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Highlights from the Alameda Kitchen Launch Party!

13522849_984491361670826_1238851980133370258_oWhat an incredible evening! Thank you to all our wonderful guests for helping us celebrate the  launch of our new kitchen, in partnership with Alameda Point Collaborative! We captured some special moments from throughout the event, as well as some fun photos from our photobooth.

Over 100 food enthusiasts joined in on the celebration, and several lucky bidders won great deals on our silent auction items. If you missed out on an opportunity to get involved at our Launch Party, there’s still time! Bay Area real estate developers srmERNST and construction firm McGuire & Hester announced a generous matching gift of up to $2500, ending on Tuesday July 5th. Help us reach our goal by making a donation here! Your contribution will help Food Shift ramp up the Alameda Kitchen into a bustling, community-centered social enterprise.

13483126_984487408337888_5531093721415006488_oFor his inaugural night in the kitchen, Chef Harold produced a wide range of delicious & resourceful culinary creations – including delicate, freshly baked empanadas, fluffy veggie fritatas, hearty vegetable soup, buttery polenta cakes, and more! Rock Wall Wines, Faction BrewingPreserve Farm Kitchens, and East End, provided locally produced wines, beers, and sparkling shrubs! Thank you to St Vincent de Paul, Andronico’s Community Market, Imperfect Produce, and Alameda Food Bank for supplying Chef Harold with the ingredients for the evening’s menu. Special thanks as well to Doug Biggs and the entire Alameda Point Collaborative team for providing the venue location and technical assistance, in addition to their supportive partnership.

Food Shift Founder & Director Dana Frasz highlighted the enormous impact Alameda Kitchen will have in the community by providing job training to Alameda Point Collaborative residents, rescuing food from landfills, and feeding local community members. Check out her speech here! Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen, contextualized Food Shift’s work within the broader framework of social justice issues, connecting our work with a growing movement to revolutionize our food systems. In his speech, he advised us all to “…deeply and profoundly, and every single day, … explore the power of food, not just to nourish one person, but to really build a larger community.” We wrapped up the evening with a beautiful & inspiring poetry reading by internationally acclaimed poet Drew Dellinger.

Thank you to all of our supporters for making this such a magical evening. Altamont Education Advisory Board and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund helped to fund much of this endeavor and we are thrilled to have their support! We have been so encouraged by the dedication and commitment of our community members, and we can’t wait to get the kitchen up and running in full gear! If you’d like to help Food Shift in its efforts to build a more sustainable food system, please consider a donation to help us reach our matching gift goal of $2500 by Tuesday July 5th! Dana highlighted the special role of the Alameda community in her speech at the event: “Alameda Kitchen and the work of Food Shift is truly based in community. Everyone has pitched in and played a part…and I know that’s why it’s going to thrive.”

Thank you to all of our silent auction sponsors! We feel so fortunate to be surrounded by engaged, community-oriented businesses – thank you for all you have done to support Food Shift and our local community.

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Special thanks to BenJammin DesignsInFlataBill Designs, and Hush Hush for donating lights and decorations for the event.


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