BENEFITING: International Culinary Tourism Institute
Chains (restaurants, hotels, etc.) and global corporations (think: burgers and coffee) are the death knell for small businesses - which are crucial to the survival of our communities. Without our help, cash flows out of a community to the corporate headquarters and the community dies. We want to do something about that and we need your help. We've just created our "Small Change for Small Business” program to help preserve local culinary cultures and save communities. Preservation of culinary culture is a major focus of our Institute’s programming.
WHAT'S A "LOCAL CULINARY CULTURE"?
It's whatever makes the food and drink in your area unique and worth trying, preserving and promoting. For example, BBQ in the Southeast of the USA, whisky in Scotland, hot sauces in Trinidad, cooking classes in Thailand, etc. These products are part of the culinary cultures of these regions. They are things that you would sorely miss if the culinary experience was standardized by a big corporation. Quality would suffer, cash would leave the community and the local culture - especially culinary culture - would become more homogenized and global. We don't want that.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO FIX THE PROBLEM?
We're polling our members right now and are exploring projects worthy of focus. One suggestion has been to fight draconian foodcart laws across the USA. Another suggestion has been to help develop a culinary trail in New Zealand. Still a third suggestion is to provide small businesses with a program to educate and support their effort to compete effectively with big chains. A fourth suggestion has been a sustained public relations campaign to awaken the public to the need to support local. And finally, another suggestion is to start an investment fund to help underemployed entrepreneurs in a developing area enter into the foodservice business. These are great ideas but they require funding. We're open to anything reasonable but we require that the project already has some momentum -it just needs a bit of extra help. We also cannot support private businesses directly, we're sorry. The project will benefit from a formal strategic partnership with our organization.
WHAT'S OUR TIMEFRAME?
We will begin as soon as a project is chosen and funding goals are met.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We ask any interested consumers or trade professionals to donate a minimum of US$10/€10/£5 (Crowdrise's minimum) to the cause. Please also be sure to vote on your favorite idea.