To all our friends and supporters,
We are finally able to catch our breath and take a moment to update you all on the progress we've made at Reality Kitchen and so grateful to be able to share some great news !
When last we weighed in, we had hoped the planned move to W 11th would be a positive step forward. As is often the case with the best laid plans of mice and men, it proved to be better to find a new building in a better location.
We are delighted to say that we have found an ideal home in the former Wild Plum Bakery on River Road. We have taken over the full service wholesale bakery operations on December 1, complete with ongoing accounts with local food service to area businesses. Among those businesses we serve are: Sam Bond's Garage, Tap and Growler, Rye Restaurant, Bricks in the 5th St. Mrkt., Mothership Food Cart, Sam's Place and Sam's on Franklin, Agate Lab on Willamette. Lane Community College Food Services, Growler Guys, Grid Iron, Stacy's Covered Bridge, Ax and Fiddle, Village Green, and Blairally, to name a few, and the list is growing daily !
We produce a full product line of quality baked goods and artisan recipes handcrafted by our full time bakers, staff and program participants. In our 4000 sq. foot bakery we are able to serve as an incubator for other small businesses that rent our space to produce their products that you can find at Sundance Market, Sequential Biofuels, The Kiva, area wineries, specialty treat and sweet shops and are privately contracted for parties, catering events and gatherings.
Of course, we are very excited to announce that this coming week we are opening the front end deli and cafe serving a full menu of morning, afternoon and evening offerings along with family and adult beverages.
Our signature product, a large Bavarian style pretzel, is our best seller and we are now retailing it at the LCC Main Campus Center Bldg. food court, as well as taking on some of LCC's other production baking needs. One of our program participants, Zack Childers, is working there three days a week selling pretzels, being paid a salary and earning tips too. This pretzel was a featured product at the KLCC Microbrewfest and we are serving many local brew pubs and restaurants. Soon we'll be able to "officially announce" that you'll be enjoying our pretzels at your favorite sporting events, shopping malls and county events centers...but we'll save that for another email.
The bakery also serves as our training facility with program participants already earning their food handler's card, working on production, delivery, kitchen maintenance, sales and more. We have a folks volunteering time, as well as others being paid for their work and planning to expand that opportunity to others. We are also preparing to begin our Community Inclusion classes at this location with facilities and room to accommodate groups of students. As well, our food cart will be licensed to begin serving unhoused in our community through the partnership we've made with Food For Lane County, as well.
Since we are a nonprofit organization committed to creating a job skills training program supporting young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, our retail outlet/cafe and deli will be another opportunity to place and train program participants while creating a much needed family-friendly gathering space for the River Road neighborhood and greater Eugene community with musical, performance and creatively imagined events. We are beginning to schedule our Open Mic Nights and other all inclusive gatherings.
We look forward to seeing you all soon at our grand opening week of celebration ! See our calendar at our website: www.realitykitchen.org for the soon to be announced details.
all the best,
Reality Kitchen Nonprofit
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