Happy 2019!

Dear Community,

We wish you all good things for the new year.

We’ve had a lot to be grateful for in 2018.

Our dear manager, Rose became a US citizen, and we couldn’t be more proud of her and grateful to her for being a bright and caring, fabulous addition to our beloved country. We celebrated with a party at Claire’s Corner Copia that included a delicious vanilla cake, that Margie decorated with organic strawberries and blueberries in honor of our beautiful American Flag.

Our wonderful manager, Erin welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Jane this year. Our hearts are filled with joy as we join Erin and Dave in celebrating such a gift. We can’t wait for her to enjoy her first soup from Claire’s Corner Copia.

We are so grateful for our beloved staff who make this sweet little place we love remain successful - and, yummy! Each person contributes to this operation, much like a fine quilt, where each piece matters and holds things together.

You continue to support this mission of ours to bring real food, vegetarian, organic and sustainable food to this community, in a clean and happy space, where we can share our resources to help others who have been given less. We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you.

Here’s to a new year filled with good health and many joys. We hope that we will continue to find ways to lift those who need a hand up, and to feed those who have too little food. We started a pilot last year where we taught children to prepare healthy and affordable foods. These kids, ages 7-11, made French Toast with warm bananas, bean soups and stews, quesadillas, sauces with pastas, and salads with homemade dressings, batter bread pizzas with vegetable sauces, and cornbread with blueberries. Thanks to the generosity of Father Joe at Saint Martin de Porres Church on Dixwell Ave in New Haven, we had the free use of the kitchen for 8 Saturdays mornings. We are also grateful to two Girl Scout troops, one from New Haven and one from Hamden who taught the children their lessons, that included knife skills, nutrition, sanitation, and what it means to cook real food. And, those children really cooked! And, ate:-) We hope this program can continue in the future, with the women from local Churches, Synagogues and Mosques who have kitchens that we can use. That is our hope.

We will continue to research ways to prepare foods for you that will contribute to your good health while making foods and drinks that are so delicious that you will be eager and happy to have them.

Here’s to your happiness and your good fortune. So much of both, that you’ll have plenty to share with others who have been given less.

And, please eat those 7-9 servings of organic vegetables and fruits every day, and include whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and good oils to keep your immune systems in good operation. We need you!

Love,

Claire, Juana, Erin, Margie, Rose, Gerardo, Celestino, Elfemia, Brent, Adriana, Felix, Patti, Alana, Tony, Izzy, Tia, Diego, Emily-Rose, Johan, Giovanna, Alison, Maria, Shanetta, Janelle, Sheena, Midge, Courtney, and Michelle.