The opening of Café Gratitude Kansas City!
I’m so pleased you all liked the massive tour of my kitchen and pantry in the last post. Please feel free to tweet it, “pin” it, or share it with your friends. It took a lot of work and time, and I’m kind of proud of it! 😉
I’m also proud that Kansas City, Missouri is the site of the brand new Café Gratitude. Yes, the raw/vegan restaurant. Yes, the same one as in California. No, they didn’t all close, just most of them, and the KC CG is brand spanking new.
I went to the grand opening celebration last night. The best part of this new location? It’s right around the corner from my apartment building! It took me and my friend Hillary all of a minute or two to walk there last night.
It’s so surreal to go there and see all the familiar CG signage – right here, in MY town! – plus their characteristic murals and décor inside.
We arrived right at 6pm, but somehow, the place was already pretty crowded!
Plenty of Café Gratitude merch was for sale.
The organic beer and wine was flowing, and it was all free! (Once again I will say, it sucks I can’t drink right now.) Servers were walking around with trays of finger foods, mostly flax crackers with various toppings (hummus, tapenade, salsa, guacamole, pâté, and more.)
The woman in the blue dress on the right in the photo below (reaching over the tray) is Natalie, the person responsible for bringing CG to Kansas City. She’s been working on this dream since 2007, and now, 5 years later, it’s finally happening!
Terces and Matthew Englehart themselves (the creators and owners of Café Gratitude) were there too, of course. Matthew was even walking around with a tray of smoothie samples! Another dish they brought out many plates of were these roasted potatoes with nacho cashew cream sauce.
And there were these chocolate macaroons. Ohh, man.
Hillary and I spent some time on the back patio to get away from the crowd, but when we tried to come back inside, we found that the crowd had grown exponentially! In fact, there was literally a line out the door at this point, since no more people could fit inside (and the patio was already standing-room-only, too).
A live band called the Makepeace Brothers played inside (they’ve opened for Jason Mraz before; not my type of music at all, but cool nonetheless).
Hillary and I ducked out of there early, around 7:30 (the crowd was just a little too overwhelming for me), but I’m really glad we went. I can’t wait to enjoy a few (dozen? hundred?) meals at this new Café Gratitude in the years to come!
3 years ago this week…
Chickpea-lentil slow cooker stew
Oat crumble jam bars
2 years ago this week…
Quick blueberry compote
Almost Vegan in Chigago, parts 2.1 and 2.2
1 year ago this week…
Lichtenauer family birthday “red cake”