October 2014 Daily Specials

27 Sep Mexican Torta

STOP BY TO ENJOY OUR DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS

Lunch is on us after your 10th purchase. Request a Buy 10 Get 1 Free card from staff. Meals include a canned drink. Call 512.583.2514 or 512.583.2501 in advance and minimize your wait. View our October 2014 Daily Specials

Daily Specials for October 2014

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October 2014 Daily Specials

 

Here are some of our favorites:

Potato Soup

Potato Soup

Mexican Torta

Mexican Torta

Zuppa

Zuppa

Chicken Fajita Salad

Chicken Fajita Salad

Ox Tail Soup

Ox Tail Soup

In the Hispanic Culture, Food is Our Bond

4 Mar Alma Alfaro has been working at the cafe for three years. Alfalo embraced the challenges as an educational experience. Alfalo has two kids attending EAPrep and she is now kitchen supervisor.
Café del Sol serves the community in East Austin with traditional Mexican food and American favorites.

Café del Sol serves the community in East Austin with traditional Mexican food and American favorites.

Sonia Gallegos’ earliest memory of food is of her grandmother selling groceries out of a small chest in Mexico. Gallegos’ mother also made a career in the food industry when she arrived in the United States. Inspired by her mother and grandmother, who spent their lives around food and a kitchen, Gallegos began working in a restaurant, and now possesses over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Oralia Castro has been working at the cafe for about 5 years. Staff and partners at Southwest Key enjoy buying breakfast tacos in the mornings.

Oralia Castro has been working at the cafe for about 5 years. Staff and partners at Southwest Key enjoy buying breakfast tacos in the mornings.

Now manager of Café del Sol, a small café at Southwest Key Headquarters, Gallegos produces delicious and affordable food for the East Austin community. Café del Sol, a part of Southwest Key’s Social Enterprise initiative that helps diversify the non-profit’s sources of revenue while creating local jobs, began as a convenience that catered mainly to corporate staff. The café has since expanded to catering for East Austin College Prep and serving food to the general public. “I am proud to say that we are making a profit and thinking about opening up a second location on MLK Boulevard,” says Gallegos.

“I am just the facilitator in the kitchen but my team should be the highlight of the story,” she proudly adds.  A central focus in her career has been to help Hispanic women overcome language barriers, teach them to execute and create recipes and to be proud of the food they present to customers.

Alma Alfalo has been working at the cafe for three years. Alfalo embraced the challenges as an educational experience. Alfalo has two kids attending EAPrep and she is now kitchen supervisor.

Alma Alfaro has been working at the cafe for three years. Alfaro embraced the challenges as an educational experience. Alfalo has two kids attending East Austin College Prep (housed on campus with Cafe del Sol) and she is now kitchen supervisor.

Alma Alfaro is the kitchen supervisor at Café Del Sol, where she has worked for over three years. “Alma is my pride and joy. She approached this job as an opportunity to learn. Even with a language barrier, she has absorbed everything,” Gallegos says fondly. “My children go to EAPrep and I like cooking for them. We (in the kitchen) love to make healthy food for the students,” says Alfaro.

The employees at Café Del Sol are invested in the local community and view cooking healthy food for their children and the public as a responsibility. It is Gallegos’ dream to see all eight employees at Café del Sol be leaders in the kitchen and in the community. “In the Hispanic culture, food is our bond. It’s how we show love and care for one another. It’s how we can all be together in one room,” explains Gallegos.

Maria Alvarez has been at the cafe for four years now and like many women in the kitchen, she has two kids attending EAPrep. She believes it is her responsibility to cook healthy food for her kids and students at EAPrep.

Maria Alvarez has been at the cafe for four years now and like many women in the kitchen, she has two kids attending EAPrep. She believes it is her responsibility to cook healthy food for her kids and students at EAPrep.

Studies show that 40-50% of Latin American children are overweight. As a result, one of the biggest challenges for the staff is to prepare balanced, healthy meals while staying true to culinary traditions. “The staff are cooking traditional Latin food, but with a healthy twist. The kids are enjoying it,” says Gallegos.

Guiding the staff has been a humbling experience for Gallegos. “I only treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” she says.

Alma and Oralia prepare the day’s special.

Alma and Oralia prepare the day’s special.

Chicken fajita plate with beans and rice

Chicken fajita plate with beans and rice

Grilled chicken wrap with a bowl of Caldo Tlalpeno soup

Grilled chicken wrap with a bowl of Caldo Tlalpeno soup

Grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup

Grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup

Gourmet Chocolate Strawberry Valentines & Cookie Grams

10 Feb Valentine's Day Strawberries at Cafe del Sol

Order gourmet Valentine’s Day treats from Cafe del Sol!

$3 =  Cookie Grams in a Valentine’s Day Box

$6 = 4 Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries in a Valentine’s Day Box

Visit the cafe at 6002 Jain Lane or call us at 512.462.2181 to place your order.

