Flaming Eggplant Cafe: Cooperative Food Business Management
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The Flaming Eggplant Café is a student-run café providing ethically-sourced, affordable food and education in cooperative development at The Evergreen State College. Through this academic program, participating students will help run the Eggplant, and in the process learn about cooperatives, how to manage a cooperative business, and gain experience managing a food business.
Starting this fall, in partnership with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, the Eggplant will be a hybrid of a year-long academic program and paid student employment . The academic program will study and practice the managerial and administrative components of a small cooperative business. The student employment positions have the essential functions of food production and customer service including but not limited to: line cooking, prep cooking, cashiering, barista work, ordering, inventory, quality assurance, cleaning, kitchen maintenance, and cash-handling.
Students will meet regularly with faculty and staff through workshops, reading seminars, and collaborate with other workers on projects, management decisions, and general operations. The academic program offers variable credit in the following areas :
- Food Systems + Kitchen Management
- Cooperative Leadership
- Cooperative Business Management
- Communications + Marketing
- Political Economy + Social Justice
- Human Resources + Organizational Systems
Why learn this at the Flaming Eggplant Café? The Eggplant has been a student-run café on campus for ten years. In true Evergreen fashion, the Eggplant continues to progress and grow with an evolving vision. Moving forward, the Eggplant will function as a place to eat, a gathering space, an educational space, and an organizing space. It will be a crossroads on the college campus where the Evergreen food system robustly engages with the student body, faculty, staff, and greater community. Student workers will learn, experiment, and practice. The Eggplant will be a place that centers on building collective power, anti-oppression, and prioritizing work as part of the movement for collective liberation.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
food systems, cooperative leadership, business management, communications, human resources, organizational systems, sustainable development
Credits per quarter
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
$100 (Estimated expenses that students should expect to cover themselves for slip-resistant, closed-toe kitchen shoes and $10 Washington State Food Worker Card)
Class Size: 12
Located in: Olympia