It’s been nearly a year since I learned, via Anika at Seattle Vegan Score, that Cortona Cafe in the Central Area makes vegan waffles, and awesome ones at that. This spring, I finally got down there myself to experience the joy of vegan waffles I didn’t make, and indeed, a joy it was:
Look at those beauties! And the café is just about the coziest spot you can imagine, with lovely light coming in to highlight the wonderful architecture of the two-level space.
Not in the market for waffles? They also have vegan (and non-vegan) pastries, espresso, beer and wine. As of July, they also have black-eyed pea hummus, which I will be needing to try.
And then today, I spotted this piece, by another Seattle Times colleague, talking about STARTS (Students Taking Agriculture ‘Round The Streets), an internship program started by one of the owners of Cortona, which teaches teens from the neighborhood about the food business, all the way from growing and harvesting food to kitchen skills and market research on what recipes customers prefer. The program sounds fun and extremely useful to participants, and the icing on the cake is that the interns have been developing pizza recipes to be used at Cortona Cafe, one of which will be vegan and gluten-free. I, for one, will be watching @CortonaCafe for the launch of that new pizza.