Discover the New KitchenTown in San Mateo
If you’re a long-time or native San Franciscan like myself, you probably grew up with these Danish butter cookies.
My aunt would bestow a box on our family every Christmas. The box would be lined with rows of five different types of golden-hued cookies. The oatmeal was always my favorite, and the one I reached for first.
When my aunt retired, so did the cookie gift-giving. And I never had them again.
The company, which started in 1938 in San Francisco, had relocated to this sprawling San Mateo warehouse years ago. When it came up for sale this year, entrepreneur Rusty Schwartz and his friend, Alberto Solis, an importer of gourmet Spanish foods, decided to buy it even though they’d never dream they’d be in the cooking-making business.
Not only are they keeping the iconic cookie company going now, but they’ve created a new production kitchen, culinary store and cafe inside the warehouse, geared toward helping small artisan food producers scale up their business.
Learn more about this fascinating new business, which opened last month, in my recent story in the San Francisco Chronicle.