Raising Dough: Flour & Co and Larkin Street Youth Services 2014

15 Aug

Last month we featured the Mary Elizabeth Inn (just in our backyard) as our Raising Dough organization.  With summer here, our donation box in the bakery was a bit thin, but we did manage to raise $45, making for a $90 donation with Flour & Co matching.  In addition, two of our team members volunteered last week as part of our campaign (we forgot to take a picture!).  They helped distribute food to the women shoppers that came in to gather fruit and vegetables, canned goods, and drinks.  As always, the volunteering portion is a favorite part of Raising Dough as it is a meaningful and hands on way to experience and fully understand the heart of the organization.

For August, we’ve chosen the Larkin Street Youth Services.  We featured LSYS last year,as well, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recognize this wonderful neighborhood organization again.  The LSYS is a safe haven for homeless kids under 24 years of age.  It’s a supportive environment with all kinds of services to get the kids in a better place in life and off of the street.  They have a kitchen to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to the kids, cozy couches, an education room, clothing “closet”, and much more.  We’re collecting change in our bakery donation box, as well as will be volunteering next week.

Our team making lunch at Larkin Street in 2013

Our team making lunch at Larkin Street in 2013

Just like last year, we’ll be making lunch for the kids next Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  We have room for up to 7 volunteers, so if you’re interested in joining us, email Emily at info@flourandco.com.  We’ll sign you up and send more details.

Thanks to everyone who continually supports our Raising Dough efforts.  It’s so nice to come together as a community for these wonderful organizations.

~ Emily Day

The Bakery Life: Flour & Co is Expanding Catering!

13 Aug

What’s perfectly baked, shareable, caffeinated, and delivered right to your door???  It’s Flour & Co Catering!

While we’ve been quietly catering this past year, we’ve largely been putting our energy into baking, feeding and hydrating our guests at the bakery.  Now, we’re ready to spread the love via expanding our catering outreach. Our goal is to deliver the goodies and experience that you’d get visiting us at the bakery to your office.

Julia on a catering delivery

Julia on a catering delivery

Our catering menu is simple and delicious with breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts, coffee and tea available for delivery.  We can also help you customize things to fit perfectly with your next meeting or special event.  Here are a few ways that our clients have used Flour & Co Catering to liven up their office activities:

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Pie Fridays

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Morning Breakfast Meeting

Monthly Birthday Celebrations

Monthly Birthday Celebrations

Office Ice Cream Social with our ice cream sandwiches

Office Ice Cream Social with our ice cream sandwiches – freezer not included!

Afternoon Dessert

Afternoon Dessert

Holiday Cookie Decorating Team Building - we provide all of the yummy supplies

Holiday Cookie Decorating Team Building – we provide all of the yummy supplies

Holiday Pie Delivery for your team to take home

Holiday Pie Delivery for your team to take home

To place an order, email Emily at catering@flourandco.com or call 415-952-8160 ~ 24 hours notice is all we need.  Help us pass the word by sending our menu to your company’s event coordinator or friends and family!

Talk soon!

~ Emily

Raising Dough: Flour & Co and Mary Elizabeth Inn

10 Jul
Last month at Flour & Co, we supported CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture for our Raising Dough Initiative.   With your help, we raised $70.  We’ll be matching that for a total donation of $140. CUESA is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and through educational programs. We are so grateful to the guests of Flour & Co for continually joining us to Raise Dough for great organizations such as CUESA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This month, we’ll be supporting The Mary Elizabeth Inn.  It’s a non profit organization that provides permanent housing, free meals, and varying services to 157 women in San Francisco. Mary Elizabeth Inn was opened 100 years ago and to this day, it is one of the few organization providing care specifically for formerly homeless and low income women.  It seeks to offer services that provide housing stability, emotional support, case management teams, food distribution and much more.  This month, Flour & Co will be supporting this neighborhood organization for our Raising Dough Initiative, as well as volunteering our hands-on help.   Thanks for helping us Raise Dough and stay tuned on facebook for the group volunteer date.  We’d love for you to join us!
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Subsidized housing, Property Management, and Support Services are provided on-site at The Inn and The Verona

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MEI partners with the San Francisco Food Bank to provide a weekly farmer’s market for our supportive housing tenants, and low income women and children in the community

