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...

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...

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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