Hello Houston! We had a great time at last Thursday’s Pizza Co-op. For those who joined, thank you. For those who couldn’t make it, we have some great notes and report back information for you. The Pizza Co-op idea/event was very popular via Occupy Houston’s Facebook, thanks to you! You not only showed great interest but your feedback was valuable as well. This report back is lengthy but it’s worth the read. We hope this will encourage your input and ability to join us in the future. P.S. The name that was decided for this business is, “Broke Ass Pizza Co-op”
Pizza Co-op REPORT BACK, Jan. 10, 2013:
Items needed -
(make menu of items at the farm, also, but not included in this list.)
1. kitchen tools
5. pans and handlers
7. cash register
8. computer and printer
9. flour (gluten free)
11. corn meal
12. vegan cheese
16. field roast
17. rolling pins
18. pizza cutters
19. POS, credit card system
20. olive oil
21. green meat
23. slice boxes
Takes gas to power the oven, also noted.
Roles: Pizza makers, accountants, and dough makers.
1. Fifth Ward, there’s a shortage of food around, and is about to become Agricultural District, according to Joanne.
2. Tasha’s cafe, would be a suitable place.
Scheduling: Refer to contact list.
Finance: David and Jeff were suggestions.
People are going to throw in 2-300 dollars each, as shareholders.
Start Date: Pending
1. Fun is the first note of business, always keep things awesome.
2. Pizza contest, pizza fundraiser, to raise donations.
5. Legal aid, laws associated with this business.
6. “How to make a pizza!” pack.
7. bake the pizza for the 26th at Tasha’s, also talk to Stacy at Radical Eats.
8. Ask about food allergies for new coop members.
9. Menu being gluten free, and spicy pizzas!
Sarah Reed, and Bryan at Flakey’s and general manager at Bombay’s.
Business Plan: Pending
Marketing: Consider cob oven advertising, and advertise and recruit for new members at HFT meetings, or any activist meetings around the area.
IMPORTANT DAYS! -
1. Tomorrow Jamin talks to Tasha about using the cafe’.
-Follow up- After speaking with Tarsha we learned that her cafe space is still in the process of becoming coded and that the oven that was mentioned before was a confectioner oven and not necessarily a pizza one. She feels the bet way for Ecotone to lends its support to the coop would be to allow us a bed space at the garden on St. Charles that will further enable us to source many of our ingredients from our local food growing efforts. We also discussed having at least a few of us take the kitchen management certification training to avoid issues with the Health Department. It was also mentioned that instead of promoting the coop as an individuals-owned venture that we place heavy emphasis on the groups involved with the project to help solidify credibility for the coop; leaning on these an other strategic partnerships (people who support progressive work) for catchy pie names, material, financial or even moral support and exploring other ways to incorporate our partner. For example: “The Ecotone” as a pizza choice.
2. Saturday morning, the 12th, 9am. 50$ has been put in the fund.
18th @ 4pm. – testing dough, getting together, to trade recipes. AT, The Real School.