Sofra Allston – Packer/Driver

In Turkish, Sofra is synonymous with generosity and hospitality. James Beard nominated Executive Pastry Chef Maura Kilpatrick and co-founder Ana Sortun (of Oleana, Sarma & Siena Farms) approach cuisine with a Middle Eastern sensibility by creating delicious food featuring unique spices and spice blends. Sofra Bakery & Cafe reinterprets regional food traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean to make them accessible and inspiring for our guests.


We care about each other and our customers. We build long-term relationships with our employees and support individuals who wish to further their career development within the food industry. We offer extensive educational and professional development opportunities, including wine and beverage training, Mediterranean diet education, community engagement, and guest speakers.

We will always believe in exceptional hospitality with warmth & professionalism, but not pretension. Our managers try to practice what they preach, not leading with aggression or negativity, but rather dedication, fairness, and desire to bring the best out in their team. We look for passionate, kind, committed and honest people who find joy in their profession and can transcend that message outward.

At the end of the day, we want our restaurant to be a representation of our values – the kind of place we would hang out on our day off. All of our businesses are funky, fun spots that appeal to people from all walks of life.

Sofra is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workforce and support an environment that is inclusive and respectful.


We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about food, are eager to learn and work hard, and bring good energy to work. We offer a structured training program as well as flexible schedules to support your other goals.  Experience is preferred, but we value enthusiasm, passion, and work ethic and are willing to train the right person.

At Sofra, you will –

  • Pack prepared food items, including but not limited to cookies, nuts, granola, spices, meze, dried fruits, and blended spices.
  • Update pars on Toast.
  • Assist front of house team with ensuring retail shelves are full and communicating shortages to Cafe Manager.
  • Ensure cold case is properly stocked, dated, FIFO’ed, and neatly organized.
  • With assistance from the Chef de Cuisine, determine and create prep lists for the daily and weekly packing lists, including but not limited to cold case items, and CSR items.
  • Complete daily and weekly prep lists with priority in mind.
  • Pack cookie pre-orders and ensure timely delivery to pick up station.
  • Put together orders and deliver goods via delivery truck between both Sofra locations (Allston + Cambridge)
  • Assist in blending spices with FOH Manager.
  • Assist with packing holiday orders.
  • Ensure adherence to Sofra’s standards in every aspect of packing, including quality, consistency, accuracy, rotation, storage, appearance, timeliness, and efficiency.
  • Ensure proper stocking, organization, and cleaning of packing station, including but not limited to containers, stickers, labels, etc. Print labels and stickers as needed.
  • Maintain strong communication with all departments on pars, quality, production, time management, stock, and ordering of station supplies. Write items needed on white board.
  • Uphold Sofra’s established goals, values, and culture to achieve the highest quality standards of customer service and hospitality.
  • Assist team in additional tasks as needed.

Qualified candidates will –

  • Treat customers and co-workers with courtesy and respect
  • Work in a clean and organized fashion
  • Follow clearly documented food safety procedures
  • Work as a team and take direction from multiple managers
  • Be able to read and follow written recipes, deal successfully with multitasking and be comfortable in a fast-paced work environment
  • Exhibit a desire to learn
  • Have a strong attention to detail and a positive attitude
  • Have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Have a desire for long-term employment
  • Have weekend and holiday availability
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift at least 35 pounds, at shoulder height
  • Able to move around the cafė carrying weight up to 35 pounds up and down stairs in small space
  • Have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license with a clean driving record


  • $21-25/hour that includes a percentage of our kitchen appreciation fee
  • Educational and professional development opportunities
  • Employee discounts at our sister businesses—Oleana, Sofra, Sarma and Siena Farms
  • Free meal per shift
  • Partially subsidized health insurance, and group rates on dental and vision insurances

Please consider joining our team! To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the email address below.

Employment Type(s): Full-time, Part-time
Base Pay: $21-25/hour

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