Bay Leaf Kitchen empowers children and families with the ability to feed themselves seasonal, nourishing food through an immersive culinary curriculum to build a resilient, diverse community in the soil and around the table.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING: At Bay Leaf Kitchen, worthwhile learning happens in the soil, in the kitchen, and on the plate. We facilitate spaces that incorporate play, encourage confidence, and uncover creativity and independence. Bay Leaf Kitchen develops practicable skills from farm to kitchen and beyond.

SEASONAL, NOURISHING FOOD: Seasonal, nourishing food fosters a healthy lifestyle, preserves the environment, and strengthens local communities. By providing access to seasonal, nourishing food, Bay Leaf Kitchen empowers children with the ability to feed themselves; with the capacity to cook comes the opportunity to choose how to eat.

COMMUNITY: Bay Leaf Kitchen builds community around the table with farmers, chefs, children, and families. By bringing people together over a shared meal, we create educational experiences and opportunity. We invest in the continued success of each child and develop tailored programming to create a more inclusive community.

DIVERSITY: Bay Leaf Kitchen actively reaches and supports diverse populations within our communities. We believe every child deserves access, acknowledgment, and support. We welcome students from varied backgrounds and experiences to provide unique opportunities for engagement and continued learning.


Bay Leaf Kitchen made a purposeful commitment to increase by 20 percent the number of families who benefit from core program offerings by 2016. Strategies focused on growing service to low-income families, and with the support of donors, we achieved this commitment. With our office being located in Bayview (thanks to the generosity of Andrew Casteel) and collaborating with new neighborhood partners Imprint City and MYEEP, we have strengthened our mentorship programs that engage at-risk youth ages 10 and up with Jr. Chef Helpers.



Through our core programs of Cooking Camp, Jr. Chef Helpers, and Community Dinner we positively impacted family eating habits by building trusting relationships through which families can gain knowledge and skills in food selection and preparation. Bay Leaf Kitchen’s unique approach of partnering with trusted neighborhood organizations provides a foundation for effectively empowering families to improve their diets and nutrition. In addition, our unique camp/farm program is distinctive in that it combines socialized learning and shared values in healthy food choices, resulting in campers internalizing important lessons. Children form positive connections to healthy food and gain confidence to take the experience into their homes.

“I can’t wait to go back to my cooking classes this year - they are the best!” – Jack, age 5

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“My two boys (ages 8 and 11) attended one week of summer camp this year. They both LOVED the experience!. Our older boy loved the science and art of cooking, soaking up every word uttered by the guest chefs. He took photos of every recipe to replicate at home. Our younger son really enjoyed interacting with the counselors and junior counselors. Most of all both enjoyed eating the results and had an absolute blast at the Thursday night sleep away camp. It was their all time favorite camp of the summer!” – Kristen, Parent of 2 Campers


One of my greatest joys as a board member has been the opportunity to experience Bay Leaf Kitchen’s programming first-hand. This summer, during session three, I met two amazing scholarship campers—nine-year-old sisters. We bonded immediately those first few days of camp while exploring the Abundance Community Garden, creating “Team Tortellini” chants, and making gnocchi, granola bars, and even miso butter from scratch. Their enthusiasm for every aspect of camp was contagious; they even loved doing dishes!

After learning about their backgrounds and the hardships they recently endured, I enthusiastically offered to mentor both of them. This fall, I’ve had the pleasure of taking them on adventures all over San Francisco and providing them weekly academic support. I relish this opportunity to positively impact their lives.

Maggie met us at a cooking camp called Bay Leaf Kitchen. She takes us to places we haven’t been. My favorite things to do are to go on adventures with Maggie. Once we went to Chinatown and made fortune cookies. Another time we went to the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building and tried so many new things.” – Anne, age 10

To me, the most meaningful aspect of Bay Leaf Kitchen is the connections that are formed. I am proud to be part of an organization that provides such a special, safe, and supportive space for kids from all backgrounds and experiences to thrive.

–  Maggie Jacobberger, Board Member

I didn't know what I was signing up for when I applied to be a  CIT for Bay Leaf's cooking camp. I honestly thought it would be just another summer activity that'd look good on college applications and resumes. That's pretty much the main motive of anyone my age doing something over summer break that involves leaving the house at 8am.

