To join my CSA, each volunteer has to choose between 5 different committees to participate in at least a few times each season. Wednesday night was my first time volunteering at the Cafe Committee, helping with food prep for the Organic Soul Cafe! The experience was absolutely fantastic. First, the chef Annette is a wealth of knowledge on cooking raw, vegan, and vegetarian. She also practices herbal medicine, and has an impressive collection of herbs and spices in the cafe basement.
Unfortunately, I was too busy cooking to take pics, but here is what I helped prepare:
Wraps with shredded beets, carrots and sprouts and almond butter, served on a bed of fresh lettuce
Wild Alaskan Salmon Croquettes with Maple Mustard Sauce
Tricolor Vegetable Noodles
Shredded beets, carrots and sprouts and sundried tomato paté, served on a bed of fresh lettuce
Soup of the Day
Sorrel and fresh coconut milk
Organic Soul Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant that utilizes fresh ingredients from local farms in the tri-state area. It is located in the Sixth Street Community Center, which I just learned has a unique history as a former Jewish Temple, a squat after the war, and now a thriving community center with many activities such as CSA, yoga, meditation, Thai chi, film screenings and more. All the food is thought up and beautifully crafted by Annette with lots of love. Although their menu is predominately vegan-friendly, the cafe also serves fresh Alaskan fish. The prices are extremely reasonable with dinner plates between $10-20. Organic Soul Cafe is a must stop for anyone passing through the East Village on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday!
Organic Soul Cafe