The Bon Appétit team at Oracle and the software giant’s Real Estate and Facilities team in Pleasanton, CA, recently co-hosted a tour for students from the Stockton, CA-based one.Program, their culinary teacher Gabriela Ledford, and Employee Services Specialist Denise Spangler. An afternoon culinary program, one.Program engages at-risk teens to develop workforce readiness, encourage life skills, and inspire teamwork.
Resident Marketing Director Cara Brechler kicked things off with an introduction to Bon Appétit, her background with the company, and Bon Appétit’s relationship with Oracle and then led a tour of the campus Victory Garden, speaking about various sustainability initiatives. Chef/Manager Steven Lucas also led the group on a tour — of the kitchen! The teenagers had not traveled much outside Stockton, and none had seen a commercial kitchen in action before. Steven explained how Bon Appétit uses culinary building blocks such as house-made stocks and sauces and discussed key programs and routines around safety, refrigeration hierarchy, 10@10s, and even cleaning protocols and team members’ longevity in their jobs. Others joined in to describe their roles and give a tour of the campus.
Then it was time for lunch! The afternoon closed with a Q&A and Food For Your Well-Being tea tasting, and all guests received reusable Bon Appétit-branded gift bags with house-made chocolate truffles from 300 Bakery, O’Victory Garden seeds, cut gloves, and many more goodies.
Submitted by Cara Brechler, Resident Marketing Director