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Cafe 458: It Just Gets Better and Better!

CAF%C3%89-458-BrunchBy Barbara Hughes | ACSS Volunteer

Having had such a wonderful brunch on March 3rd, I was back the following Sunday to sample more of Chef Tiffany’s inventive menu. This time, I brought my nephew Mark who was visiting Georgia for the first time. Like me, Mark is a Yankee from Connecticut and wanted to sample some good Southern food. We agreed that Café 458 was the right place for it.

First, I must congratulate the volunteer wait staff from Emory University. They all were so pleasant and were obviously enjoying themselves. Our server, Joy, lived up to her name.

Mark was over the moon about his shrimp and grits entrée and it did look and smell delicious.  The recipe, from Chef Tiffany’s Grandma Mary, calls for Gouda cheese in the grits and it added just the right touch. The grits were smooth and cooked to perfection.  I decided to try an omelet and it was beautifully prepared.  The vegetables were fresh and it was all completely yummy!

Friends stopped by to meet Mark, including Anthony, Dana and Eric. Everyone knows your name at Café 458!

Café 458 is part of Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency and all proceeds, including tips, support programs that support our mission to end homelessness.

You can make reservations or check out the Cafe 458 menu online.

Serving at Sunday brunches is a great way to enhance the fellowship of church groups, to build teams at work and to experience outreach in our own community.  To volunteer, contact Alison Smith: Alison.Smith@atlantacss.org.

Come on down to Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward and enjoy Café 458’s own special brand of Southern comfort food – with a twist!

 

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Cafe 458: It’s So Tasty!

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Cafe 458 Executive Chef Tiffany Wills

By Barbara Hughes | ACSS Volunteer

The grand re-opening of Café 458’s popular Sunday Brunch more than lived up to expectations last Sunday (March 1st).

Things were bustling in the kitchen where Chef Tiffany Wills kept everything under control, in addition to dishing out some wonderful brunch items.

Church group in Cafe 458's overflow dining area: a great spot for group gatherings.

Church group in Cafe 458’s overflow dining area: a great spot for gatherings.

The renovations that kept Café 458 closed for a while really made a difference to the overall ambience. It was a great idea to expand the dining area into the front room of 458 Edgewood Ave., which is light and bright. But, the overflow dining area was needed, as well, when a church group arrived after services to sample some of the wonderful options that Chef Tiffany and her staff had prepared.

Here is what I loved about the brunch (I’ll get to the food and service later): a diverse group of diners, all happily greeting each other and stopping by tables to spend a little time chatting and socializing. That’s what I’ve always thought the Café was and should be: It’s a great place to meet, socialize, have great food and do good.

The doing good part is because all proceeds, including 100% of the tips, provide funding for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency’s programs to end homelessness and provide life stabilization opportunities for its clients.

Now, the food! I had the asparagus and sun-dried tomato frittata and a biscuit. And nothing about that dish disappointed me. The coffee was hot and delicious and my cup was refilled several times during my meal. It was beautifully presented and served with great professionalism by a team of volunteers from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!).

  Cafe 458 guests enjoy a larger, brighter main dining room.

Here is a challenge to other area universities: Gather up your own volunteer team of servers, because you will have a wonderful day. And when it’s done well, as it was on March 1st, the service at Café 458 rivals that of any other bistro at which I have had brunch!

Frankly, I can’t wait to sample the other brunch items on the Café 458 menu next week and on as many Sundays as I can make it to the historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

You can make reservations online and view the Cafe 458 menu here. To volunteer, contact Alison Smith at: Alison.Smith@atlantacss.org.

Trust me, you will not be disappointed! Fried chicken and waffles anyone?

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Cafe 458 Sunday Brunch Returns March 3: “Eat Well. Do Good.”

By ACSS Volunteer Barbara Hughes

Are you homesick for some of Grannie’s grits ‘n all? Do you long for Mom’s French Toast and all that goes with it? Well, we may not have Mom or Grannie but Café 458 has Chef Tiffany Wills. And starting on Sunday, March 3rd, you can sample her “Southern comfort food with a twist” every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Chef Tiffany has researched past favorites from other Café 458 menus and raided her Grandma Mary’s recipe box to create a new menu with something for everyone.

“It’s all of the recipes that my grandmother cooked for me with a little spin on it,” Wills said. “It’s ingredients that you’re not expecting.”

She’s also created salad and sandwich choices because, as Chef Tiffany told me, people are looking for lighter brunch offerings these days.

In addition to helping themselves to a delicious meal, Cafe 458 patrons are helping to break the cycle of homelessness. Because Cafe 458 has an all volunteer wait staff, all proceeds, including tips (gratefully accepted!), support the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency.

The non-profit organization provides life skills and job-readiness training to individuals who are ready to make the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward at 458 Edgewood Avenue, Café 458 has been closed for renovations since late spring of 2012. But ACSS Board Member Eric McBride, with a team of volunteers, is on track to have everything shining and ready for the brunch guests at our grand reopening on March 3rd.

For those who have visited Café 458 before, you will notice that brunch is being served in the front of the building, which is more spacious and open.

For more information, “like'” Café 458 on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @cafe458.

Reservations can be made online at cafe458atl.com. And please share with your friends Chef Tiffany’s video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/wi3tRMyaFNc

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Breakfast with Tiffany: Cafe 458’s executive chef introduces exciting new brunch menu

Cafe 458’s popular Sunday Brunch returns March 3, 2013 with an exciting new menu by Chef Tiffany.

It’s open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all proceeds (including tips) benefit Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. Please join us! Menu and online reservations: http://cafe458atl.com

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And the winner goes to…

Last week the world paused to remember a man who committed his life to serving those less fortunate and to inspiring others to greatness – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Each year, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health honors organizations who demonstrate true leadership in the community at its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, and Café 458 was honored to be one of this year’s recipients!

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency President Charles Edwards and ACSS’s Clinical Counselor Bobbie Slocumb attended a reception at Emory University last week where they accepted the award on behalf of our dedicated staff and volunteers.  Here’s a picture of the award which is now proudly displayed in the Café 458 dining hall.

The award reads “For unwavering dedication towards building community through unity, service, collaborative responsibility.”

Café 458 was nominated for the award by a volunteer who was impressed by Café 458’s programs and lunch service for Metro Atlanta’s homeless population. By providing daily meals, case management and support services, Café 458 helps our guests achieve personal goals. Staffed by ACSS employees and volunteers, everyone who works at Café 458 makes extra effort to ensure that the men and women we serve feel special and are treated with dignity as they continue to make strides towards recovery and self-sufficiency.  Click here to read more about ACSS’s award-winning program.

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