Raising Dough: Flour & Co and GiveMeTap

3 Apr

Our Raising Dough campaign for March tugged at our heart strings with our fuzzy four-legged friends as the beneficiaries.  You dropped $85 worth of your change in our donation box, and we’re matching that for a total donation of $170.  Thank you!

We’re excited to be partnering with GiveMeTap this month (and moving forward).  The gist?  Having a vessel for water (reuseable) and places in the city where you can refill your bottle without having to feel like you have to buy something, gives clean drinking water to people in Africa.

 GiveMeTap - Solution

We’re rolling out a Flour & Co/GiveMeTap water bottle that you can purchase for $20 at the bakery.  Part of the proceeds will give a person in Africa 5 years of clean water.  Each time you refill your bottle, another day of clean water is given.  You can read the nitty gritty here.  Any way you look at it, we’re pretty excited to be partnering with GiveMeTap!  So, buy a bottle, use our water station all you want, and drop change in the donation box — all of which will be making a big wet impact.

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

6 Feb

February often gets the short end of the stick and gives hearts a bad wrap.  It’s the dead of winter (works the heart harder), the Superbowl (can be a heartbreaker), Hallmark’s hallmark month (the heart cannot be bought), and the month of red roses (the heart doesn’t work well under pressure).

We think February (and hearts) deserves a sweet spin.  And, everyone deserves some genuine sweetness on Valentine’s Day.  No labels, pressure, or schemes included.

Join us on Friday, February 13th for some good old-fashioned cookie decorating.  Eat it yourself or give it to a friend in need of some heart.  We’ll provide the heart-shaped cookie and frosting (on us), you provide the creative juices.  While supplies last.

Sweets for our sweets…available now through February 28.  Pre-order by February 12th for pick up on Valentine’s Day.

Sweets for Valentine's Day

Sweets for Valentine’s Day

Tcho Chocolate Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tcho Chocolate Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Full of Heart Vanilla Bean Frosted Sugar Cookie

Full of Heart Vanilla Bean Frosted Sugar Cookie

Not too sweet Mini Pear Crostata with Crisp Topping

Not too sweet Mini Pear Crostata with Crisp Topping

Key Lime Pie with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Key Lime Pie with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Flour & Co Crackers (aka animal crackers) dressed up for the holiday

Flour & Co Crackers (aka animal crackers) dressed up for the holiday

To end on a sweet note, here’s a flashback to our first Vday 2014.  Awww…it brings back memories.  Thanks to Brittany Vock (our former teammate) who was the creative mind and producer of this video!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love, the Flour & Co Team

The Bakery Life: Flour & Co….Berkeley???

3 Feb

We’ve been keeping some exciting news under wraps.  The saying ‘Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched’ is an appropriate explanation for our behavior.  So many things can happen between the time you spot your dream space and signing the lease on the dotted line.  Nine times out of ten, it never gets off the ground, or worse, takes a plunge into the deep end part way through.  We had a tear-laden free fall into the deep end before we signed and sealed this one.  Thank goodness everything happens for a reason because we ended up with the perfect spot!

Flour & Co Berkeley…here we come!  1398 University Avenue is the exact location.  Formerly a bakery, we’re lucky to have very little work to do in the BIG kitchen (yay!!).  And, don’t fret, we’ll still be baking each morning on Hyde Street (and in Berkeley).  The larger kitchen in Berkeley will allow us to do more playing (we love testing…and tasting), bring in more than a 10# bag of sugar at a time (that’s only a slight exaggeration), and delve into things we’ve not been able to do in the name of spatial limitations.

The retail space, on the other hand, needs a total overhaul.  Thank you to Abueg Morris Architects (again) for doing their magic! Gosh, we love working with them!!! Take a peek at their gorge sketches!

The Dining Room - Sketch courtesy of Abueg Morris Architects

The Dining Room – Sketch courtesy of Abueg Morris Architects

 

Initial Grab & Go Wall Sketch

A Feature Wall – Sketch courtesy of Abueg Morris Architects

Besides the big kitchen, we’re also really excited to be a part of the North Berkeley neighborhood.  Keith and Marites at Abueg Morris, as well as my sister (yay!) lives right in the hood.  We’re looking forward to sharing our progress as we go along and meeting our other neighbors.  Follow this blog for the details as they happen!

