Raleigh Restauranteur and Caterer Join Forces to Offer Local Foods
Two Raleigh-based companies, Market Restaurant and Green Planet Catering, are working through a merger to open an entirely new concept to the downtown Raleigh area. The Market – Restaurant, Grocery & Catering will contain a 93-seat restaurant, 1500+ square feet of retail & grocery (a good majority of which will be created in-house under The Market’s own brand), in-house butcher, and prepared foods; all while maintaining an increased capacity for catering through a 2,500 square-foot, highly functional kitchen and the addition of a mobile catering truck. Projected completion is slated for early summer,and the build-out is underway on Franklin St. in Person St. Plaza. As a result, customers will have more opportunities to access locally grown foods.
This new entrepreneurial business also places a heavy focus on educational events and opportunities for customers. This includes working on the shared farm with NCSU Agroecology Education Farm ), where the businesses grow a large amount of produce to be used in catering, the restaurant and to be put on the shelves, as well as offering classes for food preservation, small gardening, butchery, etc.
These broccoli and cabbage transplants are the first ready for the field, and will be followed by directly seeded beets, carrots, and radish.
The Market has launched a Kickstarter Campaign focused on purchasing necessary equipment to create retail products under The Market’s own brand. The main piece of equipment, a combination oven, is used to properly clean and seal jars that will be sold in the grocery department. Most of these items will be high acid, value-added products. This equipment also will be used in the community classes in order to teach hobby gardeners or start-up prepared foods entrepreneurs the proper preservation techniques.
To date, approximately $3,000 (12%) of the $25,000 goal has been accomplished with 42 days left to back this project. The Market will host several Kickstarter events over the next month and a half to gain support. Supporters of local food are invited to sign up for the mailing list for updates about events, construction and opening information.
For more information contact Daniel Whittaker at Daniel@TheMarketRaleigh.com or check out The Market’s social media sites; on Twitter: @TheMarketRalee and on Facebook.