Organic garden cafe // Beverly, MA
Just five years prior to opening Organic Café, Robert Reid, also known as Rawbert, was a tax accountant who knew next to nothing about nutrition. He became passionate about holistic medicine and vegetarianism when his sister-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Though she did pass away, Reid was able to help her live a year and a half longer than her diagnosis. He then decided to share what he had learned by holding events such as recipe classes and seminars about the powers of holistic healing and natural foods.
Eventually, Reid found that the best way to reach out to as many people as possible was to put his culinary skills to good use. He decided to open up a restaurant where he would be able to explain the faults in the standard American diet through food that is both aesthetically pleasing and delicious. After years of research on nutrition and the benefits of a raw diet, Reid decided in 1999 to share his newfound passion with others in the area. The result was a café boasting a raw vegan menu that provides an abundance of living nutrients. Now, 16 years later, the Organic Café is a Cabot Street staple with a following of loyal customers.
Kathy Steward, a familiar smiling face, has been working at the restaurant for three years. She explained that she started out eating at the café and they just happened to be hiring at a time when she was looking for a job. She quickly discovered that the other employees at Organic Café were on a similar path towards healthy living. Steward describes the café as a peaceful, positive environment of like-minded people. In the few years that she has been employed by Reid, Steward has learned so much about the importance of what we consume on a daily basis and regards her time there as an incredible learning experience.
The concept of this type of cuisine is to use organic foods, avoid animal products, and use as little heat as possible to provide the freshest, most flavorful and nutrient-rich dishes possible. This small café is perfect for hearty lunches or diner dinners at indoor or outdoor tables, or even for grab-and-go snacks. In recent years, Organic Café has expanded to include special events such as a fixed-price Valentine’s Day menu, catering, and is now open for lunch on Mondays!
I try to urge as many people as I can to taste Organic Café’s incredible dishes, especially those who are not necessarily the most vegetarian-friendly. The consensus? Organic Café is a fabulous find for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Personally, my favorites are the black bean bowl, nut butter squash ravioli, and the kale chips. The desserts are to die for; try the tiramisu, you will not be sorry. Head over to Cabot Street and see for yourself! Don’t forget to mention that you’re a student — you will receive a sweet 10% discount.