I have been meaning to post this picture for quite some time. This is Danielle and her daughter Simone. We met Danielle before Fiore opened while we were doing construction. Danielle would stop to check our progress while walking with her children.
They come often to Fiore and we are so happy when they do. They feel like family.
Simone and Spencer love the grill cheese. Danielle always has a piccolo grilled vegetable with chicken and extra olive oil. Hope to see you guys soon. Ciao.
We will be having our second Summer Planting Party. This one will be scheduled a few weeks earlier than last year so we can get a jump on the tomato plants. It will be Sunday March 16th at 10:00 at Fiore Market Cafe. Bring some work gloves if you have them and a big appetite for lunch after we finish planting all the beds.
Please let me know if you will attend so I can plan accordingly for lunch. Send us an email on Facebook. See you in a few weeks.
Anne and I always get lots of recognition for the food at Fiore Market Cafe. Anne or I have been responsible for creating and implementing the menu. Anne takes care of the pastries and I have taken care of the breads and other items.
Recently we had the opportunity to bring on board a new employee. Her name is Marisa Takenaka. She has been with us since September.
Marisa has created the new pop tarts and donuts that we serve on Mondays and Thursdays. She comes up with all the new and interesting flavors. As you can see by the photographs on Facebook they are amazing. These new items have brought a new exciting, dimension to Fiore Market Cafe. We are so grateful to have Marisa as part of our team.
This past week, Tara Atkinson left Fiore Market Cafe to pursue her music career. Tara has worked for us since August. She was a great employee. She made fantastic sandwiches and brought a big smile to the Fiore kitchen. She will be missed.
Tara left to continue her musical path of playing and teaching the cello. If you are ever looking for a Cello teacher, Tara can help you out. Here is a link to her website https://onlessons.com/instructor/view/xe399940
Marisa as part of our team.
Our goal for 2014 is to expand on the Fiore garden by creating a larger Fiore Farm. The purpose of the farm is to provide fresh vegetables for the restaurant, but we envision it to be much more than that. We would like to create on a smaller scale the edible garden project that Alice Waters created in Berkeley. The Fiore farm would be place where the community could participate.
We have had many of the preschool students walk by our garden on their walks with their teachers. The students love learning about what is growing in the Fiore garden. Their interest is strong and it is very encouraging to see children become excited about vegetables.
The Fiore Farm would be a way to expand on this.
We are looking for a space to create our farm, preferably a vacant lot in full sun with a water source. We would build raised beds and possibly plant small fruit trees in containers. The farm would look very similar to our garden at Fiore Market Cafe. I want it to feel rural. To me there is something special about the feel of a small farm.
If you have any suggestions please email us via Facebook. Here are some photographs I took today at the Fiore garden. Everything looks green and fresh. This winter I’ve had very few bugs eating the leaves. It must be the warm weather.
Apple Blossoms in January
Fiore Market Cafe
I have one more photograph from The Fiore Market Cafe team. This is Leandro. He has been with us since we opened the doors on December 20th 2010.
A few of our employees were off vacationing in the Bahamas when I took their peers photographs before the holidays. So here are three more great employees from our Fiore Crew.
On December 20th we celebrated 3 years of being in business. During those 3 years we’ve had quite a few employees. I’m amazed because the size of the cafe is so small it’s hard to believe we have 10 employees working for us. Our current group of employees are very creative, hard working, passionate and funny. Anne and I are very lucky.
My brother Steve was in town recently and he questioned how the employees got along since they were working in tight quarters. He assumed there would be conflict amongst the employees. Our son James was quick to reply that everyone got along well. It’s true, they do get along well.
On Christmas Eve. I took portraits of the employees who were working. A few did not want to be photographed. A few others were not working. I will take their photograph on a later date.
I think the portraits turned out well.
Chloe and Tara