Posts tagged inclusive employment
Our New Executive Chef is Family

Our new executive chef, Abbie Amato, has long been a member of The New England Pasta Company and BeanZ & Co. family and has stepped into the role with both ease and excitement. Our “Everyone Belongs” editor sat down with Abbie to chat about what’s on her new Fall/Winter menu, the energy she brings to the kitchen, and her commitment to personalized customer service.

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The BeanZ & Co. Story

Noelle Alix and Kim Morrison met twenty years ago at a mother’s group for children with Down syndrome, and were instantly friends. That first meeting planted a seed that today has grown into BeanZ & Co., an inclusive coffee café employing individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities—a place where everyone belongs. Watch “The BeanZ & Co. Story” videos by clicking read more below.

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Mintz + Hoke: Making an Impact

The Avon, Conn.-based advertising agency Mintz + Hoke is a long-time and valued catering and lunch customer of The New England Pasta Company (Pasta Co.). Right from the start, the agency supported Pasta Co.’s new venture, the inclusive coffee cafe BeanZ & Co., for its fresh-made and healthy offerings, personalized customer service—and mission of inclusive employment.

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A Life Comes Full Circle

When you stop into BeanZ & Co. you’ll often see Deb Cervas working or reading a book with a cup of tea, or meeting friends for lunch. She’s a regular in the coffee shop and café and the former inclusion specialist at the Simsbury Public Schools. An educator who champions inclusive education for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Deb along with BeanZ & Co. believes everyone belongs.

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