The Bakery Life: It’s Starting to Look Like Flour & Co!

26 Aug

The construction sight at 1398 University Avenue in Berkeley is soon going to undeniably look and feel like Flour & Co.  We were seeing major hints of the warm colors and earthy tones this past week.  Wood seemed to be the week’s theme.

The big picture

The big picture

Our wood tables, bread shelves, and baked goods case were delivered by our carpenter extraordinaire, Pascal’s Workshop.

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Gorge maple tables

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Bread shelves minus warm out of the oven bread

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Picture it filled monkey bread, toasty tarts, and good old buttermilk biscuits

Ryan spent the majority of the weekend refurbishing wood tables.  We also sanded and sealed some long wood planks for a dining room design element (you won’t be able to miss it!).

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Sanded, oiled, and ready for dough

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you will have to wait and see

Garret at California Epoxy spent the last few weeks refinishing the floors.  They are looking dynamite!

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Oh, but that’s not all.  Lights are coming on, water is being plumbed, walls are being painted, the credit card is getting more exercise than it can handle, and we started interviewing our future teammates today.

With September approaching, we’re going to be intensely working the next few weeks to ready the space, people, and baked goodies.  Before you know it, you’ll smell cinnamon swirl bread baking in our ovens!  Can’t wait to share it.

~ Emily

 

The Bakery Life: Cool Caffeination on Tap at Flour & Co Berkeley

23 Aug

Does this not make you want to drink cold brew by the gallon??

The Growler of Cold Brew available in the near future at Flour & Co Berkeley

The Growler of Cold Brew available in the near future at Flour & Co Berkeley

I was excited when I opened the mail yesterday to find these.  We’ll fill them and refill them, on demand, with our oh-so-smooth Stumptown Cold Brew.  Okay — we have a ways to go before you can fill ‘er up, but when you can, it will be a beautiful thing.

Cold Brew

Need I say more??  Coming this fall at Flour & Co Berkeley.

Progress pictures coming next!

~ Emily

The Bakery Life: We’re Hiring – Flour & Co Berkeley

18 Aug

We’re hiring!  With a planned opening by October 1st (crossing fingers), Flour & Co Berkeley (1398 University Ave) is about to get real. That’s why we’re looking for some dynamos to join our already dynamic team.

The team on a Saturday - having some fun

Some of our past dynamos!

Our team earlier this year at the SF Food Bank, sorting apples

A volunteer outing as a team

Are you a fit???  Well, are you a person who enjoys people?  Are you team-oriented?  Are you positive-minded?  Do you like feeling accomplished at the end of each workday?  Do you love baking or at least have a great appreciation for eating delicious baked goods?  Do you have high expectations of yourself and others?  How about lots of energy to go around? In other words, negative nellies need not apply.

Here’s what’s open:

Evening Bread Bakers – bread baking experience required; passion for bread baking preferred; shift starts at 6pm

Retail Team Members – must be a ‘people person’ who excels at multi-tasking and loves keeping busy

Production Team Lead – baking production and supervisory experience a must + must love to bake

Bakers – professional baking experience preferred; must have the ability to work quickly with a high degree of accuracy and pride

Dishwasher/Bussers – must be clean, organized, and on the ball

Prep Cook – prep experience required; sandwich making experience preferred

Driver – valid drivers license, clean record, safe, polished with people

If you’d like to join our team, send you resume to info@flourandco.com.  In the email, note your #1 and #2 position desired, your hourly wage requirement, and tell us why you want to work at Flour & Co. Paste your resume in your email. Attachments will not be read.

Due to the potential number of respondents, we will not be able to respond to each person who applies, but we will review each application. If you don’t hear from us within 2 weeks, we thank you for your interest and will keep your resume on file for future needs.

 

The Bakery Life: Progress makes perfect…with the help of a fab GC

11 Aug

A day filled with ordering table legs, frantically trying to find a marble company that will install on time, and contacting the stainless steel company for the 12th time for yet another request is about status quo these days.  In the vein of trying to save money, I do it to myself.  Thank goodness for my General Contractor, Echo Summit Construction, who has a strong hold on the rest of the project…the majority of the project.

A GC can make you or break you, and in my case it’s a make you.  You may remember that last time (Flour & Co Hyde) I used ACI as my GC.  I loved working with them, but they tend to work on bigger projects.  So, how lucky was I that an old and dear colleague was just breaking off to start his own business.  Win-win!

Chris Brown (Partner), Kevin Ann Jordan (Dir of Ops), and Levi Hunt (Partner) of Echo Summit Construction...at Echo Summit

Chris Brown (Partner), Kevin Ann Jordan (Dir of Ops), and Levi Hunt (Partner) of Echo Summit Construction…at Echo Lake

Levi Hunt and his partner, Chris Brown (also an old colleague), started Echo Summit Construction to focus on restaurant buildouts in the Bay Area.  They both have a slew of related experience, managing restaurants, working for GCs, and working for a restaurant group in facilities which included managing new restaurant build-outs.  They have a great perspective from both sides.  It’s their super power and it packs the biggest punch of them all.

