PDX Featured: Chop!

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PDX Featured - Chop!

Portland entrepreneur Karen Page’s business idea “Chop!” Is a finalist in the Bon Appetit Magazine “Food Innovators” contest! Karen is representing PDX in this national  contest & trying to win a $10,000 grant to help open her local store!

 

PDX Featured - Chop!

“Chop!” Is a home cooking store, where you can pick out a great recipe, either online or in the store, and we give you all the FRESH PREPPED ingredients you need to cook the meal at home! We even give you all the spices and cooking oils, measured and portioned as necessary, and complete with advice from our house chef on your way out the door. The folks at Chop! want people to eat fresh foods and spend quality time at home together, without the mess and time-consuming preparations. They want people to eat locally sourced foods, and stop going to corporate-owned chain restaurants.
 
Chop! Partners with local farmers and local restaurants, and will cross-promote to help grow Portland’s local economy in every way possible! They hope to bring people together at their dinner tables, one meal at a time!

Portland friends know Karen as a musician, or as Talent Buyer/Booker at Backspace and the Someday Lounge, both downtown music venues. Boise friends know Karen was a chef in her past career, and that she personally created the recipes for Boise’s famous signature pizza (Flying Pie, not the same as the pdx one, is like the “Voodoo Donuts” of Boise). Karen got her start as a chef working for Entrepreneur & MARKETING GENIUS Howard Olivier, who encouraged her to study food science. “It totally changed my life”, says Karen, “not only the way I see food but the way I see the world”.

Howard Olivier’s restaurants continued to win award after award for Karen Page’s recipes, inspiring her to further pursue her career as a chef. Some of her more obscure pizza recipes have been featured on the Food Network. Since then, Karen has moved on into the Event Planning and Catering business after becoming involved in Portland’s Music scene. “I am working really hard to make this store happen so that I can have an opportunity to grow a business that my daughter can inherit”, explains Page, “a business that helps bring people together, that partners with Organic Farmers and other local businesses.”

This odd and exciting contest/opportunity came at a perfect time. Karen’s family needs this opportunity more than ever, and her team is ready to take it on! Page is dedicated to making this store a success, so daughter can grow up around the business.

 

How can you help?

“Chop!” is in SECOND PLACE and must raise the most money AND gain the most “individual contributors” (this means even a $1 donation is really important to them!!) before FEBRUARY 6! PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!

11 Comments
  • Jennifer
    January 31, 2013

    Wow – that sounds like a great idea! A recipe and the premeasured/prepped ingredients? I’m in love. I mean, the prep time is often what turns me off to a recipe… I hope she wins!

  • Celebrate Woman
    January 31, 2013

    Beautiful idea that supports the health of individuals and local economy! Kudos and the best in winning this grant!

  • Heidi
    January 31, 2013

    Awesome idea, hope she wins!

  • Natalie Z
    January 31, 2013

    That is an awesome idea and love that it supports local eating! I wish them the best of luck!

  • Michele
    January 31, 2013

    What a great idea–not that I live anywhere near there-but would love a place like that that also caters to single people!!

  • Paula Schuck
    January 31, 2013

    What a great idea! I hope they are very successful. It seems like a super concept for a business and a time saver for many people too.

  • Jaime Nicole
    January 31, 2013

    What a cool idea! I would totally be into that!

  • Beki
    January 31, 2013

    This is an amazing idea!!!!

  • Nicole Strunk
    February 1, 2013

    Such an amazing idea! I would be there once every few weeks to pick up some yumminess! I helped out with what I could, I hope she gets it!

  • Karen
    February 1, 2013

    Thanks so much for your supportive comments! I’m really excited to open the store! I’m gaining on my opponent in the contest, and only trailing by 5 donations. Just need a few more $1 pledges and we’re there! thanks everyone!

  • Karen
    February 2, 2013

    I would like to extend a HUGE thanks to those who have donated to my fundraising campaign!!! I am currently TIED for first place! I just need a few more contributors to win the $10,000 business grant! Please help if you can, $1 is all I need per person!

    http://www.rockethub.com/projects/13323-chop/checkout/goods