We are raising money to offset our startup costs so we can spend more time and attention building up our Table Talk empowerment series to achieve our mission to expose our community to unique, sustainably-sourced, educational foodie experiences that increase awareness and access to opportunities to improve the lives of those whom we serve.
iFundWomen is a crowdfunding campaign platform that offers immediate access to capital through a premium online fundraising experience, access to small business grants from corporate partners, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge and ignites action.
Opening during a global pandemic meant that it has been a lot more challenging to secure the financing we needed to fully operate as we intended. We chose iFundWomen’s platform to assist us in our fundraising efforts because of its focus on women entrepreneurs.
Crowdfunding is a really cool way to raise funds and increase awareness around your brand while at the same time giving your customers what they want. Here are just a few of the cool perks we are offering when you support our 100% black- and woman-owned small business…
$5 off coupon for your next order
2-oz jar of Cocoa Chili Spice Blend
12-oz or 16-oz jars of Spicy Jerk Sauce & Marinade
Personal Chef Home Dining Experience
Thank you in advance for your continued support. Any amount, no matter how big or small, goes a long way towards realizing our vision to diminish the effects of exclusion amongst the disadvantaged populations we serve.
Did you already contribute and have questions? No problem. Just visit our contact page to submit an inquiry.
Join Chef Niquenya for a family-friendly, interactive online cooking class where she will demonstrate how to stock your kitchen with staple foods and transform leftovers into works of culinary art.
You don’t want to miss this!
Do you ever have one of those days where you don’t have the slightest clue what to eat?
You’re invited to our very first Table Talk Series virtual event!
This class will show you how to put together a quick meal out of basic staple foods that should be present in every kitchen or pantry. You will also learn how to repurpose leftovers into new and exciting meals.
What you will discover…
6 basic categories of staple foods
2 easy meal prep strategies to stretch a meal
5 ideas to transform leftovers
a quick cooking demonstration
Who should attend Staple Foods & Leftovers?
Parents on a budget
Busy, on-the-go professionals
Singles desiring additional meal options
College students needing to stretch a dollar
Community members living in a food desert
Home cooks looking to expand your toolkit
This Staple Foods & Leftovers virtual cooking class is a part of our ongoing Table Talk Series aimed to use delicious food as the catalyst to increase awareness and access to opportunities to increase socioeconomic equity within the communities we serve.
NO REFUNDS will be provided given the nature of this donation-based virtual class. The webinar will be recorded so you will have the opportunity to access the replay for at least 14 days after the presentation. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register to Staple Foods & Leftovers now below!
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We are so excited to announce that Cocoa Chili Foods LLC d/b/a Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering was approved to participate in the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) Illinois Product Logo Program (formerly Where Fresh Is).
Use of the Illinois Product logo identifies Illinois products in grocery stores, restaurants, and local community farmers’ markets across the state. This registered trademark is only available to Illinois food or agribusiness-related company located in Illinois.
In alignment with our social mission to expose our community to unique, sustainably-sourced, educational foodie experiences that increase awareness and access to opportunities, we are committed to sourcing and utilizing Illinois product ingredients in all of our delicious food offerings. The Illinois Products Logo Program allows us to make good on this commitment.
Now you can shop confidently with Cocoa Chili Foods this Small Business Saturday and every day knowing you are doing your part to shop local and shop small! Don’t forget to grab a jar, or 12, of our Spicy Jerk Sauce & Marinade today!
Experience some of our sweet and spicy flair at home with this easy recipe for authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
Jerk Chicken is a crowd favorite among Chicagoans and foodies the whole world over. The combination of savory, sweet, spicy, and citrus notes derived from the Scotch Bonnet peppers, fresh herbs, and spices used in the marinade are sure to please even the most sophisticated of palates.
Jerk refers to the method used traditionally by Jamaicans to marinade and smoke a variety of meats and vegetables over a slow stoked pimiento wood fire. Here in the states, we achieve this smoky flavor profile by adding copious amounts of allspice into the marinade then grilling. In fact, the aroma smells so good wafting through the air that I once had a homeless man steal the hot meats directly off the grill with his bare hands and run off with it stuffed down his shirt! No lie!
Authentic Jerk Chicken Recipe
Serves: 4 – 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Marinade Time: 6-12 hours
3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces; leg quarters or thighs work best