So, it’s easy to see why my project is full steam ahead and on schedule (after permitting which was far from on schedule).  Thanks to Levi and Chris for getting ‘er done and splitting seconds (another super power).

Here’s the progress…

The new sidewalk/entrance - where was I when the cement was wet??

The new sidewalk/entrance – where was I when the cement was wet??

The kitchen line

The kitchen line

Freezer walk-in, in progress

Freezer walk-in, in progress

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The retail counter taking shape

Next up: floors, paint, finishes, equipment.

The Bakery Life: Breaking Ground on Flour & Co Berkeley

8 Jul

Lookie here…now doesn’t this look like a little old permit for which we’ve been waiting months!?!?permit

I (and probably you too) was starting to wonder if these coming soon signs would ever come down.

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Coming soon…

Wonder no more.  The ground has been broken!  But first…some pictures of the kitchen empty (after lots of sorting, moving, and trashing).  Phew!

Clearing the space out for construction

Ryan clearing the space out for construction

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And the retail area with lots of stuff (but not for long!)…

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Check out this progress!  Impressive for only a couple weeks.  Eeek!  This is moving quickly!  Exciting and terrifying!  So much to do.

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What’s next??  Well, with an early fall opening date, we’re diving into the project with details like ordering lights and tile to planning the logistics of baking in this kitchen.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, really.  Stay tuned for more on the play by play.

I’ll leave you with the cutest picture of them all.  Andy, helping us with the floor plans.

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Andy approves

We can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!  Oh – and we really can’t wait to share all of our baked goodies…warm and gooey out of the oven!

~ Emily

 

Raising Dough: Boys & Girls Club (Tenderloin) and Flour & Co

2 Jun

In May, we raised awareness for Movemeant, an organization that brings new light to positive body image.  Thank you for dropping your change in our collection box.  We’ll be counting (and matching) the funds this evening.

In June, we’re featuring the Boys & Girls Club for Raising Dough.  The organization helps young people, especially those who are disadvantaged, to realize their full potential.  The clubs provide a safe place for kids to go after school, on weekends, and during the summer, when they might otherwise be alone at home.  Literacy, healthy eating, and fitness, are just a few ways that they help to make a positive impact on these young lives.

SF Farmers Market gives Youth nutrition ideas - kids from the Tenderloin B&G Club

SF Farmers Market gives Youth nutrition ideas – kids from the Tenderloin B&G Club

Besides collecting money in our donation box, we’re excited to be volunteering this month on Tuesday, June 16th, from 12:45pm-4pm.  We have space for 8 to support the literacy program at the Tenderloin club, right in our back yard.  We’ll be meeting there for a quick intro to the club and our activity for the day, and then we’ll spend time with the kids for the rest of the afternoon.  Email Emily at info@flourandco.com if you’d like to join us!

The Bakery Life: Mother’s Day and Movemeant (Raising Dough) at Flour & Co

30 Apr

Remember celebrating May Day when you were a kid?  My sister and I would put together little care packages of flowers and goodies for our neighbors.  We’d hang them on their front door knob, ring the door bell, and run like heck so they wouldn’t see us.  What fun!  Call it inspiration for some grown up fun tomorrow.  Pack up a goodie box and/or flowers and drop it on your coworker or teacher’s desk when they aren’t looking.  Make sure to accompany it with “happy May Day!”

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May also equals Mother’s Day!  Moms are deserving of some special treatment on May 10th (well, every day really), and we’re here to help with the sweets portion.  Here’s what we’ve got planned for the weekend:

~ Cherry Pie

~ Peach Blackberry Crostata

~ Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata

~ Triple Chocolate Caramel Brownies (heart shaped)

~ Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

~ Heart Shortbread Cookies (in cute packages)

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Crostata

 

Tcho Chocolate Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tcho Chocolate Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

While we will have treats available for walk-ins, be sure to get Mom the treat of her choice by reserving ahead of time.  We’re taking orders now for pick up on Mother’s Day (or whenever you are celebrating with her).  Call (415-992-7620), email (info@flourandco.com) or stop in to place an order.

Our Raising Dough organization for May is Movemeant, an organization addressing our society’s issue with negative body image.  Besides dropping change in our donation box throughout the month, you can also get involved in their upcoming Dare to Bare festival on May 16th at the Marina Green from 11am to 4pm.  What a great way to get moving towards a positive body image!

One pager movemeantLastly, a quick update on our new Berkeley Bakery.  We’re still working on getting building permits from the City of Berkeley.  It’s a process that always takes time and time…and more time.  We’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have them in June!  Then the fun really begins.  More soon…

With love,

~ Emily and the Flour & Co Team

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.

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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

 

 

 

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