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Who are we?
Pomegranate Kitchen is a new social enterprise that will be cooking delicious food for Wellingtonians, while providing training and work for former refugees.
Why are we doing this?
Refugees face major hurdles when they arrive in New Zealand, and finding a job is one of the biggest. Our research tells us getting a job will make a significant difference for how well former refugees integrate into our Wellington community.
What will we be doing?
We will deliver lunches to workplaces, provide catering services, and run pop-up food events, starting in October this year.
Check out our website here: http://www.pomegranate.org.nz/
How can I help welcome and support former refugees into our city?
Helping us get underway is a great way to make a real difference - it sends a message of support as well as money to get stuff done.
What will my money be used for?
You will be supporting our first 3 months costs to help us get up and running, including:
- On-job training and coaching - practicing English in the kitchen, health and safety, food hygiene, knife skills, food preparation, food presentation
- Coordinating a more formal catering skills training programme
- Coordinating an “English for Cooks” language course
- Renting a commercial kitchen
- Buying kitchen equipment, aprons and knives
- Menu design and testing
- Core ingredients
- Liaison with restaurants and chefs around Wellington to expand work experience
- Coordination and administration work.
Rebecca Stewart - General Manager, Co-founder
Rebecca is a Wellingtonian who loves to eat! She has a background in not for profits, particularly program evaluation, in New Zealand Australia, India and Fiji. Most recently she worked for New Zealand Red Cross.
Ange Wither - Co-founder, Board Member
Ange is an incredible cook and food obsessive with a background in organisational learning and development. Her favourite thing to make is sourdough.
Hajar Mazraeh - Supervisor
Hajar is originally from Iran and ran a pita bread business as a refugee in Indonesia while awaiting a visa.
Muna Al Naser - Cook
Muna is originally from Syria. Recently she was asked to help design a menu and share her cooking skills with Logan Brown restaurant.
Genet Seyoum - Cook
Genet is originally from Ethiopia but has spent some time in Egypt.
Fatima Qasim Ali - Cook
Fatima is originally from Afghanistan.
Hawa Kusama Fitzgerald - Board Member
Hawa is a Kiwi originally from Indonesia. She currently works for New Zealand Red Cross providing support in refugee resettlement. In a former life Hawa ran a large catering company, and still makes elaborate cakes and traditional Indonesian foods from time to time.
Scott Barrett - Food Advisor, Board Member
Scott is originally from Australia but is now fully integrated into Kiwi life. He was the owner of the popular Elements cafe in Lyall Bay for many years, and now operates the Eat Street food truck.
Please share our campaign, pledge for some delicious treats, like us on Facebook, and use us for your catering needs.
We made it!!
23/11/2016 at 3:16 PM
First of all, a massive THANK YOU to our crowd! It’s so heartening to know that you believe in what we are doing and in the futures of our former refugee cooks - what an amazing welcome to New Zealand after all the things they have been through. We really couldn’t have done it without you. Already we have been able to purchase a bench top deep fryer for the falafel which is much safer and more precise. The cooks hadn’t used one before but took to it well!
For those of you who ordered individual lunches, we are still working on the website to be able to take your orders, and this should be up in the next two weeks. We will email you with a code which you can then use as and when you wish.
We loved the fact that so many people wanted to meet the cooks. After all, this is why we are doing it! We were thinking of having a few morning tea events so as not to overwhelm them – you can come along, try some new menu ideas, and have an informal chat.
Some people just wanted to Pledge, which is especially generous, and a special shout-out to three friends of mine who pooled together and purchased the reward for corporates to have their logo on the side of our food carrier. I was a little worried about who would purchase that as some companies are more aligned with our values than others! I have offered to put these three peoples’ faces on the side of the food carrier so we will see how it goes.
For all the rest of you, we will be in touch! Thanks again!
Rebecca, Ange, and the Pomegranate Kitchen team
Halfway and Halfway!
26/10/2016 at 7:27 PM
Hello supporters of Pomegranate Kitchen!
First of all, a massive thank you for pledging to our project. It's been so mind-blowing to see the support we have received already. Your pledges will go towards much-needed equipment and ingredients, as well as venue hire and staff salaries - so we can pump out delicious goodies to you, made with love by women from a refugee background! I have been reading out some of your messages to the women in the kitchen on our coffee break - they are amazed and touched that so many of you want to help us get going.
Now, we are halfway there in both senses, only 15 days to go and 7,200 till we meet our (first) goal. Can you help get us over the line? You could:
- Share our project on your social media pages or around your office, using the photos and links below;
- Order a morning tea from us (through this page http://www.pomegranate.org.nz/contact-us) and promote us to your workmates or your company; or
- Donate a reward for us to share to other Pledgers - this could be an item, skill or event!
We have just finished up two weeks in the pop up pods at Moore Wilson's (see blog here: http://www.pomegranate.org.nz/blog) and it was great to see some of your faces down there. Let's keep this momentum going!
Heartfelt thanks again to all of you,
Rebecca and Ange
The link to our campaign: http://pldg.me/pomegranate
Our website: http://www.pomegranate.org.nz
Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pomegranatekitchennz
Our Twitter (NEW!): https://twitter.com/Pomegranate_NZ
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"Wonderful initiative, congratulations on meeting your target and good luck to everyone."
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"Such a wonderful idea. I wish you all the luck in the world (and look forward to my lunch!)"
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"Brilliant idea and thank you for your work. Welcome to our new New Zealanders. "
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"Keep up the amazing work you're doing!"
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"A wonderful idea that will help many. Have thought often about how to support refugee mothers of those I teach.Hope you expand to Auckland. "
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"Great idea thanks we've booked two places so we can both enjoy it"
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"Hearing about Pomegranate today in voices programme (rnz) has made my day. "
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"This is an amazing idea and we're so excited to try your delicious food!"