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September 15, 2017

We have spent our summer connecting and continuing with the tasks necessary to open a restaurant on practically ZERO budget. Thank God for volunteers!

We held two volunteer meetings this summer and were able to add some key people to our group to help delegate and manage our growing to-do list: taking inventory of the kitchen, talking with the PA Department of Health, building connections with farms and Farm to Table efforts, growing our own food, connecting...

August 30, 2017

Hi Soul Platter Cafe Friends!  It's been longer than we've liked since writing a blog entry.  I like to think it reflects how much activity we've had preparing for the cafe and welcoming guests to the Red Mission House this summer.

Before the teams arrived this summer, my husband Jim and I had a chance to escape to Orlando for a few days.  Jim was attending a business conference at The Coronado Springs Disney Resort and I decided to tag along.

The confer...

June 9, 2017

Hi all, Sarah Sedgwick here to introduce you to our third blogger.  This month's blog was written by our third "core" member, Stefanie DuRussell.  Stefanie was born and raised in DuBois, then spent many years near Harrisburg.  She has returned to DuBois with her husband, John, and their two pups.  Stefanie and John are creating outdoor gardens in the Red Mission House backyard and help maintain an aquaponic garden on the property of First United Presbyteria...

May 22, 2017

I think all good gardens come with a few little surprises.

The aquaponic garden, tendered by members of the First United Presbyterian Church of DuBois, is no different. My daughter and I were invited over to pick some herbs and kale ready to be harvested from one of the church property basements. What a surprise we were in for to find luscious herbs growing from ... rocks... in early May and nourished organically from fresh water fertilized by... live tilapi...

May 8, 2017

I am SO excited to be a part of the core team opening The Soul Platter Cafe.  Even though we didn't get "serious" about our "pay what you can" cafe  until last fall, many of us have been dreaming about the possibility for several years.  It all seemed overwhelming when we thought about location, cost, and need for volunteers.  The desire was real, but obstacles seemed to be in the way.

I'm the pastor at First United Presbyterian Church and our...

April 29, 2017

The Soul Platter Cafe is an affiliate member of the One World Everbody Eats Foundation. As a member, we aim to follow the spirit of the organization’s SEVEN Core Values: •Pay-what-you-can pricing •Patrons choose their own portion size •Healthy, seasonal food is served whenever available •Patrons may volunteer in exchange for a meal •Volunteers are used to the maximum extent possible to staff the organization •Paid staff earn a living wage •A community table...

April 29, 2017

It started out innocently enough.

"Let's sell some soup to make a little money to start the café." A few of us had met in the fall of 2016 to share our ideas about visions for a restaurant that served patrons regardless of their ability to pay. In those earlier days we were thinking about buying mixed pattered bowls and trendy décor, like a tobacco basket for the mantel and a farm table.

So we made up an order form and decided upon cheesy broccoli soup. We pr...

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