Oxy graduates are making a difference, in Los Angeles and the greater food community. Check out what our alumni have been up to.
A number of Occidental Alumni have gone on to pursue food-related careers, education, and activities.
Alumni of Occidental, Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund, founded Spitz in an attempt to bring the Döner Kebab to Los Angeles while providing quality ingredients and fast service. Since Spitz's opening, the restaurant has expanded to two new locations.
Sustainable Harvest, a coffee importer that pursues sustainable practices from farmer to consumer, was established by David Grinswold. He also started the Specialty Coffee Association and has served on the International Coffee Organization's Sustainability Task Force.
Molly Burke '09 majored in Sociology and minored in Education, and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Occidental in 2010. She is the Nutrition Education Program Manager at the SF-Marin Food Bank in San Francisco, CA. She teaches youth, adults, and seniors about healthy eating, covering topics such as food groups, healthy portion sizes, decreasing salt/sugar consumption, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and making the most of food bank products. She is also responsible for taking care of program management, which involves community outreach, class planning, curriculum development, staffing, budgeting and program strategy.