Media/Upcoming Events

October 2015
We're going through growing pains - our website will be looking a bit smoother, more sophisticated - should be happening soon, so please bear with us.  In the meantime, we've been busy with catering and expanding our wholesale and retail business (more about that later!).  

As we go through our growing pains, please learn how you can learn more about us and lend your support:
We have till November 15 to meet our goals - we are almost there!
September 2015
A new food blog wrote about us:

August 2015
We are pleased to be on the front page of the business section of the SF Chronicle and online on SF Gate - please see our story and photos:

July 2015
We are part of the fundraising effort for the opening night of the 35th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival Gala, held at the Jewish Contemporary Museum.  

June 2015
The East Bay Zoological Society presents Oakland Zoo’s
23rd Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade!
Hope you are able to join us on Saturday, June 27, 2015 for 
 Walk in the Wild, Oakland Zoo's  largest annual fundraiser, 
 an enchanting evening of live musical entertainment, 
scrumptious dining from the Bay Area’s top chefs and restaurants 
including ToliverWorksFood (5 - 8pm)
drinks, dessert and dancing under the stars. 
This event is sold out  - hope we will see you there! 

May 2015

ToliverWorks Food is pleased to be one of the food producers this year 
at Flavors of San Francisco (Monday, May 18, 5:30 - 8, at City View in the Metreon)  
as part of at the SF Small Business Week 2015. 
Small business owners are welcomed to visit  - register early - it fills up fast!
Mark your calendar today – you won’t want to miss it! #SFSBW2015

Monday, May 18th
  • Flavors of San Francisco @ City View at Metreon: 5:30 – 8:30PM
    Sponsored by the Certified Development Companies of San Francisco (CDCs). The Gala kick-off to San Francisco Small Business Week 2015 will once again bring together more than 1,200 Small Business Owners and the community to celebrate Small Business in San Francisco. Attendees will mingle with Small Business Owners, connect with 70 Small Business resources and enjoy libations and tastes of cuisine from San Francisco culinary entrepreneurs. This event has sold out for the last three years! @135 4th Street

Learn more at We look forward to seeing you there!

April 2015

Once again I'll be serving up some yummy food on Sun 4/19 at Humanist Hall in Oakland at the Vegan Soul Sunday. See the promo below for a super discount!
The Promo Code “FRIENDSANDFAM” is for friends and family to receive $5 off their ticket until April 6th. That means you!
The tickets are currently $10 then go up to $15 on April 10th. With the promo code you only pay $5.

Kickoff Oakland Veg Week on Sunday April 19th with the sumptuous experience of Vegan Soul Sunday which celebrates the multicultural vegan lifestyle in the East Bay. Enjoy tasting great food, lounging, and socializing with your friends. Learn inspiring healthy recipes at the multiple cooking demos by…

MAY 2014
My intern, Princess, is a star!  Check her out on CBS TV!  I'm so proud of her.
Oakland 7th Grader Running Successful Bakery Business « CBS San Francisco

Stay tuned for our grand opening where you will be able to find some of our soups at the Kitchener Collective in the Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 San Francisco & THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 Berkeley

Join us when we provide FREE samples of our best selling soups (while they last) at the lovely Festoon Salon - 'a friendly haven for luxury and beauty in a welcoming, modern environment.' 
FRIDAY  APRIL 4 @ 9 Claude Lane, SAN FRANCISCO, CA   1pm - 3pm 
THURSDAY  APRIL 17 @ 1401 Martin Luther King Way, BERKELEY 1pm - 3pm
Artisan Soup Menu includes: ButterCocoYam: Roasted butternut squash, coconut milk, and sweet potatoes - Vegan  AND Cauliflower in Japan: Roasted cauliflower, sage ghee, Japanese yams – Vegetarian

March 26, 2014

ToliverWorks Food will be sold at the new Kitchener Oakland Snack Windows in Oakland when they open in May, AND at the new Corte Madera Kitchener Shop - also in May. Stay tuned!!

