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an interview with cassie tolman (owner) courtesy: "healing with gaia" 

This interview is with the co-owner of Pomegrante Café in Awhatukee, Arizona. This café is awesome because they purchase most of their stuff from local farms, they also compost with Recycled City, and they are huge in supporting the community with promoting other's small businesses/ and crafts.

December 28, 2015

Phoenix Magazine - Dining

75 Best Dishes in the Valley

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"The most iconic. The most creative. The best specimen of a beloved breed.
These were our pillars as we embarked on a mission to celebrate the finest in Phoenix-area dish design. 
"Then we squeezed a few of the chefs for their recipes, so you can mimic their magic at home. Enjoy!

... "15. ELEPHANT CURRY BOWL at Pomegranate Café
No elephants were harmed in the making of this carne-free carnival of flavors. In fact, $1 of the proceeds from each bowl goes to Wildlife SOS, a rescue and conservation charity. The name is a nod to the Indian influences – coconut and curry – in this world-tour toss of vegetables and vegan protein whistlestopping in Argentina and Mexico for chimichurri and pico de gallo."

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"When mother-daughter duo Cassie and Marlene Tolman were preparing to open the Pomegranate Café in Ahwatukee, daughter Cassie was following a raw foods diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. 'If you’re being strict about it, you get hungry,' she says. With that in mind, she devised a wrap sandwich for the restaurant using sturdy collard greens in place of a tortilla to stave off the hunger.

"The Rainbow Wrap ($12) is typically stuffed with a bounty of raw organic vegetables – shredded purple cabbage and carrots, sliced crisp rainbow peppers, ripe tomatoes and chunks of avocado. Sometimes Cassie throws in jalapeños and other seasonal produce. 'I want color and crunch, texture and freshness,' she says...." Link to article

Forbes, March 12, 2013 | Forbes Lifestyle


Delicious & Healthy: 10 Top Wholesome U.S. Restaurants

"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


Apr. 21, 2010 | AZ Central.com - The Arizona Republic - by Cathryn Creno


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