The Slow Food UW Café is weekly event on Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30pm at the Crossing, 1127 University Avenue. We serve a main and two sides à la carte style. The menu changes each week and based on seasonality and locality. When planning our menus we start with what is available at local farmers markets in an effort to support local economies, reduce our contribution to unseen industries and get the best possible food to our customers. Our weekly menus are posted on our website and on our Facebook page.
The cost of the ‘works’ varies between $5 and $8 each week based purely on the cost of ingredients. Individual items are priced separately. In addition, we also serve Just Coffee (both a dark and a light roast) and NessAlla Kumbucha.
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.
Café confronts the issue of food insecurity in two major ways. Firstly, we offer a Pay It Forward program, which allows customers to either make a donation for the cost of a meal or to take a free meal from a previous donation. Secondly, we donate any left over items to our local food pantry.
If you’d like to contact our director, head chef or one of our interns, you can find more information here.