Pomegranate in the Media
September 26, 2013 | New Times Best Of: South Phoenix Coffee House
"Pomegranate Café is as much about fresh juices, teas, and gluten-free, organic, local and vegan cuisine as it is about the coffee — maybe more so. But that suits us just fine when we're in South Phoenix, because it's nice to have a cafe to go to when we want a caffeine rush with a side of über-healthy. The kombucha and.... " More
September 26, 2013 | New Times Best Of: Vegetarian Restaurant
"This cheery, mother-daughter eatery in Ahwatukee serves up big, bursting-with-color dishes of fresh vegetables and grains, fruit-packed smoothies and veggie juices, and an ever-changing array of homemade sweet treats. There are very good lunch and dinner items here — like bulky "Rainbow" wraps, a lively, Southwestern-inspired blue corn taco salad, and a nutty and spicy stir-fry called the Dragon. Brunch.... " More
May 10, 2013 | Taste - Arizona Foothills
Best Gluten-Free Dining in Phoenix
"Phoenix’s family-owned (brought to us by a mother and daughter duo) award-winning Pomegranate Cafe proves that healthful food doesn’t have to be boring food. Gluten-free diners can dig into a number of dishes, including the Raw Super Green Kale Salad, veggie-stuffed Rainbow Roll...." More
March 12, 2013 | Forbes Lifestyle
"This charming mother-daughter restaurant serves lunch (try Greek Isle Quesadilla with sunflower ranch dip) and dinner (raw Lasagna with zucchini noodles), but their brunch deserves special praise. Start the day under an umbrella at one of the outside tables and feast on tempeh bacon, egg or tofu scrambles with fresh veggies and a side of harvest hash." Article
September, 2012 | Phoenix NewTimes
Best Phoenix Vegan Restaurant of 2012
"The best thing about this cute little eatery in Ahwatukee, owned and operated by mother-daughter team Marlene and Cassie Tolman, is the emphasis on tasty, healthy food...." More
November 12, 2012 | Phoenix NewTimes
"RAW Berry Cheesecake from Pomegranate Café
"Pomegranate Café makes a lot of incredible -- and typically very healthy -- lunch and dinner items that we want the recipes for, but if we can only get one, we have to know what goes into the RAW berry cheesecake (or any of the cheesecakes, for that matter). We know the crust is made from dates, nuts, and coconut and that cashews are somehow included, but how does all that turn into anything like cheesecake? And how do they jam so much fruit flavor into the bite-size portions? We have too many questions and not enough answers."
August 16, 2012 | Phoenix NewTimes
... "If, by chance, I lived in a house made of vegetables, I hope it would be built by Pomegranate Café's mother-daughter chef duo Marlene and Cassie Tolman.
"I could picture myself falling back into a comfy chair of deep purple cabbage leaves and munching on pillows of collard greens stuffed with crunchy bright red and yellow peppers; lazily plucking thin strands of ...
"All this from a meat-eating gal of Midwestern stock...." More
July 16, 2012 | ASU Superstition Review
... "Poetry and culinary magic unite at Pomegranate Café, an Ahwatukee restaurant that focuses on a new way of eating. By 'utilizing fresh organic ingredients' to 'tempt the palate and create wellbeing,' Pomegranate Café’s ever-expanding menu defies the idea that healthy foods must lack flavor. My experiences at Pomegranate Café have confirmed that the health foods at Pomegranate Café are true indulgences, delivering tastes of wondrous vibrancy in every bite." More
June 22, 2012 | Phoenix NewTimes
... "Drink This: Paypaya Sunset Smoothie from Pomegranate Cafe -- If you can't make it to the beach, head over to Ahwatukee's vegan cafe for one of their refreshing (and super healthy) Papaya Sunset Smoothies...." More
May 18, 2012 | Phoenix New Times
"Dessert isn't supposed to be healthy, but that doesn't mean that it has to be entirely bad for you, either. Pomegranate Café's large selection of pastries and desserts expertly toes this line, bringing the best of both worlds: indulgence and health-consciousness. All desserts are made in-house from organic ingredients, all-natural sweeteners, alternative flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, dates, and high-quality fats...." More >
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April 28, 2012 | Ahwatukee Foothills News
... "We have so many people who die-hard support us because they support our mission," Cassie said. "If it doesn't work right for us one day they'll come back and continue to support us because they want us to succeed and they want a business like us to succeed. It's really people saying: what do we want from our community and from the world? I think the vote is for small business, local and for people who have their hearts in the right place. That's really what people are supporting."
