Chicory Cafe - Farm to Table - Local and Organic
We are a community restaurant; a family farm-owned establishment that aims to nourish the community with ‘real food’ in an inspired setting at good value. We serve vegetables and fruits; free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats; all-natural cheeses, spices, oils, grains, flours, nuts, seeds; and artisanal breads all sourced as locally and as organically as possible. We create seasonal dishes and special seasonal items on our menu. Buying local helps to build a sustainable community food system, which can improve the health of the community and the natural environment.
By partnering with local artisans and working with sustainable farmers, we're returning to an old-fashioned emphasis on quality. It’s tastier, it's better for you, and it makes us feel good! We respect our customers’ dietary preferences and nutritional goals.
In the middle of June, we were fortunate to be selected as a featured site for the PBS program, Under The Radar. Tom, Eric and Jim came by for some great conversations and shared some of our food with us. We had a wonderful time with them here at the cafe, as did our customers that day. The program will be aired in early September 2014 and we will keep you posted as to the exact times and stations. Thank you to all of our customers and supporters for you kind comments on Facebook and Pure Michigan that caused the UTR team to contact us!
We prepare our menu items with the utmost consideration for our customers’ health and well-being. Ours is a truly artisanal kitchen. We specialize in offering vegetarian options as well as options for people with gluten, dairy, and other food allergies. We believe that transparency and knowledge are very important when it comes to food and nurturing our community; we are glad to share each ingredient and all the methods of preparation with our customers. We know our food and we are happy to tell you about it! We are passionate about sustainable practices.
Our take-away containers are made from 100% compostable and recycled products. The space we occupy is designed and decorated with reused, recycled, and environmentally friendly materials. We specialize in sustainable organic catering. We have a recycling program within the restaurant and we offer water in pitchers to discourage bottled water consumption.
We do our best to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our restaurant where our customers are greeted with friendly, efficient service. We encourage customer feedback and are always open to suggestions. We value our customers and we do our best to show it! By supporting Chicory Cafe you are helping us change the world…one bite at a time!
Garden Salad Bar
New for the 2014 summer season, we now have a Garden - Salad bar. It is filled with all sorts of fresh and tasty items for you to make your favorite salad. All of the contents are either produced on our farm (Connemara Farm in Hawks) or sourced as locally and as organically as possible.
The salad mix is a combination of our own lettuces and our own young spinach with purchased organic greens. Our radishes are from the farm and we will soon be harvesting snow peas. Check out the "What's New at the Farm" to see what new fresh products are coming from our farm to the Garden Bar (as well as for our soups!)
What's New at the Farm
Almost everything that we produce on our Connemara Farm in Hawks will find it's way to our Chicory Cafe. The season has been a bit cold and production has been slow but we are starting to get some good production started now. We will update this page every week to let you know what is now coming in fresh daily to Chicory Cafe.
This week, we are at the end of our Asparagus and Rhubarb harvest but we are now starting to harvest Salad Greens, Spinach, Radishes and Snow Peas. Our Tomatoes are blossoming and setting fruits so we expect to have tasty Sungolds and Chocolate Pear Tomatoes in about 2 weeks. We are also lucky to have many of our herbs coming now from our garden - Basil, Oregano, Sage, Thyme and Tarragon for our soups and sandwiches are now coming fresh from the farm.