Steven Baker

Profile Updated: January 22, 2021
Steven Baker
Residing In: Santa Rosa, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Melania Kang
Occupation: Cafe owner - San Francisco
Children: Adrian, born 1992
Laurel, born 1994
Noah, born 1998
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My wife and I have been together since 1979. In 1983, we started a movie catering company based out of the Dallas area. We provided the food for the cast and crew. We were mainly working for film companies that were based out of New York and Los Angeles and were filming in Texas. In early 1986, we catered the Coen Brothers movie "Raising Arizona", and then, later in the year, were asked to cater a movie to be filmed in Lake Lure, North Carolina - "Dirty Dancing". I had been a good friend of Vicki Swayze (Waltrip and College) and her Mother Patsy and had known her younger brother Patrick (Buddy) since he was fourteen, so it was fun to see him. Small world.

After we finished that job, we opened a cafe in San Francisco in 1987. In 2017, the City of San Francisco awarded us it's "Legacy Heritage" status. We recently sold the business after 33 years of operation. It was a good, long run.

We live in Sonoma County, about an hour's drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

School Story:

As a joke, my brother Ronnie nominated me for "Most Handsome Senior". I went down to the office to pay the $3.00 fee, and the clerk told me the one other person who had been nominated had dropped out, so I was automatically the winner by default. My friends really got a laugh out of that. The final note: my last name in the photo is printed as "Bakey" instead of Baker....

Another memory: I was friends with Gary Barton, who was Vicki Swayze's boyfriend at the time. Gary called me one Friday night and asked if I'd like to join him in "egging" Coach Burton's house in the Oak Forest neighborhood near Waltrip. Gary drove a green Volkswagen at the time, and I drove a blue Volkswagen. We stopped by a local "U Totem" store and bought eggs. We drove up across the front yard of Coach Burton's house, and our friends who were "riding shotgun" (passenger side) threw the eggs at the house. Louis Calderera was riding in my car.....

Vicki Swayze happened to read the "minutes" each morning in the main office before classes started. That following Monday, she heard from the faculty that the Coach's house had been egged, and that whoever had done it had been driving a Volkswagen. A baby-sitter at the Coach's house had seen a Volkswagen speed across the front lawn. Vicki alerted Gary and me that we were going to be called in and questioned. On Tuesday, Assistant Principal Burch called me in to his office. He said someone driving a Volkswagen had "egged" Coach Burton's house, and wanted to know if I knew anything about it, especially since they had the names of any kid who drove a Volkswagen. I told him I had been at home studying, and that i didn't know anything about the incident. Gary made up some story, too...

Vicki passed away in the 1990's, and I found out that Gary Barton also passed away recently....they were good friends.

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Posted on: Mar 02, 2021 at 12:05 PM

Another birthday, Glenn! I hope it's a good day for you!

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Posted on: Jan 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Another Birthday, Butch! Hope you enjoy the day, and that you and your family stay safe during these uncertain times.

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Nov 12, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Here's an early photo of my wife and I - can't believe it's been over forty years ago!

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Posted on: Nov 12, 2020 at 4:37 PM

In the summer of 2018, I and one of my sons joined my brother Ronnie and friends with their sons on a two-day, overnight fly fishing trip down the lower section of the Snake River in Idaho. (I'm in the bottom of photo in blue cap) Flew into Jackson Hole, then a short trip to Victor, Idaho. Spectacular scenery, great fishing, and lots of fun. A bonus was to check out the Grand Tetons after the trip.

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Nov 08, 2020 at 6:19 PM

Posted on: Nov 08, 2020 at 11:57 AM

Hi Glenda- I noticed you used to work at the Sadler Clinic in Conroe. Did you by any chance know Dr. Leslie Schoppe, who worked there for many years? He was an old friend of mine from the 1960's. He later moved the practice to Brownwood, but is now retired.

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Nov 03, 2020 at 8:58 PM

Posted on: Nov 03, 2020 at 1:32 PM

Hi Kathi- all of your hiking adventures sound wonderful! That four week, 225 mile trek in 2018 in France and Spain sounds like an incredible adventure. Wow. Walking through villages and open spaces and taking in the sights and sounds and food that various cultures have to offer sounds most rewarding. This reminds me of a bike tour my wife and I did in the summer 1983. We shipped our bicycles over to England, and spent six weeks biking and camping in England and then Northern France in the Loire River Valley region. Every night, we'd get into a campground and meet people from throughout the world. Prior to that, we spent six weeks hitch-hiking in the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala. In Guatemala, we camped each night on the shores of Lake Atitlan for a week with other travelers from throughout the world. Days were spent hiking the region and exploring the quaint village of Panajchel.

Have you ever hiked into the Grand Canyon? What a spectacular place. The last time I had hiked in was 1986, so this past Spring when one of my sons (who had never been in) wanted to go, I decided to try and get a permit for this fall. I finally got the permit, and we backpacked in for two nights to Indian garden campground last month. Incredible scenery and colors as we descended into the canyon, and the stars at night were unlike anything I've ever seen. Now my other son wants to go next April with me, so I'm applying for another permit at the end of the month for April.

For future hiking trips, have you considered doing some sort of blog or travel diary where you could share photos and experiences? People would enjoy seeing that.

So keep on hiking! And may all of your journeys be safe and rewarding.


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Posted on: Nov 02, 2020 at 11:44 AM

Happy birthday John! All the best to you and your family!

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Posted on: Sep 21, 2020 at 12:34 PM

Happy birthday, Pat. May you and your family enjoy good health and happiness in the coming year.

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Posted on: Sep 20, 2020 at 6:46 AM

A Very Happy Birthday, Steven. Enjoy your day.

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Posted on: Mar 02, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Happy Birthday Glenn! I hope things have been going well for you and your family, and may this be a good year for you!

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Jan 20, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Posted on: Jan 20, 2020 at 12:06 AM

Happy Birthday Butch! All the best to you, and may you have a wonderful, healthy and happy year ahead!

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Posted on: Sep 20, 2019 at 2:46 PM

Hope you’re having a wonderful Happy Birthday today, Steven. Rain here for last 3 days from Imelda. A little sun earlier, but, gone again. Enjoy your sunshine. Still have your cafe?

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Aug 13, 2019 at 8:33 PM

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin, Byron. My condolences to her family. I hope you and your family are doing well.

Steven Baker 


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Nov 20, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Posted on: Nov 18, 2018 at 9:12 PM

Hi Butch! I have some great memories of you and Pat Ballard at Waltrip - also going on tour with Houston Ballet around 1973.
I hope things have gone well for you and your family all these years, and that you enjoy your retirement!
All the best-
Steven Baker

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Jun 28, 2018 at 11:56 AM

Hi John - just checking in to see how things are going - as well as possible I hope! When you get a chance, please send me your phone number.