Total loan: $9,500


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Oakland, CA, United States / Food

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Sarah's story

Sarah was raised in Barbados as the youngest girl in a typical Caribbean home. She began learning to cook at the age of eight from her great grandmother Miss G and her grandmother Miss Ollie, who were both cooks on sugar plantations in Barbados. Over the last 30 years, Kirnon has cooked in Barbados, Toronto, London and for the last 19 years in the Bay area. She placed Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack on the map, which was featured on the Food Network’s Best Of Italian in San Francisco. Kirnon then moved on to the Front Porch, she won SF Weekly’s Best New Dish for her Crab and Grits, and also held the title for Best Fried Chicken in the city. Kirnon’s Spicy Crab and Grits dish was listed as 4th in 7x7’s 100 Things to Eat Before You Die. She has appeared on Check Please and Comcast’s Best of San Francisco. Reviews of her food have appeared in The Guardian, The Examiner, SF Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle and 7 x 7 Magazine. Sarah later moved to the East Bay and opened Hibiscus Restaurant in Uptown Oakland, and then three years later, Miss Ollie's in City Center Oakland. She is also a restauranteur par excellence who is committed to racial, Queer and social equity and reflects that commitment in her business activities.