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ABOUT

Core Team

Erik Bruner-Yang

Chef, Restaurateur, Creator of The Power of 10
“Independent neighborhood restaurants are among the anchors of every great community in America, and far too many are enduring an insufferable fate in the face of COVID-19. The Power of 10 aims to change that fate for as many restaurants in as many cities as possible, by empowering them to employ their staff, maintain their operations, and feed the people in their communities who need meals the most.”

Ramon Looby

External Affairs Executive
“I remember when Erik first shared his vision for Power of 10 with me. It was built on compassion and ingenuity and I knew then that I wanted to help him execute on this project.
The Power of 10 Initiative provides more than hope and nourishing meals. It’s rebuilding our faith in community. And that’s needed now more than ever.”

Jonathan Tate

Founder/Food On The Stove, DC Firefighter

“The Power of 10 Initiative is not only an asset to the restaurant community but the community as a whole. Erik's vision has not only been instrumental in keeping numerous restaurants open and hundreds of people working, but he has also given hope and encouragement to frontline workers and the general public through the thousands of meals that have been donated.”

Claire Robinson

Chef, Television Host, Author

"The Power of 10 is saving livelihoods and resurrecting dreams, one local restaurant at a time."

Shannon Olivas

Communications Strategist, Co-Owner,
Ceviche Project (LA)
“As a restaurant owner myself, I know first-hand the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our industry, and it was imperative I find a way to help. I'm honored to be working with Erik and the team to spread the good word about The Power of 10, which is empowering independent restaurateurs and making a huge impact on their communities."

Ramon Looby

External Affairs Executive
“I remember when Erik first shared his vision for Power of 10 with me. It was built on compassion and ingenuity and I knew then that I wanted to help him execute on this project.
The Power of 10 Initiative provides more than hope and nourishing meals. It’s rebuilding our faith in community. And that’s needed now more than ever.”

Shannon Olivas

Communications Strategist, Co-Owner,
Ceviche Project (LA)
“As a restaurant owner myself, I know first-hand the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our industry, and it was imperative I find a way to help. I'm honored to be working with Erik and the team to spread the good word about The Power of 10, which is empowering independent restaurateurs and making a huge impact on their communities."

Ramon Looby

External Affairs Executive
“I remember when Erik first shared his vision for Power of 10 with me. It was built on compassion and ingenuity and I knew then that I wanted to help him execute on this project.
The Power of 10 Initiative provides more than hope and nourishing meals. It’s rebuilding our faith in community. And that’s needed now more than ever.”

Shannon Olivas

Communications Strategist, Co-Owner,
Ceviche Project (LA)
“As a restaurant owner myself, I know first-hand the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our industry, and it was imperative I find a way to help. I'm honored to be working with Erik and the team to spread the good word about The Power of 10, which is empowering independent restaurateurs and making a huge impact on their communities."

Ramon Looby

External Affairs Executive
“I remember when Erik first shared his vision for Power of 10 with me. It was built on compassion and ingenuity and I knew then that I wanted to help him execute on this project.
The Power of 10 Initiative provides more than hope and nourishing meals. It’s rebuilding our faith in community. And that’s needed now more than ever.”

Shannon Olivas

Communications Strategist, Co-Owner,
Ceviche Project (LA)
“As a restaurant owner myself, I know first-hand the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our industry, and it was imperative I find a way to help. I'm honored to be working with Erik and the team to spread the good word about The Power of 10, which is empowering independent restaurateurs and making a huge impact on their communities."

A Letter From
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang:

To Whom It May Concern,

Every neighborhood has a restaurant that is an extension of your home. It is the space where you have your first dates, celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and hold school charity functions. No one knows neighbors more than the restaurants that serve you every day. These neighborhood restaurants are independently-owned, usually operate with a team of less than thirty staff, and unfortunately lack the resources to face challenges like a rapidly expanding pandemic. I confidently believe there is no other group of hardworking people that can tackle a situation like those in the restaurant industry. We must address two immediate problems that the community is tragically experiencing during COVID-19: loss of jobs and access to food.

We are modeling the strategy of mobilizing resilient restaurant workers during the fallout of COVID-19. The restaurant community c an show the rest of America that The Power of 10 works and can be applied to any community across our nation.

Here’s how it works: If a restaurant were to receive $10,000 a week during this crisis, it could create 10 full-time jobs and provide 1,000 free meals to its direct community. By Monday, March 30th, this organization hopes to assist in mobilizing three restaurants with this simple math.

