The Bay Area Gives Back

A Closer Look at GLIDE’s Legacy Gala partner Bob’s Steak & Chop House

The GLIDE Legacy Gala may have come and gone but who says the inspiration needs to end? Not us! The Legacy Committee wants to keep the good going and has connected with some of our partners to learn more about what ‘giving back’ means to them and why they decided to participate in the Gala. First up is Bob’s Steak & Chop House with Chef Thomas Rhodes. Check out our Q&A below but be warned: this will definitely inspire you in more ways than one, and you may just be craving a good steak after reading it.

—The GLIDE Legacy Committee

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

Tell us a little bit about the history of Bob’s Steak & Chop House

Located in the beautifully restored Omni San Francisco Hotel at the corner of California and Montgomery Streets at the base of Nob Hill in the Financial District/Embarcadero area, Bob’s Steak & Chop House brings prime steaks, seafood, fine wine and impeccable service to the Bay Area, offering the best San Francisco steakhouse experience.

What made Bob’s Steak & Chop want to join in?  Are there other ways the restaurant/hotel supports GLIDE apart from participation in the Legacy Gala?

Omni Hotels & Resorts is a proud sponsor of Feeding America, and we work directly with the SF Marin Food Bank. There are a handful of Omni associates who choose to donate their free time to giving back with GLIDE. Giving back to our local community is very important to us as a restaurant and as a hotel and hospitality establishment.

What does ‘giving back’ mean to the team at Bob’s Steak & Chop?

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Chef Thomas Rhodes of Bob’s Steak & Chop

More than 42 million Americans live with limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, including 13 million children. One in seven Americans relies on food banks to feed themselves and their families. To help combat this national problem, Omni Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks that provides food and services to more than 42 million people annually, to make a meaningful impact in communities across the country.

What advice do you as the Chef and the rest of the Bob’s Steak & Chop team have for other restaurants or organizations who are considering ways to give back to their local community?  

Giving back boosts the morale of your associates because they are doing something good for their community. When you have happy associates, you have happy guests and patrons. The impact of volunteering is incredible amongst our team.

What inspires you to give back?

As a Bay Area resident, the local community is important to me and my family. Being able to work with Omni Hotels to create an impact on the community is a crucial part of my job that allows me to succeed. As a chef, I feel a responsibility to repurpose food and find ways to utilize every single ingredient—and by working with SF Marin Food Bank, who help distribute perfectly good produce which would have otherwise been lost in the shuffle at your local supermarket.

We hear you’re actively involved with Say Goodnight to Hunger. What does that partnership look like?

SF Marin Food Bank is the local branch that we work with directly. Omni is committed to helping the local communities in which we are located, so these donations will directly benefit food banks in the 42 communities where Omni Hotels & Resorts’ 60 properties operate.

Does the restaurant or hotel work with other local nonprofits?

Omni San Francisco Hotel has donated over $10,000 in gift certificate values to all kinds of local San Francisco programs and organizations, including the Asian Women’s Center, American Cancer Society, and Make-A-Wish Foundation, to name just a few.

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.com

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Today we’d like to honor Fredie. He’s been volunteering with GLIDE Harm Reduction for two years, helping to assemble safer injection and smoking kits and organizing other volunteers to help him in this important task. Considering he also works, volunteers at other orgs, practices yoga and tai chi and has four beloved great-grandchildren, we are amazed and grateful that he dedicates time every week to the health of our community. . “I’ve been with GLIDE for the last two years. I like what I do. I do a little bit of everything; I make [safer injection] kits, and I teach other volunteers how to make them… the team goes out tonight [Tuesday] with the kits to give them out. . I just like giving back, volunteering. I come every week. I would come two or three times a week, but I work six days. The only day I have off is Sunday, and I go to church on Sunday. Everything out in the street, I done did it — dealing, using, all of that. Now I don’t do any of it. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. The only thing I drink is coffee, and soda once in awhile. . I wait for these days. I wait for Tuesday. I have a lot of doctors’ appointments, but I make them early in the morning so that I can come to GLIDE.” . Thank you for all you do for GLIDE and the San Francisco community! We love you, Fredie! . #NVW2018 #nationalvolunteerweek #givingback #harmreduction #localheroes
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Today we want to show some love to our stellar volunteer, Roma! Roma started volunteering at GLIDE last year, and she is currently a sophomore at Lick Wilmerding High School. She had become a beloved fixture in our Meals Program, bringing a lot of energy, joy and kindness to the dining hall. We love and appreciate you, Roma! #VolunteerAppreciationMonth #Community #GivingBack . “Over the summer I was trying to find a place where I could volunteer for a week or so, and I knew Michael Lezak, who had just started working here. So I asked him about it and then came here. The experience made me love GLIDE; it’s just such a great community and there are so many different things you can do. On Thursdays I come to serve a meal, but I also like to volunteer in other areas. When I came here over the summer, I helped with the surveys for the Meals Program. I put those onto the computer, which was pretty intense! I also visited other programs, like the Women’s Center and Speak Out, and now I’m going to the meetings that lead up to the Alabama trip. . Of all the places that I’ve volunteered, GLIDE just seems like such a fun and open environment. There are so many different groups of people and vibes you get from different places. Down in the Meals hall it’s loud and crazy and fun. You meet people who are homeless, people who are housed and just coming for a meal, you get to meet other volunteers, and the staff who organize Meals like James Sampaga and Gucci and Joann. Also, there are people like James Lin who is very smart and thoughtful about everything he says. I feel like I learn so much when I come here, everyone has so much knowledge that I just don’t have!”
Every Monday and Tuesday night, GLIDE’s Ellis Street entrance becomes a one-stop shop for free #harmreduction supplies, such as syringe access, safe sex supplies, safer injection and smoking kits, community resources and more. We are very grateful to the volunteers who dedicate their evenings to the health and dignity of our neighbors. Pictured here is our Monday night crew: Evan Burke, Tad S., Deborah Yip, Jalen Benson, Melanie Regan, Chris D., Bella King and Matt Nussbaum. A heartfelt thanks to all of them. #VolunteerAppreciationMonth #volunteerSF #SyringeAccess #PublicHealth

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