Coffee with leaves and seeds

Clockwise from left: Reuben sandwich (made with homemade corned beef seitan), artichoke cakes, raw cocoa, banana and almond milk smoothie, the bowl of cookies and fresh squeezed fruit juice.

Changing the world, one vegan meal at a time

Coffee with leaves and seeds Owner Susan Herhold’s decision to stop eating meat follows years of choosing cage-free, outdoor animal products. As she and her husband, Shannon, were on a road trip, they passed a truck full of chickens in tiny cages, and she realized it was time for her to remove the meat from her. food. “I looked at my husband and said, ‘I don’t eat meat anymore.’ Shannon replied, “If you’re not, I’m not. “

Susan, vegetarian for three years before becoming vegan, has recreated many of his old recipes as vegan options, a skill that led her to launch a vegan meal delivery service, which led to the Leaf and Seed food truck, and now the Café.

Self-taught, traveled a lot

Owners Susan and Shannon Herhold.
Owners Susan and Shannon Herhold.

The self-taught chef loves a challenge and has placed a “green it” suggestion box on the restaurant counter to solicit ideas on what Susan should do next.

This resilient and resourceful nature has served Susan well in the kitchen. After her mother passed away when she was young, Susan and her siblings have lived with different family members over the years and at one point lived with a foster family.

“Everywhere, I was so grateful to have a place to live that I helped them in the kitchen,” she recalls. “I learned to cook from people in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia… they all cooked a little differently. The family farm in West Virginia, where they grow their own produce, featured a style of country cooking that influenced her the most. It took creativity in the preparation of the meals, as they could not afford to waste resources.

The cookie bowl, a popular Leaf and Seed breakfast option, made with vegan sausage, vegan butter, oat milk, and coconut-derived cheese, is a modified version of a dish she made at during his years of training in the kitchen.

Plant-based comfort food

The Leaf and Seed Cafe offers a casual dining experience, with orders placed at the cash register and a freshly prepared meal. The accessible vegan restaurant offers respite from requests for unique ordering ingredients. Susan did her research.

In many other restaurants, “(you) have to educate yourself about everything,” says Susan. “It’s getting a little tough, but I don’t want to eat that stuff.” Leaf and Seed doesn’t compromise on a clean vegan diet. “We don’t use any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Everything is as clean as possible, ”she says. “Food should make you feel good, energize you and make you think. “

After eating a hearty lunch, we felt energized for the rest of our workday, unlike an afternoon crisis after eating a meat-laden meal. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or curious about doing something positive for the environment and your health, the Leaf and Seed Cafe is a must-try.

Open from 7 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday | 8 am-2pm on Saturday
Leaf and Seed Café, 116 10th St.
419-407-5333 |

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