SATURDAY, January 4, 2014

It is "Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's Holiday Party! It's a grand potluck for 500 people held at Chabot Space & Science Center, one of the premier science centers on the West Coast which boasts three powerful viewing telescopes and a state-of-the-art IMAX planetarium up in the Oakland Hills. 

And three of our Kitchener Oakland food artisans will be generously donating 
delicious food to the Mayor's event: 

LulaMae Bakes will be making drool-worthy desserts (peanut butter sandwich cookies dipped in chocolate and rich chocolate cake with a vanilla cream filling iced with chocolate fudge and dipped in ganache)

Oakland Bakes will be making simplistically beautiful organic and seasonal cake (roasted heirloom carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and red velvet cake with candied cacao nibs)

Toliverworks Food will be making hearty vegan and vegetarian soups (cauliflower/Japanese yam/ghee soup and butternut/coconut/yam soup) 

If you're on the list to attend the Mayor's star-studded holiday party, save some room for our Kitchener creations!!"

SUNDAY, December 8, 2013
ToliverWorks Food is vending some delicious soup at the Firehouse 8 Holiday Pop-Up Series at the old Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Ave (Van Ness) in San Francisco, from 10 - 3.  Only two more Sundays left!  December  8 & 15th.  See you there!

Photo by Eric Lagace Photography   

FRIDAY, November 29, 2013
ToliverWorks Food will be vending Plaid Friday at BeatsEatsFashion in SoleSpace - 1714 Telegraph in Uptown Oakland this Friday, November 29th from 4pm - 9pm with some yummy soup!  Hope to see you there!!

SUNDAY, November 24, 2013  
Come visit ToliverWorks Food on Sunday, November 24th, from 11am - 4 pm at the Old Mint, 88 - 5th St in San Francisco at  The Makers at The Mint where we'll be vending some delicious soups: ButterCocoYam, Pumpkin Bumkin', Rockin' Lentils & Chard, and of course Cauliflower in Japan (see photo below).

Photo by Eric Lagace Photography 

ToliverWorks Food is vending soup EVERY Thursday starting December 5th, 2013, from 5 - 7:30 pm. Now at a new location: the Bay View Opera House, on Third & McKinnon in the BayView district, San Francisco.  Live music and great food from local artisans every Thursday.  It's free to enter and we have plenty of free samples - come check us out - your tummy will thank you!  Hope to see you there!  (See article below)

