Introducing Leafy Café Express & To Go-Go Menu at THE CLUB, SSI


Here's how it works: From May thru October, the lovely, Leafy food ladies will be in the café kitchen at various times preparing fresh salads, soups smoothies & wraps with organic, and often locally sourced ingredients. These delectable items will then be placed in our case so you can Grab 'n Go whenever you are at The Club! Our menu will feature several protein add-ons for the salads/wraps and fresh smoothies which you can request on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7pm, or when you catch us. At other times, the ladies will make an assortment to be placed in the case, for you at your convenience.
When the Leafy ladies are not present, the support staff at the Club Front Desk will be happy to assist you.

Salads: (rotating on a weekly basis)
Seasonal Mixed Greens Salad $8.00 DF/GF/V
Mixed Greens with Strawberries, Brazil Nuts & Sunflower Seeds. Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side.

Greek Salad $8.00 dressing
contains dairy
Hand Cut Hearts of Romaine, Red Cabbage, Red Onions, English Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives and Green Onions. Paired with Greek Feta & Cucumber Dressing. Vegan option available on request.

Kale Waldorf Salad $8.00 DF/GF/V
Fresh Kale with Sliced Apples, Matchstick Carrots, Celery, Craisins, & Walnuts with a Creamy (no mayo) Date & Apple dressing.

Salad of the week $ Market Price
Each week our salad offering will change, according to what is in season and spectacular! Check the menu board or take a peek in our glass case.

Make any Salad a Wrap!
N/C (When present in the café wraps will be made to order)

Additional Grab 'n Go
Gazpacho $7
A healthy blend of veggies, served as a cold summer soup!

Fresh, Seasonal Soup of the week will rotate with Gazpacho $ Market Price

Greek Yogurt Parfait $4 GF contains dairy
8 oz. of Non-fat Yogurt, Fresh Berries, Super-berry puree and House-Made Granola

Healthy Smoothies and Drinks
Breakfast Smoothie $6 DF/V
Fresh Apple, Banana, Rolled Oats, Peanut Butter and a dash of cinnamon and agave, blended with chocolate almond milk
Fresh Complexion Berry Smoothie
$6 GF contains dairy
A perfect mix of antioxidants from berries with agave, kale & spinach, flaxseed, and nonfat yogurt
Summertime Vacation
$6 DF/GF/V
A fresh blend of pineapple, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and orange juice.

* Smoothies made to order when the Leafy Ladies are in the café kitchen. At other times, there will be a premade smoothie you may purchase from the case.
Iced Coffee & Frappuccinos: Cold-pressed cashew milk iced coffee, unsweetened $3
Blended with Ice $5 & Coconut Ice Cream $6 DF/GF/V



Fruited teas
Black, green or herbal tea, iced with a fruit pairing $3
Fresh Apple, Pineapple or Orange slices adorn Black, Green or Minty herbal tea! A refreshing low calorie beverage with a twist!

Fruited Waters
Refreshing Spring Water with a fruit pairing $3
Fresh Apple, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon or Minted Lime!

Simple Grab Snacks
Chips, Cookies, brownies, muffins, and other baked goods, (When Available) priced as marked
Water, and an assortment of other beverages are available at the Front Desk.

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The New Face at Leafy Cafe: Introducing Jennifer Osburn-Wiemers!

Sometimes, you just don't know what to do next, and then out of the sky drops an angel, steering you into a certain direction and a solution magically appears.

Meet Jennifer Osburn-Wiemers, the new face of Leafy Cafe, at least for the Summer! Jennifer is the angel to whom I refer. As you all know, I head north for the Summers and always struggle with the idea of having to close Leafy Cafe. 
Last year, I literally bumped into  Katie Sims in the Harris Teeter parking lot and a light-bulb went off telling me she would for some reason be interested in carrying on the Leafy Meals to Go Service, and guess what? She DID!! Fantastically, just walked in and took the bull by the horns preparing all of the same fabulous WHOLE PLANT FOODS for anyone who wished to order. YAY! Thanks Katie!!

