What Tomorrow Is.

Do you know what tomorrow is? It is the exciting and wonderful kick-off to our Show Us Your Cake Face contest.

The contest runs for only a month, and the winner will be announced on the 22nd of September. The winner gets a free piece of cake once a week for the month of October.

10516686_10152642854969458_7327863623213464913_nIn order to kick it off, I brought a Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake down to Portland, OR to share with friends and take pictures. They all loved it, but were quite sad that they could not enter the contest due to geography. Yes, Bellinghamsters, you have an opportunity and cool thing not even Portanders have. They think they’re so cool, but they are not cool enough to enter their Cake Face.

Here are the rules again:

Enter between August 15th and September 15th by sending in a Cake Face pic to me at saray@communityfood.coop. You must be shown eating a piece of Community Food Co-op cake, and with this piece of evidence, let me know why this cake is so special to you.

Feel free to also share your Cake Face on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram feeds tagged #coopcakeface. Please remember to also email your entry and contact info to Sara, so we can let you know if you win!

The winner will be notified on September 22nd. Cake eating will commence in October.

It will be epic.

Cake is the Answer to Every Question

It is true. Cake is the answer to every question, when you have your priorities in order. For instance, The Co-op’s Show Us Your Cake Face contest starts in just under two weeks, and now, the amazing people behind the scenes at the Co-op are working on promotions and services in order to serve the Co-op’s cake eaters in more efficient and delicious ways.

Exhibit A:

Lemon-Cloud-Cake_MG_1099This, as you might know, is The Co-op’s Lemon Cloud cake. Beautiful, isn’t it? This isn’t here just because it’s pretty, though. Pictures are being taken people. We are in the midst of creating a service book for our customers which will describe in detail all of The Co-op’s glorious baked goods. All the information that is important to you; what is organic, where we get our apples, EVERYTHING. Our goal is to have the service book finished in time for the holidays. Fueled on wild dreams and amazing cake, we might just make our deadline.

Exhibit B:

Lemon-Cloud-Cake_MG_1106This is my hand holding a fork with delicious lemon cloud cake artfully balanced  on its prongs. I had the good fortune to be present during the photo shoot, you see, so I did what I could to help by holding forks and eating cake that was no longer being used. Have I mentioned how great my job is? A lot of that, as you might expect, has to do with cake.

 

Which brings me back to the point of this post. With just two exhibits, I have proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that CAKE IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY QUESTION.

Next time someone asks you something, do me a favor and simply reply, “cake.” See what happens. Then let me know. I would really love to hear about it.

 

Didja like this post? Like it! Tweet it! Share it with a friend. Everyone should know about the importance of cake. EVERYONE.

 

Cake Face

IMG_0092It is no secret that I love cake. In fact, I am known at work as the lady who eats cake for breakfast and pie for lunch. So, I thought that now would be a good time to tell you that October is my birthday month, and in honor of the best month of the year, we are having a contest called Show Us Your Cake Face. You will have the opportunity to win free cake for the month of October in honor of my birthday.

Here are the rules:

  1. The contest runs from August 15th to September 15th.
  2. Send in a picture of yourself eating a piece of our Amazing Co-op Cake. Any variety.
  3. ANYONE can enter
  4. We cannot mail cake to anyone. You must be able to come in to the store to pick it up. Sorry. Local cake eaters only.
  5. The winner will be announced September 22nd on this blog and on facebook.
  6. The winner will receive one piece of cake every week in October. Free cake for a whole month!!!

Here is an example of the kind of pic we will be expecting:

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So send your entry to saray@communityfood.coop between August 15th and September 15th and then watch here for the announcement on September 22nd!!!

Your entry should consist of:

  • a pic of you eating Community Food Co op cake
  • your contact information
  • your member number if you have one
  • A brief description regarding why/how you love the Co-op’s amazing cake so much.

The winner’s pic will be posted in the blog along with the description provided.

 

Good luck. I will be reminding you of this opportunity throughout the next month and a half.

Don’t miss your opportunity for free cake.

 

 

Baby, it’s Hot Outside.

grab and go 014Summer is upon us and as usual, I am far from ready to deal with the heat. I blame my ancestors. They all come from the cold highlands, so I am not predisposed to any kind of heat whatsoever. I am a delicate flower. I get heatstroke in the mid-eighties. It is not pretty.

The good news for me is that I don’t have to cook when things get hot and sticky. I work in a place where there is a large variety of prepared foods for the taking, day or night. From Paleo plates to salmon to fried chicken to Baconeggsadillas, my next meal is always within arm’s reach.

So, if you happen to read this blog, live in Bellingham, and abhor the heat, (yes, I said it!) as much as I do, come on down to the co-op and pick up some meals for yourself and your loved ones. They will thank you for it, you will thank you for it, and the world will be a little cooler because you did not have to turn on your stove.

Ever Forward

circle of trustProgress. Like genius, it too is a double edged sword. But still, ever forward. Change hits most people in an awkward and uncomfortable place, but I am a bit of a change junkie, and I think that is why I am so well suited to the job that I get to do for the Co-op, for there is no better way to inspire change than to be truly excited about it.

Let’s just say it, the co-op has been around for a long time and there are a lot of people and processes in place that have been around for a good long time. Change is hard in any situation, but in situations where people rely on things to be the same, it is even more challenging.

What have we done? What will we do? Well, that depends on the people, and that is why it is great to work for a co-op. You get to have conversations with people about what is on the horizon. You have the opportunity to learn their fears, their dreams, their hopes and their hunger. Change gets the opportunity to be mashed up within the co-op machine; massaged until it works for us. Change is a human process here. Everyone has a hand in it.

bountiful foodFor example: The seasonal playbook procedures. We rolled the playbooks out to the managers, then the employees, and then, to the customer. Why? Because we knew if the managers and employees had an opportunity to correct and improve the playbooks before the program was rolled out to the customer, everyone would be better served.

Same with the grab n go expansion: The cooks and employees came up with all of the new offerings based on requests they got from customers and their own research and knowledge base. The production procedures were roughly outlined, but the managers, cooks and counter workers at the downtown location fine tuned the process until it worked perfectly for the operation.

I have been accused more than once of being a little bit, shall we say, assertive, when it comes to change. Some may even accuse me of being aggressive. But by depending on the people I work with and for to improve and perfect the systems, I don’t need to be in any way shape or form, pushy. I don’t need to be anything at all. It is the best kind of change there is; ever forward, and ever reliant on the input from everyone involved.