We love restaurants so much but the industry needs reform. Owners and chefs are overwhelmed with small profit margins and massive overhead costs. Most restaurants can barely survive. So many culinary students graduate and then work as line cooks making $10/hour and have to work two jobs just to survive. They love to cook, but they can't afford to live. So often the back of the house in a restaurants is not actually food safe, employees often come to work sick because they can't afford to take a day off and they can't afford health insurance, wages are low, and the food is as often purchased as cheap as possible. Everyone is just trying to find a way to scrape by.
Further, there are massive barriers to break into the dining industry. Our communities are filled with passionate and talented chefs who love food and want to share their creations with the world but can't afford the startup costs to open a restaurant or secure a food truck. Further, food regulations are stifling innovation and truly doing little to protect the public. If an aspiring chef doesn't have $100,000 then they don't have a chance. And who has that money laying around?
The industry is designed for national chains and the "top" chefs, not for everyday folks. People of color face bias and immense intentional barriers; immigrants who worked as food professionals in their native country don't have a chance; and young talent can't get a foothold.
These are barriers for people to generate living wage incomes doing what they love, but they are also barriers to connection. These barriers are hurting us all.
Our desire as a company is to facilitate connections and empower earning potential. From the the young entrepreneurial chef whose creations blow your mind, to the immigrant or refugee who cooks amazing native food that you can't find anywhere else, to the best kept secret backyard pit-master, to the retired grandma whose comfort food will remind you of you who are.
Imagine a world where amazing cooks can bring joy and education the rest of us without having to endure the broken regulatory system of dining? And where we all have an opportunity to connect with them, hear their story, feel their passion, and have our lives changed by their food. This is the story of food, connection, and hospitality that has guided humans for thousands of years. This is the world we desperately need to reclaim.
SupperTime is committed to breaking down these barriers, to loving and lifting people up, to spreading joy, to sharing life-transforming stories, to reclaiming the power of hospitality, and empowering folks to make living wage incomes through their talent. We exist for the common good. Our hosts are amazing. Their food is made with love and is absolutely safe. They care deeply about their food and their guests. Our idea is new and we realize some people will push back and try to stop us but we also know there are many that are yearning for new possibilities that empower everyone.
We will always need great restaurants and we will do all we can to support and empower them as well. But we believe:
There's a better way.
This is good news.
Together, we can reimagine the future of dining.
A future we all support should support.
For the love of people. For the joy of food.