Come out and give back! Alameda County Community Food Bank drive @caffe817
By Oakland Local Editorial Team
It's been almost two years since Scott and Emily Goldenberg took over operating Caffe 817 in downtown Oakland and in that time, they've become integral members of the Old Oakland community.
Caffe 817 is not only a popular breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, it's open to support First Fridays, pop-up hood events and all sorts of local programs. With the Goldenberg's deep connection to Oakland, it's not surprising that they'd select the Alameda County Community Food Bank as the recipient of their first drive to give back to the community.
"As small business owners, we have the opportunity to make a real impact in giving back to the community," says Emily Goldenberg, who has been organizing the project. "We're going to donate a portion of the proceeds from a special kick-off brunch we're going to do on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the Alameda County Community Food Bank; and we're also bringing in a donation barrel so our community members can bring in non-perishable food donations all week long."
"And we'll have some special treats on the menu for the week so we can get more people in here," adds Scott Goldenberg, who, along with his wife, made the decision to open the cafe on Nov. 23 - Plaid Friday - and to host a final brunch on Sunday, Nov. 25.
What's Caffe 817 offering for the holidays? Amazingly delicious Italian Toast, which is a warm ham and cheese sandwich with mostarda di frutta, and Croque Madame, a warm ham and cheese sandwich with a poached egg, plus killer Baked eggs in polenta with chorizo-tomato sauce and my favorite, a bowl of fresh polenta with a poached egg and Castello blu cheese. And Mr.Espresso coffee, juices and lots of other drinks, incuding wine and beer.
Kick-off brunch: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov 18
Finale brunch: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 25