2015 has been a good year here at Fazenda, and we’re thankful for it. Great customers, a lot of hard work, and crazy-level dedication by our amazing and growing staff have made it happen, but we’re all thankful for the opportunity to do the work we love and make a living at it.
We know it’s not the same for everyone in our community. Some people have had a very hard year. Maybe many hard years. As much as we love our craft and our coffee—and we do—we recognize that our product is off the radar for folks who are struggling for basics like stable housing or meals. Obviously, even coffee’s good worth pales in comparison to the worth of a bed and a reliable source of fresh food to eat.
So this season, we are also thankful for another chance to give back to our community, by supporting the efforts of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a group who is as dedicated to their “product” (feeding the hungry) as we are to ours.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is an exceptional, forward thinking non-profit that does vital work in the Greater Boston area. They rescue good, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away—from groceries, wholesalers, farmers’ markets, and bakeries—and distribute it to community non-profits that make meals for people who need them. This hugely dedicated team and their network are an important lynchpin in an organized, local fight against hunger.
We were excited to come together with others in the food community again this year, to support Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ 2015 Ultimate Tailgate fundraiser, their most successful one yet! Together, we chopped, cooked, baked, and brewed—and served up some amazing food for the crowd, who danced, ate, and donated the night away. Old-time friends (and customers of our own), Whole Foods Market and Myers+Chang were among the major contributors to the night. We all had a blast and the event raised over $200,000, which will support Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ efforts well into next year. Not too shabby for a night of doing more of what we love, and having (almost) too much fun to call it work.
Here’s a group shot of some of the Ultimate Tailgate “food team.” See if you can find Phil; he’s there. (Hint: near the back, left, big smile…)
And, yes, that’s celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern taking center stage on the floor. Along with Christopher Myers and Joanne Chang, Zimmern is one of Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ founding culinary panel members, and a VIP honoree for the evening. He received the Thomas Menino Award for Leadership for his work with Lovin’ Spoonfuls and his tireless advocacy on behalf of a very simple and powerful mission statement: No food should ever go to waste that can go to hungry people.