Our team is driven by a passion for food, a love of hospitality and entertaining, and a commitment to community and sustainability.
After his stints in top kitchens across the Bay Area, Dorsey embarked on his first solo venture, Blackberry Bistro. A community focused, California-French inspired concept in Oakland’s Glenview district, the restaurant became an immediate success and quickly earned the award for “Best Breakfast/Brunch” from the East Bay Express. Chef Dorsey went on to open the Blue Oak Café at the Oakland Museum, where he created a unique culinary style highlighting California’s cultural melting pot, and designed menus to link the museum’s exhibits to the cuisine at the café. Dorsey’s passion for food and community is the driving force behind his company. Through his cooking, Dorsey delights in the opportunity to share culinary cultures from around the world.
Supporting the local community is a core component Robert Dorsey’s company, and he and his team believe in giving back at every step of the way. A portion of the company’s proceeds are dedicated to initiatives that help mitigate hunger and food insecurity in our local communities.
People are the anchor for everything that Robert Dorsey does. In every interaction – From working to help his own team create balance in their work, to nurturing connections with farmers, vendors, partners, and clients – relationships are the driving force for his company. Dorsey and his team actively work to support other local businesses, creating an ecosystem that benefits everyone in their community.
Dorsey and his team integrate sustainability and low carbon footprint into every element of the company, and approach ingredient sourcing with an organic, local, farm-to-table sensibility. Chef Dorsey’s early experiences in his grandmother’s garden created a deep connection to the earth, and he weaves his dedication to stewardship of the land into his daily operations, taking actions such as composting, recycling, and leveraging reusable or biodegradable products to keep the carbon footprint of the company as low as possible.