~ Emily Day

 

 

 

The Bakery Life: Christmas 2014 at Flour & Co

14 Dec

Hopefully, you’re getting into the spirit of the season because it’s only one and a half weeks to Christmas (sorry to break the news if you are feeling behind!).  Who’s ready with bells on!!?? Luckily, we’re feeling ready in the dessert department, so let us help check something off your list.

Here’s what we’re baking the for the holiday:

The lineup

If you want to leave dessert to us, we highly suggest that you pre-order your goodies for pick up the two days before Christmas.  The earlier the better!  While we plan to have desserts on hand these two days for last minute grabs, they may go quickly.

To pre-order, simply stop by, call, or email (info@flourandco.com) your order by December 21st.  Note: If you leave a message or send an email to place an order, your order will not be complete until you hear back from us, and we take your credit card information.  Another note: These desserts will be available all month long for special order.  We just need 24 hour notice.

eggnogpie

Eggnog Pie

eggnogpiewhole

Eggnog Pie

Crostata

Apple Crostata

brown sugar nut pie

Brown Sugar Chocolate Nut Pie

redvelvet

Gingerbread Cake

9-grain Dinner Rolls

9-grain Dinner Rolls

Here are a few other important details…

Corporate Pie Deliveries – we’re delivering pies to your company!  You just need to order 12 pies (as gifts or submit a bulk team order) and we’ll deliver for free on the 23rd and 24th.  It’s a great perk for the team and a little less running around for everyone.  Dessert for the family will be complete!

Holiday Gifts– we have a number of pretty holiday gift packs that are prefect for hostess gifts, corporate gifts, teacher treats, friends and family.   We can customize them too.  Just ask, reserve ahead, and we’ll have them ready for pick up at your convenience!

One of our gift packages for the holiday season...can be customized to you!

One of our gift packages for the holiday season…can be customized to you!

Don’t forget Santa’s Cookies!  We know how busy it gets as Christmas approaches, so let us prepare Santa’s cookies.  Only thing left for you to do: Arrange them on a pretty plate and place in Santa’s favorite spot.  The box will include 6 mini cookies: sugar cutout, chocolate peanut butter sandwich, and ginger molasses ($8.50).

December ‘Raising Dough’ – We’re collecting toys for the Raphael House this month.  Drop off your new, unwrapped toys for kids in our bin by December 23rd.  They especially love crafts, books, and teen appropriate gifts, but all toys are welcome.  We’ll drop them off before Christmas.  We’re also volunteering December 18th (making dinner for the families).  Let us know if you’d like to join by emailing Emily at info@flourandco.com.

We’ll leave you with our bakery Christmas tree and a great big HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

xmastree

The Bakery Life: Thanksgiving 2014 at Flour & Co

3 Nov

Wow!  It’s hard to believe we’re about to embark on our 2nd Thanksgiving at Flour & Co.  We feel a bit more prepared this year, a little less tired, and as always, we are so looking forward to the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is my personal favorite.  What’s better than a day filled with family, friends, feasts, and honoring or giving thanks to the people and things in our lives.  There’s so much to be thankful for!

We’re warming up our ovens for an action-packed season!  But, if you still have your heart set on baking at home, our freezer will be packed with bake-at-home helpers, such as pie shells, pie dough, and unbaked buttermilk biscuits too.

For homemade, baked desserts, here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

The Thanksgiving Lineup

The Thanksgiving Lineup

If you want to leave dessert to us, we highly suggest that you pre-order your goodies for pick up the two days before Thanksgiving.  The earlier the better!  While we plan to have desserts on hand these two days for last minute grabs, they may go quickly.

To pre-order, simply stop by, call, or email (info@flourandco.com) your order by November 23rd.  Note: If you leave a message or send an email to place an order, your order will not be complete until you hear back from us, and we take your credit card information.  Another note: These desserts will be available all month long for special order.  We just need 24 hour notice.