Raising Dough: Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture

5 Jun
Last month, we were pleased to support Wildcare through our Raising Dough initiative! Wildcare is an urban wildlife rehabilitation center with an emphasis on educating city dwellers on safe and healthy cohabitation with the animals with whom we share our home. Our wonderful guests donated 74 dollars this last month which we doubled to total a 148 donation to support Wildcare’s mission. A huge thanks goes out to our community for continually dropping change in our donation box so we can continue to support our community!
a red-tailed hawk in need

a red-tailed hawk in need

This month, we will be supporting CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), which is a non profit based in San Francisco and dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and through educational programs. The non profit was founded in 1994 to educate urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and to create links between San Francisco residents and local farmers. CUESA’s educational initiatives include cooking demonstrations, farm tours, youth programs, a weekly email newsletter, and more.
Ferry Building Farmer's Market

Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

It is particularly exciting to support CUESA’s community, knowing that part of Flour & Co’s community of growers and food producers overlaps with the growers that CUESA supports at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. We share many common values including the importance of eating seasonal and local produce and of building community centered around agriculture, food production and the consumers. It is a pleasure to support CUESA this month through our Raising Dough Initiative.
Check out their website and join in a class, volunteering, or simply learning about the seasonal produce that you can enjoy at home!
veggies from the farmers

veggies from the farmers

[Written by Brittany Vock - Flour & Co Kitchen Team]

The Bakery Life: Mother’s Day at Flour & Co

7 May

We are excited to celebrate Mom on Sunday, May 11.  We’ve got some extra special treats up our sleeves just for the occasion.  Our Sunday hours will be 6:30am to 6pm, so come by for brunch or to grab something special.  Pre-order treats by Friday…for a sure thing (we’ll bake some extras for you non-planners)!

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Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!!  xoxo

Raising Dough: Flour & Co and Wildcare

4 May

In the month of April, we supported St. Anthony’s for our Raising Dough Initiative. St. Anthony Foundation’s mission is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of those in need, and to create communities where all people flourish. Our guests donated an amazing $102 which we will double bringing our donation to $204 dollars for St Anthony Foundation! Thank you all for helping us reach out to wonderful organizations, such as St Anthony’s, to create connections and promote community.

May is here, which marks the time of year when most wildlife babies are born and that makes it the perfect time to support the urban wildlife rehabilitation center, Wildcare.  Based in Marin, they are faced with an interesting challenge due to the expansion of the urban centers of Marin County which stretched into wild places. Due to this expansion, wildlife and people have found themselves calling the same land “home”. Wildcare works to ensure the coexistence of humans and wildlife by treating sick and injured animals, by educating people how to live peacefully alongside wildlife, and by advocating for improved wildlife protection. A Living with Wildlife Hotline is available at all times to help people safely handle any wildlife they encounter and their education programs connect with their community through on-site, in-classroom and in-the-wilderness programs.

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To help Wildcare advocate for wildlife, educate the community, and rehabilitate injured wildlife, you can drop your change on our donation box at the bakery! We are so appreciative of our wonderful guests and your continued support in our Raising Dough Initiative and we are humbled by your generosity! Happy May!
[Written by Brittany Vock - Flour & Co Kitchen Team]

The Bakery Life: Easter at Flour & Co

14 Apr

Well, Easter has snuck right up on us, but we are now officially Easter-fied here at Flour & Co.  All of our special, spring-time goodies have made an appearance in the case – perfect for some Easter celebrating this Sunday.  Just pre-order for your celebration by this Thursday, April 17, for pickup Saturday or Sunday.  Simply stop by, call us at 415-992-7620, or email info@flourandco.com.

We’ll be open our usual hours this weekend for the holiday: 6:30am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.  Join us for Easter brunch or pre/post festivity treats!

We wish you a very happy Easter!

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The Bakery Life: Happy 1st Anniversary, Flour & Co!

