I don't know anyone who loves pie more than my husband, EJ. That man LOVES pie, especially if it's cherry and peach cobbler. So for his birthday, I decided to get him a sweet treat from one of the best bakeries in San Francisco- Mission Pie. I love Mission Pie not only because their pies are divine, but because of what they stand for. They make a point of hiring young people from the community, helping them to build a strong professional foundation. Mission Pie's commitment to the community is best illustrated in their own words, "We invest in our staff’s growth and compensation and hope that they will be ambassadors of health, fairness, and competence in future jobs. In addition, we collaborate with non profits that seek to reduce barriers to employment by hosting their clients as interns. Interns gain transferable job skills while working on our team, while our staff develop mentorship and leadership skills." Mission Pie also buys their produce directly from local farmers. It really doesn't get much better than that. My only wish is that more businesses would adopt the same values.
On the eve of EJ's birthday, I raced from work over to Mission Pie before heading over the bridge to Oakland. I had no intention of taking any pictures, but as soon as I walked in, I couldn't resist. The bakery was so bright and airy and colorful and happy. If only I could have captured the smell in a photograph. I had to fight against the urge to order myself a slice of apple goodness, a hot chocolate and a seat at the table by the window. Alas, I took the shots you'll see below, ordered EJ's pie, and headed on home to enjoy a slice with the birthday boy.
After you've gotten your fill of pie, head on over to check-out Michele's 10 on 10 and see what's she's been up to this month.