Interview Questions

Recently, I was granted access to hold a short interview with the owners of Homeroom, Alison and Erin! Below you can find the questions from this interview. Make sure to stay tuned for the uploaded video soon to come.

Interview Questions

  1. As a kid, we all have big dreams of what it’s going to be like when you “grow up.” What was your childhood dream job?
  2. What influenced your decision to become a marketer or attorney?
  3. What do you think your life would be like now if you had decided to keep your old careers?
  4. What are your thoughts on the possibly that young adults might often feel pressured by social norms or family to find jobs deemed “successful”?
  5. What advice do you have to others who were in your shoes a few years ago?


  1. Looking back now, is there anything that you feel you could have done better or is there anything you regret doing?
  2. What are your feelings towards Oakland? Why did you decide to open your restaurant here as opposed to SF or San Jose?
  3. Can you tell me a little bit about how the two of you met?
  4. How long did you know one another before the actual unveiling of Homeroom?
  5. It’s been said that you shouldn’t “judge a book by it’s cover” but it appears that you and Allison/Erin must have had an incredible first impression of each other to decide to make such a huge life change after knowing each other for such a small amount of time. Do you mind sharing a few of your first impressions of each other?


  1. What are the origins behind Homeroom? Like what was the deciding factor in choosing the classroom theme as well as the name?
  2. How did you two come to the conclusion to have an exclusive mac and cheese menu? Were there any other menu ideas that didn’t quite cut it?
  3. What were your feelings during the opening day? Were there any difficulties that you faced?
  4. Tell me about a memorable experience you had during the first few months of business.
  5. What were your expectations when you opened Homeroom? Do you feel that you you’ve met or exceeded them?
  6. How has your relationship with each other grown since opening Homeroom?
  7. What do you see in the future for Homeroom?


Classic Mac and Cheese

For those of you who have a passion for cooking, Homeroom’s Mac and Cheese Cookbook is a must have and can be found at either the Homeroom website, store, or even on Amazon!

... with ten speed press, our mac + cheese cookbook is finally here

But for those of you who are a bit intimidated by such a vast recipe book and unsure about whether it’s a good buy, check out this freebie posted on the Chow website for the classic mac and cheese recipe. Give it a try and you’ll be convinced immediately that this is any food lover’s macaroni Bible!


The Cheese Factor

Big news for all the Homeroom lovers out there! It looks like Homeroom is gonna be starting the new year off with a bang by starring on The Cooking Channel’s ” Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy.” You can find more info about the episode as well as the air date and times here. Feel free to tune in and enjoy our local favorite’s time in the spotlight!

Vegans welcome!

Known for their delicious macaroni and cheese, Homeroom has grown quite the fan club here in Oakland with their new spin on an old classic. They have something for pretty much everyone with their large range of macaroni dishes and don’t forget that they even offer gluten free and vegan noodles as well! Below you will find a short video reviewing the Homeroom vegan mac by a loyal fan. Enjoy~

SF Chronicle

Homeroom has definitely caught the attention of the media in the recent years which has helped bring curious customers from all over the bay area! Check out this posting from the SF Chronicle giving Homeroom an A+ or this poll awarding Homeroom the “best new restaurant” which it won during its opening year.

They also won the award for best sandwich cookie!


Voice over (text)

And here is the text version of the audio recording found below this post!

“Hi guys, my name is Vanessa Delgado and for my documentary piece, I hope to tell the inspirational story about two women, Allison Arevalo, and Erin Wade, who were both working dull corporate jobs while dreaming of bigger and better things. They were putting their real aspirations in life on the back burner until they met one faithful day and came to realize that they wanted more out of their lives than pant suits and staplers; they had a passion for food!

They put everything on the line by quitting their cushy corporate jobs and using all of their life savings in order to open Homeroom right here in Oakland.In case you don’t know, Homeroom is located at 40th and Broadway and is a mere 3 milesaway from campus. It is host to an all-exclusive macaroni and cheese menu as well as an adorable classroom theme.

Their tiny restaurant quickly grew in popularity and is now considered a local hotspot. I want to share their success story with others in order to prove that we don’t have to fall into the corporate life in order to be successful and that you can think outside of the box…of mac and cheese that is.”