Elianna came to my after school program towards the end of spring semester, my junior year, to talk about Bay Leaf Kitchen and it occurred to me that if I was going to volunteer my time doing something over the summer, I might as well have fun doing it. It did sound like fun, but like I said, I had no idea what I was signing up for.

I had no idea I was signing up for working with amazing kids from all over the Bay Area and some even coming from different states. No idea that I would be learning skills and basics along with the campers or working with and meeting top names of the city's culinary industry. No idea that I'd end up becoming a part of the program further than the four week summer camp, because I had no idea that Bay Leaf is the amazing, supportive community that it is. I'm so happy to be a part of it.

- Samatha, 17  - a Jr. Chef Helper about to graduate from the program


Sharon Kiichli, Business Management & Grant Writing
Jeff Champion, Database Development & IT Consultant
Mandy Rojas, Accounting
Adam Allegro, Photography
Kassie Borreson, Photography


Across the Puddle
Abundance Community Garden
Adam Allegro Photography
Adrienne Graves
Almanac Beer Company
Andrew Freeman & Co.
Artisana Organics
Baia Pasta
Bay Laurel Restaurant Group
Batter Bakery
Bernal Cutlery
Bi-Rite Family Businesses
Boccalone Salumeria
California Olive Oil
Clift Hotel
Chronicle Books
Chunky Pigs
Clift San Francisco
Country Smooth Whiskey
Cowgirl Creamery
Dandelion Chocolate
Devil's Gulch Ranch
Dogpatch Saloon

Dynamo Donut
Eatwell Farm
ENZO Olive Oil
Fine and Rare
First Class Cooking
Graphic Phantom
Harper & Rye
Hillside Supper Club
Hog & Rocks
Humphry Slocombe
Hunter's Threads
K & J Orchards
Laughing Monk Brewing
Lazy Bear
Liholiho Yacht Club
Metal & Match
Magruder Ranch
Nana Joes Granola
Nosh Boutique Catering
Pete Slosberg
Potrero Chiropractors & Acupuncture   Red Dog
Rich Table

SF Private Chef
Siren Fish Co.
Seafood Stories
Smuin Contemporary American Ballet
Sonya Yu Photography
Sour Flour
Spice Ace
Spice Hound
State Bird Provisions
Swan Oyster Depot
The Battery SF
The Crucible - Art School
The Juice Shop
The Ligature
The Thirsty Fork
The Westin Verasa Napa
Three Babes Bakeshop
Treehouse Yoga
Tory Farm
Village Harvest
Yerena Farm
Young's Marketplace

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Kira Åkerström-Kekkonen
Adam Allegro
Dudley Andersen
Laura Andersen
Scott Anderson
Collin Baker
Marian Baldauf
David Barzelay
Andrew Bennett
Cassidy Bennett
Lucia Bianchi
Jacob Bindman
Susan Blew
Rayla Boyd
Stuart & Nicole Brioza
Andrew & Lexi Casteel
Alan Castillo
Sabrina Castle
Ana Castro
Kika Castro
Mary Castro
Colleen Cavanagh
Christina Ceballos
Jeff Champion
Sylvia Charles
Alice Chau
Rollin Chippey
Jessica Choi
Lauren Church
Bert Ciccone
Umberto Ciccone
Scarlett Cisneros
Monica Clark
David Coates
Susan Cohen
Gina Conedera
Erika Coplon
Aaron Costeines
Connie Cowen
Mike Coyne
Christy Crossley
Stephen & Mary Cunha
Amanda Curran
Barbone Dario
Chris Davis
Emily Dellas
Anna Derivi-Castellanos
Leah DeVinny
Helene Edelman
Eric Ehler
Dale Engelbert
Lenore Estrada
Erin Euser
Alicia Faris
Tyra Fennell
Tony Ferrari
Francesco Filicetti
Paul Fisher
Amelia Franklin
Anna Freedenfeld
Jennifer & Jason Freedman
Andrew Freeman
Mark Freeman
Jesse Friedman
Janie Friend
Juliet and Peter Gardner
Madison Garnette
April Gaston
Casandra Graff
Patricia Ann Graffis
Adrienne Graves
Saeeda Hafiz
Patrick Hamilton

