Old Skool Café (OSC) is a faith- based, violence prevention program, providing jobs and training to youth, (with an emphasis on at-risk, urban youth) ages 16-22, at our 1940’s styled supper club. OSC confronts the epidemic of violence by providing at- risk and previously incarcerated and foster care youth with a variety of career opportunities that would normally not be afforded them.
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Time to shine our Old Skool spotlight on a couple of our most faithful supporters. We love our Faithful 500…and we think you will, too. Meet Kurt and Heidi Kilgore:
And what better way to get to know Kurt & Heidi than with a short Q&A?!?
Here we go:
OSC: How did you first learn about Old Skool Cafe?
Heidi has known Teresa since her college days at Westmont, and we’ve always shared her passion for loving at-risk youth in San Francisco. Two of our older children have worked at Old Skool in the past, and our son Jordan is currently one of the youth chefs there. When we found out about the Faithful 500, we signed up right away. What a fantastic (and delicious) way to show ongoing support for the youth and the restaurant!
OSC: What do you love most about Old Skool?
Wow, that’s a hard choice. While it would be easy (and true) to say it’s the incredible food and entertainment, we really love the way Old Skool is built on authentic relationships between the youth, the staff and the volunteers. Old Skool goes so much deeper than running a restaurant together. It’s truly family, and they treat each other that way.
OSC: Here’s a tough one: What is your favorite menu item and why?
You won’t be able to nail us down on a favorite item, but if we were going tonight, we would share the spinach salad, cheesy shrimp-n-grits, gumbo, grexican burgers and chocolate truffle (a special treat for the Faithful 500). Mmmm…guess we’d better make a reservation!
Yep, membership has its perks…and those perks are YUM.
My name is Dominic…I grew up in Top of the Hill in Daly City, where I lived with my grandparents who, for the most part, raised me. My mom was not around a lot, and my dad was, who knows where, in the pen or strung out somewhere. Growing up I did not have much, and at 12 years old I started gang banging to make money. At 14, I went to live in a group home after landing in and out of juvenile hall. But nothing changed, I still did drugs and got into trouble with the law. I had been transferred to 5 different high schools by the time I was 16 years old. The world just felt like a daze to me, too strung up to remember.
But, things changed when I turned 18 years old. I remember sitting in a cell one day and reflecting on the decisions I had made so far in my life. Not wanting to continue down the path that I was on, I decided to take back my life. I enrolled in a rehabilitation and treatment program to deal with my drug and alcohol addictions. I worked hard to finish my high school credits and eventually graduated from high school. Holding my diploma in my hands, I felt a sense of accomplishment. However, life threw me another punch just as I had started to turn my life around. While in rehab, my grandmother, the woman who raised me, passed away. She had been the only support I had known growing up, and her death created an absence in my life that left me feeling lost. Realizing that I started drinking again, I searched for a different way to cope with the loss of my grandmother. Soon after, I found my way to Old Skool Cafe and threw myself into work.
The support I have received at Old Skool is nothing like what I have received anywhere else. Old Skool helped me keep my strength when I lost my grandpa and the house I grew up in. I have been with Old Skool for over two years now. In that time, I have learned so much, more than just knowing about the restaurant business. Every time I walk into Old Skool, I feel welcomed and in the presence of family. I have also learned to overcome my fear of public speaking and even represented Old Skool on the Steve Harvey Show, a national talk show. I know that what I have learned at Old Skool will help me accomplish so much in life. I see kids coming to Old Skool at 16 years old looking for the chance to change. It makes me think that, if I had come in here earlier things could have been different. You never know, one day, one speech can make a different. I would love to be part of something life that, just making change, making a difference.
Now, I am concentrating on my future and have nothing but positive thoughts. I will be a father soon, and I want to be able to give my son everything that I never had, a father, a home with no drugs, and nothing but love. I also hope to get into construction or real estate one day, so I can help others build a home for their future. I have Old Skool to thank for giving me a second chance at life and for giving me the strength to never to give up.
How do you make the food at Old Skool Cafe even better? Pair it with some awesome beers from Speakeasy Ales and Lagers. Check out this menu and then buy tickets for this event.
Amuse Bouches “Cocktail Hour”
Sriracha Deviled Eggs
Witness Belgian-style Wheat
Shrimp and Beer Grits
Scarlett Red Rye
Spinach Salad, Citrus and Beer Vinaigrette, Farmers’ Market Fruit
Daniel’s NOLA Gumbo*
Baby Back Ribs (in Prohibition BBQ Sauce)
Sweet Potato Mini Tartlette w Espresso/Payback Porter Ice Cream*
Bourbon Barrel Aged Scarface Imperial Stout
*Ice Cream made by Christina Marie Pack of CMarie Pastries
As always, the evening will be packed with entertainment, stories, beer and food education, and laughter! The food is cooked and served by our youth staff, along with some volunteers’ help. Visit the Old Skool Cafe website to learn more about the program and to volunteer.
Check out the incredible list of 35 vendors, a veritable who’s who of local food artisans. We’ll be there serving up some of our classics so pick up something from us and browse the best hidden gems San Francisco offers up.
BRUNCHTIME! If you’re a bit sluggish from the hot weekend we’ve had, come in to enjoy a refreshing jar of our cold-brewed coffee with vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar syrup.
Some of the buffet menu items: (we’ll offer a couple of a la carte items as well)
White Chocolate french toast
Homemade banana pudding
Market fresh fruit platters and green salads
Sweet Potato biscuits with whipped honey butter
Collard Greens with Jablow’s Meats bacon and banana peppers
and many more delicious selections! Call us 415-822-8531 to reserve some spots. Open Mic entertainment, so bring your A-game and we’ll sing along to your piano skills or do a magical duet with you to some classic gospel brunch tunes, jazz standards, or any good time sing a long you can think of.
FYI- Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights we are here to serve you from 530-930pm. We’ll entertain you with music, spoken word poetry, and humor. We’ll fill your belly with international soul food. Check the menu: oldskoolcafe.org/menu. We look forward to it!
Sit in this luxurious, vintage speakeasy booth:
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