Economic opportunities for the Coastside: Local businesses with heart.

Big Wave businesses are a financial engine for providing housing, employment and community for adults with special needs. The Big Wave model is based on a strong, interactive alliance between the for-profit and non-profit worlds, each of which receives gradual benefit from the other. 

The nonprofit Big Wave businesses, such as the culinary and catering company below, will sell goods and services to adjacent commercial businesses which will provide customers and employment so that adults with special needs (our non-profit) can benefit. Both sides will thrive through this mutually beneficial financial and social commerce.

One Step Beyond, Inc.

The One Step Beyond Culinary Academy and Catering Company

Come join us for breakfast and lunch in our brand new café, opening in the Fall of 2021.

Big Wave is partnering with One Step Beyond, Inc., to provide a culinary academy to train adults with special needs for employment in our new café and catering company, as well as other restaurant industry employment opportunities. One Step Beyond, Inc., is an experienced life skills and employment training program, including an A-rated culinary academy, serving adults who have intellectual disabilities in California and Arizona.

Coming 2021!

Our Culinary Academy

Our purpose begins with teaching basic home-style cooking to adults with special needs, including sanitary food handling, safe use of kitchen equipment and appliances, and nutrition and meal planning.

One Step Beyond, in partnership with Big Wave, will provide a professional educational program for adults with special needs who are interested in acquiring the skills and experience for employment in the culinary industry.

Graduates of the One Step Beyond Culinary Academy will then be employed by the company under the direction of a professional chef to serve both the residents and the community in our dining hall and in Sammy’s Place Café.

Catering for the Community

Will you need catering for an event? All of our food will be catered with love. We will also be available to cater business meetings, parties, and other social events.

Our professional chefs will provide catering services to the community, including boxed lunches for corporate groups. All meals will be planned and managed by trained local chefs.

Our courtyard will provide catering services and seats up to 100 guests, so come join us for a meal on the Coast! All proceeds will go toward providing adults with special needs the programs they need.

APPLY NOW!

The One Step Beyond Culinary Academy is now taking applications for head chefs and managers to run our programs.

Contact Madison Blanton at madisonblanton@osbi.org for information.

Sammy’s Place Café

Need a delicious breakfast bite served with love? Or lunch on the run? Sammy’s Place Café is just the spot. The café was inspired by Sammy, a local young man with special needs whose parents own Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Sammy’s Place Café will have an entirely new menu.

The café will be located near the culinary academy, and will provide employment for some of the Big Wave residents, as well as some of their meals.

Breakfast items such as muffins, pastries, bagels, granola, coffee, and juices will be available for the local community, and tenants of the nearby business offices. A grab-n-go will offer delicious soups, farm fresh salads, and sandwiches for lunch time. Gluten free options will also be available.

Just like the restaurant, we expect Sammy’s Place Café to be loved for its delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and big heart. Sammy’s Place Café is expected to open in the Fall 2021. Stay tuned!

Bubbles and Blooms

Bubbles and Blooms: Floral Arrangements and Event Support

Bubbles and Blooms is an organization that works with the community of adults with special needs. Our mission is to help train, educate, and inspire these individuals to have meaningful and joyful employment.

Led by Jon Yoshimine, who has an extensive background in the agriculture industry in Half Moon Bay, this invaluable job training helps to provide skills that will last a lifetime. These individuals work with our core staff to deliver both joy and delight to our customers.

Big Wave works with its flower business, Bubbles and Blooms, from the farm, which provides jobs for adults with special needs.

Over 20 urban-based businesses have completed volunteer work on the Big Wave Farm which gives them the opportunity to directly experience nature.

Each week over 60 adults with special needs from four day programs do volunteer work on the farm.

The Community Center

Commercial space at Big Wave and the adjacent business park

• Room for start-ups, incubator companies, and successful local businesses to expand.
• Highly-paid construction jobs.
• Provides local employment after phased, full build-out.
• Increased customers for local businesses.
• Jobs for people with developmental disabilities.
• Substantial customer base for Community Center businesses.
• Adds a boost to our local and state tax base.

Environmentally Friendly Businesses

Big Wave has completed an eight-year, 6000 page, peer-reviewed environmental impact report, which was reviewed and approved by the County of San Mateo and the California Coastal Commission. Both of these critical agencies deemed the project posed no substantial environmental impacts.

Big Wave has attended 34 public hearings during which the environmental impacts of the Big Wave project were discussed.

Environmental Benefits

• Big Wave provides a 150’ buffer between the wetlands on adjacent property and any Big Wave developments.

• All buildings will conform to all Cal Green codes.

• Big Wave is providing a pedestrian path and landscaping the entire development frontage, which will obscure the buildings from Airport Street and Highway 1 views and will provide a safe walking path for the residents of the adjacent manufactured home park.

• Big Wave will not export any dirt during its excavation.

• All road areas and parking spaces are composed of permeable material; all rain runoff is naturally filtered without the need for catch basins and trenching.

• Only 15% of our development will be impervious surfaces.

• All farming on Big Wave property will be pesticide-free.

• Much of the food grown on the farm will feed the residents.

• Big Wave has begun a bee restoration program on its property.

• We will provide local jobs, which will reduce the traffic during rush hour and cut back on carbon emissions.

• Big Wave’s chickens are all free range.

• We have achieved LEED certification.

• We should see a reduction in air pollution through reduced commuting miles for Coastside residents.

• We should see a reduction in traffic congestion during commute hours on Highways 1 and 92.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Big Wave.

• Much of the food grown on the farm will feed the residents.

• Big Wave has begun a bee restoration program on its property.

• We will provide local jobs, which will reduce the traffic during rush hour and cut back on carbon emissions.

• Big Wave’s chickens are all free range.

• We have achieved LEED certification.

• We should see a reduction in air pollution through reduced commuting miles for Coastside residents.

• We should see a reduction in traffic congestion during commute hours on Highways 1 and 92.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Big Wave.