8 Apr

April 8th, 2013 was opening day at Flour & Co.  Exactly ONE year ago today!  Yippeeeee!!  It’s like it was just yesterday, and an eternity all at the same time.  How fun to look back at our first year and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  Here’s what we were up to last year at this time:

The students

training on the espresso bar

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The exterior ready for the reveal

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finishing interior touches being put on

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the kitchen still in boxes

Marty's hand in action

Marty’s Sign Co hand painting our wonderful flour’s friends characters

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Matt from Martin Sign Co putting on the finishing touches after the hand painting

At the end of a long day, full of progress

after our open house, prior to opening

What has opening year been like?  Well, it has been amazing and wonderful, with little glimpses of fatigue, minor pains, highs, lows, and tears.  They say that when you have a baby, your brain discards the memory of birthing pain, and all you are left with is this wonderful little being in your arms whom you love and cherish day in and day out.  There’s no doubt that Flour & Co is my baby and, for the most part, my memory saves me from the nitty gritty painful moments (they weren’t that bad!) that go along with any opening or new business.  All that I’m left with is a fantastic team whom I work beside each day, wonderful neighbors, a great neighborhood, new friends, a place that I (and I hope lots of other people) can call home, and, of course, a plethora of tasty goodies that I still enjoy (too much) each day.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the past year:

the donation box filling up for Larkin Street Youth Services

our raising dough campaign, a monthly community outreach

The team on a Saturday - having some fun

The team on a Saturday – having some fun

Mmm...s'mores

Mmm…s’mores

The summer blueberry cream cheese toasty tart

The summer blueberry cream cheese toasty tart

team volunteering at the Raphael House

team volunteering at the Raphael House

The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich

The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Some of the kitchen team

Some of the kitchen team

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving

Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving

Holiday cookie decorating

Holiday cookie decorating

New year's hangover cure

New year’s hangover cure

Family House SF team volunteering

Family House SF team volunteering

It seems only appropriate to do a little celebrating on this first anniversary, and we invite you to celebrate with us.  This Friday, April 11th, we will toast our opening year with:

~ Raffles!  A handful of prizes will be up for grabs from Flour & Co pie, to your next birthday cake, to 2 Flour & Co mugs with a bag of Stumptown beans, and finally a week of coffee drinks (one per day) on us.  Drop in on Friday to add your name to the hat.  Winners will be chosen over the weekend.

~ a Birthday cake!  What’s a birthday/anniversary without cake?!?  We’ll cut into the cake at 2pm, so stop by for a slice while there’s some to share!

~ free Coffee!  Follow us on facebook and twitter and watch for our ‘come and get it’ post – a few times during the day.  When you see it, stop in for a drink on us (we’ll specify the time period that we’ll be treating).

What am I most thankful for??  My team for one.  I couldn’t do it without them!  We did some celebrating of our own this past week and enjoyed reminiscing about the year.  Second, our neighbors and neighborhood.  We wouldn’t be where we are without the support and welcoming arms of the community.  So, thank you to everyone who has made this year one to remember.  To many more…

Hope to see you on Friday!

~  Emily Day

Raising Dough: Flour & Co and St. Anthony’s San Francisco

2 Apr

During the month of March, our Raising Dough Initiative raised a total of 88 dollars to support Heifer International’s mission, to end hunger and poverty.  They provide the means and empower people to change their lives and their communities for the better.  This money could provide a family with the gift of geese, ducks, chickens and rabbits, providing the family with income from eggs, sustaining them with nourishment from protein, and enabling them to Pass on the Gift quickly to other community members once their animals have offspring.  Thank you for your support for this great cause!

In March, our team also had the opportunity to go to Family House (our February organization) to provide and share Family Dinner. Family House provides housing for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and every Wednesday, their guests join together for a shared dinner. We made fresh guacamole, taco salad and a tres leches cake! It was wonderful working with Family House and to have the opportunity to join them for dinner.

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In April, we will be accepting donations in our Raising Dough box for St. Anthony’s SF. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony Foundation’s mission is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of those in need, and create communities where all people flourish.  They are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services to assist them in reclaiming their sense of dignity and progressing toward stability. 15,000 people, including women and children, live on the street and in shelters, and thousands more use free food programs to stretch budgets that don’t quite cover food, clothing, medical expenses, and San Francisco rents. In San Francisco, alone, 12,000 families and individuals live in rooms without kitchens. St Anthony’s Dining Room serves 3,000 meals daily (and nearly a million hot, nutritious meals each year!), and every year, more people turn to St. Anthony’s for help. St Anthony’s assists many people in our community, including veterans, seniors, the working poor, homeless and low-income residents, recent immigrants, recent parolees, and the mentally and addictively ill. St. Anthony’s welcomes each guest with dignity and respect. 83% of their guests live alone, and the Dining Room is a place to share stories and smiles, a place where someone would notice if they did not show up.

