Campaign Introduction

Let’s give our local restaurant economy a “shot in the arm” this winter and spring. Support our homegrown stimulus project!

The Monadnock Restaurant Project

by Katelyn Heller

  • $30,000

    Funding Goal
  • $30,142

    Funds Raised
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Keene, NH

Katelyn Heller

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Campaign Story

“It could be a really rough few months for our fellow restauranteurs and if we don’t do something soon, we could lose some of the businesses on the edge,” said Luca Paris, owner of Luca’s Mediterranean Café. “We can’t wait for someone else to help us. Eat, drink and build community! Let’s do this as a community—quickly and safely.”
 
In response to Luca’s call, The Local Crowd Monadnock, Culinary Journeys, and Food Connects will partner to launch the Monadnock Restaurant Project, a homegrown stimulus effort.
 
We will purchase gift cards from locally owned restaurants and strategically disperse them to community members who will spend these cards quickly, providing an immediate shot in the arm to Keene’s local economy this winter. Learn more about our project.
 
Our goal is to inspire an infusion of energy and funds into the restaurant community — unlike anything ever seen.
 
Culinary Journeys will fund Phase 1 of our project. We invite you to fund future rounds.
 
Eat, Drink & Build Community
According to the Monadnock Indie Impact Study, locally owned retailers return 62.4% of their revenue to the local economy, while national chain retailers return just 13.6% of revenue—meaning that locally owned businesses return over 4x more money to the local economy compared to chain retailers. We hope this immediate stimulus can be replicated in other parts of the region.
 
Please join us in building our own homegrown stimulus — contribute to our effort today!

Rewards

$10

Monadnock Food Co-op Gift Card
Enjoy a $10 gift card to the Monandock Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store in Keene.

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Food Connects Swag Bag
Includes 1 reusable organic cotton tote bag, 2 bumper stickers, and 2 50-sheet sticky notes made with recycled paper.

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$17

Preventing Lyme & Other Tick- Born Disease
A book by Alexis Chesney, ND, a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in the treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Her book includes how to control ticks in the home landscape, prevent infection using herbal protocols, and treat tick bites with natural remedies.

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$50

Cooking Class for Kids
One 1-hour cooking class with Laura Carbonneau. Your kiddo(s) will love this cooking class as they get a private lesson in cooking and make a tasty meal. Meal customized for your dietary needs and preferences! Depending on when you schedule this class, it can be virtual or in-person.

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Cooking Class With Laura
One 2-hour cooking class with Laura Carbonneau. Make a three-course meal (appetizer, dinner, and dessert) for you and your sweetheart. Meal customized for your dietary needs and preferences! Depending on when you schedule this class, it can be virtual or in-person.

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  • 09-02-2021

    Week One Update - 61% Raised

    Thank you again for supporting our Monadnock Restaurant Project crowdfunding campaign.
    We’re excited to share that we’ve reached 61% of our goal after one week!
    For the first phase of our project, we gave C&S Wholesale Grocers, Nanotech and Savings Bank of Walpole gift cards to share with their staff. They’re now spending those gift cards above & beyond what the card is worth. We can’t wait to hear about the impacts from our participating restaurants and food businesses.
    Here are two ways to enter for a chance to win gift cards from us:
    WKBK and The Keene Sentinel are giving away Monadnock Restaurant Project gift cards throughout February. Enter today at wkbkradio.com/buylocal and sentinelsource.com/tasty_trivia.
    In case you missed it:
    WMUR gave us a wonderful shout-out last week. You can view the segment here.
    Please help us spread the word:
    We’d love for you to share this post on social media to help us spread the word.
    We support the Monadnock Restaurant Project because we want to see our vibrant and diverse restaurant scene flourish. The mix of COVID-19 and the slow winter months is hard for our local restaurants. This project is a call to action to stimulate the local restaurant economy and a way to pay-it-forward in our community. Support this project today! https://tlcmonadnock.com/stimulus
    #monadnockrestaurantproject #localstimulus #payitfoward
    Again, thank you for supporting our homegrown stimulus project – eat, drink & build community!

  • 20-02-2021

    Mid-Campaign Update: So Close to $20K

    Thanks to you, we’re just shy of $20,000 raised for the Monadnock Restaurant Project!
     
    To help spread the word to more people, we recently launched the Snacktime Selfie Contest. We hope you’ll join in on the fun:
     
    Snap a photo of your break, lunch, dinner, or anything in between that you purchased from a local restaurant, upload it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the #MonadnockRestaurantProject AND #SnacktimeSelfie hashtags. FIVE lucky winners will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of their choice! Entries are due by 2/28 at 11:59 pm. Eat local today and you could win big in March! See all the details.
     
