There are plenty of applicable jokes about 'culture' in a sourdough pizza business but today we will sidestep these and present to you Cultural Entry no.1, which will include something of how Well Kneaded works, what we're about and a small review of the Hunger Games.
I went to see the Hunger Games on Saturday with my siblings- an enjoyable, lightly stressful movie. Resolves well, decent moral compass, nice in 3D, good with that popcorn you can now buy in supermarkets (the new crisps!). For years £7 for popcorn was a huge financial obstacle but now everyone can have it at an affordable price!!! This is in the spirit of the Hunger Games.
Here is a video from Homeboy Industries. Father Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Bakery as a way to get Los Angeles gang members off the streets, working alongside each other- 'nothing stops a bullet like a job'- He is one of our heroes: we love what they do there and the model of Homeboy continues to inspire us. What's amazing about it is the many, many testimonies of love that emerge like flowers coming out of desert ground- of rival gang members and outsiders, broken and hurting people finding community, belonging and meaning. I love the stories from there- they help me understand hope in the context of death, pain, warfare, poverty. Hope is never far away.
Homeboy Industries represents a culture that unlikely people can come and live in, and our hope is that in the same way Well Kneaded will be a culture that is a shelter, home, family, source of joy/peace/safety/freedom, ground for identity- not just a job. We also aim to make amazing pizzas. This week the new Seasonal Special should be pretty excellent- we made the béchamel sauce with chestnut flour to give it a sweet, gluten-free je ne sais quoi. It is also less than a month til our last shift at the Doodle Bar, so come down and see us before it closes!