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Posted by amy on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 22:49:57 :

In Reply to: Re: Manning's Coffee posted by Katie Manning Santos on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:35:22 :

: : : : It's been four years since Kathie told us the history of Manning's Coffee -- I hope she reads this. I was an employee of Manning's in Portland Oregon, both as a cafeteria cashier and then as a server in the innovative Rinkside table service restaurant on the edge of the ice rink at the Lloyd Center. After that, I worked at the Pasadena cafeteria on Colorado Blvd. as the dessert server and cashier and relief line manager.

: : : : I have often wondered what might have happened to all the recipes that so many millions of people enjoyed over the years. The pork chops and spaghetti are rooted in my memory, and the tarragon french dressing, and other items as well. This was good American food. Everything made fresh, from scratch. There were high standards of cleanliness and performance.

: : : : Can someone tell me if the recipes have ever been printed?

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: : : : : Hi Marcie,

: : : : : I know months have passed since you posted this, but I just noticed this inquiry. Periodically I search for Manning "stuff". Just curious what your interest is. This is my family, so a brief rundown. Manning's Coffee was started in Seattle in 1908 by my grandfather and his brother. Started as coffee at Pike's Place, expanded to food, then the first cafe opened there. In 1923 my grandfather and family moved to San Francisco, then to Palo Alto. The headquarters of Manning's, Inc. was on Battery St. At it's height the company had 40 cafeterias and restaurants in 9 western states, in addition to coffee and frozen food distribution. In 1960, following my grandfather's death, my Father took over Manning's, Inc. His brother, Robert, headed up the coffee end of the company. Then in 1970 Manning's was sold to LaBatt of Canada, and subsequently to Del Monte. In addition to the coffee and bakery goods, and cafeterias, they ran food service operations in various hospitals and businesses. The last cafeteria on Geary closed in 1984.

: : : : : Hope this helps.
: : : : : Kathy
: : Kathy
: : I worked at the Manning's on Colorado Bl 1965/66 where I met my current and only wife of 45 years. We did in fact celebrate our 45th just a few days ago and I am putting together a legacy film with a friend of mine beginning with our meeting at Mannings. I'm wondering if you would happen to have any pictures of the Colorado Bl location that I might include in the film.
: : Thank you
: : Bob

: Hi All,
: Mannings was started by my paternal grandfather and his brother (Kathy, I think you must be Ed's granddaughter. I actually have most of the recipes bound and given to me by my uncle Ed. My niece is resurrecting the Manning name in Canada and is proudly carrying the heritage forward!

I have such great memories of going to Mannings cafeteria on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Ca. My grandfather, was a manager there. His name was Paul Norcross. He was very proud of being part of Mannings Co. I remember the desserts. I did find Mannings Kitchen and am looking forward to getting the recipes. Thank you for the info!




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