Table Hopping – August 2012
“Eat your veggies.”
333 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
Natalie and Mike George decided to bring Café Gratitude to KC, after enjoying their meal and the message from one of the “Mothership” restaurants in California, where the concept is based. Focused on not only delivering organic, raw and vegan dishes, they also host classes on healthful heart & mind ideals. There is a message even when ordering, as all the menu items start with the affirmation “I am.” Try “I Am Whole” for $13 and get a satisfying bowl of sea vegetables, kale, carrots, house-made kimchee and sprouts with brown rice or quinoa. SHOW: your gratitude, get “I Am Grateful,” you’ll get a bowl of grains, beans and kale and pay by donation. $7 is suggested, $14 will feed you and another person in need.
813 W. 17th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Chef Heidi VanPelt-Belle made a name for herself in the raw food world with her line of cashew cheese called Playfood. While catering, she began looking for a space to open her own restaurant. Located on the Westside, she could not have picked a better neighborhood to open a vegan restaurant. You don’t have to call yourself anything special to appreciate the fresh and simple dishes that come from Heidi’s kitchen. At brunch on Saturday, try Tofu Scramble for $9. You’ll get Central Soy tofu scrambled with local greens, red peppers and onions. It comes with roasted red potatoes and a homemade biscuit. LOOK: at the website before you go, it lists the lunch and dinner specials for the week. You’ll find raw, gluten free and nut free items too.
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
In the lower level of the Unity Temple on The Plaza, you will find KC’s oldest vegetarian/vegan/raw/gluten-free restaurant in KC. Started by two friends in 1994, Sandi Corder-Clootz, an original owner, continues to operate the wide open, light and whimsical restaurant today with her husband Greg Clootz. The restaurant is as colorful as the variety of food on your plate, and matches the local art on the walls and tables. Try the Mushroom Sausage Bowl - short grain brown rice, mushroom sausage infused with fennel seed, sage and oregano, TVP, tomato paste, onions and vegetable stock. Served with grilled spinach, sour dough toast and smoky caper aioli for $12. SAMPLE: any of their delicious and healthful drinks from their “mocktail” menu, and get a natural high.
3711 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Brian and Kim Gordon changed their family’s eating habits when Brian discovered he suffered from acute acid reflux. They realized an organic, vegan diet was the answer to his medical issues, but felt they were spending too much time in kitchen away from their family. That’s when they came up with the idea of starting an organic, vegan delivery food service in Kansas City called Conveniently Natural. They will deliver anywhere within a 30 miles radius of their commercial kitchen, or you can come and pick your meals up. A weekly plan for a family of 4 costs $199 or $8.30 per meal, couples are $109 a week and individual plans are $69 a week. CHECK: out their website for examples and recipes of the delicious dishes you have in store.
This seems like a no-brainer to many of us who plan our entire weekends around a trip to the local farmer’s market, but for some, only the promise of sweet corn and locally grown tomatoes will get people out to the Farmers Market. This is the time of year when the most fruits and vegetables are at their peak, and because of that, it means they actually taste better because you are eating them in season. Famers Markets don’t carry everything year round, but they do bring us what is currently in season and sell it to us only when they are growing it. We are lucky to have many wonderful Farmers Markets all over KC. FIND: one near you by going to the National Directory of Fruit Stands & Farmers Markets website and searching by state for a list of markets near you. Eat well.