The Seward Co-op Creamery Café relaunched last fall with a casual, comfortable atmosphere and family-friendly menu. It may be a pit stop on your way to work or a go-to lunch spot or happy hour choice for your family—but to many it’s evolved into more than that. Over the last year, thanks to our staff and community, the space is a venue in which to learn about food by sharing experiences with loved ones and also those who bring it from the farm to the table.
The menu features familiar favorites, as well as several dishes that range from vegetarian sandwiches to classic brunch fare. Local producer, Sonny’s Ice Cream, located in Uptown, provides our hand-dipped ice cream. We also offer local ice cream treats from Sweet Science and Jonny Pops. During warm-weather months, customers can sip a beverage or enjoy a meal on our new patio. The warm and inviting physical space is conducive to conversation and a great location in which to study, enjoy a family meal, or host a business meeting.
The café intentionally sources from local farms that may be too small or lacking the resources to support the sales and customer demand of our retail stores, in an effort to support up-and-coming farmers growing their operations. Plus, it keeps money right here in the community we share. Follow us on social media or subscribe to our eNewsletter for information on attending one of our upcoming Farm Table Dinners, forums or other community events.
Not only does the café rely heavily on many of the small farmers and producers who provide our grocery stores with local ingredients, but we also source from ourselves. Café customers can expect Seward Co-op baked goods, sausage and housemade soups. Keep an eye out for cooperatively handcrafted items for sale in our retails case, like pesto, curry sauce, and jam.
Customers who dine in the café are also supporting the businesses with which Seward Co-op partners. The cooperation within Seward Co-op and among our farmers and diners contributes to the creation of wealth in our community one dish at a time.
Join Seward Co-op, Appetite for Change and Isuroon for an evening with Andy Fisher, author of “Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups.” Come early for dinner and drinks—a full menu will be available at the Seward Co-op Creamery Café. At 7 p.m. Fisher will talk about his ground-breaking work and sign copies of his book.
The 2016 election reminded us of the depth of economic insecurity across America, and of the political implications that come from ignoring this populist angst. The decline of Rust Belt communities since the 1980s has been paralleled by the rapid growth of food banks. Instead of challenging the government and corporations to provide living wages and good jobs, to support unions and oppose globalization, the anti-hunger movement has instead built alliances with Walmart, Tyson, and Monsanto, among other socially irresponsible companies. Big Hunger reveals the damage caused by this hunger-industrial complex, and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement to eliminate hunger through a focus on health, economic justice and local economies.
Dinner Service available from 6-7 p.m.
Drink Service available from 6-8 p.m.