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:


So send your entry to 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.

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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.

Grab and Go Empire Grows

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Deliciously Paleo!

There are BIG things happening at the Cordata store this weekend. We are adding a bunch of new items to the grab n go area of the deli. It is going to be off this hizzook, so on Monday June 23rd, you might want to come on down (or up) and try out these amazing new things that you will find at the Cordata store in the Grab N Go section:

  • A wide variety of Paleo plates: grilled chicken and greens and grilled salmon and greens.
  • Hummus Plate
  • Chicken and Noodles
  • Shaker cups: Asian, Southwest, Greek, and Protein
  • More wraps: Falafel, Curry Lime Chicken, and more to come.
  • Soups!
  • Sauces!
  • Marinades!
  • Baconeggsadilla
  • Hummus Quesadilla (suspend disbelief until you try it, it is really quite good)

We will be adding more as we go, so please stay tuned and give as much feedback as you feel comfortable giving. This is going to change the landscape of the grab n go empire at the co-op as we know it!