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Above is the logo of La Casa del Pan Papalotl. This logo was adopted after the opening of the newest Casa del Pan in Cuernavaca in 1998.   "Papalotl" means "butterfly" in the Nahuatl language of ancient and modern Mexico. It symbolizes the spirit and is associated with the element Fire. Each butterfly in the logo represents a different Casa del Pan, which are located  in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and San Cristobal de Las Casas.

Since the opening of the first Casa del Pan in Mexico City in 1989 we have felt a need to run an exemplary operation, offering  in the beginning only whole grain breads and natural pastries, until 1993 when the Casa del Pan in San Cristobal de Las Casas was opened. There in the highlands of Chiapas  the new Casa del Pan began to offer not only whole grain breads and healthy cakes and pastries, but also Mexican regional dishes cooked to the specification of the most discerning vegetarians.

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The policy of Casa del Pan is to feed anyone who is hungry, whether they have money or not. This means that even beggars, who wait respectfully outside the door, will receive a bean taco.

CASA DEL PAN RECYCLES: All leftover and unusable vegetable products and peelings from our kitchens are sent to farms to feed pigs, chickens and other farm animals for local people where our restaurants are located. Casa del Pan employees are encouraged to take home day-old breads and pastries from the bakery. Other leftovers are used for organic composting which are used to grow some of the produce which are used in the restaurants.

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Produce for the kitchens is organically grown and only fresh ingredients are used. The Casa del Pan does not serve food from jars or cans. The restaurant grows many of its own vegetables, and also buys organic vegetables and herbs from local organic growers from the indigenous and international communities of San Cristobal de Las Casas, and other parts of Chiapas and Mexico.

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Fresh squash blossoms, left, and ingredients for making mole sauce, right

EMPLOYMENT: Casa del Pan hires and trains people who have never worked in restaurants before, to become efficient workers. Cooks, waiters, cleaners and gardeners are hired from indigenous communities, as well as from the neighborhood.

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Some of the employees are students from the frontline communities who are studying in San Cristobal de Las Casas. Casa del Pan also hires single mothers, and together with the restaurant, every employee participates in a weekly profit sharing program. Every employee earns an extra ten percent of all the sales of the restaurant every week, above and beyond their salaries. Two times every year, each employee who applies him or herself also earns an increase in salary.

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Casa del Pan believes that certain food prepared accordingly carry healing qualities. As such, Casa del Pan is committed to nurturing the body and spirit with the food we serve in our restaurants. As a result, we serve an assortment of herbal teas, fruit shakes, Yogurt, Chiapas honey and organically grown coffee and chocolate.

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