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Business Spotlight: Dashe Cellars and Mike Dashe

The Jack London team visited Mike and his dedicated team at Dashe Cellars during bottling season to peek in on one of our urban wineries in action. We interviewed Mike Dashe to capture some of his culinary wisdom. 

JL:What is your favorite local ingredient and where do you get it?

MD: Dungeness Crabs—I go out on a boat and take them out of the crabpots myself

JL: What is your favorite spice?

MD: Smoked paprika!

JL: What is the most overrated ingredient, in your opinion?

MD: Truffle Oil (overpowers everything!)

JL: What is the most underrated ingredient?

MD: Fresh morels

JL: What's the one food you can't live without?

MD: Avocados

JL: What's never in your kitchen? 

MD: Whiners

JL: What's always in your kitchen? 

MD: Fleur de Sel.

JL: What's the one book that everyone interested in food should read?

MD: Tie:  "The Way to Cook" by Julia Childs; and "The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons" by the late Judy Rodgers

JL: Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

MD: Anthony Bourdain

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Building Spotlight: S&W Fine Foods Warehouse - Then and Now

S&W Fine Foods Warehouse previously housed Cost Plus' "World Market" Headquarters.  San Francisco-based developer Carmel Partners, which specializes in building high-end and eco-friendly apartments on the West Coast, has begun construction on the development site that was originally developed in 1937 for S&W Fine Foods.  The site, made up of two properties at 200 4th St. and 431 Madison St., was most recently a parking lot and an office building for the home goods company Cost Plus World Market.

After leaving its leased location at 255 Third St. and constructing this warehouse, S&W Fine Foods, Inc. adopted the name that is today one of the oldest food brands in the United States. S&W grew to become one of the country's largest packagers of canned fruits and vegetables. In 2001, Del Monte Foods Co. bought the S&W brand. While earlier District warehouses were designed with loading docks at rail car height, S&W Fine Foods' 1937 warehouse included both truck height loading on Jackson Street and rail car height loading docks on Fourth Street. Both loading dock facilities have been partially filled in.

According to its website, S&W was founded in 1896 by three grocery wholesalers in San Francisco, and it “created the era of premium-canned foods.”  Art Deco fluted pilasters are on the Fifth Street side.  Truck bays were built on the Jackson Street side, train bays on Fourth Street side.  Cost Plus moved its corporate office here in 2000.  A new monumental entrance in the middle of the Fourth Street side is recessed with four large multi-paned glass block windows on the rear wall.  A
landscaped entrance with plants welcomes you to Cost Plus’ “World Headquarters.”

Designer: Jesse Rosenwald
Construction Date: 1937, addition 1946, rem. 1998
Architectural Style: Moderne

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Cleaning and Safety Ambassador Program

 

Meet our terrific team of Jack London Ambassadors. They're glad to give directions and information, pedestrian and motorist assistance, and provide safety and umbrella escorts as they make our streets clean and safe.

 

Ambassador Operating Hours

7:00am – 9:00pm

Monday through Thursday

9:00am – 11:00pm

Friday, Saturday

8:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays. 

 

Ambassador General Line: 510-363-0989

Operations Manager: cpazrivera@blockbyblock.com

 

Ambassadors provide:

Cleaning Services

  • Intensive cleaning of sidewalks, gutters, and fixtures in the public right-of way to improve the street-level experience, particularly in areas of chronic neglect (such as the Broadway/880 underpass).
  • Special projects such as removal of hazardous fixtures in the public right-of-way, painting of street furnishings, removal of extensive graffiti in the public right-of-way and more.

Hospitality Services

  • A friendly greeting and visitor assistance, directions, recommendations, and neighborhood information. 
  • Social Service outreach as they interact with the homeless and Street population to conduct welfare check
  • Umbrella escorts in the rain between any two points within the District on request.

Safety Services

  • Deterrence & reporting of unwanted behavior as they circulate and observe activity throughout the District
  • Requesting compliance with Oakland’s laws and ordinances.
  • Coordination with the Oakland Police Department to share safety and security information
  • Information to community members of safety practices.
  • Safety walking escort between any two points within the District on request.

 

Current Projects in District Improvements, Branding, Marketing, and Business Support

The District focuses on supporting economic vibrancy and quality-of life through its cleaning and safety services, marketing and promotion, smart development advocacy, and community engagement. A few of our current special projects are described below.

District Branding: Light pole banners

These long term temporary fixtures are installed on lampposts around the District and celebrate the many unique aspects of Jack London. 

B-Shuttle Promotion and Funding for Extended Service Hours

Building Art Program

We coordinate with property owners, artists, and curators to identify and implement art in outdoor neighborhood locations to enliven the Jack London District for its residents, workers, and visitors.

Find out more here 

Bike Solar Oakland

Partnering with GenZeDC Solar, and CalCEFBike Solar Oakland's first sun-powered charging station was piloted at 333 Broadway. These solar powered bikes will be available as a community amenity.

 

4th_and_Washington_utility_box.jpgArt Wrapped Utility Boxes

Utility boxes in strategic locations throughout the District are being covered in art by a community- curated group of local respected artists.

 

Underpass Infrastructure Improvements

The 880 underpasses have long been perceived as a barrier. We are working to provide short-term mitigations, including cleaning, pressure washing, and coordinating lighting and electrical repairs with the City. We’re also developing a vision for longer-range environmental design solutions in creative brainstorming sessions, with the City, and consultants working on the ongoing Freeway Access Plan and Downtown Specific Plan.

 

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) 

Jack London Improvement District is providing the ongoing organization, and outreach for Beat 1X NCPC. This group is for collaboration between the Jack London community and public safety officials through our Community Resources Officer and our Neighborhood Services Coordinator.

 

Embarcadero Safety Project

This long term project includes updating the original study and fundraising for the capital improvements required to implement safer crossings and pedestrian and vehicular interfaces, and considers a Train Quiet Zone in Jack London.

 

Pop-Ups/Activation of 333 Broadway

We’re activating our headquarters at 333 Broadway and transforming the space into a community resource. We host STEAM factory, a workshop series where kids create alongside professional makers; the beta Bike Solar Oakland; and start-up food businesses on a rotating basis. We invite Jack London community groups to use the space for meetings and events.

 

Quarterly Panel Talks

This series of interactive, educational events with local leaders and subject-matter experts will continue as we explore development in Jack London such as retailhistory of developmentindustry, and other topics of interest.

 

Community Partner Events

To keep the community informed and engaged we will continue the sponsorship, partnership, or direct hosting of community events such as launch events for publicity of projects, developer outreach forums, National Night Out, Crime Prevention Council meetings, and more. Check out our calendar to see upcoming events.

 

Landscaping Medians

New plants and landscaping are installed in the medians on Broadway and other minor landscaped areas in the District. Thanks to great volunteer support!

 

Jack London Collateral

A consumer and business friendly neighborhood guide to promote what’s here and what’s to come will be developed.

 

There’s a tremendous amount of dedication and love for this neighborhood, and the District is privileged to benefit from the expertise and input of many of you as volunteers. We welcome your feedback and participation as we work together to foster economic vitality and quality-of-life in Oakland’s unique, historic, urban waterfront community. Send us an email or give us a call to get involved.

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