Back At It! With More Thanks as Collaborations Build

(Chef Debbie making vegetarian tacos & salad with our OFA summer cohort.)

YES, We Are Back At It!

All of a sudden, it is the start of another school year, our 11th!  And every year there is always excitement and a touch of nervousness that makes us each wonder if we are truly ready. Smiles work wonders to let us know we are in the right place at the right time.

But before things really get moving again, we want to thank our summer collaborators:

OFA: Opportunities For All gave us the chance to work with a cohort of 24 youth ages 12-18.  It was our first summer offering and it was so worth it!  The youth once again inspired us in how they tackled recipes and created their own cookbook.

Bi-Rite Family of Businesses generously featured us this month as a community partner!  We are grateful for their kindness in how they have supported our program over the years and are honored to be a featured community partner.

Thank you both for the opportunities you’ve continued to provide us!

Now back to school. We look forward to getting “into the weeds” soon and planning our next Long Table Dinner.  Stay tuned and Happy August!

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Success! Thank You All! And Video Link

Thank You All! 

The Green Room Gala was definitely our biggest event ever. All of those crazy moments were worth it to gather together such wonderful people, for a wonderful purpose.

Behind the scenes, there were people who showed up early and kept that sense of assurance when the going got stressful.  Thank you to the ladies from NOPA and Nopalito who were there all the way through, and to the incredible chefs Tu David Phu, Yaku Moton-Spruill and Michael Martinez, for keeping the tempo and redirecting as needed to handle the last minute needs.  Thank you to our donors, volunteers and almost daily cheerleaders especially these constants: Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, Josey Baker Bread, Nopalito and Gus’s Community Markets. And most of all, an extra special thank you to the youth participants who said YES, at every step and stayed on their feet and smiled all the way until the very end!

Here is a link to the video shown at the event. Whetstone Media, it is so great to work with you and how well you instantly understand our work. We look forward to what the future will bring!

 

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Quarter by Quarter

Every quarter feels like a whirlwind.  And this past quarter was no exception, and with extra good reasons.  Here are some-

October 5th, National Manufacturer’s Day: where our District 5 Supervisor Brown’s office worked with OEWD to bring in 4 small, local manufacturers to tell our students their story.  It was such a great way to affirm with our students the hope and drive and support that is out there.  Here is a pearl of wisdom from each of these small business manufacturers:

  • don’t wait for an invitation, don’t hold yourself back, push yourself to take chances (Kelly McVicker, McVicker’s Pickles)
  • find what you are good at, and then reach out for help (Smitten Ice Cream Ladies)
  • failing in the moment is not failing in the bigger picture – take the golden nuggets (Josey Baker, Josey Baker Bread)
  • follow your passion, follow your nose, you never know where it might lead (Christian, San Franpsycho)

Special thanks to Shakirah Simley of Vallie Brown’s office (and Vallie Brown!), Susan Ma of OEWD and Rima Vora of SF Made for their additional help and support in making this happen.

Next, our October 12th  Long Table Dinner was a success, in a heartfelt way with our diving into Aleppo.  When we think of that first week with our students and compare that with our last week with them, their growth and drive are as inspiring as these small business owners.

It takes looking back and seeing that, wow, we really did do a lot, and more importantly that it meant something – to us, to our guests, and most importantly, to our students.

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