Kitchen Dates: zero-waste in the kitchen

Kitchen Dates: zero-waste in the kitchen

What if there was a restaurant without a garbage bin in Portugal? That is our goal. Everything coming through our door will be eaten, reused or turned into compost. We're creati...

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    225 backers

  • 12/07/2019

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What if there was a restaurant without a garbage bin in Portugal? That is our goal. Everything coming through our door will be eaten, reused or turned into compost. We're creating a more sustainable, healthy and sustainable world.

We are idealists. We believe in a more conscious, healthy and sustainable world – a world with a 100% plant-based diet, using local, seasonal, organic ingredients and that rejects generating unnecessary waste.

These principles have guided our project ever since the beginning. It has been two years organising culinary events – most of them at our own place (first in Amsterdam, now in Lisbon) – and now it is time to take the next step in our mission: to expand to a bigger home, with other conditions, preserving the essence of what we already do.

The goal is ambitious and boils down to a question: what if there was a restaurant without a garbage bin in Lisbon? This is what brings us to this campaign. It is the goal we want to achieve.

Through this, we want to change the way people look at waste. We want a place with no packages nor waste. Everything coming through our door will have three possible destinations: it will be eaten, reused or turned into compost.

  • We will work very closely with local, conscious farmers who are committed to the principles of organic agriculture, share our values and are determined to lead by example, making sure that throughout the entire process no waste is produced.
  • We will reuse materials that would otherwise have limited use – turning them into something different or finding someone to give them a second life.
  • We will have a composting machine, capable of digesting organic waste within 24 hours. The resulting compost will then be given back to our farmers – thus closing the circle. By doing this, we will also save in additional transportation and treatment costs of our waste.

None of this will be immediate. Unfortunately, we are part of a system that isn’t ready for what we want to do. A third of all food produced in the world ends up going to waste and the restaurant industry is responsible for a sizeable part of this.

We want to be part of the solution, helping raise awareness and inspiring people, companies and organisations to the need for change. Without ever forgetting something essential when we talk about food: taste and the whole sensorial and social experience.

If you already know us, you can count with the same atmosphere from each of our events. We will mostly operate on a closed-door basis, with pre-bookings, to make sure there is room for an intimate experience, with time to enjoy it. And we will have our pantry at your disposal, so that you can take our products with you.

But we don’t want to do this all by ourselves. We know there is a growing number of people who identify themselves with these values and the urgency in making changes toward a more conscious, healthy and sustainable world. That is why we are challenging you to support this project and join the Kitchen Dates family!

We designed the rewards with all the love. No matter your option, we want you to feel part of the home we are building together. We will keep you posted on the progress, from construction to the opening, with regular updates.

Thank you and welcome home!

About the author

Rui Catalão & Maria Antunes. Together in love and in this adventure. We started by organising a small brunch, in Amsterdam (Netherlands) back in February 2017. Since then, we decided to come back to Portugal and have hosted over 800 people at our intimate events, sharing our passion for the ingredients and the way we work. We champion a 100% plant-based cuisine, supported by local, seasonal and organic ingredients. We make a point of preparing everything from scratch, without shortcuts, and keeping waste always in our minds.

Budget and due dates

We have already found our new home. It will be in Telheiras, in the Carnide parish. First we will need to the necessary renovation in the kitchen, which will be fully open to those who visit us. This step will keep us busy (at least) the entire month of June. In July we expect to start working in the dining room, the toilets and the storage rooms, sorting out not only all equipment but also moving ahead with the decoration. August will be mostly a matter of fixing small issues, fine-tuning details and preparing the grand opening, planned for September.

By supporting this campaign you will help us fund the following investments:

  • composting machine (€1.500)
  • kitchen and dining room equipment (€5.500)
  • decoration (€3.000)

All details and the entire decoration are being thought through with the same principles in mind: proximity and sustainability. By the way, if you about someone or a project whose work we should know about, please drop us a line!

  • Almond 'semi-curado' + thank you note on our website

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    Almond 'semi-curado' + thank you note on our website

    The most sustainable version of our plant-based cheeses, which have been amassing fans around the table throughout the last few months. Made with Portuguese almonds, produced following the principles of organic agriculture. You will be able to pick up your 'semi-curado' from our new home, in Lisbon.

    62 backers

  • Kitchen Dates goodie bag + thank you note on our website

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    Kitchen Dates goodie bag + thank you note on our website

    We will give you a Kitchen Dates bag with some of our most popular products, which you will be able to pick up from our new home, in Lisbon.

    62 backers

  • 1 seat at one of the first events + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

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    1 seat at one of the first events + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

    Guarantee right away your seat in one of the first brunches or dinners at our new home! Also, your name will be inscribed not only on our website, but also on one of the walls, as a member of the Kitchen Dates family :)

    58 backers

  • Workshop about zero-waste in life and in the kitchen + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

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    Workshop about zero-waste in life and in the kitchen + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

    Join us for a very special event (on a date to be determined). We will show you how it is to live and cook without waste and in the end we will take a seat around the table to have dinner while we keep on discussing the subject. Also, your name will be inscribed not only on our website, but also on one of the walls, as a member of the Kitchen Dates family :)

    29 backers

  • Kitchen Dates goodie bag (annual subscription) + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

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    Kitchen Dates goodie bag (annual subscription) + name on the wall + thank you note on our website

    Every month there will be a (surprise!) goodie bag waiting for you with our most special products. You can pick it up from our new home, in Lisbon. The subscription will be valid for one year starting from the date the first bag is delivered. Also, your name will be inscribed not only on our website, but also on one of the walls, as a member of the Kitchen Dates family :)

    5 backers

  • Your private event!

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    Your private event!

    Invite family members, friends or coworkers (max. 20) and come sit with them around our table for a unique experience. We take care of everything (food, drinks, music, etc.)! Also, your name will be inscribed not only on our website, but also on one of the walls, as a member of the Kitchen Dates family :)

    1 backer

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 02:13

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 11:12

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner

12/07/2019

Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Thu, 04/07/2019 - 00:52

100% reached

WE DID IT! We met our initial target but the fundraising can continue

Sun, 16/06/2019 - 10:55

Wow! Mais de 50% do objectivo alcançado em 48 horas!

Mal conseguimos acreditar no que tem estado a acontecer! Vocês são verdadeiramente incríveis!! Muito obrigado por todo este apoio (e em especial aos anónimos, a quem não consegu...

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Sat, 15/06/2019 - 16:48

50% reached

We've just achieved half the target! The glass is now more full than empty ;)

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 14:51

Já ultrapassámos os 20%! Muito, muito obrigado!

Foi maravilhoso ver tanta gente ontem, durante o evento de lançamento desta campanha, e é igualmente gratificante receber tantos contributos tão rapidamente. Estamos sem palavras!

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Thu, 13/06/2019 - 18:09

First five backers

We've gathered the first 5 backers. Hurray!

Campaign launched

13/06/2019

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  • Kitchen Dates

    Wow! Mais de 50% do objectivo alcançado em 48 horas!

    Mal conseguimos acreditar no que tem estado a acontecer! Vocês são verdadeiramente incríveis!! Muito obrigado por todo este apoio (e em especial aos anónimos, a quem não conseguiremos agradecer individualmente) :)

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  • Kitchen Dates

    Já ultrapassámos os 20%! Muito, muito obrigado!

    Foi maravilhoso ver tanta gente ontem, durante o evento de lançamento desta campanha, e é igualmente gratificante receber tantos contributos tão rapidamente. Estamos sem palavras!

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