 

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St. Anthony’s Dining Room

In addition to their meal program, St. Anthony’s also runs:

  • A medical Clinic, providing care to 3,500 patients a year through services including Pediatrics, Chronic Disease Management, Mental Health Services, Urgent Care, and more.
  • San Francisco’s largest free clothing program.
  • A free technology center to bridge the digital divide and to look for technological solutions to issues of poverty.
  • A Social Work Center, with skilled professionals to advocate for clients in issues such as getting a CA ID to secure employment, finding housing, and one-on-one counseling.

We will be accepting donations during the month of May to contribute to St Anthony’s mission as well as coming together to participate in a volunteer project. If you’d like to find out more for yourself, continue on to St. Anthony’s website to get involved. http://www.stanthonysf.org/

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Raising Dough: Heifer International (March 2014)

5 Mar

[Written by Flour & Co Kitchen Team Member, Brittany Vock]

Being part of the Flour & Co community since we opened our doors (almost a year ago!) has made me feel so very at home in the vast community of San Francisco. I am the type of person that is drawn toward small, tight-knit communities, especially when living in a bustling city. After all, I do hail from a town of 900 in the rural Midwest! Coming to work every day as part to the Flour & Co family provides me a constant feeling of connectedness; to the people, to the city, to California agriculture, and to the pride, emotions and excitement that San Francisco residents feel toward our beautiful, innovative home.

To further expand that wonderful feeling of connection, our Raising Dough campaign is a way to toss that feeling into an even grander circle of community by introducing myself (and everyone that steps through our doors) to causes that reach far and wide, supporting community growth, involvement, nourishment, education in places far and wide.

Thanks to our February guests, we were able to raise over 150 dollars to donate to Family House (75+ from our guests, with an equal match from Flour & Co). Family House serves as a home away from home for families with children who have life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer. In addition to the monetary contribution, a few of our team members will be going to Family House to do what we do best; make a delicious meal for everyone staying at Family House that night!

Looking on to the month of March, our featured organization for the Raising Dough campaign is Heifer International. Heifer International’s approach to hunger and poverty is to connect individuals in a way that creates local, sustainable agriculture and commerce. This idea goes past simply providing a meal. Heifer International creates agricultural cooperatives, giving families their own sustainable income, which in turn form community food systems and commerce. They provide individual families with livestock (a heifer!) along with training on how to care for that animal. The family then passes on the gift by giving their first female livestock to another family. This way, every family involved continually participates in improving their community and obtaining self-reliance. Currently, Heifer International does much more than provide heifers. In addition to heifers, heifer International has a massive range of gifts to help families, including goats, chickens, bees, irrigation pumps, clean water, and educations programs for women.

Heifer International

Heifer International

I asked to write March’s Raising Dough campaign because I have a personal connection to Heifer International. Heifer International started nearly 70 years ago when a midwestern farmer, by the name of Dan West, served on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. While providing relief to refugee children, he would hand out a single rationed cup of milk, which was meant to sustain them through the day. While handing out those cups, he had the thought: what if this wasn’t a cup of milk, but a cow instead!? It was this experience that led him to form Heifer International.

When I was a kid, I would often ask my Nanni to read a children’s book, telling the story of Dan West and Heifer International. That book taught me the value of passing on gifts, encouraging self-reliance, and growing a community together. She and my Papa loved to read this book to me, probably more than any other children’s book, because Dan West, that midwestern farmer, was also my Papa’s uncle (my great great uncle)! Along with that book, my papa would tell me one of his favorite childhood memories: when he begged and begged his father to buy him a calf; the whole time, his father refusing. That is, until my papa had the brilliant idea to exclaim “But if you let me raise this calf, I promise we can give it to Uncle Dan to send to a family in need!” To this day, my Papa admits that he only said that to convince his dad to actually let him have the calf because…he really wanted a calf! But he did carry through with his promise and that calf was eventually sent to Heifer International to give to another family. That was the beginning of my Papa learning the importance of passing on a gift and inspiring self-sufficiency. I am very grateful to have been raised in a family that has personally experienced Heifer International’s mission and has instilled that value of far-reaching community-building in me from a young age.

I’m so excited to have a chance to connect that childhood community of mine to my beloved Flour & Co community! Thank you all for being a part of our inter-connected web and for helping us empower individuals and promote prosperity. Watch the video below to hear more about Heifer International from the eloquent Alton Brown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDIedFMSN64@flourandco.com

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Thank you to Brittany Vock, Guest Blogger! :)

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