Go Organic ! .. & go, go, go ... Cafe Gratitude :-)
Organic food is FAR more nutritious, as well as being much less dependent on fossil fuel .. locally grown organic takes it another step along the road.. Raw food, takes the nutrition density another step along the road..
Cafe Gratitude incorporates all of the above, plus its intrinsic "sacred commerce" and "school of personal transformation masquerading as a chain of restaurants" approaches, which gives employees and management a gently structured manner in which to fully relate and engage on thinking/feeling levels as opposed to the tyical "shut up & get to work" restaurant HR attitude.
This results in service which is unique in dining experience =;-)
So unique is this powerful combination of delicious nutritionally dense food plus "the game" of Transformation .. that the small San Francisco chain is now Evolving/ sporing .. as a result of popular demand (which is being somewhat boosted by pop singer/star Jason Mraz & his "Gratitude Cafe Tour")
Cafe Gratitude is bringing their mostly raw & vegan restaurants to New York City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and San Diego ... groundwork is being laid now, it will take 1 - 2yrs for "opening day."
Recently Cafe Gratitude partnered with Whole Foods in Oakland, California, to open Cafe Gratitude inside of a very large Whole Foods, where a Whole Foods run "juice bar" had been not very successful... Cafe Gratitude is doing very well in that same location ... more partnerships such as this may be possible... ask your nearest Whole Foods to bring Cafe Gratitude to you !
If you're intrigued by the idea of bringing the "full on" Cafe Gratitude model (3 or 4 restaurants supplied daily) with prepared [juiced, chopped, blended, diced, sliced, soaked, made into nut milk, nut milk 'ice cream,' and other sumptuous desserts & otherwise ready for dish-up at the cafes] check out their website &/or drop me a line.
Oh yeah.. another "spore" of the Cafe Gratitude vibe is a small film company, with their first offering "May I Be Frank" in world premiere at the upcoming Sausalito film festival
http://www.sausalitofilmfestival.com/films2.html trailer /
by the way.. surely it's clear that I love this company (and the people . .not to mention the food :) I do some contract I.T. work for them (past 1.5yrs,) am not an employee and have no personal gain attainable in posting this.. just sharing.
I am also *personally committed* to current co-creation of a worker owned collective of doctors & alternative healers, which is loosely affiliated with the extended Cafe Gratitude family. It is likely that this will also Evolve / spore in NYC, KC, LA, etc., in service to those communities .. Services will include super nutrition / cleanse programs (and Juice Bar,) homeopathy, herbalism, yoga, craniosacral work, bodywork, and more - focus will be open to facilitating healing from anything from severe chronic disease to those simply wishing to transition to generally healthier lifestyle.
david hartley 510.859.4050