    Also, don’t forget about other ways to win a gift card with us:
    While called a “gift,” we want these cards to serve as a call to action. We urge community members to spend at least twice the amount of what their gift card is worth, doubling the project’s impact by infusing more funds into these cash-strapped businesses. The more we spend locally, the more dollars we reinvest in our local economy.
     
    Thank you again for joining this movement!
     

  • 28-02-2021

    Latest Goal Surpasses: Over 75% of our goal raised

    Last week, we had a fantastic flurry of support thanks to a front-page article published in the Monadnock Shopper News. Thanks to all of you, we’re now 77% of our goal.
     
    This next push will be challenging, so we’re looking for someone to present a matching challenge to our community (like business “A” will match all contributions, dollar for dollar, for the next 24 hours). If you have any ideas for businesses or individuals willing and able to support a matching challenge, please let us know.
     
    Our next mini-goal: Reaching 90% raised by March 5. Please help us meet our latest goal by talking up our campaign with your friends and family.
     
    Again, THANK YOU for your support!
     
    From our Community Heroes:
     

     

     

     

  • 11-04-2021

    We Did IT! Thank you for your support!

    We have wonderful news to share! We successfully completed our crowdfunding campaign for the Monadnock Restaurant Project. We raised $30,121 from 132 donors. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
    While our campaign ended, our work continues:
    • All 600 gift cards for Phase 2 of our work were delivered to our business partners: American House, Cheshire Medical Center, Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, Monadnock Shopper News, and The Peak. Now our partners are working hard to get these gift cards in the hands of staff and community members.
    • We’re collecting the impacts of our work by reaching out to Phase 1 restaurants and business partners. Do you have a story/quote to share the reflects the impact of this project on you and our community? Please let us know!
    • To encourage participation in A Taste of Keene Food Festival on June 5, we’re providing local restaurants with a stipend to ensure that they can cover the costs associated with providing delicious offerings during the event.
     
    Some special thank yous:
    • Matching Challenges – Thank you to 17ROX and Savings Bank of Walpole for providing matching challenges to inspire more people to give to our crowdfunding campaign.
    • Sponsored Rewards – We thank Alexis Chesney, Laura Carbonneau, and Monadnock Food Co-op for offering sponsored rewards during our campaign.
    • Homegrown Heroes – These businesses and individuals donated $500 or more to our campaign: Eleanor Briggs, Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc., Patricia Kasal, The Keene Sentinel, Julie & Greg Tewksbury, Northeast Mountain Footwear/Fred’s Shoes, Saving Bank of Walpole, Culinary Journeys, and 17ROX (plus other who chose to remain anonymous)
    • Community Heroes – THANK YOU to our 132 supporters. You’re all heroes to us!
    Please keep in touch with our project by signing up for updates through The Local Crowd Monadnock.
    Yours locally,
    Luca Paris, Jen Risley, Laura Carbonneau, and Monica Marshall
    PS: Our Snacktime Selfie Contest continues! Help spread the word and get a change to WIN. (Thanks to Elm City Brewing for this image.)
     

