Delighting foodies and justice supporters alike
Credo Restaurant’s unique way of helping nonprofits.
OneJustice supports a statewide network of nonprofits, law schools, law firms, and businesses that provide life-changing legal help to hundreds of thousands of Californians facing legal barriers to basic necessities. You – like everyone in our network – are an essential part of this collective effort!
Each month we give another example of how “It Takes a Network,” featuring an interview with member of the OneJustice community. This month we touched base with Jason Eriksen, Sales Manager at Merchants Exchange Productions (which includes Credo Restaurant, the Julia Morgan Ballroom, One Leidesdorff, and the Merchants Exchange Club.)
Every July for the last three years, Credo Restaurant has provided incredible support to OneJustice through their innovative “Credo Community Partners” Program. With a month full of a special OneJustice menu item and a justice cocktail, plus support for multiple justice happy hours and special events, Credo’s support helps OneJustice raise public awareness about the need for equal access to justice and to raise funds for projects that bring life-changing legal help to Californians in need. We are so grateful for their support – so we sat down with Jason to talk a bit about Credo and why the restaurant has developed this unique way to support nonprofits.
Jason, thank you to so much to everyone at Credo and Merchant Exchange Productions for three years of amazing support for OneJustice and a whole host of wonderful nonprofits. Would you tell us a little bit about Credo Restaurant and what makes it unique?
Credo was opened in January 2010 by Clint and Janet Reilly. Credo is the Latin and Italian word for “I believe.” When guests walk in, they will see the walls of Credo are covered in quotes from eclectic figures throughout history with what they believe in. From Bush to Obama, Richard Pryor to Mother Teresa, the quotes from these famous people are just part of the charm that Credo embodies. The table tops are a sustainable design composed entirely of scrap wood created by acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. The found scrap wood illustrates the organic ideas cleverly positioned on the walls.
Credo’s menu has a focus on modern Italian food with a California fusion. We believe in authentic local ingredients, creative preparation and gracious hospitality. A sophisticated bar with unique libations makes Credo’s bar a fun happy hour spot in San Francisco’s Financial District. The menu is great for both “foodies” and families.
Credo Restaurant has developed a wonderful way of supporting nonprofits – the Community Partners Program. Can you tell us a bit about the program?
Our owners, Clint and Janet Reilly, have always been extremely philanthropic in their personal and professional life. Credo was a new outlet for them to give back to the community, and the Community Partners Program was initiated shortly after the restaurant opened in 2010. We select a quality nonprofit organization every month to highlight through our word of mouth and social media. We select one day out of the month as the “Take Over Night” where 20% of the dinner sales during that night are donated back to the organization. We also have a signature cocktail and appetizer that is served throughout the month, and $2 of each signature appetizer or cocktail are donated back to the nonprofit. We place a brief article cut-out on each table that explains the goal of the organization, usually with staggering statistics that catch your eye. The Community Partners Program allows the nonprofit organization to add another voice to educate the masses about the issues they focus on.
Jason Eriksen and Lauren Razaghifar of Merchant Exchange Productions present OneJustice executive Julia Wilson with the July 2013 Credo Community Partners Program donation.
And why did you select OneJustice as a participant in the Community Partners Program for the last three years?
With so many nonprofits in the Bay Area, we have to find organizations that match our company’s overall philanthropic goals. The fight OneJustice supports to eliminate obstacles that hinder people from obtaining justice is exactly the caliber of nonprofit we enjoy highlighting as a Credo Community Partner. The Bay Area needs more organizations with the passion that the OneJustice staff and network portray.
Last July, Credo served a very special cocktail to benefit OneJustice during our Community Partners month – the Legal Lampone. What is the recipe for a Legal Lampone, for the folks in the OneJustice network who would like to try it again?
Sure thing! The ingredients for a Legal Lampone are:
- Raspberry-infused cachaca (a distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice, this is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil!)
- Lemon simple syrup
As you know, the OneJustice network is full of foodies, so what are YOUR favorite items on the Credo menu right now?
- Appetizer: Burrata w. Tuscan Honey, Sea Salt & Crostini
- Salad: Arugula w. Frisee, Asian Pears, Almonds & Pecorino Monteporo
- Pasta: Orecchiette w. Sausage, Onions, Gyspsy Pepper Tomato Ragu & Fresh Garbanzo Beans
- Pizze: Spicy Pork Sausage, Tomato, Fontina, Parmesan and Dandelion Greens
- Entrée: Lamb Shank w. EVOO Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach & Marsala Jus
- Dessert: Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Crema
[Editor’s note: YUM! For those of you in the Bay Area, Credo is open Monday to Friday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Saturday 5:30 pm-10:00 pm and closed Sunday.]
And mark your calendars now for July 17, 2014! OneJustice is thrilled that our annual Opening Doors to Justice event will take place again at the gorgeous Julia Morgan Ballroom – yet another piece of this terrific collaboration between OneJustice and the team at Credo and Merchant Exchange Productions!
A huge and heartfelt thank you to Jason and everyone at Credo and Merchant Exchange Productions for the Credo Community Partners Program and their years of support for OneJustice!