WE GIVE TO SAY GRAZIE
Pastini’s Leader of the Year Award
Everyone at Pastini would like to congratulate Miguel Tejeda, winner of Pastini’s Leader of the Year Award. He has been with Pastini for two and a half years, and is the Kitchen Manager at our busy Pastini Cedar Hills.
Miguel was nominated by his peers as an outstanding leader both in and out of the kitchen. "Miguel makes Pastini a great place to work," says district manager Jon Abramson. Lee Spector, Pastini Cedar Hills General Manager, Is also one of Miguel’s biggest boosters. "Miguel constantly exceeds Pastini's core values. His ability to develop his team and strengthen their performance makes him an outstanding team player."
As part of this award, Miguel received a $1,500 travel voucher with five extra vacations days. In addition to a well-deserved vacation, Miguel was presented with a custom chef’s coat displaying his award and a beautiful, handmade Shun chef’s knife.
Thank you, Miguel, for your inspiration, leadership and work ethic. Pastini continues to thrive and be a great place to work because of team members like you strengthening our community!
Susie and Craig Bashel and Kara Hale Pastini Co-owners
Chow Down for Vets
On November 11th Pastini participated for the second year in Chow Down For Vets, a restaurant partnership supporting the Returning Veterans Project. This terrific non-profit organizes a team of over 350 volunteer healthcare and mental health experts to provide counseling and wellness services free of charge to post 9/11 vets, service members and their families in our Oregon and SW communities.
The day started with excitement as our own Pastini Head Chef Ron Stewart served up our fall special, Polenta with Yamhill Farm Mushroom Ragout to the hosts of KGW's morning show Portland Today, along with Michelle Matthews from the Returning Veterans Project.
We were thrilled by our Pastini customers who filled our restaurants to help support the vets. Many even offered to purchase the beverages and drinks for veterans dining next to them after they found out Pastini was buying their meals. This year we donated $2252.00 to Returning Veterans Project, almost $500 more than last year. We couldn't do it without you!
Pastini Volunteers at Oregon Food Bank
October 6th was our annual volunteer day at the Oregon Food Bank! Ten awesome Pastini staffers joined co-owner Susie Bashel out in the garden to pick late season vegetables. Luckily we missed the rain that day! The Pastini crew harvested over 350 pounds of squash, kale, chard, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to go into CSA boxes for low income recipients. Thanks to the great staff at the food bank and to our terrific Team Pastini for donating their time to this wonderful organization!
Pastini On Local Philanthropy List for Second Year
We are so proud to announce that Pastini has placed on the Portland Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards list for the second year in a row, in the middle-size business category. Donations from our Pastathons for Schools program, support of Basic Rights Oregon, the Returning Vets Project, Oregon Humane Society and other local organizations added up to $30,434 for 2015. Since we opened the first Pastini in 2001, we have been committed to our neighborhood schools and our communities.
PASTINI 2016 SCHOLARSHIPS!
We are thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2016 Pastini scholarships! This is the third year we’ve awarded two $1500 scholarships to Pastini team members, decided by a committee comprised of their peers and managers.
Dependents of Pastini employees are also eligible to apply for the scholarships. And the winners are (drumroll please!):
Hailee Brownell. Hailee has worked as a server for Pastini since July 2015. She is studying Nursing at Linfield College.
Kirk Jungles. Kirk is also a server, has been on the Pastini team since October 2014. He is studying General Education at Portland Community College.
Congratulations Hailee and Kirk, and keep up the great work!
Giving back to local organizations is Pastini’s way of saying "thank you" to the communities that support us. Here are highlights of some of our most recent events.
FEEDING LOVE FOR LITERATURE
Art is food for the soul. It encourages creativity, builds confidence and helps us see our world in new ways. We celebrate this by supporting Literary Arts, a Portland-based organization whose mission is to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature.
We were drawn to this wonderful group because of its strong commitment to young readers and writers. For four years, we’ve donated food for Literary Arts events at its headquarters and around Portland.
In April, we provided food for its Verselandia! youth poetry slam at the Newmark Theatre. Before students from high schools around the metro area performed for a sold-out audience, they enjoyed a Pastini meal of Italian sandwiches and healthy salads. More than a meal, this was an opportunity for the students to socialize with Literary Arts staff, poetry slam judges, and the master of ceremonies, Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and TEDx speaker.
Beyond the dinner table, we also support Literary Arts with cash gifts. In 2015, Pastini made a donation in support of the Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads program, of which Literary Arts is a partner. Each year, the library picks one book and gives away thousands of free copies. Then, Literary Arts brings the book’s author in for a lecture at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The author also makes appearances at local high schools. In 2015, the library's pick was "The Residue Years" by Portland author Mitchell S. Jackson.
