The Ark Cafe: Vision & Fundraising

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ANNOUNCING:
PLANS FOR A NEW CAFE AT THE ARK!

 

VISION:

We envision a great new cafe within the Ark that will serve the community — with great food, coffee, and a community gathering space…

This venture will create employment opportunities and provide a casual, friendly and affordable experience.  It will also provide the ARK with a way to produce a cash flow to further the mission to Inspire, Expand and Enrich thru the Arts.

PROPOSED OPENING DATE: September 2016

PROPOSED HOURS:

Monday through Friday:

11am-2pm:
The Ark Cafe will serve a simple lunch featuring fresh locally sourced fare including Kickapoo Coffee, Tea for the People, Fizzeology Ferments

10am-6pm:
The Ark Cafe will be open for tea, coffee, and treats.

WiFi will be available.

SAMPLE MENU:

Food

  • Soup/Stew of the Day meat and veg. option
    • Featuring classic soups/stews from around the world including:  Split Pea, Gumbo, Minestrone, Chili, Cream of Potato( or whatever) Irish Stew, African Peanut Stew,
  • Chicken and Dumplings, White Bean Bacon, Spanish Tomato Rice, Congee
    Served w/housemade crackers, gluten free (sprouted sunny seeds, buckwheat, millet and rye)
  • Casseroles on Mondays and Fridays
  • Lasagna, Tamale Pie, Mac N Cheese w/bacon/greens, Chicken/Beef Pot Pie, Shepherd’s Pie and Jambalaya/Paella
  • Salad Plate
  • Featuring a cornucopia of seasonal freshness, ferments/pickles
  • Soup and Salad Combo – 1 creamy type dressing and 1 vinaigrette

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Tea:   house made chai, Tea for the People, Rishi Black teas
  • Wiscopop
  • LaCroix
  • House made Ginger Beer
  • Blue Sky Sodas

Sweets

  • Fruit Crisp of the Day
  • Killer chocolate chip hazlenut bars
  • Gluten free brownies

EXTENSIVE HISTORY OF THE ARK AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY:

In 1896 the First Congregational Church opened its doors on the corner of Jefferson and Washington in the town of Viroqua.  You can imagine how many community suppers, pancake breakfasts, potlucks, wedding banquets have been enjoyed over the years.  

In 1933, the first Congregationalists became the church to the Church of Christ followed by the  Believers Fellowship.  

In 2012 the building stopped functioning as a church and thanks to a philanthropic gift to a cluster of local artists, the building was purchased and is being re-imagined and re-purposed as a house of the ARTS.  An immersive art experience is taking shape as a team of artists transform the staid walls into a living breathing color filled canvas.  

THE KITCHEN: MANAGEMENT:

The kitchen will be managed by Frank Wildingway, who brings his vast knowledge and passion of food from seed to plate and 50 years of cooking experience.

THE KITCHEN: UPGRADING NEEDS:

Thanks to a grant from Organic Valley the original kitchen was transformed into a modern facility.  

Now the time has come to take the next step to becoming a certified Cafe.  In order to do this we need:  a reach in NSF fridge, a smooth nonporous ceiling, 3 sinks:  a handwash, a produce and a janitors mop sink.  We need seed money for furnishing the dining room,  stocking the pantry, paying the license fee and purchasing a few needed smallwares like a salad spinner, storage containers, in line water filter, 2 tall stock pots and a coffee maker with press pots.  

Your donations and support of our fundraising efforts(see below) will help us fund these enhancements for the Ark Cafe.


FUNDRAISING EFFORTS:

June 10th, 2016
The ARK Cafe Fundraising Campaign Kickoff Event:
Dinner, Ark Film & Silent Auction!

 

DONATIONS:

Your contribution is tax deductible as the ARK is a 501c3 non-profit.

Send your check/money order donation to this address:
(note inside this is intended for the Ark Cafe):

The Ark
401 E Jefferson Street
Viroqua, WI 54665

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