Jeff Hanak
Jill Hanna
Astrid Hansen
Cynthia Hansen
Eva Hansen
Stuart Harless
Rachel Hartkopf
Jerrica Hau
Vanessa Haynes
Kaethe Henning
Rae Hernandez
Liz Hirsch
Kathleen Houssels
Cristian Igualt
Anne & Dick Jacobberger
Maggie Jacobberger
Izzle Javellena
Jose & Christina Jimenez Ceballos
Laurence Jossel
Lillie Junker
Jukka-Pekka Kekkonen
Dowell Kevin
Vivek Khuller
Shalinee Khurana
Janice Kiichli
Sharon Kiichli
Lauren Kiino
Keavney Klein
Robin Knight
Felix Known
Purnima Kochikar
Dafna Kory
Chad Kuczek
KJ Landis
Nick Lashinsky
Eddie Lau
Alexandra Lawson
Sandra Lea
Brandon Leafman
Barry & Meredyth Leafman
Jade Lee
David & Julie Levine
Alex Levy
Serina Lewis
Jennifer Life
Joshua & Lauren Lippman
Tiffany Loewenberg
Thomas Mackey
Tyrrell Mahoney
Eve & Joe Maidenberg
Kitty Maidenberg
Rhiana Maidenberg
Ezra Malmouth
Omar Mamoon
Randy Mano  
Joshua & Lauren Lippman
John McDaniel
Alexis Mersel
Larry & Irmgard Mersel
Michael Miller
Laura Miner
Michelle Minori
Jeff Moakler
Sam Mogannam
Victoria Monfried
Kari Moore
Melanie Moore
Kavita Narayan
Andrew Negri
Sarah Nichols
Michael Norelli
Brian O'Connor

Ashley Oesterle
Susanna Ok
Betsy Olle
Teresa Olle
Kirstina Olson
Michael Pace
Mark & Miriam Pasternak
Marshall Perry
Ali Pflaum
Tu David Phu
Maya Placido
Janice Polizzi
Kathy & Bob Polkinghorn
Soraj Prathnadi
Michelle Pusateri
Tommy Quimby
Charlotte Randolph
Kim Rangel
Seth Restaino
Steve Riley
Jake Roberts
Burton & Cinda Roffman
Talia Roffman
Mandie Rojas
Pauline Romas
Emma Rudolph
Brooke Rusenko
Lauren Sauer
Alexis Scherl
Laura & Dave Schumacher
Manish Shah
Shakirah Simley
Sandy Shanman
Cat Shimizu
Tali Siegal
Pete Slosberg
Nika Smith Auld
Kathleen Snow
Amanda Sonenberg
Robin Song
Catherine Soso
Ruth Spear
Sara Spearin
Chris Speed
Laurel Steir
Pen-Fan Sun
Jonathan Sutton
Samantha Symonds
Elinor Tappe
Cayce Terrill Wilson
Cecilia Toscana
Pierre Tumlin
Sean Vahey
Lisa Vega
Anne Walker
Lorraine & Nigel Walker
Shannon Waters
Beth & Craig Wathen
Thomas Weibul
Richard Weinstein
Kenneth Weissman
Rachel Weissman
Isabel White
Jeff White
Mary White
Erik Wideman
Ted Wilson
Joe Wolf
Jordan Wong
Sonya & Zack Yu
Lily Yuan




President: Lenore Estrada, CEO and Co-Founder of Three Babes Bakeshop
Secretary: Brooke Rusenko, attorney and Trustee of T.E.C.H. Foundation
Treasurer: Jennifer Freedman, Vice President Real Estate, BlackRock
Alexis Mersel, Content & Marketing Strategist, Freelance
Amanda Sonenberg, Food & Beverage Specialist, Kombucha Wonder Drink
Laura Andersen, Development Officer, UCSF
Maggie Jacobberger, Founder, Smart Cookie Learning
Waverly Aufmuth, Marketing & Communications Manager, BiRite Market


Adobe Foundation
Bi-Rite Market
Black Rock
Nana Joes Granola
Whole Foods Market



Please help us ensure hundreds of Bay Area families can continue to have the transformative experiences that Bay Leaf Kitchen provides. Your donation goes directly to our core operations and scholarship program, helping us achieve our goal of never turning away a child who wants to learn, regardless of their family’s economic status or background. 

Please consider the option of a monthly sustaining donation as it allows us to focus on long-term planning.

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Thank you for being a part of the Bay Leaf Kitchen family! Our wonderful programs exist because people like you recognize that it is ultimately up to us to ensure that children learn to enjoy healthy food at an early age.