Here are some photos (thanks to Jen Doan Photography) to tempt you…

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Harvest Pie

Harvest Pie

Brown Sugar Nut Pie

Brown Sugar Nut Pie

Apple Crostata

Apple Crostata

9-Grain Dinner Rolls

9-Grain Dinner Rolls

One of our gift packages for the holiday season...can be customized to you!

One of our gift packages for the holiday season…can be customized to you!

Thanksgiving Hours:

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, as well as the day after, Friday, November 28th.  We will be open regular business hours (6:30am-6pm daily) all other days Thanksgiving week.

November ‘Raising Dough':

We have so much to be thankful for, but not every one is as fortunate.  Our Raising Dough charity for November is the SF Food Bank.  We want to help put food on peoples’ tables this Thanksgiving.  Bring a can of food for our collection or drop your loose change in our collection box when you come in to place your order, or pick up, or get your daily coffee.  Volunteer with us!  November 11, 6-8pm.  Email info@flourandco.com if you’d like to join! We thank you for anything that you can do to help!

Thanksgiving & Holiday Events:

We’ve got some fun things planned the holidays to get into the spirit!  Participation in these events requires an RSVP and space is limited.

Friday, December 5, 6:30pm-8pm –  Holiday Cookie Decorating.    Come hang out with us!  You’ll get 6 freshly baked sugar cut out cookies to decorate and take home.  We’ll provide all of the decorating supplies, as well as some refreshments (bubbly included) and snacks.  Christmas music will be supplied as well! All you need to bring is a festive spirit and your favorite Christmas cookie recipe to share with the group.  (This is an adult event with a limit of 16 people; RSVP required; $35 per person)

Saturday, December 6, 4pm-5pm – Kids Holiday Cookie Decorating.  Each child will get 4 freshly baked sugar cut out cookies to decorate and take home.  We’ll provide all of the decorating supplies, as well as cider and a snack for each child.  An adult must be present for each child or group of children.  (This is a kids event with a limit of 8 kids; RSVP required; $15 per child).

Monday & Tuesday, December 23 & 24 – Cookies for Santa!  We know how busy it gets as Christmas approaches, so let us prepare Santa’s cookies.  Only thing left for you to do: Arrange them on a pretty plate and place in Santa’s favorite spot.  The box will include 6 mini cookies: sugar cutout, chocolate peanut butter sandwich, and ginger molasses.  (Santa’s cookies must be pre-ordered by December 21; $8.50)

Thanksgiving & Holiday Gift Baskets – we have a number of pretty holiday gift packs that are prefect for hostess gifts, corporate gifts, teacher treats, friends and family.   We can customize them too.  Just ask, reserve ahead, and we’ll have them ready for pick up at your convenience!

That’s all we’ve got for now.  Happy November!!

~ Emily Day

 

Raising Dough: Flour & Co and the SF Food Bank

1 Nov

In October, we featured a neighborhood favorite on our community board, Project Open Hand.  Thanks to you, we raised $96.  We’ll be donating a total of $192 with our matching.  We also had a great time volunteering one evening in their prep kitchen.  We had a group of 7 including Flour & Co team members and guests.  Thanks to everyone who supported our cause in one way or another.  We couldn’t do it without your help!

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving.  We thought it appropriate to do a can drive and support the SF Food Bank for the month.  We’ve got a pail ready for your donations, so drop by non-perishable foods if you’d like to join in.  We’ll be dropping the goods off just before Thanksgiving.  We’ll also be collecting change in our community board box.  Finally, we’ll be volunteering as a group on Tuesday, November 11th from 6pm – 8pm.  We have 10 spots available and you are welcome to join us.  Just email Emily at info@flourandco.com to inquire about participating.

We’re excited to be making this holiday season something special for those who aren’t as fortunate.  Thank you for joining us!

~ Emily Day

The Bakery Life: The Flour & Co Holiday Corporate Gifting & Event Guide

19 Oct

The holiday season is our favorite time of the year, so we’re excited to share our corporate gift and event ideas.  Browse our curated offerings or let us help customize something just for you.   To pre-order gifts, arrange a holiday event, or setup a company pie delivery, email Emily at catering@flourandco.com, or call 415-952-8160.  A minimum one week notice is needed for most corporate offerings.

