SMITH: A gift to Santa Rosa teens from a couple of pretzel guys

TV star and restaurateur Guy Fieri got his start, you know, with a pretzel cart that he and his dad made.

The other day Guy and his pop, Santa Rosa's Jim Ferry, and the Cooking With Kids Foundation donated one honey of a pretzel cart to Chop's Teen Club.

We'll be seeing a lot of it as kids involved in the downtown Santa Rosa club's expanding vocational programs use it to develop the skills and passion necessary to success in a job or a commercial venture.

Guy donated the gorgeous and quite sophisticated pretzel cart Friday at a well-attended lunch at Chop's that launched an exciting addition to the club's Teen Workforce Development program.

It's a website — jobsmadereal.com — that features 2,200 YouTube videos of real people talking about their careers or businesses. Young people also will find information on what a particular job pays, what education and training is required for it, what sorts of personalities are best suited to it and how much demand there is for people in that field.

The Jobs Made Real site was developed for Chop's, the extraordinary teen club made possible by a surprise bequeath from late attorney, businessman and Santa Rosa mayor Charles "Chop" DeMeo, by engineer Mike Marzalek and his wife, Suzy, a retired Agilent controller.

Check it out. And watch for a chance to buy a pretzel from a kid learning about work, cleanliness, punctuality, pride, customer service and such from behind the cart that Guy's dad made.

A FORMER KID named Aubrey Bell, now 26, has become a good barista through her job in the bakery/coffee section of the Oliver's Market in Rincon Valley.

How good? The other day Taylor Maid Farms Coffee & Tea of Sebastopol hosted the finals in a contest open to all the baristas at all the Oliver's stores, and Aubrey won.

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