The Cafe was born Spring of 2011 and followed in the footsteps of the Family Dinner Nights by serving affordable food on campus. Our staff is divided into two groups, suppliers and cooks. Our suppliers have a broad network of local farmers and producers from whom they source ingredients. Our cooks work to transform those ingredients into delicious and beautiful weekly meals.

How to Attend

When: Every Wednesday from 11:30-1:30pm
Where: The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue*
What: We serve a main, two sides, a dessert, Just Coffee, and NessAlla Kombucha à la carte style. The menu changes each week and based on seasonality and locality. You can find our weekly menus on our Facebook page.
Cost: The cost of the ‘works’ varies between $5 and $8 each week based purely on the cost of ingredients. Individual items are priced separately.

We do not want our prices to prevent you from being a part of our Slow Food community. If our prices are prohibitive, please use our Pay It Forward program. Customers make donations so that we can provide a meal to you free of charge. Simply ask one of our cashiers to use Pay It Forward.

We have a weekly vegetarian option and do our best to make everything vegan or gluten-free although we are not a certified gluten free kitchen.

How it works: Slow Food UW serves a wide variety of people. Some people choose to donate to our Pay It Forward program, which covers the cost of a meal for anyone who chooses to use it. If you would like your meal provided for you, simply ask a cashier at the front of the line to use Pay It Forward. You will be able to choose any combination of items on the menu, just as you would do without Pay It Forward. The only difference is that we provide the meal at no cost to you.

Cafe Interns

Neil Janes, Director


Mason Purtell, Head Chef

Olivia Turney   |   Zoe Snyder   |   Monica Stark   |   Emily Ratner


Mackenzie Sachs, Head Supplier

Liz Schnee   |   Vilde King   |   Alexandra McCann   |   Mei Linn McKinnley

*The Crossing has been a generous host for our events since we began. Slow Food UW is not affiliated with any religious organization.