Saturday, April 3, 2010

My First Trip to a Community Restaurant

On Thursday I had the opportunity to eat lunch at One World Spokane.  Located on East Sprague, I had read an article in the S-R last week and was so excited to try it out.  I knew there was one person who would share my enthusiasm.  I called my friend Lindsay, and she was 100% on board.

So here's what it is: A non-profit, community kitchen that provides organic, healthy meals to everyone.  You choose how much food you want and how much to pay.  If you aren't able to pay, you're not turned away, even if you're not able to volunteer your time.

Here's what I had:
  • horseradish and potato soup with kale
  • whole wheat bulgur topped with a tofu and pork curry
  • jicama and bell pepper salad
  • steamed cabbage
  • roasted potatoes seasoned with dill
I had a very small serving of the soup and cabbage (just so I could sample them) and an average serving of the rest.  The diner picks the amount of food to eat so that nothing is wasted.  I ate all of it and decided to pay $4.  Was that enough?  I don't know!  If it had been a "regular restaurant" it would have been over $10.  I believe I was paying for food only, not all the other overhead.  These are the suggested donation amounts: $4 for a small plate, $6- medium and $8-large.

We just missed the mung bean quiche, but it looked fabulous as it came out of the oven.  My meal was wonderful, and we both anticipate going again.  If you want to check it out or learn more here's the info:

1804 E. Sprague
image credit: Spokesman Review

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