News Room | New café opening at Museum
NEW CAFÉ SERVING UP HEALTHY MEALS MADE WITH FOOD SUPPLIED BY LOCAL FARMERS -opening in March
(DURHAM, NC) Come March, The Museum of Life and Science will have a new café, with a new look, new menu and new ownership. After carefully reviewing and meeting with several local restaurant owners who submitted interest through an RFP process, the Museum chose to award the café contract to Tom Meyer, owner of The Q-Shack in Raleigh and Green's Restaurant at UNC Hospital.
“We decided to award the contract to Mr. Meyer because of his commitment to quality service and emphasis on preparing healthy meals that are made using ingredients from local farmers,” says Shawntel Landavazo with the Museum, project leader of the café selection process.
Buying local is the basis of Meyer’s business model. "Foods grown in their unique climates take on the characteristics, or 'tastes' of their places. In North Carolina, we are blessed with a huge assortment of wonderful produce, meats and artisan producers,” says Meyer. The company’s product procurement plan focuses on buying locally when available and regionally when seasons or supply changes.
The buy local message will not only be part of the taste experience, but part of the overall patron experience. Future plans include teaching visitors about the benefits of buying local and to show how food goes from the farm to the table. Implementing exhibits about composting and water reuse and a seasonal garden are currently being discussed between Meyer and the Museum. Programs which focus on the benefits of local produce may also take place in the future.
So what will you find in this new café? Well you won’t find a microwave or chefs opening a can of beans with a can opener. Instead you’ll find fresh collard greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage and an assortment of meats that are free of steroids, pesticides and preservatives and meals that are never cooked in hydrogenated oils. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. And if you suffer from food allergies, the new café includes a prep area where meals can be specially made to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. According to Landavazo, meals will not only be healthy, but reasonably priced and delicious.
The new Sprout café is scheduled to open its doors to the public in March.
The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions, drawing more than 430,000 visitors annually. For more information about the café and the Museum, visit lifeandscience.org or call 919.220.5429.