Robin’s Letter to Cherry Valley New York Locals

Good to Go Cherry Valley Pizza
Loaded Organic Pizza made with fresh, local ingredients

The following is a letter from Robin Supak to people who live in the upstate area around Cherry Valley New York, including Sharon Springs, Richfield Springs, Roseboom, Cooperstown, and the surrounding towns:

Hello Real Food Lovers,

If you received this letter, it means someone you know thinks you’re interested in a more sustainable and nurturing community, a community where locally grown and prepared food is as important to the soul as fresh air and clean water.

Good to Go is a family-owned, local/organic take-out start-up restaurant that is so close to opening we can taste it, and it tastes amazing.

In July, we received a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County (beating out dozens of other applicants). The grant covers major equipment like an exhaust hood, range, refrigerators & freezers, a water heater, and sinks. Unfortunately, the grant doesn’t cover labor. Using a new crowd-sourcing strategy, we have been selling shares of Good to Go to family, friends, and neighbors for the past year, but we are still $8,000 shy of having the funds to open the store.

And that’s where you come in!

Investors of as little as $100 per share will be paid their share of the LLC profits annually. Six months after opening, we will begin buying back shares in 20 quarterly installments. Stockholders continue receiving their full share of the profits until all shares have been repurchased.

Your investment in this energetic new restaurant will provide Cherry Valley with:

• Locally grown organic meats and veggies
• Multi-day marinades that make even the leanest grass-fed meats succulent
• Sustainable seafood
• Nutritious & deliciously prepared non-GMO food, free of high fructose corn syrup & MSG
• Live foods, like smoothies, kefir, apple cider vinegar, and sprouted foods
• A chef with a fundamental understanding of bio-availability, food pairing & spicing for maximum vitamin, anti-oxidant, and enzymatic absorption
• Personal attention: I’ll make your dishes the way you want them, made with a mother’s love, remembering you & your family’s dietary quirks and restrictions. I’ll generally bend over backwards to make you happy. It’s my M.O.
Investing in Good to Go puts you in the company of distinguished local luminaries, such as: Dr. Michael Geci, Maureen Newman, Donna Harnett, Charlie & Karen Kremer, Rog & Dot Smith (Spurbeck’s Grocery), Angelica Palmer (Green Circle Accounting), Sonia Sola (Nectar Hills Farm), Springfield town supervisor Bill Elsey, and artists Kathy Minnig, Vicki Whicker, and Bill Issac. Acclaimed multidisciplinary designer Harriet Spear is earning shares creating our logo!

I hope you’ll want to join this growing community of healthy, dedicated people who appreciate the importance of locally grown, locally sourced, and most importantly, locally prepared & distributed food.

In Food I Trust,
Robin Supak

You can download the letter here if you’d like to share it with your friends.

Cooperstown Crier Covers Good to Go Grant

The Cooperstown CrierThe Cooperstown Crier ran a story about Good to Go’s micro-enterprise grant yesterday.

Good to Go, a new farm-to-counter takeout restaurant in Cherry Valley, has been awarded a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County. Good to Go focuses on local, regional, organic and other healthy food.

The story focuses on our finances and mentions that we’re still looking for investors. It also mentions our commitment to local and organic food, and why we think it’s important to feature local food–it’s fresher, healthier, better for the environment, and by featuring local food, we can keep our money in the local community.

The story also mentions our commitment to grass-fed meats, which are better for you, the animal, and the planet.

Investors and Skilled Laborers Needed!

Good to Go is happy to announce that we have been awarded an Otsego County Micro-Enterprise Grant! This will help us buy the equipment and materials we need. However, we still need investors–including workers willing to be paid in shares (each share is a 0.1% equity stake in the company and is worth $100). Please go to our Get Involved page for more information on investing (money or time) in our crowd-funded enterprise.

 

Good News Everyone!

Our pet turtle Little Foot
Slow and steady wins the race!

Dear Good To Go Shareholders,

My update (at long last, I know, and I appreciate everyone’s patience) brings very good news.

The micro-enterprise grant Scott so painstakingly applied for in February was awarded to us. Out of about sixty businesses, two were chosen, and we got $22,100 out of the possible $35,000.

Basically, we won! The great County of Otsego, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to believe in me in the form of putting their $ where their mouth is, just as all of you caring folks have. I am so deeply grateful and honored, and I cannot wait to get started.

