Take a peek into the restaurant of musician Bon Jovi, where there is no price on the menu. Following the ‘pay what you can’ manifesto, customers can choose to donate or volunteer in some way to pay for their meal.
Jon and his wife Dorothea were apparently inspired by SAME Café in Denver, Colorado and One World Café in Salt Lake City, such that they paid a visit to these community cafes to learn more about how they operate. On the 19th October 2011 the JBJ Foundation opened the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey at 207 Monmouth St. with $250,000.
Soul Kitchen aims for an organic menu. Each meal has 3 portions. An appetizer(entrada) that could be a local mixed green salad with garden herb vinaigrette. The main course(plato fuerte) can be Grilled Chicken Breast/Pork Chops or BBQ Grilled Salmon Fillet. Last is dessert(postre) which can be Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting .
Those who volunteer can prepare food or a meal at the chef tables. Or serve the table as waiter/waitress. They could help set up tables, chairs & décor. Dishes can be washed as well. All along the way the staff would guide them, and even give some job training. When those who pay go beyond the minimum $10, they help to cover the bills of those less privileged.
November 3rd last year saw 520 meals prepared by volunteers delivered and to those in need, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
All Images: JBJ Foundation