Six food facts to know about San Francisco tech company cafeterias
Brisket burgers, housemade condiments and pedal-powered grain mills are some of the things found in foodservice departments in Silicon Valley cafeterias.
SAN FRANCISCO—On Sunday, the Chronicle Food + Home section ran a little story about how chefs at various tech companies are trying to foster a certain culture within their workplaces. Today, local freelance contributor Alissa Merksamer shares a few fun facts that didn’t make it into the story. Consider them bonuses from the director’s cut.
- Dropbox chef Brian Mattingly has an ego befitting a man who formerly worked for Michelin-starred restaurants and headed culinary programs at Apple and Google. He spent months perfecting the burger he serves daily at his Dropbox cafe, Tuck Shop, eventually settling on a blend of brisket, chuck and jowls. He believes the work has paid off. “Our burgers are the best in America,” he says.
- In fact, Tuck Shop briefly appeared on Yelp and garnered such high ratings from Dropbox employees that one night, a group of prospective diners arrived from San Jose thinking it was a real restaurant. Mattingly was so embarrassed that he gave them $100 to find dinner elsewhere.