Denise Cerreta had just opened a small organic café in downtown Salt Lake City six years ago when she had what she describes as a spiritual epiphany.
Today, Cerreta's café has become a nonprofit community kitchen called One World Everybody Eats, where customers pay whatever they choose to for their meal. There's always one complimentary dish on the menu (usually dahl and rice), and meals can also be paid for by volunteering in the organic garden, kitchen, or community.
One World's success inspired Cerreta to create a nonprofit organization that helps aspiring restaurateurs launch community kitchens based on One World's formula. Three are currently in operation—SAME (So All May Eat) in Denver, One World Spokane, and Potager, in Arlington, Texas—with some 60 other projects under way nationwide.
This year Cerreta turned the kitchen over to her head chef, Giovanni Bouderbala, so she could focus exclusively on mentoring. "We all deserve to eat healthy food," says Cerreta, "and as a community, we can make it available to everyone. We're like a spiritual franchise."
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