Round of Applause: The Village Kitchen

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A Portobello mushroom sandwich just tastes better when it’s for a good cause, am I right? Ditto a smoked salmon and chive omelet. So let’s all give a warm round of applause and a hearty welcome to The Village Kitchen. The Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children is behind this new breakfast and lunch spot near Echo Park that will be fully staffed by center residents, and all profits from the café will go toward funding the center’s many programs.

According to a press release:

“The Village Kitchen serves several purposes in our community: to help homeless women toward an independent life; to equip them with practical job training and skills; to create a connection with our surrounding community; and to serve a simple but delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee and other drinks.”

The Village Kitchen opens next Thursday, June 12. The menu (below) has us thinking that charity work has never sounded so tasty:

BREAKFAST

Wild Mushroom Omelet
Smoked Salmon and Chive Omelet
Grilled Vegetable Frittata
Buttermilk Pancakes
Steel Cut Oats with Raisings and Brown Sugar
Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese

Sides:

Roast Fingerling Potatoes
Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon
Fresh Seasonal Fruits
Assorted Toast Points

LUNCH:

Salads and Soups
Grilled Chicken, Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed-Buttermilk Dressing
Nicoise Salad with Late Summer Tomatoes and Snap Beans
Comice Pear and Watercress Salad with Roquefort Cheese
Arugula, Radicchio and Endive Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Marinated Beets and Ricotta
Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad with Arugula and Roasted Hazelnuts
Farmers Market Green Salad with Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette
Potato and Celery Root Soup

Sandwiches:
Roast Beef and Swiss Cheese with Horseradish Cream
Grilled Chicken Breast and Roast Tomato
Grilled Portabello, Arugula and Herbed Goat Cheese

Specials:
Caramelized Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Pasta
Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken
Fish and Chips with House Made Tartare Sauce

Vegetable Sides:
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Roast Fall Vegetables
Braised Seasonal Greens

Desserts:
Fruit Crisp
Assorted Homemade Cookies

Plus, a rotating menu of baked goods, all made from scratch.

The Village Kitchen will be located at 1671 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

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