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"My interest in poetry and literature helped me conceptualize Pomegranate Cafe by supporting the idea that ordinary, everyday work can lead to magic. Opening Pomegranate Cafe has been transformative. Through lots of hard work and practice, what was once an empty, abandoned wine bar in a strip mall is now a bustling, thriving, vibrant cafe!"
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April 7, 2012 | Veggie Fitness
"Pomegranate Cafe is a vegan restaurant but they do offer some things in vegetarian form if you ask. They offer lots of raw and gluten-free options and even if something is not gluten-free just ask and they maybe able to make it happen. And last but not least they use local, organic produce to create their amazingly healthy dishes. This place is the real deal, real food made with love.
February 11, 2012 | The Pedaling Chef
"I had a great time. My meal was filling but because it was made of such pure ingredients, it fueled me without weighing me down at all. I also got a lot of inspiration for future dishes that I will cook. This place really epitomized my love for healthy food done in a creative way, and I am glad to have discovered it!"
~ Mael Glon
January 31, 2012 | Ten Favorite Vegetarian Entrees in Metro Phoenix Phoenix New Times Blogs
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January, 2012 | LifeStyle - Where to Eat - Best Breakfast Spot: Phoenix Magazine, page 86
January, 2012 | 9 Top Valley Vegetarian Spots AZ Central Community Voices
December, 2011 | Ten Best Breakfast/Brunch Restaurants in Phoenix, AZ! TenBest
November 28, 2011 | Pomegranate Café Now Open for Dinner Phoenix NewTimes
June 11, 2011 | Pomegranate in the News! Ahwatukee.com
June, 2011 | Pomegranate in video for the Organic Foods lesson for the Boys & Girls Club program on Sustainability! Click to watch >
May, 2011 | AirTran Magazine
Must be that lady who came in and got a few smoothies ;-) !
April 13, 2011 | Pomegranate on Check, Please! Channel 8
November 4, 2010 | Haute Living
Pomegranate Cafe may be fairly new (it opened fall 2009), but it's already won us over. This charming neighborhood cafe was established by mother-daughter team Marlene and Cassie Tolman and appropriately serves nutritious, family-friendly food with wonderful presentation for breakfast and lunch. And these women know their stuff: ... More
October, 2010 | PHOENIX Magazine
... This casual café looks as cheerful and fresh as its ingredients, all bright with butter yellow walls lined with bottles arranged on shelves, loads of fresh flowers and art, and the most attention-grabbing attraction of it all: the cooks working in the open kitchen on rainbow-colored cakes, salads, sandwiches, wraps and bowls.... More
October 19, 2010 | AZ Central.com - The Arizona Republic
Pomegranate Café rides wave of popularity for vegetarian restaurants
Ahwatukee eatery cites health consciousness, wide appeal for success
When the Pomegranate Cafe opened last February, it added Ahwatukee to the sites of the growing wave of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the Valley. More >
September 7, 2010 | Vegan Conversion Challenge (Blog)
August 4, 2010 | Gluten Free in AZ (Blog)
July 23, 2010 | AZ Central.com - by Tram Mai
Valley Dish: Pomegranate Café, Ahwatukee
At Pomegranate Café in Ahwatukee, mother-daughter owners Marlene and Cassie Tolman believe healthful food should taste better and be good for you. Marlene is the creative pastry chef and Cassie is the nature-inspired chef behind the menu. > More
An organic cafe that will tempt the mind and the enrich the soul
Marlene and Cassie are a mother and daughter vegan duo that imaged a place where natural and delicious come together in an earth-minded atmosphere. A place where locally grown ingredients make the menu come to life with bold seasonal fruits and vegetables. The culinary seed was planted and sprouted in the fall of 2009.
Marlene, the mother, backs up a traditional pastry background with a certificate in Patisserie and Baking from Scottsdale Culinary Institute’s Cordon Bleu. She satisfies the sweet tooth with all natural favorites such as raw cheesecakes and raw donut holes that are mixture of raw cacao and pineapple. > More