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! :)

The Bakery Life: We HEART Valentine’s Day at Flour & Co

10 Feb

We’ve got a few things going on this Valentine’s week, but we couldn’t resist having a little fun making our first “home” movie.  Directed and produced by our very own, Brittany Vock, the video showcases some of our Valentine’s goodies, as well as our own memories.  Warning: this may make you hungry…or sentimental.

However you decide to spend your day, we think that one of the most fun things about Valentine’s Day is sharing treats…maybe with hints of red, pink and hearts.  We’re mushy, what can we say!?  Available through the 16th, our Valentine’s goodies include (we’re taking special orders through Wednesday):

  • heart-shaped triple chocolate brownies
  • sugar cookies with vanilla bean frosting and heart-shape adornment
  • vanilla raspberry bundt cakes
  • homemade Tcho chocolate peanut butter cups.

We’re also rewinding to some good, old-fashioned vday fun and hosting a cookies decorating party on Wednesday night (Feb. 12).  There will be bubbly and snacks, as well as sugar cookies, frosting, and sprinkles for decorating.  We still have a few spots available, so email info@flourandco.com or call 415-992-7620 to RSVP.  Couples or friends are welcome!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Flour & Co team! Be sweet and have fun!

Raising Dough: Family House, San Francisco

3 Feb

Raising Dough has been a a wonderful way to give back and make our own little impact in 2013. When Flour & Co opened, we came up with Raising Dough as a way to continually support and be involved in our neighborhood and greater community.  While we like to think that we are community on the inside, we know that there’s so much more on the outside that needs constant nourishment and support.  Community feeds community.

That said, 2013 ended on a playful note.  In December, we collected toys for the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Program.  You all were so generous with your donations…thank you!  We dropped the toys (and lots of them) at the fire station on Leavenworth and Clay on December 23rd, just in time for Christmas.  The fire fighter’s were very thankful for our collective support.  With the toys, we donated $156 in cash ($78 collected plus we matched).

Toys!

Toys!

January was a bit of a quiet start to Raising Dough, as the beginning of the year always brings a bit of work with it.  Even so, you helped us raise over $150 for Glide.  Glide serves over 2500 meals per day to those in need, all in an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and love.  Sounds like true community!  If you haven’t volunteered at or visited Glide before, check it out.  It’s right in our back yard, and quite an amazing place.

In February, we are back on track and at full speed with Raising Dough.  With a tip off from a bakery guest, we’ve chosen Family House as this month’s featured organization.  Family House serves as a home away from home for families with children who have life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer.

Family House - the future home

Family House – the future home

Did you know….

  • Family House provides a home away from home for up to 107 family members of children receiving treatment for life threatinging illnesses at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital
  • Studies conducted at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital show that sick children whose parents cannot be with them through this process recover at a slower rate than children whose parents are continuously present? Providing an affordable way for families to be together during the recovery process is a critical component of their healthcare.
  • $150 in monetary donations to Family house can pay for:
    • 2 nights at Family House
    • 2 sets of queen sized sheets
    • 4 calling cards
    • 4 sets of twin sheets
    • 10 pillows
    • 30 bath towels
    • 45 wash cloths

Interested in getting involved or learning more?  Well, you can start by watching this family story.  We’ll also be volunteering later this month at Family House, and you are welcome to join us.  Finally, drop your change in our collection box throughout the month.  The change from your daily coffee can go a long way!

Thank you for being a part of our monthly Raising Dough campaign.  We couldn’t support these deserving organizations in the same way without the whole community behind us!

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