Tom Frainier, Semifreddi's president, said sales were not the problem. The lease was coming up for renewal, rents were being raised and hourly wages are on the upswing.
The baking-based job-skills program is currently building out its new kitchen and classroom space on Berkeley's University Avenue.
“We are the offensive linemen of the food world and not the celebrity chefs,” says Semifreddi's co-founder as the East Bay bakery marks its 30th anniversary.
A host of top chefs, as well as Narsai David, helped raise a total of $225,000 for Meals on Wheels last week.
Andre Green, food services coordinator for Berkeley's Food & Housing Project, talks about serving Thanksgiving to the homeless, cooking from the heart, and why he cares.
Pat Van Valkenburgh is the kind of person that The Bread Project hopes to help. A stay-at-home mom who home-schooled her two children until they attended Berkeley High School, Van Valkenburgh desperately needed a job when her construction worker husband became unemployed. Since she enjoyed cooking, she thought the nonprofit’s nine-week café training program, which focuses on basic kitchen, food service, and barista skills, was a good fit and would help her find a job in the restaurant industry.
By Emily Gordis
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