Monthly Archives: February 2016

To Live For

You’ve heard people describe a meal as “To die for,” right? Well there’s a new restaurant, GreenSpace Café, in Ferndale, MI which serves food to LIVE for. It’s owned by the Kahn Family; Dr. Joel Kahn is a Detroit area cardiologist. He, his wife, Karen, and their son Dan hatched a plan to provide healthy, plant-based food that is delicious and served with ambiance. Of course, I had to visit!


They chose Ferndale because it’s centrally located, and the residents have a reputation of being progressive and community minded. It’s about a 20 minute drive from anywhere in the Detroit area.


The Kahns and their staff are interested in building strong relationships in the area – including with local farmers. They source from a variety of local farmers and food producers, and will frequent farmers’ markets during the growing season. The Martin Family Farm of Capac, MI is a major supplier.


They use locally produced maple syrup, as well as tempeh and sauerkraut from The Brinery. There are several Michigan beers on the drink menu: Bell’s, Founders, Short’s, Roak, and El Chavo. The custom cocktail menu features fresh pressed juices from Drought (which also has a sales space in the front of the restaurant.)


I spoke with the café’s publicist, Cyndi Summers. She said, “The food is fresh and flavorful, and full of healthy ingredients in support of Dr. Kahn’s goal of preventing one million heart attacks. The concept is also eco-friendly, because eating plant-based is the ‘greenest’ way to eat; and we emphasize how delicious, nutritious plant-based meals will leave our customers satisfied.”


Talking to Summers reminded me of meal I had in Chicago several years ago. My (meat-eating) colleague said that he thinks about what he’s hungry for and then finds it on the menu. And, I said, I find something on the menu that can be adjusted without being ruined, and just eat it.


So, finding a restaurant where I can eat anything is a real treat – and a quandary. I’m not used to being able to choose from more than a couple of items! Fortunately, the menu features a lot of small plates, so we could try several items. We did, and they were all delicious. We will be back!


Visit their Facebook page, where you can view a copy of the day’s menu (and order carry out if you like).  The photos below are courtesy of GreenSpace Café.

GS cheese board

GS soup

GS tempeh burger

GS salad

GS cocktail

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