Small businesses are the backbone of America and neighborhood restaurants are the anchors of every great community. Stimulating the local economy through neighborhood businesses allows its community to play a vital role in tackling the collateral damage of COVID-19. With the ability to provide jobs again, small business es will relieve the unemployment safety net. Restaurants will also be providing quality hot meals and keeping the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors.

I hope to show that The Power of 10 model can be applied to any neighborhood in America. $10,000 a week in donations will provide 10 full-time jobs and 1,000 free meals to any community. This pilot program will be a model that local governments can implement across the nation, proving what the collective power of individuals and organizations can achieve.

Thank you for your time.

March 26, 2020

HOW IT WORKS

Purpose

➞ Re-employment
➞ Food Security
➞ Community Safety Net
➞ Relieves Burden of Unemployment Resource
➞ Community Engagement

First
Responders

➞ ABC Pony, Paolo Dungca & Chris Yates, Ward 6
➞ Cane, Peter Prime, Ward 6
➞ Maketto, Erik Bruner-Yang, Ward 6

Non-Profit
Partners

➞ Food On The Stove
➞ Creative Class
➞ Arcadia Center For Sustainable Foods
➞ Each restaurant responder is partnered with a local non-profit
     to handle food distribution logistics servicing either their
     ward or other wards in need.

How it Works

10 FULL TIME JOBS
10 Employees @ $14.50/Hour
=           $5,800
1000 FULLY BALANCED MEALS
1000 Meals @ $4.20/Meal
=           $4,200
$10,000
Weekly Funding Per Restaurant

Model &
Scalability

➞ A simple model that can be utilized in any community in America
➞ Mobilize a skilled and resourceful workforce to address food in a time of crisis
➞ The same funds that would have been used for unemployment can be redirected
➞ Allows restaurants to maintain operations while keeping their employees
     and communities safe during this crisis by focusing on community outreach versus
     being forced to change their business models overnight and continue to expose
     themselves to COVID-19

RESTAURANTS

Participating Restaurants

ABC Pony

Washington, DC
Chris Yates & Paolo Dungca

Cane

Washington, DC
Peter Prime

Destination Dumplings

New York , NY
Tristan Chin-Fat

Ekiben

Baltimore, MD
Steve Chu

FIELDTRIP

New York , NY
JJ Johnson

Get a Hero Be A Hero

Washington, DC
Paul Taylo

Guelaguetza

Los Angeles, CA
Bricia Lopez

Harper’s Pineville

Charlotte, NC
Ron Ahlert

La Newyorkina

New York , NY
Fany Gerson

Mama Chang

Fairfax, VA
Peter Chang

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

Chicago, IL
Diana Davila

Mot Hai Ba

Dallas, TX
Peja Krstic

Santa Rosa Taqueria

Washington, DC
Spike Mendelsohn

Sospeso

Washington, DC
Mike Rosato

Sushi Kiyosuzu

Los Angeles, CA
Kiyoto and Ikuko Nagasu

Compass Rose

Washington, DC
Marcelle G. Afram

Brenner Pass

Richmond, VA
Brittanny Anderson

Excell’s Kingston Eatery

New York , NY
Novar Excell

District Fishwife

Washington, DC
Fiona Lewis & Ben Friedman

Good Stuff Eatery

Washington, DC
Spike Mendelsohn

Frontier

Chicago, IL
Brian Jupiter

Ina Mae Tavern

Chicago, IL
Brian Jupiter

Harper’s Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Ron Ahlert

Maydan

Washington, DC
Marcelle G. Afram

Maketto

Washington, DC
Erik Bruner-Yang

Petra & The Beast

Dallas, TX
Misti Norris

Mighty Quinn’s

New York , NY
Hugh Magnum

Stable

Washington, DC
David Fritsche

Service Bar

Washington, DC
Chad Spangler

We The Pizza

Washington, DC
Spike Mendelsohn

Beneficiaries

There’s no one size fits all approach, and our food donations run the gamut: from churches and community centers to hospitals and fire stations to elderly homes. We work with each participating restaurant to determine where in their community there’s the greatest need for meals right now and how best to feed those individuals.

SUPPORTERS

Non-Profit Supporters

Food on the Stove

Food On The Stove increases awareness about health and wellness within the fire service by providing tools and resources to help members maintain healthier lifestyles with heart healthy eating practices and fitness activities.

Arcadia

Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington DC area.