This fall, Literary Arts will host Wordstock, Portland's well-loved annual book festival. The event, held on Nov. 5 at the Portland Art Museum, will feature author discussions and activities for readers of all ages. To support the festival, Pastini will donate a percentage of sales for the entire day.
We’re proud to help inspire a love for poetry and literature in our community! To learn more about Literary Arts, visit www.literary-arts.org.
BITES FOR RIGHTS DAY
June 23rd was Bites for Rights day in Oregon, the year’s big fundraiser for Basic Rights Oregon, where restaurants (like us!) donate a percentage of the day’s sales. BRO advocates for equality for LGBTQ Oregonians and we were so proud to participate in Bites for Rights for the 13th year in a row! It was a great day, with lots of supporters coming through the doors of Pastini Downtown, and we donated $1582.60 to BRO. Thanks to all our terrific customers for coming out to help us have a successful event. See you next year!
OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY DOGGIE DASH 2016
Pastini helped feed about 150 Oregon Humane Society staffers on April 27th, at the festive kickoff lunch for this year’s Doggie Dash. Everyone said the food was doggone good. The staff has been working incredibly hard signing up participants for the event and fundraising too, so they were ready for a huge pasta repast to celebrate almost $400,000 raised so far!
Pastini is a member of the Humane Society’s Thomas Lamb Eliot Circle (TLC), which recognizes individuals, businesses, families, donor advised funds, and family foundations contributing $1,000 or more on an annual basis to sustain and advance the work of OHS. Read more about TLC here.
We’ll be supporting all our OHS friends (human and furred) at the Doggie Dash on May 14th…hope to see you there!
VETERANS DAY 2015
This Veterans Day Pastini partnered with a great organization called the Returning Veterans Project to raise money for their work in Oregon and Southern Washington. The RVP is a terrific organization that offers mental health and other health service to post-9/11 war zone vets, service members and their families. They connect them with volunteer mental health and health care professionals for free counseling and other services.
Thanks to all our Pastini customers who dined on November 11th to support the vets and service members, the day was a huge success! We were able to send RVP a check for $1602.00, and for every $50 donated they will provide free confidential counseling or health care services to one post-9/11 war zone veteran or family member for a full year! That means 32 vets/family members will receive treatment.
Pastini was also so happy to serve 246 free meals to veterans and service members on the day…thank you all for joining us on Veterans Day!
FOOD FIGHT AT IRVINGTON SCHOOL
The FOOD FIGHT open house in October was a celebration of Arnerich Massena’s 20th year anniversary of educational partnership with Irvington School, the I AM Learning Partnership. It was also the culmination of a year-long service learning project about food insecurity, healthy eating, and basic cooking skills. Pastini was thrilled to be among the restaurants that participated in teaching some remarkable young students…and we had a swell time watching them demonstrate their skills at cooking Whole Wheat Penne Primavera.
Pastini Head Chef Ron Stewart (pictured) chose this dish for its array of fresh vegetables, healthy olive oil and vegetable stock sauce and hearty whole grain pasta. Earlier in the summer Ron held a cooking class at the school, where all the kids practiced chopping vegetables, sautéing them in garlic and oil and reducing the stock for the sauce. The kids were awesome!
Ron and everyone at Pastini was very excited to partner with the great folks from the I AM Learning Project, and be part of the terrific work they do at Irvington School. The evening finished with a presentation to the Oregon Food Bank of the monetary donations they collected throughout the year’s service learning project. Well done and thank you student-chefs!
Helping feed families during the holidays
One of the many ways Pastini leaders give back to the community is by taking advantage of Pastini’s Community Service Days benefit. Full time management and office staff can take paid days off to volunteer for an organization or take part of a company planned event, like packing holiday food packages at the Oregon Food Bank. A special thank you to all our staff (many more than pictured here) for taking time out to put into action and fulfill one of our core values.
Pastini Scholarship Awards
Last year we created the Pastini Scholarship Awards to encourage our employees to continue their schooling, and to make Pastini an even better place to work. It's been really exciting to see the staff's enthusiasm for these awards! Any Pastini hourly employee (or dependent of an employee) who has been employed for at least 6 months and who is currently in school or will be starting school in the fall, is encouraged to apply for these $1500 scholarhsips.
Two are awarded every year by a committee that represents kitchen staff, wait staff, management and our executive team. They review the anonymous applications and complete a scorecard for each applicant...the two top scores receive the scholarships.
Now we've just announced the first 2015 recipient (drumroll please)...the winner is Sara F., server extraordinaire at Pastini Bridgeport Village! Sara is working on her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on the needs of adolescents and children. She just graduated from her master's program in August.
As you might expect, Sara is a thoughtful person whose caring attitude spills over to her work at Pastini. She goes that extra step to make sure her guests are having a great time, and works with the spirit of true hospitality. We are so proud to have her on the Pastini team. Congratulations Sara!!