“If it grows right here, we’re juicing it,” says Lauren Tanchum, chief operations supervisor and head chef at Cafe Joust, an natural juice bar and plant-forward cafe she began with the assist of her husband, Devin. After two years spent in Rhinebeck as a takeout window, in February, Cafe Joust moved from its unique location to a brand new dwelling in Catskill.
Raised in Brooklyn, Tanchum’s love for wellness was sparked throughout her years spent residing together with her husband on the West Coast. “Dwelling in a spot like LA the place all the things grows 12 months spherical, it’s so simple to stay off the land and exhausting to disregard the vegatables and fruits,” says Tanchum. Each her and her husband realized about diet and uncooked meals, modifying their very own food regimen, and taking good care of their our bodies in a brand new approach. Tanchum grew to become additional linked to uncooked meals and veganism when serving to a buddy open his personal vegan bakery. This ardour, coupled together with her expertise in yoga, constructed the muse of wellness data that she wanted to start out her personal enterprise. “I consider really that if we’re feeling good in our our bodies, the end result is a form of reverberation,” explains Tanchum.
Upon shifting to the Hudson Valley in March of 2020, the Tanchums had been motivated to deliver a wholesome and various menu to their neighborhood, and leaned on the experience they’d gained in a hotter local weather. The unique Rhinebeck menu was filled with tropical choices that you just may discover on menus in LA or Hawaii. Step by step, nonetheless, they started pushing for a extra region-focused menu. Imported elements on Cafe Joust’s menu, comparable to citrus or pineapple, are extraordinarily restricted. “We attempt to preserve issues as native as potential, showcase what’s rising within the space, 12 months spherical,” says Tanchum.
The intricacy and creativity of the menu reaffirms the abundance of the area’s produce. The juices are heavy with regionally grown celery, ginger, kale, turmeric, carrots, and extra. The G.B.O.M.B.S. Macrobiotic Salad ($14) embodies the unique flavors featured at Café Joust, served with tenderized kale, stewed black beans, crimson onions, shiitake bacon, cherry tomatoes, superseed combine, roasted crimson beets, Woodland Pantry kraut, and miso-tahini. Different menu objects embrace their fan-favorite brown rice bowl ($12) with black and crimson beans, pico de gallo, avocado, miso-tahini, kalamata olives, and shiitake bacon; and the avocado toast ($10) on focaccia from Catskill Bread Co. Café Joust additionally gives a big selection of coffees and teas alongside their many juices.
Working Cafe Joust just isn’t a easy feat, because it requires the complicated coordination of the various elements coming from a lot of native farms all through the Hudson Valley, together with Montgomery Place Orchards, Samescott’s Backyard Market, Inexperienced Owl Farm, Mead Orchards, Airplane Meadow Farm, and lots of extra. The farms that Café Joust collaborates with present what they will all year long, and the menu shifts accordingly based mostly on what’s rising within the space throughout every season. This offers an intimate view into the impression of shifting climate patterns within the space. Dramatic or irregular climate can have a direct impression on what is ready to develop. “Going via a plant-forward menu, you actually come to know the local weather disaster that we’re in,” Tanchum explains.
For her half, Tanchum is doing what she will to include sustainable practices into Joust’s operation. As an illustration, almost all meals waste is composted. Tanchum additionally subverts an enormous supply of waste manufacturing by avoiding the take-it-out, throw-it-out tradition of informal eating and coffee-drinking within the US, encouraging prospects to take pleasure in their meals on premises.
This dine-in tradition additionally lends itself to Cafe Joust’s intention to be a group house, which might host dates, pleasant catch-ups, and even occasions. From yoga with Lea Bender each different Saturday to the stay tunes from Music For Furnishings each different Monday morning, Joust works to fuse wellness, music, and efficiency arts with meals—making a cultural and group throughline with the house’s earlier tenant, HiLo.
Tanchum’s dedication to serving the group doesn’t finish with the people who stroll via her doorways. “It isn’t low-cost to run a enterprise like this, and it undoubtedly excludes individuals. As we develop, I might like to be in a greater place to offer a whole lot of this away, and to donate, and have free dinners,” Tanchum explains, “Everybody who is available in and pays for a meal is contributing to this need and this intention.”