Abundance Café, a locally owned pop-up café, is returning once again to the Old Town marquee to serve up delicious home-cooked meals that are also highly health-conscious. Through November and December, Abundance Café will be set up each Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular COVID-19 safety measures including masks and social distancing will be required.
Erin Meadows began Abundance Café as a way to bring gourmet healthy food for people with dietary restrictions to Lansing. She makes it a point to have unique recipes that aren’t commonly found across town, and she sources all of her ingredients as locally as she possibly can.
“I make healthy, made from scratch food using local ingredients whenever possible. I don’t use any preservatives or artificial anything,” Meadows said. “I also specialize in providing a lot of vegan and gluten-free options.”
Meadows knows what its like to have a restrictive diet, as she abstains from dairy, beef, pork and soy. She wanted her own restaurant to be a safe haven for selective eaters. “When I go out to eat, I have a hard time finding things I can actually eat. So, I know the dilemma, and that’s part of the reason why I started this business,” Meadows said. “People can come here, eat and feel good without compromising their health.”
This week’s series of cafés features butternut squash soup, white bean chicken chili, divine vegan lentil soup, apple basil chicken salad, vegan Mediterranean salad, maple Dijon coleslaw with toasted pecans, salmon dill salad, vegan black bean burgers with quinoa and sweet potatoes, chicken salad sandwiches and stuffed acorn squash. Side dishes include rolls, popcorn and deviled eggs. On Saturdays, you can purchase croissants and muffins from Stone Circle Bakehouse and gluten-free treats from Gluten-Free Rox. Some other local goods available at Abundance Café include Apple Blossom kombucha, Rust Belt Roastery coffee, hot sauce from Grand Traverse Sauce Co. and tea from Divine Lotus Tearoom & Spa.
Meadows believes that good food is an important component of being in a good mood. If you eat healthy, you’ll feel all the better for it. “If I do go out and eat fast food, it will make me feel kind of crappy. A lot of people eat that stuff so regularly it doesn’t occur to them. But it’s important to eat healthy in order to feel good and have a good energy level,” Meadows said.
She hinted that if Abundance Café pops off and receives especially high demand, she might have a special encore series of pop-ups in January.
“If things go well, we might go into January. But for now, we’re taking it slow with just two months to get started,” Meadows said.
Through November & December
Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Old Town Marquee
319 Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Lansing