I love food, I love to eat it and watch while it’s being prepared notice; I said “while it’s being prepared” that means someone else, not me, doing the cooking.
The other day I tasted some really great food at the Haley House Cafe. This back-to-the-earth eatery was started in 2005 and is run by Didi Emmons owner of the much beloved Veggie Planet in Harvard Sq. and author of two cookbooks.
The cafe’s menu reflects the ethnic diversity of its Dudley Sq. Roxbury location. Hot lunch plates choices are Jamaican jerk chicken plate and Southwestern turkey meatloaf each is served with homemade corn bread, vegetables and homemade slaw.
Lunch sandwiches is where the kitchen really excels, choices run the gamut from turkey swiss panini wrap with carmelized onions to a vegetarian quesadilla with roasted veggies and cheddar cheese to a wrap loaded with steak, roasted red peppers, carmelized onions and slaw.
Not to be missed are Didi’s homemade brownies, muffins, scones and her signature coffee cakes.
The cafe is open late three nights a week offering live jazz and arts and crafts by local artists.
All of the food prepared here is made with organically grown products that are grown at the Haley House farm, Noonday Farm in Winchendon Springs Massachusetts. The farm is run almost entirely by volunteers many of whom travel to it from the Roxbury community.
Haley House Cafe will not only nourish your body with its great food eating here will be good for your soul. Proceeds help to support Haley House, a non-profit organization that continually gives back to the community with 112 units of affordable housing for elderly and others of limited income, a culinary arts school for adults and teenagers, and a bakery training program that teaches homeless adults an income earning trade.
This destination cafe is definitely worth the trip for your body and your soul.