn from many international cuisines. They are strong advocates for sourcing their ingredients locally and the majority will come from local farms in the Pacific Northwest.
“’I never knew salad could taste this good!’ is a common response when people try our salads,” says Dave. “One person recently said our salads reminded him of ‘sipping a fine wine, with a bouquet of flavors’ on his tongue.” He continues, “If you think about it, salad provides a perfect backdrop for combining some exciting and exotic taste combinations, and our recipes were designed to maximize flavor while utilizing well-balanced and nutrient-rich assortment of ingredients.”
“We have 8 Signature salads, expertly designed by our team of chefs that will obliterate any misconceptions that salads are bland and boring. In addition to the signature recipes we will offer ‘Build Your Own’ salads, giving you literally endless combinations that appeal to your individual preference.”
Some of the exotic flavor profiles offered are an Indian salad with curried-quinoa, roasted cauliflower and a spicy curry vinaigrette, and Sicilian with citrus, cured olives, capers, shaved parmesan and champagne vinaigrette. “It’s the world according to salad!” says Dave.
This is Dave’s first solo venture into the restaurant industry. His parents have owned and operated restaurants for 20 years, and he is facing the steep challenge of trying to raise the capital funds needed to get the flagship location open. “We know we have a product that everyone loves and we’ve been dreaming about this for so long, but never saw a feasible way to find the money to get started. Then we found out about Kickstarter and the lightbulb went on that we might be able to unite a community of supporters to help us get if off the ground.” Kickstarter is a fundraising website where aspiring business owners can setup a project and a goal to raise funds in any dollar amount that they determine. The twist with Kickstarter is that the project is on a timer and the dollar amount must be met in full for any funds to be awarded. With many hours of thoughtful planning Dave has set his goal at $100,000 to be achieved in 30 days or less. “We knew that this goal was big, but achievable,” says Dave. “We’ve received so much love and support from friends and family leading up to the launch of the project and we are confident that one day we’ll open our doors to the Portland-area dining community! Now it’s time for everyone to join us to help Kickstart the Revival!”
The Farmers Revival Kickstarter project ends on Monday August 19th, 2013. For more information about the project please visit them at Kickstarter