Teen Services Blog

Category - General, Lovin' Oven
Posted - 12/15/2018 03:02pm
Holiday Cookies at Teen Services

Outline, fill, and jiggle! Add the final touches and voila! It’s easy!


Perhaps so for Holly (left), Alondra (below), Sydnie and Sandy, four of our Lovin’ Oven teens who have been under the tutelage of Amy Hunsberger (Once Bitten cookies) for some time. Happily, all were on hand to guide those who were new to the fun. Volunteers of all ages came to Teen Services this past weekend to outline, fill, and jiggle, create a variety of special holiday cookies, and smile at the outcomes.

Preceding the decorating, teens were busy making the dough, rolling, rolling, and rolling. Then the cutouts, more rolling, more cutouts – over and over until ~600 cookies were ready to be decorated. Amy had the icings all ready to go and the Teen Center classroom became the cookie factory.







Then came the packaging preparing for delivery.


We are so grateful to all who joined in on the fun!! 

Thanks to our instructors: Amy Hunsberger, Holly Lee, Alondra Perez, Sandy Pulido, and Sydnie Raup

And to our volunteers: Elizabeth Avendano, Paulina Botello, Paola Calderon, Manuel Calvario, Yair Cortes, Debby Dart, Ruth Fatouhi, Zitlaly Garcia, Elizabeth Gomez, Alejandro Hernandez, Jeanne Leonard, Carmen Lopez, Evelyn Martinez, Pat Meier-Johnson, Diana Olding, John and Sydney Randazzo, Deangelo Robledo, Christopher Rivas, Alejandra Ruiz,  Leilani Scheilblich, Soni Sherpa, Cesar Solis, Tom Sours, Stephanie Stubbs, and Liz Taylor


Category - General, Lovin' Oven
Posted - 09/09/2018 04:42pm
Lovin' Oven Is Cooking Up a Storm
Lovin' Oven teens prepared a special treat for sale at the No Name Cafe.

What better way to welcome back students at Sonoma Valley High School than with a specially-designed Dragon Cookie!

And every Tuesday afternoon, teen volunteers gather to make dinner for the homeless clients of Sonoma Overnight Support.

Category - General, Teen Center, Lovin' Oven
Posted - 06/06/2018 12:30pm
A typical summer day at TSS…

It was not unusual that there was a high level of energy with only a few days before our annual fundraiser – Cowboy Cab – but this day was beyond the expected.

Joellyn, TSS Administrative Assistant, was creating table numbers for Cowboy Cab. Lovin’ Oven Coordinator Carol was in the kitchen getting things ready for cooking for the homeless shelter. Six girls sat around a table set up in front of the TV screen teaching Norma, Teen Center Coordinator, how to decorate Cowboy Cab cookies.  Four new job coaches arrived to join the summer cohort who were having their first RTW workshop in the classroom. And there was a bearded dragon in our accountant’s office.



To explain the latter… Merlise, our accountant, is heading off on vacation and TSS is dragon-sitting while Merlise is away.


Just a typical day at Teen Services Sonoma!

Category - General, Lovin' Oven
Posted - 02/24/2018 06:36pm
A Celebrity Chef Comes to the Lovin' Oven

our_chef2.jpgEvery Tuesday 5-7 teens gather at the Teen Center to prepare a meal for the clients of Sonoma Overnight Support. Now these teens are not only giving back to the community, they are also learning from one of the best! 

Celebrity Chef Bryan-David brings his joy and passion for cooking to the Teen Services kitchen as he teaches teens to embrace cooking as an art and to think of how the ingredients blend together to create something special. 

He expresses his philosophy: What drives me is an indefatigable passion for creating foods that stun.


Category - General, Lovin' Oven, Teen Center, Ready to Work
Posted - 02/03/2017 01:38pm
Sign up for ServSafe and Service Etiquette Classes
Learn skills to work in the food industry!
Both classes are REQUIRED if you want to work for the Lovin' Oven.

ServSafe -Monday, February 20, 4pm – 8pm                 
Service Etiquette - Friday, February 24, 5pm – 7pm                   
Cost is $20 for ServSafe Materials.
Classes are held at Teen Services Sonoma.

Click here to email us to sign up. Please provide your name, age, phone number and email address, and tell us if you are coming to one class or both. We will email you back to confirm.

Category - Lovin' Oven
Posted - 12/13/2016 05:22pm
Holiday Cookie Sale!
Cookie_Tin_2.jpgThe tins contain two of each of these delicious cookies: Banana Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Butter Spritz, Pecan Balls, Meringue Chocolate Candy Cane, and Gingerbread. The cookies can be picked up from December 19th-23rd. We will send you a confirmation email and check what day you want to pick up your cookies.