Creative Class

Creative Class 501(c)3 empowers creatives and creators to build strong communities and sustainable economies. Their goal is to establish a creative movement with a positive civic impact.

Contributors

Capital One

Fruitful Planet

Indie Chefs Week

Made By Us

Smorgasbord

The Brand Guild

Folklor

H Street Main Street

Loaded For Bear

Medstar Washington Hospital

Superior Farms American Lamb

Veritas

What People Are Saying

“Like so many children of immigrant restaurant-owners, I grew up at my parents’ sushi restaurant, Sushi Kiyosuzu. Their employees were like family and together with our customers, we formed a tight-knit community in our neighborhood of Arcadia. When my family’s home away from home was forced to close as a result of the pandemic, I was heartbroken. Thanks to The Power of 10, we’ve re-opened our doors, re-employed our staff, and embarked on a new mission to feed hundreds of people each week.The Power of 10 has been a lifeline for us, and I’m deeply committed to helping ensure that the model works for more family-owned restaurants like mine.”

— Mirai Nagasu, Olympic Figure Skater



“I’m so thankful to be able to not only give back to our community but also to make such a real impact on the families of our kitchen staff that will be back to work with us, thanks to The Power of 10. It’s a very smart way of giving back that affects so many people in countless positive ways.”

— Bricia Lopez, Owner of Guelaguetza in Los Angeles



“Capital One is proud to support The Power of 10, an initiative started in our hometown,and expand its efforts across the country. The food and dining industry is an important community to us. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with The Power of 10 to bring restaurant workers back to work and support food access for front-line workers and communities in need as part of Capital One’s community efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

— Andy Navarrete, Head of External Affairs at Capital One Financial

PHOTO AND VIDEO

Chef Erik Bruner-Yang helps pack meals at Cane, the first restaurant to reopen under The Power of 10 Initiative,for hospital workers at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
DC firefighters pick up The Power of 10 meals from ABC Pony.
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang prepares The Power of 10 meals at Maketto, his Taiwanese-Cambodian restaurant/marketplace located on H Street NE , DC.

PRESS

May 6, 2020
Associated Press // Restaurant relief group Power of 10 hopes to serve a win-win

The Washington, D.C-based Bruner-Yang has established The Power of 10, a non-profit initiative that seeks donations to re-employ laid-off independent restaurant workers, keep the eateries open and provide their meals to neighborhood workers on the front line of the pandemic.

Apr 24, 2020
Bon Appetit // Closures, Takeout, and Relief Efforts: How Food Businesses Nationwide Are Handling Coronavirus

Since the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. was confirmed in February of this year, restaurants and food businesses around the country have been affected in various ways.

Apr 24, 2020
Food & Wine // 21 Ways Restaurants Could Change Forever, According to Chefs

Industry leaders predict what we'll see in a post-coronavirus dining landscape.

Apr 22, 2020
LA Times // Olympian Mirai Nagasu Finds Hope In Fight To Keep Parents' Restaurant From Closing

Mirai Nagasu grew up in her parents’ restaurant, Sushi Kiyosuzu in Arcadia, sleeping in the storeroom and earning quarters for washing dishes when she wasn’t in school or taking figure skating lessons.

Apr 21, 2020
Washingtonian // Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Industrious Restaurant Relief Program Launches on the West Coast

It was less than a month ago that Maketto restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang launched his restaurant relief effort called the Power of 10 Initiative.

Apr 16, 2020
Eater LA // The Power of 10 initiative started in D.C., and now is heading for Los Angeles

An enterprising new initiative started out of Washington, D.C. is coming to supply Los Angeles with restaurant jobs and free meals for those in need.

Apr 13, 2020
Edible LA // How You Can Help Feed the Frontlines

In these coronavirus days it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by sadness for the sick and their families, for the students robbed of their future, the vulnerable elderly, the financially slammed.

Mar 27, 2020
Restaurant Business // These operators are fighting the coronavirus by thinking outside the box.

These operators are fighting the coronavirus by thinking outside the box.

Mar 27, 2020
WUSA9 // This DC chef cooked up a plan to get restaurants back to work, and feed those in need during coronavirus

The Power of 10 has already raised $8,000 after officially launching Thursday.

Mar 26, 2020
Eater // A D.C. Chef’s Ambitious System to Put Restaurant Workers Back on the Job
Erik Bruner-Yang’s Power of 10 crowdfunding plan hires out-of-work chefs to feed communities in need.
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