2018 marked the 7th Annual Paella Fiesta at Siena Bistro. This year's is the 5th fundraiser by Siena Bistro for Martha’s Kitchen. From endless tapas and Paella to pitchers of Sangria, attendees have grown to expect sumptuous food cooked by Siena Bistro’s head chef and owner, David Wiesner. By attending this event, they also support fighting hunger in the Bay Area.
Wiesner sponsored Paella Fiesta because “Edita (Martha’s Kitchen’s Director) and her staff came to mind when I decided to give back to the local community. I did a similar benefit at my previous place of employment”. Wiesner supports Martha’s Kitchen’s mission, and believes that “In today’s society, it’s good and needed that somebody is there to help those in need,”. He has donated a dinner for their sponsors for ten years and this will be the eleventh year.
For many customers, this was not the first time they attended Paella Fiesta. One customer said he came back because, “The food is absolutely delicious! My family and I love David’s personality, and did I mention the food is great?” For other people, they came because they had close ties to Martha’s Kitchen. One customer said, “I’ve been working at Martha’s Kitchen since I was 15. It’s good they treat everyone with dignity and let them be themselves. It’s a fantastic place!”.
All in all, the event was a great success, and we hope to see you next year!
Martha’s Kitchen board member Archie Moore recently founded Archie’s Army, Inc. The whole idea was to pick up homeless men and women from different homeless encampments to bring them to soup kitchens and other service agencies. With a 10-passenger van donated by the County of Santa Clara, Archie’s Army brought its first 10 clients to enjoy a nutritious meal at Martha’s Kitchen last November 7, 2017. The following day he brought more clients, this time an hour earlier to allow them to take a shower through the courtesy of Dignity on Wheels which also offers free laundry.
We laud Archie’s efforts to bring the homeless to Martha’s Kitchen so that they can enjoy a free hot meal in a clean and welcoming environment. We encourage every group who brings food to city parks and encampments to feed the homeless to bring the folks to places like Martha’s
Kitchen instead. They will be treated with dignity and respect by our staff and volunteers. They can take advantage of free showers, laundry and health services on Wednesday afternoons.
Martha’s Kitchen co-hosted a fundraising Gala Concert with Hunger at Home on November 10, 2017. This was the second gala Martha’s Kitchen co-hosted with Hunger at Home. H@H Executive Director’s Madison Nguyen, former San Jose Vice-Mayor, spearheaded the preparations supported by Martha’s Kitchen’s dedicated group of volunteers.
The Gala Concert started off with a fabulous cocktail party presented by Bay Area hotels and venues such as Center Plate @ Levi’s Stadium, Marriott, Hilton, Doubletree and Team San Jose.
Martha’s Kitchen also had a food station that showcased our chefs’ skills.
Martha's Kitchen is celebrating its 36th year of service to the community. The image below shows how we have grown over the years. This graphic was created by Laura Kastilani, our Senior Marketing Intern from Santa Clara University. Martha's Kitchen is a testament to what a community when working together can achieve.
I have been working at Martha's Kitchen for 15 years and loving every minute of it. All this time I had often heard it mentioned as a vision — some sort of marketplace such as what Hunger at Home has achieved in such a short time. Hunger at Home bridges the gap between excess food and the needy in the community. So, after every event at its partner venues like the San Jose Convention Center, Levi's Stadium, etc. nonprofit organizations like Martha's Kitchen are notified to pick up the unserved food.