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Anonymous Keene, NH April 07, 2021
Carolyn Noah Swanzey, NH April 01, 2021
Eleanor Briggs Hancock , NH April 01, 2021
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Amy McIntyre Keene, NH March 31, 2021
Nancy Vincent Keene, NH March 31, 2021
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Jennifer Wu Peterborough, NH March 31, 2021
Jennifer Wu Peterborough, NH March 31, 2021
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Michael Conway Keene, NH March 31, 2021
George Tremblay Troy, NH March 31, 2021
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Kristen Petricola Keene, NH March 30, 2021
Kristen Petricola Keene, NH March 30, 2021
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Anonymous Chesterfield, NH March 30, 2021
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Sandy Hamm Keene, NH March 29, 2021
Liza Constable Nelson, NH March 29, 2021
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Lynda Sillner Keene, NH March 29, 2021
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MICHELLE CARRINGTON MERRIMACK, NH March 29, 2021
Fred Black Fitzwilliam, NH March 29, 2021
Anonymous Alstead, NH March 29, 2021
Anonymous Alstead, NH March 29, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Lizabeth Buoro Westmoreland, NH March 28, 2021
Debra Herget KEENE, NH March 28, 2021
Michael Tanguay Southport, CT March 28, 2021
Anonymous Antrim, NH March 28, 2021
Mark Danahy Alstead, NH March 28, 2021
Alexis Chesney Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Swanzey, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Amy Kraemer Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Peterborough, NH March 28, 2021
Carol Renzelman Alstead, NH March 28, 2021
Diane Riley Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Diane Riley Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Carol Renzelman Alstead, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Lempster, NH March 28, 2021
Heidi Tompkins NELSON, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Yvette Yeager Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Yvette Yeager Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Marcia Kayser Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Joan Watson Westmoreland , NH March 28, 2021
Marcia Kayser Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Marcia Kayser Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Peg Smeltz Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Keene , NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous KEENE, NH March 28, 2021
Anna Goettle FITZWILLIAM, NH March 28, 2021
Anna Goettle FITZWILLIAM, NH March 28, 2021
Jamie Young Peterborough, NH March 28, 2021
Jamie Young Peterborough, NH March 28, 2021
Jolynn Whitten Keene , NH March 28, 2021
Anonymous Antrim, NH March 28, 2021
Sue Walthour Keene, NH March 28, 2021
Jennifer Wu Peterborough, NH March 20, 2021
Laura Andrews Keene, NH March 18, 2021
Lisa Sieverts Harrisville, NH March 07, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH March 05, 2021
Julie Dickson Keene, NH March 05, 2021
Ashley Denning Keene, NH March 05, 2021
Jillian Bishop Walpole, NH March 01, 2021
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Nancy Vincent Keene, NH February 28, 2021
Anonymous Hancock, NH February 28, 2021
Anonymous Shrewsbury, MA February 28, 2021
Anonymous Chesterfield, NH February 27, 2021
Anonymous Los Angeles , CA February 27, 2021
Anonymous Marlborough, NH February 27, 2021
craig stockwell Keene, NH February 26, 2021
Donna Hanscom Swanzey, NH February 26, 2021
Joan Luz Keene , NH February 26, 2021
Jennifer Soares Valhalla, NY February 26, 2021
Kathryne Wichland Keene, NH February 25, 2021
REBECCAH COLBURN Keene, NH February 25, 2021
Laura Carbonneau Brattleboro, VT February 25, 2021
Jeffrey Lapid Swanzey , NH February 25, 2021
Eleanor Briggs Hancock, NH February 25, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH February 25, 2021
Anonymous KEENE, NH, NH February 25, 2021
Lynda Sillner Keene, NH February 25, 2021
Charles Richmond Stoddard, NH February 24, 2021
Robert Shalit Keene, NH February 24, 2021
Richard Roth Keene, NH February 24, 2021
Anonymous Harrisville, NH February 24, 2021
Cecily Bastedo Dublin, NH February 24, 2021
George Tremblay Troy, NH February 24, 2021
Brett Thelen Harrisville, NH February 24, 2021
Heidi Stanclift Keene, NH February 21, 2021
Judy Rogers Keene, NH February 21, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH February 20, 2021
Jennifer Risley Keene, NH February 20, 2021
Gill Truslow Keene, NH February 20, 2021
Mari Brunner Keene, NH February 20, 2021
Justin Somma Keene, NH February 19, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH February 19, 2021
Katie Schwerin Gilsum, NH February 18, 2021
Kathleen Burke keene, NH February 18, 2021
Blake Amacker Nashua, NH February 18, 2021
Carl Querfurth Jaffrey, NH February 18, 2021
Julie White Keene, NH February 14, 2021
Meena Neva Keene, NH February 14, 2021
Georgia Cassimatis Gilsum, NH February 13, 2021
Patricia Kasal Winchester, NH February 12, 2021
Amy McIntyre Keene, NH February 09, 2021
Patti Powers Winchester , NH February 09, 2021
Joan Watson Westmoreland , NH February 06, 2021
Nancy Vincent Keene, NH February 06, 2021
Sue Kowalczyk Swanzey, NH February 05, 2021
Rick Swanson Wilton, NH February 05, 2021
Jason Wilder Troy, NH February 05, 2021
Donna Calabro Keene , NH February 04, 2021
Anonymous Los Angeles, CA February 04, 2021
Tad Schrantz Keene, NH February 04, 2021
Mark Rebillard Keene, NH February 04, 2021
Jan Cohen Keene, NH February 04, 2021
Susan Newcomer Spofford, NH February 02, 2021
Cheryl Moschan Harrisville, NH February 02, 2021
Terrance Williams Keene, NH February 02, 2021
Julie and Gregg Tewksbury Keene, NH February 01, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH February 01, 2021
Kristen Petricola Keene, NH January 31, 2021
D Meadows Keene , NH January 31, 2021
Mark Bodin Keene, NH January 30, 2021
Anonymous Keene, NH January 26, 2021
Keene , NH January 12, 2021

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