This year seemed a bit more of a challenge. The club managers really wanted something different in the cafe space in my absence. More like a "real" cafe, with regular hours, a menu, ETC. There was talk of outsourcing the cafe to various and sundry franchise type operations, etc. but how would this work when I returned, and  lucky me, management wanted me back!!
Then another light-bulb moment, how about Leafy Cafe EXPRESS or Grab 'n GO?? A fun new menu with cool, refreshing fare for the Summer!!??
Like that idea??
Well, rewind to March 10. I received an email from a bright young woman who is a dy-no-mite corporate coach, looking to move more towards the wellness field. Jennifer! She sent me a brief bio, she is a recent addition to the Golden Isles and wanted to provide more healthy options for the community. Jennifer was interested in taking a cooking class but it just was not happening for her at the moment. She is planning to become certified as a Health & Wellness Coach through the Mayo Clinic program. 
In the following weeks, she really had to chase me down, I just could not figure  how we would partner or how I could help her in any way. Then, in late March, after much email banter, we arranged a meeting, still no idea of how we could get it together BUT we did start talking about food trucks, her interest in cooking, smoothies and other stuff so the dialogue was morphing into something more than coaching.  Finally, sometime in Late April, the whole plan came together and thus LEAFY CAFE EXPRESS was created, with Jennifer at the Helm!! Double YAY!!

Currently, I am training Jennifer to take the reigns at the Leafy. We will be in the kitchen & cafe 3 evenings each week until I depart. Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 4 - 7. Here is how it works.
Please stop by and welcome Jennifer to The Club. Stay tuned for our MENU, Soft Opening & Tasting Hours AND a Launch Party/Farewell to MiMi event!

Chicken Marbella - Vegan Style!


Do any of you remember the Silver Palate Cookbook? It was one of my favorites back in the 1980's and 90's. Before I decided to go to Culinary School, I was always throwing large, themed  (seriously, with rented china, etc.!) dinner parties and often used the recipes from this particular book. I loved that  type of food and so did everyone who gathered at my table to dine with us.

Fast forward to today... time goes on and things change. I'm not cooking with tons (or even any) olive oil, cream, butter or meat these days. Unless I am cooking for a private client who desires it, most of my meals are no-oil, low fat and VEGAN, And it is this life-giving food my dinner guests usually enjoy when sitting around our table today. 

I have never claimed to be a Vegan, and even though I eat a vegan diet, I am not an ethical vegan or vegetarian by any means. I consider myself a "human health advocate" which is my reason for choosing a Whole Foods, Plant-based Diet for myself and promote this to my clients.
SO,every once in a while, I will cook meat for my non-vegan friends. Such is the case for this Chicken Marbella.

I decided I wanted to make chicken marbella, but what would I use in place of the chicken for myself and David?? I have tried using eggplant, and it works really well too. This time, I thought of these Soy Curls I had recently received. 
Soy Curls from Butler Foods
I had heard about Butler Foods Soy Curls over on Susan V.'s Blog: Fat Free Vegan (one of my very favorites which I recommend to client frequently. HERE are some of her recipes using this versatile product. The recipe I noticed them in was for Mu-Shu Lettuce Wraps which I was making for the Leafy Cafe Meals to Go-Go service. I had never heard of them. I was curious so I ordered some directly from Daniel at Butler Foods. 
The Marbella Marinade
I made the marinade for the real chicken just as it is in the recipe, oil and all. I made my own marinade without the oil, using veggie stock, lemon juice and later, wine, otherwise, it was the same.

The soy curls in the marinade
 I failed to take any photos of the finished dish because I was entertaining a house-full of hungry guests. Both dishes were really enjoyed! The vegan diners (myself and my husband) loved the soy curls prepared in the Marbella style. The chicken eaters loved their version AND many of the non-vegan diners tried the soy curls and LOVED them!! They ate everything!

THANK YOU Daniel and Butler Foods for producing this great, non-gmo, whole food!! Now I have used it in many recipes, including FFV's Mu-Shu Lettuce Wraps!!
If y'all order some curls from the folks at Butler, tell them I sent you!!