On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Palo Alto Weekly ran a story entitled “Cooking up a career – Rendezvous Café provides on-the-job training and employment for JobTrain grads.”   Rendezvous Café is the first restaurant created by Wise SV, a joint social enterprise established by JobTrain and CALSO, an American social enterprise that aims to break major barriers disadvantaged people face on their journeys to success.

The article described the atmosphere at the Rendezvous Café, located at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood Shores, as “a hip, power-lunch hotspot,” but noted that “it all started with a mission to give back to the community.”

JobTrain New Initiatives Manager, Jen Overholt, had this to say about the cafe’s offering to JobTrain’s Culinary Arts graduates: “After completing JobTrain’s culinary arts program, the school’s career counselor offers select graduates the option to interview for a position at the Café as a way extend their culinary training before transitioning into outside work. The cafe offers employees competitive wages and benefits, both of which can be rare in culinary industry jobs.”

To read the complete article by reporter Chrissi Angeles, please CLICK HERE!


Rendezvous Cafe cook Say Miranda, left, and chef Charles Crossley, Photo by Michelle Le