Slow Food Cafe Grand Opening

Today marked the grand opening of this year’s Slow Food UW Cafe. It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for since last May, when the cafe shut its doors for summer break. But now that fall semester is in full swing, I’m looking forward to getting back to my weekly Wednesday lunch routine—enjoying fresh, local, creative and affordable meals imagined and prepared by enthusiastic students who are passionate about good food. 

From this week’s menu, I chose the Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus Veggie Pita; the Pear, Greens and Goat Cheese Salad; the Red Bell Pepper and Sweet Corn Soup; and the Ginger Melon Mint Ice Cream. It seemed like the most nutrient-packed meal I’ve had in weeks. All the dishes I tried were winners in my book, but I particularly enjoyed the interesting flavors of the ice cream. I don’t even like melons, but this ice cream was delicious and so unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. 

I joined my friends Eric and Mary for lunch. That’s another part I enjoy about cafe lunches—you never know who you’re going to meet. Even when I come alone (as I did today), I always seem to run into someone I know or meet new friends.

I also noticed and appreciated a few of the small changes that were implemented for this year’s cafe—nice, black “Slow Food UW” aprons for the cooks, a pitcher of water on each table, table tents with more info about one of the farmers from whom some of the meal’s ingredients are sourced, as well as greater efficiency in the order/pay line.

I can’t wait until next Wednesday. It’s going to be a great year!

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