About Pomegranate Café & Us

Our Story

Pomegranate Café began as a shared dream between mother and daughter, Cassie and Marlene Tolman. Their vision was to create a space where delicious flavor and nutritious ingredients came together with extraordinary service in a unique, earth-conscious environment. With those elements in place a seed was planted, and in the new year of 2010 Pomegranate grew into a lovely little neighborhood café.

Cassie and Marlene

Marlene and Cassie

Marlene & Cassie come to Pomegranate with distinctive backgrounds.

Marlene has decades of experience in the non-profit sector. She also earned a Certificate in Patisserie and Baking from Scottsdale Culinary Institute’s Cordon Bleu. She is especially skilled at making ideas come alive with a practical application.

Cassie is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Cookery School, NYC (the oldest and most prestigious vegetarian culinary school in the country). Her culinary adventures stretch from cooking private meals for individuals 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.


POM Team

Pomegranate is run by a tight knit community of people who take pride in all that we do. We are creative, collaborative, joy-filled, supportive, conscious and heart-centered. Scroll down to meet our Staff!

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Our Community, Our Earth

Pomegranate 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: Sunizona Family Farms, Maya's Farm, Sky Hi Sprouts, Benny Blanco Homemade Tortillas, Chakra 4 Herb Co, Cave Creek Coffee Roastery, Kejiwa Kombucha, TOCA (Tohono O’Odham Community Action), Crooked Sky Farms, Agritopia, Jnantik, TRUCE

Pomegranate’s Philosophy

Revitalizing food and pure flavors are at the heart of what we do. We make everything from scratch with the highest quality, nutrient rich, organic, whole, plant-based ingredients. Our food & drinks are fresh, full of life, nourishing, vibrant, delicious, from the earth, served with consciousness and beauty.   

How organic are we? ALL of our produce is 100% ORGANIC. Almost all other ingredients (dried goods, grains & beans, spices, nuts, alternative milks, oils, etc.) are ORGANIC, with only a few small exceptions. We are very, very conscious to use only the highest quality ingredients and do not cut corners. We are 100% non GMO and do everything we can to ensure that we are supporting companies and growers who share our philosophy.

Vegetable wrap with flowers.