Executive Chef Marc Chitwood and business enthusiast Nicholas Stoks have teamed up in their first-ever culinary co-endeavor to bring Steel Cup Café to Long Beach, California. With decades of restaurant experience between them, they have poured their hearts and souls into creating a unique space that embodies their shared values:
COMMUNITY. CREATIVITY. SUSTAINABILITY.
Steel Cup Café is nestled just outside one of Long Beach’s most traveled hubs, making us convenient and accessible to commuters, students, and local professionals, as well as the go-to spot for those who live in the neighborhood. We offer a variety of treats and pastries, made from scratch and baked fresh every morning, as well as an impressive lineup of artisan sandwiches, colorful salads, and decadent brunch plates.
At Steel Cup Café, we believe that protecting our planet is of the utmost importance, and are proud to be doing our part as an environmentally sustainable business by partnering with local and small-scale farmers, operating the most energy-efficient technology, and refusing the use of single-use plastics in favor of 100% biodegradable, plant-based alternatives.
Chef Marc grew up in Olympia, Washington and discovered his passion for cooking at an early age.
While his mother was at work, young Marc directed his boyish energy into experimenting with food in the kitchen, learning (with trial and error) what flavors pair well, and surprising his mother with his creations when she returned home. Over the years, Marc fell madly in love with creating culinary experiences for others, and later attended Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. Today, with a 12-year career as a professional chef, he still recalls those first feelings of excitement and curiosity when he was a boy, reliving those moments with every dish he creates. Those who know Marc would describe him as talented beyond his years while still boy at heart: a “kid in a candy store” every time he steps foot in his kitchen. His mother, Patti, was his very first customer at Steel Cup Café.
Nicholas was born and raised in rural minnesota; one might say he was born to be an entrepreneur.
He grew up in Canby, Minnesota, surrounded by generations of self-made business owners, becoming involved in his family’s many endeavors when he was just a boy. As a teen, Nicholas found that he had an inherent talent for management and leadership while managing his family’s restaurant, though he was considering other career paths at the time. Years later, while pursuing his degree in Biology, Society & Environment at the University of Minnesota, Nicholas revisited his roots when he began managing one of Minneapolis’s trendiest upscale eateries. It was then that his passion for serving others became clear. This led him to change course upon graduation and pursue a career in which he could couple his degree and interest in environmental sustainability with his passions for leadership and service. Although he is no stranger to restaurant management, Steel Cup Café is Nicholas’s inaugural ownership venture.