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Cafe Gratitude is Closing its Northern California Locations – A Punch in the Stomach to Organic Restaurant Fans

Cafe Gratitude is Closing its Northern California Locations - A Punch in the Stomach to Organic Restaurant Fan

While the title of this blog post may seem overly dramatic to most people, it isn’t to me nor to the countless number of Cafe Gratitude die-hard fans. Because of an impending lawsuit by former employees that is too costly to fight, owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have made the tragic decision to close all […]

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While the title of this blog post may seem overly dramatic to most people, it isn’t to me nor to the countless number of Cafe Gratitude die-hard fans.

Because of an impending lawsuit by former employees that is too costly to fight, owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart have made the tragic decision to close all of Cafe Gratitude’s locations in Northern California.

Why would a restaurant’s closing elicit such a response from me and so many other individuals?

If you’ve been there, you know.

If you haven’t been there and are not an organic food lover, you probably don’t know but let me try to explain.

Aside from the fact that Cafe Gratitude is one of the most well-known organic restaurants in the country, it is just a very, very special place. Read more »


Dave’s Gourmet Wants to Pay You up to $1,000,000 for Your Amazing Homemade Sauce

Dave's Gourmet Wants to Pay You up to $1,000,000 for Your Amazing Homemade Sauce

The maker of one of my absolute favorite organic pasta sauces, Dave’s Gourmet, whose sauces have won best in the industry awards two years in a row, is running a very interesting contest right now. Instead of offering someone a few thousand dollars for a great recipe, Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge is taking it to […]

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The maker of one of my absolute favorite organic pasta sauces, Dave’s Gourmet, whose sauces have won best in the industry awards two years in a row, is running a very interesting contest right now.

Instead of offering someone a few thousand dollars for a great recipe, Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge is taking it to a whole new level.

If Dave’s Gourmet thinks that your pasta sauce, dip or salsa is that unique, the company will manufacture and sell it, and you could earn up to $1,000,000 in royalties for the first six years.

According to Dave Hirschkop, founder of Dave’s Gourmet, “I know that somewhere, someone is home making their own sauce because they know it’s better than anything they can get at the supermarket. Well, I want that sauce. I want to manufacture it and bring it to people around the world. The only problem I’ve had in that equation was how to find it.” Read more »


My Analysis of Starbucks’ $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

My Analysis of Starbucks' $30M Acquisition of Evolution Fresh, Getting into the Organic Juice Business

Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry. Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and […]

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Yesterday, Starbucks announced that it had purchased Evolution Fresh for $30 million in cash and held a conference call formally disclosing its plans to enter the $50 billion health and wellness industry.

Started by Jimmy Rosenberg, the original founder of Naked Juice, Evolution Fresh is a California-based company that sells a line of organic and non-organic pressed juices in retail locations on the West Coast.

This acquisition by Starbucks is just the first step of a large strategic initiative to tap into the growing health and wellness sector. Read more »


The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it. We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible. […]

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For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it.

We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible.

We know that food is medicine.

Yet, there are too many people out there who are just not that concerned about the food that goes into their bodies. They largely assume that since our government allows it on the shelf, it is safe.

Well, maybe the recent news will make them think otherwise. Read more »


Survey: 78% of U.S. Families Say They Purchase Organic Foods

Survey: 78% of U.S. Families Say They Purchase Organic Foods

Recently, I wrote about a USDA report that said more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers buy organic products at least occasionally and 28% buy organic products weekly. Well, the favorable news just keeps pouring in. In partnership with KIWI Magazine, the Organic Trade Association polled nearly 1,300 U.S. families about their attitudes and behaviors relating […]

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Recently, I wrote about a USDA report that said more than two-thirds of U.S. consumers buy organic products at least occasionally and 28% buy organic products weekly.

Well, the favorable news just keeps pouring in.

In partnership with KIWI Magazine, the Organic Trade Association polled nearly 1,300 U.S. families about their attitudes and behaviors relating to organic food.

Highlights of the study include: Read more »


Expert: U.S. Soil Has Much Higher Levels of Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Than Previously Thought

Expert: U.S. Soil Has Much Higher Levels of Radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Than Previously

In the end, it is all about soil. Rich, nutrient-dense soil plays a huge role in the level of nutrition in food. Healthy soil = healthy food. (This assumes organic seeds, not genetically-modified seeds, of course.) There was some very grim news that I heard about recently, and it has to do with the quality […]

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In the end, it is all about soil.

Rich, nutrient-dense soil plays a huge role in the level of nutrition in food. Healthy soil = healthy food. (This assumes organic seeds, not genetically-modified seeds, of course.)

There was some very grim news that I heard about recently, and it has to do with the quality of our soil, as a result of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.

After the earthquake in Japan, scientists at UC-Berkeley (UCB) measured the radiation levels of soil in various parts of California. Read more »


USDA Announces Amazing Statistics, Gives $19M in Grants for Organic Food

USDA Announces Amazing Statistics, Gives $19M in Grants for Organic Food

I’ve always known that organic food is the healthiest food that we can put into our bodies and is truly what people want to be eating. The Thomson Reuters report a few months ago confirmed this when it claimed that 58% of the country prefers organic food. But what I read the other day really […]

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I’ve always known that organic food is the healthiest food that we can put into our bodies and is truly what people want to be eating.

The Thomson Reuters report a few months ago confirmed this when it claimed that 58% of the country prefers organic food.

But what I read the other day really blew me away. Read more »