Valentine's Day Strawberries at Cafe del Sol

Valentine’s Day Strawberries at Cafe del Sol

Check out our New Menu for Fall 2013!

6 Aug Ox Tail Soup

Visit us at 6002 Jain Lane, Austin, Texas 78721.  Call us at 512-462-2181 to place your order for pick-up.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Menu

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Cafe del Sol Welcomes New Manager: Sonia Gallegos

26 Jan Cafe del Sol Logo
Sonia Gallegos

Sonia Gallegos

Please help us welcome our new Cafe manager, Sonia Gallegos!  Sonia brings decades of experience in restaurant management with a specialization in Back-of-House (Kitchen) Bilingual Training.   She is also an independent restaurant consultant, and enjoys reading, hiking, and biking in her spare time. She can be reached at sgallegos@swkey.org or at 512-583-2501.  Please stop by the café and help me welcome Sonia!

Thank you,

Juan Sanchez, El Presidente/CEO, Southwest Key
6002 Jain Lane, Austin, TX 78721, www.swkey.org

About Ms. Gallegos: Sonia Gallegos’ earliest memory of food is of her grandmother selling groceries out of a small chest in Mexico. Gallegos’ mother also made a career in the food industry when she arrived in the United States. Inspired by her mother and grandmother, who spent their lives around food and a kitchen, Gallegos began working in a restaurant, and now possesses over 30 years of experience in the industry. Now manager of Café del Sol, a café at Southwest Key Headquarters, Gallegos produces delicious and affordable food for the East Austin community. Guiding the staff has been a humbling experience for Gallegos. “I only treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” she says.

The State of Desebrada In Austin Texas Part Four: Cafe Del Sol

15 Oct Chicken Fajita Salad

From the Chowpapi Blog:  “Austin still has a nook and cranny or two that I haven’t completely plumbed out though they are few and far between.

I’ve traversed the length and breadth of the city on my motorbike so many times that when I happen upon a hidden cove or leafy side street that looks unfamiliar my ears perk up and I get real interested.

There might be some undiscovered food afoot.

Such is the case on a recent morning when I’m  leaving the site of the prospective new John Mueller barbecue joint [ taking spy photos ]. I turn down a narrow side street and soon  spot a big fancy new building partially under construction.

It dawns on me that such a large building might have a cafe inside to feed the workers so I park my bike and begin exploring the campus of Southwest Key, an Austin based non profit that aids  at risk Latino youth.

I soon spot a little restaurant tucked away on the bottom floor of one of the buildings.

Score.

The ladies in the kitchen of Cafe Del Sol are  putting out some of Austin’s finest Mexican food and they’re doing it in a surreal neo-office park setting.

I’m always in research mode as I typically have 4-5 writing projects going at all times so it takes me a couple visits before I sample the desebrada at the little cafe.

Worth the wait.

Maria and Alma, Cocineras at Cafe del Sol

Maria and Alma, Cocineras at Cafe del Sol

The enormous, scratch flour tortilla holds upwards of a half pound of cracking good shredded beef that’s been simmered with a hand cut pico de gallo. The tortilla puffs up like a balloon on the searingly hot flat top while the beef stews in a small skillet on the range.

Top flight flour tortillas are hard to come by in Austin but these are among our cities’ finest.

They’re the San Antonio, baking powder style, hand rolled and gigantic, providing  a lovely wrapper for the  beefy desebrada.

Two housemade salsas sit near the cash register: a vivid green, rich with avocados and cut with fiery serrano as well as a tomato based one  that provides an  acid foil to the rich beef taco.

During my meal I pass the time with Maria and Alma, the two cocineras, we discuss where we like to go for our Buche, ojos and sesos tacos. They are amused at my excitement at the exotic end of the Mexican taco range.”

Read more at Chowpapi

Cafe del Sol feeds hundreds of students each day

15 Oct

Cafe del Sol provides 2 nutritious meals to hundreds of students at East Austin College Prep each day.

East Austin College Prep is an innovative, tuition-free public school open to students living in Austin, Texas.  The school is located at Southwest Key’s Centro de Familia, a state-of-the-art facility constructed in 2008. This Academy is the realization of a long standing dream to have a community middle school located right in the heart of the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood.

Students at East Austin College Prep

Students at East Austin College Prep

Cafe del Sol Receives Excellent Review in Taco Journalism

15 Oct

From Mando Rayo at Taco Journalism: “Café del Sol deserves many visits! The tortillas, well they were really good! There’s nothing like freshly made tortillas to start the morning off right. The migas taco was good, fresh ingredients and the tortilla chips were still crunchy – I do like the crunchies! My frijo-huevo-bacon taco was really good too. Well, y’know it’s all in the beans and they did them right! The best part of this taco experience is that the money I spent goes back to their programs.”  Read review at Taco Journalism

Cafe del Sol featured in Taco Journalism Article

Cafe del Sol featured in Taco Journalism Article

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