We reworked the business plan start-up costs to accommodate the new figure, and are waiting (more waiting! Whatever, Rome wasn’t built in a day or even in a year and a half) to sign on the dotted line and find out exactly what we can spend the money on. So far all we know is none may be spent on labor. I am hereby spreading the word that I am looking for people willing to work for shares and/or food down the line. I’ll paint myself, but I need:

  • a plumber
  • an electrician
  • a general contractor

The grant allows us to not have to go to the bank for a loan, practically guaranteeing Good To Go’s success, as our break even mark is so much drastically lower. But I still have to open; I hope by Labor Day (fitting, no?). It will take more money than I have to get there, as even my part-time gallery job is gone now.

If I can’t “gladly pay Tuesday for a hamburger today” where labor is concerned, I need to sell more shares. That worries me because it took a whole year of selling myself just to get to the nest egg of 65 shares, and 37 of those are family!

My hope is, now that I have Otsego County’s endorsement, people that have considered investing will jump to my side of the fence now that success is so likely. So please, encourage your peeps to join you on the Good To Go bandwagon, as we are absolutely, positively Good To Go.

In Food I Trust,
Robin

Good to Go in 2015

Goat cheese and bunapi mushroom stuffed squash blossoms.
Goat cheese and bunapi mushroom stuffed squash blossoms.

Hi, Everyone:

Happy New Year! 2015 is an exciting one here in Cherry Valley. The Little Restaurant That Could has been building support and Good To Go is just beginning to chug up the hard part of the mountain. In a few weeks we are going to apply for a loan, and we are not quite where we need to be investor-wise.

I’m hoping this mail will draw the attention of all the wonderful folks that said they were interested last year, but haven’t yet done the Paypal, Dwolla, or sent a check. Every hundred helps.

To my dear list of investors, we appreciate your support and patience with the project. Anyone you can encourage to follow your lead would be greatly appreciated.

I dream the dream every minute of every day, and I look forward to when money isn’t in the way of getting started.

In Health Food I Trust,
Robin

The New York Times Discovers Bone Broth

Egg drop soup made with organic grass-fed beef bone broth and organic local eggs.
Egg drop soup made with organic grass-fed beef bone broth and organic, local duck eggs.

The New York Times has discovered the wonders of bone broth, which is taking Manhattan restaurants by storm.

Here at Good to Go, we say, welcome to the party! Robin discovered bone broth years ago, when our friend Sonia Sola of Nectar Hills Farm told Robin to watch a scientist’s video about it on You Tube (there are many you can easily find with a search).

From the NY Times article:

“When you talk to chefs about this, everyone’s head is exploding,” said the chef Marco Canora, who has just opened Brodo, a storefront window in the East Village attached to his restaurant, Hearth, where three different flavorful broths are dispensed in paper cups. Like an espresso drink, the broths at Brodo can be customized, with add-ins like grated fresh turmeric, house-made chile oil and bone marrow from grass-fed cattle, which transforms plainly delicious broth into a richly satisfying snack.

Robin’s specialty is beef bone broth made with organic, grass-fed beef or lamb. It’s much more than just boiled bones. She has perfected an entire process that results in a creamy, meaty, delicious broth into which she can add the vegetables, mushrooms, or eggs of your choice!

How cool is that? Order a cup of bone broth and drink it while you stand at our little counter–or, the “bone broth bar.”

And, of course, we can put it in a to-go cup! Now that’s Good to Go!

Cooperstown Crier Story on Good to Go

Egg Rolls
Organic Egg Rolls

Welcome, Cooperstown Crier readers! The Crier’s story about Good to Go in today’s paper was written by Sam Aldridge, and includes quotes from an interview with Robin and Scott. Here’s an excerpt:

If you are lover of organic food, a fan of local produce, or occasionally at a loss for a tasty imaginative nosh, there will soon be an alternative.

The little red storefront nestled in the center of Cherry Valley, where the Nectar Hills Farm store once operated, will once again be open in the spring, but with a new business: Good To Go.

Created by Robin Supak, Good To Go will be a takeout restaurant offering a selection of healthy, organic and affordable food.

If you’d like to know more about investing in our start up farm-to-counter takeout restaurant, please visit the get involved page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing: Scott at Supak dot com, or Robin at Supak dot com.

Organic Grass-fed Beef Meatball Subs at the Cherry Valley Kite Festival

Robin will be selling meatball sub sandwiches made with organic, grass-fed beef from Nectar Hills Farm at the Cherry Valley Artworks Bi-annual Kite Festival this Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Campbell Road, in Cherry Valley.

Robin will also have biscotti and coffee (earlier), as well as coleslaw, iced tea, and other drinks. The subs will be served as soon as the freshly-baked Heidelberg bread arrives (around 10:30 am).

The 2014 Cherry Valley Kite Festival