Little Sparrow features California
cuisine with a French twist, and
opened in May 2013. It was an
immediate success, and has since
earned accolades in local magazines
and newspapers and was named one of
Bravo TV’s best new restaurants.
James Cor well, CMC, is another
entrepreneur who was helped by a
Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
Several years ago, out of concern for
overfishing and to provide a new sushi
product for vegetarians, he used sous
vide techniques to produce tomatoes
with a texture and flavor that make
them an alternative to tuna. Today,
Tomato Sushi LLC operates out of
rented space in San Francisco. Through
crowdfunding, Corwell raised $20,000
in 90 days to finance an expansion and
additional research and development.
Product samples were provided as perks
to his backers.
“People in the food business, because
they are creative, are well-suited to
crowdfunding campaigns,” says Justin
Kasmark, a spokesperson for Kickstarter.
“Since 2009 when Kickstarter launched,
we have completed 3,600 food business
projects, raising $68 million.”
EquityEats is in a more traditional
method of investing, but with a
contemporary twist. Its clients are
spread from left to right: 1. A
tiki-style rum cocktail at Little
Sparrow Cafe named Queen’s
Holiday. 2. Little Sparrow Cafe's
bar is designed to suggest Paris
in the 1920s. 3. Camila Arango,
of Bluebird Bakery, is putting the
finishing touches on gianduja
macarons at the EquityEats
launch party held at Doi Moi,
Washington, D.C., November
2014. 4. Helen Redd tending bar
at Redd 's Fueling Station. Redd
is known for performing songs
for customers while she works.