Rachel loves fruit! She especially enjoys the months of September and October, when there is such a wide variety of fruits available. Rachel is the creative mind behind BCF and the author of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade. She also teaches regular jam and marmalade classes in our Oakland kitchen and across the country, in addition to her online class.
Jo is BCF's Sous-Chef, kitchen manager and planner, and fruit forager. She preps fruit more quickly than anyone we know. A former pastry chef, Jo frequently regales us with freshly baked goodies featuring our preserves. When not cooking at BCF, Jo can be found making her way through the best restaurants and eateries of the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles, her home town.
Tuala is BCF's Operations Manager. She does everything from shipping to office management, to big picture planning — anything that needs to get done! Tuala has a masters' degree in counseling psychology, but she gave that career up to follow her passion for food. In her off time, Tuala likes to spend time with her awesome kids, play the guitar badly, make fancy-pants cakes, and eat everything in sight.
Nichole is a budding jam cook and market vendor at Blue Chair Fruit Co. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, she found herself enamoured with preserving all sorts of nice California fruit! She hails from Wisconsin, so naturally her favourite way to enjoy BCF jam is with cheese. When she isn't cooking jam she's making donuts, knitting, or playing fetch with her dog.
Helga came to BCF with a jar-shaped heart on her sleeve. Working full-time by day, she swoops into the kitchen at night to assist with fruit prep, cooking, and recipe creation. Helga swoons for our Strawberry-Blackberry Jam with Rose Geranium, her apron handmade by Rachel's mom, and San Antonio-style queso dip - and we swoon for her quick wit and dip-dyed locks!
Cole is a resident jam salesperson extraordinaire! When he's not selling jars of delicious blue chair jam every other Sunday you can find him at Cowgirl Creamery in the ferry building where he sells cheese. In his spare time Cole likes mycology, horror films, fishing, studying the Russian language, long walks on the beach, and plotting the revolution.
Dawn's love for the jam culture comes from her French heritage, and her appreciation for unique fruits and flavor combinations comes from her Californian upbringing. She sees Blue Chair Fruit as filling both of these joys! You can find her at the farmer's market sharing her love of these delicious jams. In this photo she is showing off just-picked cherries she enjoyed in the Luberon region of France!
Working at farmers' markets or in online marketing, David is always spreading the good word about Blue Chair Fruit! He especially loves sharing the more unusual jam suggestions, like pairing with meat, cheese or vegetables. David spends his time theorizing on, arguing about, and agitating for a more sustainable and just food system, all the while trying to find the perfect chocolate-chip cookie recipe.