COMPANY PIE ORDERS: Whether it’s a gift to your team or simply an easy way for your team to order pies to take home for the holidays (minus the running around), we will take group pie orders and deliver to your office the two days before Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Order taking will be hassle-free and can be arranged to meet your needs.  Pie pre-orders must be in by November 19th for company deliveries.  Stay tuned for the Christmas lineup, coming just after Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving Lineup

The Thanksgiving Lineup

The apple crostata

The apple crostata

GIFT BASKETS:  We can personalize our gift baskets to be just right for you and your company’s needs.  Big or small, we’ll have them wrapped in a clear cello bag and tied with a pretty ribbon, showing off all of the treats.  Here are some of our curated gift baskets to get the holiday juices flowing:

Pep in your step $45

~ Flour & Co coffee mugs (2)

~ Bag of Stumptown coffee beans

~ Flour & Co crackers (aka animal crackers) (2 week shelf life)

Flour & Co Crackers (aka Animal Crackers - gluten free)

Flour & Co Crackers (aka Animal Crackers – gluten free)

The Goods $25

~ Nutty Granola (12oz bag) (1 month shelf life)

~ Chocolate chunk hazelnut or lemon poppyseed mini quick bread loaf (4 day shelf life)

~ Graham Crackers – with Flour & Co characters stamped on each cracker (2 week shelf life)

One of our gift packages for the holiday season...can be customized to you!

One of our gift packages for the holiday season…can be customized to you!

The Baker in You $42

~ Flour & Co apron – khaki and embroidered with the Flour & Co characters

~ Set of recipe cards (12 cards)

Gluten-Free Goodies  $40 (our gluten free goodies are baked in a gluten-rich environment without separation)

~ 4 triple chocolate caramel brownies (4 day shelf life)

~ 4 peanut butter cookies (3 day shelf life)

~ 1 Nutty Granola (12oz bag) (1 month shelf life)

A personalized corporate gift

A personalized corporate gift

Love = Cookies! $25

~ Graham Crackers –with Flour & Co characters stamped on each cracker (2 week shelf life)

~ Flour & Co crackers (aka animal crackers) (2 week shelf life)

~ Holiday Sugar Cut-Out Cookies (4 day shelf life)

Oats Two Ways $23

~ Muesli Cereal (12oz bag) (1 month shelf life)

~ Nutty Granola (12 oz bag) (1 month shelf life)

TEAM COOKIE DECORATING, all the fixings included: Feel like you are a kid again! We think this is one of the most festive ways to bring some holiday fun to your company.  We deliver the freshly baked sugar cookies, naturally colored frosting, all-natural sprinkles, and other toppings to you.  We can even provide some kraft butcher paper to line your table and minimize the mess.  You add the team, some holiday music, and festive refreshments for the ultimate holiday team building.  Prices begin at $4 per person; 12 person minimum

The fixings

The fixings

In progress cookie decorating

In progress cookie decorating

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

The finished products

SPECIAL HOLIDAY BREAKFAST: We can make this simple or fancy, just to your liking.  From a spread of baked goods to fruit salad, egg pies, and yogurt parfaits, enjoy a special breakfast together to ring in the holidays.  Prices vary.

Breakfast goodies - customize for the holidays

Breakfast goodies – customize for the holidays

SECRET SANTA TREATS: Individual goodies to say “happy holidays” to your coworkers!  Prices vary.

give a lemon poppyseed cake

A little gift – lemon poppyseed quick bread

Santa's Cookies - perfect secret santa treat

Santa’s Cookies – perfect secret santa treat

GIFT CARDS: A simple way to show thanks at the holidays!  Gift Cards come in any denomination and are wrapped in a super cute gift envelope for your personalization.

We’d love to discuss your specific needs and put together a customized proposal for the holidays.  Just email us to get things rolling (catering@flourandco.com) or call 415-952-8160.  We look forward to helping you make the holidays extra special for you and your team!

The Bakery Life: Guess What’s Baking in the Oven??!

18 Oct

November 1, 2014, will mark one year, six months, and twenty four days from the birthday of my first baby, Flour & Co.  Oh, how fast they grow.  And, how easy it is to forget the sleepless nights, the sacrifices, and the bad days.  You just have to look at the creation in front of you, the people on the inside and the outside who make it so rewarding, and unconditional love masks the rest.  Little did I know that Flour & Co would be a dress rehearsal for another very real life event.

