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Position: Food & Beverage Associate (Updated Posting)
Restaurant: Social Gardener Cafe (at Riverdale Hub)
Location: Toronto ON (Greenwood & Gerrard)

Riverdale Hub is a social enterprise in Toronto’s East End that houses art galleries, co-working and event spaces, and a restaurant. The restaurant is focused on providing our customers with healthy and affordable food and drinks as well as memorable experiences. Be a part of a team that fosters values of creativity, equity, inclusion, social justice, environmental sustainability, and community flourishing.

Position Summary:

The Food and Beverage Associate assists with the daily operations of the restaurant and retail market, and reports to the Food & Beverage Manager.

Key Roles/Responsibilities:

Food, Beverage, and Retail Service:

  • Prepare and serve menu orders (e.g., boards, salads, baked goods, hot and cold beverages, non-alcoholic cocktails, and smoothies) and process payments, ensuring all safe food handling standards and procedures are followed.
  • Ensure tidiness, cleanliness, and organization of restaurant and surrounding spaces.
  • Assist Food and Beverage Manager in the training of new employees.
  • Assist Food and Beverage Manager with the supervision and training of Food Service & Hospitality Training (FSHT) program participants in food handling and the preparation of menu items.
  • Ensure supplies (ingredients and packaging) are replenished and report inventory levels to the Manager.
  • Coordinate with the Food and Beverage Manager to document food waste.
  • Ensure all food scraps are placed properly in compost/Bokashi system and all packaging is properly recycled so that we are close to a zero-waste kitchen.
  • Update new product/menu items on food delivery apps (UberEats, DoorDash, Skip the Dishes, Ritual) and POS.
  • Provide support for catered events as needed (i.e., food preparation, set-up, monitoring, and tear down).


  • Ensure all Toronto Public Health regulations, health and safety, pest control and disinfecting standards and procedures are followed.
  • Monitor equipment and report the need for repairs and maintenance to Manager.
  • Assist in marketing and social media activities to promote the restaurant and campaigns.
  • Update in-store signage.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, move product, supplies, equipment and furniture (e.g., patio furniture, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 2+ years of restaurant experience in the front of house.
  • Barista experience is required.
  • Food preparation experience is required
  • Bartending experience is an asset.
  • Graduate from a Food and Hospitality program is an asset.
  • A valid Food Handler’s certificate is required.
  • Smart Serve certificate is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Touch Bistro POS, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Google Workspace), and food delivery apps (Ritual One, Door Dash, Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats).


  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, move product, equipment and supplies (e.g., patio furniture, etc.).
  • Flexibility to work various shifts is a must.
  • Availability to work weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team, as well as independently.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, Google Workspace).

Full-time hours: 35 to 40 hours per week

Salary: Starting at $22 per hour, and increasing to $25.05 per hour after the four-month probationary period. The Riverdale Hub pays a living wage for Toronto, and is a non-tipping restaurant.

Apply — please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
subject: Food & Beverage Associate

We thank you for your interest in the position. Only those shortlisted will be contacted for an interview.

The Riverdale Hub is committed to equity, diversity, and accessibility and welcomes applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, women, and persons with disabilities.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 12 2024    ID: 70590