The tagline for the Los Angeles restaurant chain Everytable is “Healthy Food Is a Human Right.” Everytable serves healthy grab-and-go meals (salads, grain bowls, etc.) with a unique pricing model so (ideally) everyone can afford a good meal. Every meal purchased at Everytable helps the business open restaurant locations in underserved communities (where fast food is the only affordable option) where Everytable healthy meals are sold at discounted prices. A meal that costs $8 at an Everytable restaurant in an affluent community (Santa Monica, Century City, Downtown LA) costs $5 at an underserved community (Watts, Compton, South LA). And yes, Everytable offers two kids’ meals: spaghetti and meatballs and chicken nuggets. The two entrepreneurs behind Everytable – Sam Polk and David Foster – are pitching their social enterprise on Shark Tank on January 28. They’re seeking a $1 million investment in exchange for five percent equity in Everytable.
Polk, a Columbia University graduate and former hedge fund trader on Wall Street, wrote his memoir in 2016, For the Love of Money (see link above). In the first chapter Polk writes about being wooed by Pateras Capitol: they offered him $1 million to leave his job at Bank of America, and he did. By the age of 30, Polk was offered a bonus of $3.6 million, which at the time he didn’t think was enough. And then he had a “What was wrong with me?” moment. New episodes of Shark Tank (Season 9) air Sundays at 9pm and 10pm on ABC. [Related: 27 Favorite Shark Tank Products — New List]