Well, this other, even more profound, life event is just 2 weeks away.  November 1, 2014, also marks the due date of our real life baby, Baby (Boy) Day.  It’s funny that a year and a half ago, the suggestion of having a baby on top of the bakery would have been laughable (or cryable depending on the day).  However, as 2013 progressed and my mind and body got used to the emotions and work involved in owning a bakery, my husband and I agreed that having a baby just seemed like the perfect next step.  That “momnesia” that everyone talks about must have done its magic (on both of us).

37 weeks pregnant

38 weeks pregnant; +/- 2 weeks to game day

Needless to say, we are beyond excited to meet our little guy in a couple weeks (give or take).  We’re also looking forward to introducing him to our family, friends, and the neighborhood.  I’ve got a wonderful team who is ready to pick up my slack when the big day hits, and have already started in preparation.  My perspective will shift for a month or two as we come in for breakfast each day, as opposed to serving breakfast behind the counter.  This perspective shift will also allow me to work on other parts of the business that I’m not able to accomplish while behind the counter (a struggle that I’ve felt since we opened).  Most of all, we look forward to getting to know and spending significant time with our new baby.  We’ve waited a long time for this and don’t want to miss a moment!

Throughout the last nine months, everyone has been so supportive and shown tremendous care and concern.  It’s fun to know that our baby will have so many friends right off the bat.  We’ve got a lot of speculation floating around as to his birth date and weight, so we thought it would be fun to have people drop their guesses at the bakery.  We’ll be sure to announce the person who is closest when he reveals himself, as well have a little something special for having their finger on his pulse.

With my schedule dwindling down already, you may see me less over the next two weeks, but don’t fret.  You will be some of the first to know when he makes his way into this world.  We have a special treat planned to share, in his honor, when he is born.  We can’t wait to share the news with you!

~ Emily Day

Raising Dough: Project Open Hand and Flour & Co

1 Oct

In September, we had a wonderful month of giving to Project Night Night.  You dropped a whopping $179  in our donation box, and with our matching, we’ll be donating $358 to this deserving organization.

We also had a great time volunteering as a team.  We helped move supplies and inventory them to make room for more supplies.  A special thanks to Jo, a regular guest at Flour & Co and neighbor, who joined us for this event!

Flour & Co Team Volunteering at Project Night Night

Flour & Co Team Volunteering at Project Night Night

projectnightnightvolunteer

In October, we are Raising Dough for Project Open Hand, an organization right in the neighborhood.

Project Open Hand “provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 200 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges of old age.”  Watch this short video to see and hear more about the impact that this organization makes each day.

As per usual, we’ll be collecting donations in our community board box throughout the month of October.  We’ll also be volunteering on October 15th from 5 to 7:30pm in their kitchen.  If you’d like to join us, email Emily at info@flourandco.com.

Thanks for your continued donations and support.  We have fun working with these organizations each month and like teaming with you to make a little bigger impact.  A little money and time goes a long way!

~ Emily Day

 

Raising Dough: Flour & Co and Project Night Night

2 Sep

We (the collective version…including you) Raised LOTS of Dough in August!  Our most successful Raising Dough Campaign yet, with all $520 (including our matching and one guest’s very generous $200 donation) going to Larkin Street Youth Services.  Thanks for dropping your change and checks into our donation box.  We couldn’t do it without you!

In September, we are supporting Project Night Night.  Project Night Night’s mission is “to provide Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant.”  These packages include a blanket, book, and stuffed animal, delivered in a very cute canvas bag.  Project Night Night delivers over 25,000 bags to homeless kids each year. 

 

Help us Raise Dough for this worthy organization in one of three ways:

  • As always, drop your change or bills in our Community Board donation box
  • Bring by new children’s blankets, books or stuffed animals and we’ll donate them at the end of September
  • Volunteer with us this Monday, September 8th, at 6pm.  We’ll be helping them get ready for a new delivery of Night Night supplies (email info@flourandco.com if interested)

Thanks for your continued support ~ every penny counts!

~  Emily Day

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