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Ada's trains those with disabilities to make great food

Original post made on Nov 24, 2013

Ada's Café is a startup enterprise with an unusual mission: employing people with disabilities to prepare and serve great food.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 23, 2013, 9:49 AM

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Posted by Stephanie M.
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I am thrilled to see this program in our community. What Kathleen is doing for so many people is incredibly powerful and I am looking forward to eating at the cafe when they open.


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Posted by Misha Bruton
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Leave it to the Hughes to start this wonderful non-profit venture. In my years of coaching Special Olympics soccer, I had the pleasure to coach son Charlie and met his parents. They are the most generous, grateful people around and I feel honored to have met them. You guys Rock! Cheers to much success in this wonderful new year.


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Posted by Wonderful
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 25, 2013 at 1:46 am

Awesome. Hats off to Kathleen and her crew.


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on Nov 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

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Ada's Cafe is a wonderful endeavor, but most of all, their food is delicious! We had the pleasure of attending the event last Sunday that they were preparing for when Ms. Kenrick was interviewing them. Wonderful food and the servers did a terrific job also. A perfect combo of philanthropy with what I am confident will be a successful business!


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Posted by South PA Mom
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

Great story. Wonderful example of true community service.


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Posted by Community Member
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

Ada's is a terrific organization that we should all support as it is a hometown effort helping our kids here in Palo Alto. Kathleen works wonders not only with food but the young people she mentors!


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Posted by Amy Greene
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

What an inspiring story to kick off a week when we all express our thanks.
Thank you for the work you are doing for the community!


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Posted by Sally Kadifa
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thank you to the Weekly for this great story on Ada's cafe! We can't wait to visit!


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Posted by Elaine Hahn
a resident of Professorville
on Nov 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Kathleen Hughes and her terrific Ada's Cafe staff are, indeed, a true community treasure. I recently had an event catered at my home. The food was delicious, and the Ada's staff members were wonderful.

The article mentions briefly that the opening of Ada's Cafe has been delayed because the Mitchell Park Community Center is over a year behind schedule. I'm not surprised that the ever-upbeat Kathleen Hughes didn't mention it in the article, but the delays at MPCC have caused hardship for Ada's. As it waits for the delayed Community Center to open, Ada's continues to incur staff, training and other fixed costs which cannot yet be offset by Cafe profits.

It would be great if our community would rally behind Ada's to support them during this tough delay. To make a donation, go to the Ada's Cafe website at adascafe.org. Another idea? Hire them to cater an event for you! Contact information is available on the website.


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Posted by EXCELLENT!
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Can't wait until Ada's is open!!!! What a fantastic idea and a non-profit I am thrilled to support! I hope there will be plenty of seating!


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Posted by Lisa Van Dusen
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Home cooking in the very best sense - made with lots of skill and loads of heart.


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Posted by Mike McKenzie
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Hi Kathleen :

Remember me. I was your employee whern you first started out. I am so excited for you that you actually opened your cafe. Congradulations. Keep up the good work. I am currently working for Huckleberry Cafe at Futures Explored. This is an agency that helps people with developmental disabilities. I would love to hear from you. [Phone number removed.]
Your Friend,

Mike McKenzie


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Posted by Can't wait!
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I can't wait to spend time and money at this wonderful new establishment. Hang in there, Ada. November will be here before we know it.


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