Ellen Meade assumed ownership of the health food store in Gulfside Village less than a year ago, and she’s now clearly accomplished her short-term goal of establishing a sense of community.
The store’s mission of “making healthy living delicious” and “creating a nourishing environment utilizing an array of high quality products to support you and the planet” is exemplified in everything from the products on her shelves to, well, the actual shelves.
The quaint tables in the new eat-in or take-out café were purchased from a used restaurant supply store, reconfigured and refinished by local craftsmen. Bookshelves that were underutilized when Meade took over were deconstructed and used to separate the reading area and café space.
Chef Tanya Green admitted that she couldn’t help but smile recently as she watched four customers quickly make conversation over smoothies and shakes.
“It’s really amazing to see people who don’t even know each other pull their tables together and strike up a conversation,” said the experienced chef who’s now navigating the world of vegan and raw food.
Meade, a certified raw food chef, said people are often turned off by “raw” and “vegan” food simply because they don’t know how amazing it can be.
So, how would she describe Food for Thought cuisine?
“Extraordinary, radically natural and wickedly nutritious!” she offered.
The Weekly Newspapers recently sampled the cashew and celery soup with a slice of manna bread and ginger mint iced tea. Not only were we pleasantly surprised at such a refreshing combination, but totally satiated and completely full!
Rick Sherman has only recently discovered the newly opened café after his daughter visited for the holidays.
“My daughter and granddaughter both have very restricted diets, so we came in here to check it out,” he explained as he paid for his lentil soup and cashew celery soup to go. “I’ve been a pretty regular customer now for the past ten days or so.”
Long time friends Sandra Bradshaw and Jackie McGuire caught up over Asian Salads of zucchini noodles, mushrooms, sprouts, carrot curls, celery, red pepper, red onions, cucumbers and cashews on a bed of romaine and cabbage topped with a tahini sesame dressing.
“We just love Tanya and Ellen, and the café is so new and absolutely wonderful,” Bradshaw gushed.
Meade admits she regularly fields questions about common ailments and illnesses and eagerly offers suggestions for natural alternatives to modern medicine.
From detoxifying your liver after loads of holiday parties to boosting immunity and clearing skin, Food for Thought offers a tea, supplement or herbal remedy to cure what ails you.
Lower your blood pressure. Boost antioxidants. Pump up your energy levels.
Food for Thought not only offers the information and resources, they will soon be offering organic produce and bulk pantry supplies like whole raw nuts and dried fruits to help you build your own favorite recipes.
Meade said in an effort to continue to expand the healthy community she’s worked to establish, Food for Thought will soon offer classes and lectures open to the public.
“I’m willing to bring in anyone who has helpful, useful knowledge on just about any topic,” the energetic owner explained.
Longtime friends Sandra Bradshaw and Jackie McGuire caught up over a couple of Asian Salads at the newly opened Food for Though Café in Gulfside Village.
Rick Sherman only recently discovered Food for Thought after his health-conscious daughter and granddaughter visited him over the holidays. On cold days like these, he thoroughly enjoys homemade lentil soup with a slice of multi grain manna bread.
Creamy cashew soup
Feed your body and soul with a bowl of Creamy Cashew and Celery Soup while you sip on a fresh brewed Ginger and Mint Iced Tea.
One of the many new items in Food for Thoughts continually growing product lines is Yerba Maté. This energizing herb tea from South America provides energy, mental clarity and alertness without the jittery side effects of coffee. Yerba Maté also provides an excellent source of antioxidants – as much as four to six times higher that green tea!