Pomegranate Café began as a shared dream between mother and daughter, Cassie & Marlene Tolman. Their vision was to create a community space where delicious flavor & nutritious ingredients came together with friendly service in a creative, earth-conscious environment. A seed was planted, and in the new year of 2010 Pomegranate grew into a lovely little neighborhood café.
Marlene and Cassie come to Pomegranate with distinctive backgrounds.
Marlene raised five children on healthy, wholesome, homemade meals. She has decades of experience in the non-profit sector. Marlene was instrumental in creating the non-profit Kid's Voting, and helped it grow from a small local project to a national organization in over 40 states. After all her children were grown, Marlene earned a Certificate in Patisserie and Baking from Scottsdale Culinary Institute’s Cordon Bleu. Marlene is especially skilled at making ideas come alive with a practical application.
Cassie is a graduate of the Chef's Training Program in the art of healthful cooking at The Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC. Her culinary adventures stretch from preparing private meals for individuals, children and communities to traditional restaurant experience. Cassie’s skill and experience in the kitchen are mixed with a heaping dose of imagination and an appetite for new flavors. Cassie is a creative at heart - she loves playful collaboration that often involves colorful messes and lots of fun.
Cassie & Marlene recognize how lucky they are to serve their community while doing something they love.
About Pomegranate Cafe
Revitalizing food and pure flavors are at the heart of what we do. We make everything from scratch (from mouth-watering latte's with hand-crafted POMilk to wholesome breads and raw crackers) with the highest quality, nutrient rich, organic, whole, plant-based ingredients.
Pomegranate Cafe values the symbiotic relationship we share with the earth and recognizes the local community as our livelihood.
We support small, local farmers and artisans who share our commitment to providing exceptional products with ecologically responsible methods.
Local Artisans & Farmers we support: Crooked Sky Farms, McClendon's Select Farm, Maya's Farm, Sunizona Family Farms, Truce, Peixoto Coffee, Jnantik, Doc's Artisan Ice Cream, Wild Tonic Kombucha, Loose Leaf Tea Market, Benny Blanco's Homemade Tortillas, Recycle City, Ramona Farms, Green Goddess Ferments, Majestic Garlic, Lafayette Ceramics, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Pillsbury Wine Company