OCTOBER 10, 2013

New Bayview Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third

 | October 10, 2013 1 Comment
What’s the newest neighborhood to find your local food artisans and innovators setting up shop? Sure, there’s action across the bridge in Oakland and Richmond, but in San Francisco, the action has moved south as rents have climbed, and now, Bayview is supporting a fresh crop of small-scale, community-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to deliciousness.
PopUp Community Market @ Market on Third. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
PopUp Community Market @ Market on Third. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
A great way to sample what’s cooking on the southeast side of the city is to head to the new Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third, now open every Thursday from 5-7:30pm. Bay Area Bites dropped in on a recent Thursday when there was an extra-lively crowd on hand, thanks to the monthly music and arts 3rd on Third event happening at the same time. 3rd on Third, presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission with support from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Bayview Merchants Association, and the Bayview Opera House, is a monthly music and arts festival that takes place on Third Street around Oakdale and Palou Streets on the third Thursday of the month. The next one is scheduled for Oct 17.
Every Thursday, half a dozen small food artisans set up shop in this bright blue-fronted shop with its sleek aluminum-lettered MARKET sign, sampling and selling everything from homemade soup and bread to chicken salad and Ethiopian injera wraps. According to Pop-Up Community Market organizer Jamila Newton, who works for Andrea Baker Consulting, permits for the food artisans at the Market are in place for the next 12 weeks.
“We really want to engage the community, with an emphasis on businesses and musicians that are members of the Bayview community.”
And while Newton is proud of the project’s new website, Bayview Underground Food Scene, she’s also looking to reach out beyond social media, into local churches and other gathering places to reach residents who don’t have email addresses or home computers.
Xan DeVoss of Fox & Lion Bread. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Xan DeVoss of Fox & Lion Bread. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Xan DeVoss’s Fox and Lion Bread Co. is a one-woman bread baking operation. Rather than selling wholesale or opening her own bakery, she’s taking a page from the city’s popular veggie-box drop-offs and offering her own community-supported bread subscription. Since January, she’s been making 80 to 100 loaves every Wednesday in a kitchen in Hayes Valley, then dropping the loaves off for pickup by customers in locations around the Lower Haight, Bernal Heights, Mission, mid-Market and Inner Richmond neighborhoods the following day. A self-taught baker, she makes her loaves using a natural levain starter and works with Grass Valley Grains owner Reed Hamilton to source freshly milled, California-grown wheat, rye, and other grains. For DeVoss, bread is where the farmer, miller, baker, and consumer can all come together in one chewy, tasty bite. On occasion, there’s also delicious Earl’s Bread, made right in the neighborhood.
Angelique and John Tompkins of Comfort Foods. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Angelique and John Tompkins of Comfort Foods. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Once you’ve got your bread, step over to Comfort Foods National, where Angelique Tompkins and her son, John Tompkins, are selling their yogurt-dressed chicken salad in three styles: citrus-apricot-almond, curry cranberry pecan, and mesquite-smoked with cocoa, chiles, and corn. Or try some Ethiopian injera rolls from Eji’s Ethiopian, run by Eji Atlaw. Atlaw, a graduate of La Cocina’s entrepreneurship program,now has her own space in the 331 Cortland Marketplace in Bernal Heights. “Part of my vision is to go to underserved communities,” said Atlaw.
Eji Atlaw of Eji’s Ethiopian. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Eji Atlaw of Eji’s Ethiopian. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Cynthia Toliver of Toliverworks got her start as an entrepreneur through WISE, where she was named graduate of the year. A longtime chef and caterer, she now sells her soups to Zero Cater as well as to other businesses in the area. Look for her hearty corn chowder, chicken soup, and “cauliflower in Japan” soup, made with cauliflower, Japanese yam, ghee, and spices.
Cynthia Toliver of Toliverworks. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
Cynthia Toliver of Toliverworks. Photo: Stephanie Rosenbaum
When the Market gets its beer and wine license, Barbara Gratta plans to start pouring her Bayview-made Gratta Wines. Gratta sources her grapes predominantly from vineyards in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, then crushes, ferments, and bottles her wines in a 300-foot space in the neighborhood. A truegaragiste, with the purple-stained fingers to prove it, Gratta turns out about 100 cases a year, including Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a “Garage Blend”–the 2012 is a mix of Sangiovese (70%), Cabernet (20%), and Petit Syrah (10%). As part of 3rd on Third festivities, she was pouring red wine in the courtyard outside the Bayview Opera House, as a live band played and neighbors dug into hearty plates of barbecued chicken, greens, cornbread, red beans and rice from local catering company A Taste of Black Cuisine.
Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third, 4634 Third St, San Francisco. Thursdays 5-7:30pm.

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Stephanie Rosenbaum is a longtime local food writer, author, and cook. Her books include World of Doughnuts (Egg & Dart Press); Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food (Williams Sonoma); Honey from Flower to Table (Chronicle Books) and The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love (Manic D Press). She has studied organic farming at UCSC and holds a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She does frequent cooking demonstrations at local farmers’ markets and has taught food writing at Media Alliance in San Francisco and the Continuing Education program at Stanford University. She has been the lead restaurant critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian as well as for San Francisco magazine. Last year, she worked as an assistant chef at the Headlands Center for the Arts, an artists' residency program located in the Marin Headlands, and worked as a production cook at the Marin Sun Farms Cafe in Pt Reyes Station. She has lived in San Francisco for nearly 20 years, interspersed with stints in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

MAY 28, 2013
Please check me out in the enclosed video from May 28, 2013, with the SF mayor and other dignitaries at the SF Tech & Small Business Networking session at City Hall - and I brought some well received soup samples (Roasted Cauliflower with Purple Potatoes and Japanese Yams, and Veggie Tea with Lemon, Ginger and Cilantro)!! Yay!

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