Bring Flour & Co to your office for the holidays!

Happy fall!  With September upon us, it’s time to plan company holiday parties and order employee gifts.

We can help by putting together a quote for a catered event, or perhaps designing a special something for your employees as a token of your appreciation:

  • a holiday cookie decorating party at your office – with all of the fixings
  • a personalized Flour & Co gift basket filled with goodies
  • a Flour & Co Growler filled with Stumptown Cold Brew
  • holiday pies delivered to your office
  • personalized baking classes in our Berkeley kitchen or brought to your office


Flour & Co goodies + [insert your company] + holidays = yummy festive fun!

Happy planning!  Contact us: catering@flourandco.com, 415-952-8160

~ Flour & Co Catering

The Bakery Life: Christmas 2014 at Flour & Co

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: Fun with Videos that Make Us Hungry!

We have some creative minds on our team!  One of our former (and missed) team members, Helena, put together this mini video on the testing of our new summer sandwich.  It’s on our menu now, with the addition of heirloom tomatoes (we were testing and filming when heirlooms weren’t in season). We call it the Greek: heirloom tomato, cucumber, olive tapenade, arugula, and feta herb spread on ciabatta.

Enjoy the show!

 

 

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

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

The Bakery Life: Easter at Flour & Co

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!

easterphoto 2 photo 3pies lemon and straw rhub

The Bakery Life: Happy 1st Anniversary, Flour & Co!

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: Heifer International (March 2014)

[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

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!

The Bakery Life: Flour & Co’s 1st Annual Holiday Baking Contest!

Are you wondering why I’m talking about a holiday baking contest in the summer??  I mean, we just unpacked our summer wardrobe a few weeks ago, right?!  San Francisco has a way of creating confusion with regards to seasons.  Everywhere else people are getting into the football season with turtlenecks and hats; watching the leaves change to beautiful yellow, orange and red hues; and relishing in that refreshing chill in the air.  Here, we’re experiencing our usual September summer with some of the hottest days of the year.  And, those of us not experiencing seasonal confusion certainly have a bad case of whiplash.  2013 is flying!

Well, what a better way to ease ourselves into the holidays (if mother nature won’t help) than baking up a storm.  I know — we’re always baking up a storm at Flour & Co, but let me assure you we’ve bumped it up a notch due to the lengthy list of fall and holiday goodies that we’re testing.  Sure enough, our holiday spirit is on the rise.

While we can’t wait to reveal our list of goodies, one thing we love about the holidays is seeing, smelling, and tasting other people’s creations.  The holidays are all about sharing, after all.

Our answer to sharing?  The first annual Flour & Co holiday baking contest!

Here’s the nitty gritty…

We’re looking for a fabulous cake or pie to be featured in our case this holiday season, along side our creations.

Are you a home baker who has a winning pie or cake recipe?  If the answer is yes, get baking.  Contest entries are due October 8, 2013.  Email your original pie or cake recipe, with a photo (optional), and the story behind your creation to info@flourandco.com.  Don’t forget your contact info!

We’ll select our 8 favorite entries by October 10th for a bake-off at Flour & Co on Friday, October 18, at 6pm.  You will have to bake your pie or cake for the bake-off and present it for our judges and participants.

The winner will receive:

  • a $100 gift certificate to Flour & Co
  • a blog featuring you and your dessert posted for the world to see
  • you and your dessert will be featured on our community board
  • your dessert will be featured in our case for the month of November and December, available for sale
  • 10%  of the proceeds from your dessert will go to our deserving Raising Dough charity for each respective month – talk about sharing some holiday spirit!

Pssstt…we’ve got the basic holiday desserts covered.  Your dessert needs to be fit to serve in November and December (seasonally appropriate), but doesn’t have to look or taste like a holiday! 

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The Fine Print:

You must be 21 years of age, as well as live in the bay area, to enter the Flour & Co holiday bake-off.  You are not eligible to enter if you are a professional chef or someone who creates recipes for pay.

To enter, email your unpublished, original recipe for a pie or cake, photo and story to info@flourandco.com by October 10, 2013, at 3pm.  Only entries submitted through email will be accepted. 

Flour & Co may prohibit any individual from participating in the contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said individual is attempting to violate these rules or acts in an unsportsmanlike manner at any time.  By submitting your recipe, you accept all contest rules and agree to be bound by the contest decisions, which will be final. You also agree that your recipe becomes the sole property of Flour & Co, and Flour & Co reserves the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish, transfer and use any or all of them, without compensation.  

Finalists will be chosen from the entries by the Flour & Co owner and employees, on or after October 10, 2013.  8 finalists or fewer will be chosen depending on the number of entries.  Only those chosen as finalists will be notified by email by October 12,, 2013. 

To be a finalist, you must be able to attend the final bake-off on October 18, 2013, at Flour & Co (1030 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109).  You must bake your pie or cake and bring it to the bake-off.  You will present your dessert to the audience and/or judges.  This event will be closed to the public.  The small audience and/or independent judges will choose the winner.  The winner will be announced at the bake-off event.

Raising Dough: Larkin Street Youth Services

Our Raising Dough campaign each month is off to a goods start.  In May we chose the Raphael House as our partner organization, a family shelter just down the street.  They have an amazing program for getting families who have found themselves homeless back on their feet.  We (you) collected $171 in our donation box, and so we will be matching that for a total donation of $342.  Thank you, thank you!!

Our group volunteer activity at the Raphael House
Our group volunteer activity at the Raphael House – making dinner

For June, we’ve chosen the Larkin Street Youth Services.  Just a jump down the street from Raphael House, the LSYS is a safe haven for homeless kids under 24 years of age.  It’s a supportive environment with all kinds of services to get the kids in a better place in life and off of the street.  I stopped by this week to see the facility on Larkin Street (they have a few locations around the city).  It’s quite an operation with a kitchen to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to the kids, cozy couches, an education room, clothing “closet”, and much more.

the donation box filling up for Larkin Street Youth Services
the donation box filling up for Larkin Street Youth Services

This month, we’re giving back in three ways.  First, we’re collecting donations in our box on our community board in the bakery (see pic above).  Second, we’re volunteering as a group to make lunch for the kids on June 10th.  Normally, we’d open up this opportunity to all of you, but we’ve already filled this spaces.  Finally, we’ll be collecting canned and non-perishable foods at Flour + Co to donate to LSYS.  So, drop off your food donations between 6:30am and 6pm any day of the week during the month of June.

If you can’t get involved via Flour + Co, there are so many ways to get involved directly.  See the facility once and you’ll be hooked!  Donate your clothing, especially men’s clothing, housewares, books, non-perishable food, money or your time.

Thank you for continuing to support our monthly cause.  It just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t a group effort.  We love being a part of the neighborhood and are so happy to be giving back in our own little way!

PS…here are some recent, unrelated photos for your enjoyment!

Last Saturday's crew
Last Saturday’s crew
Our kitchen team (partial)
Our kitchen team (partial)
The new blueberry cream cheese toasty tart
The new blueberry cream cheese toasty tart
How can you say no to a s'more brownie?!
How can you say no to a s’more brownie?!
The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich
The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich
Friday's Lunch Menu
Friday’s Lunch Menu