From Our Editors
When stepping into Cause Cafe, visitors are greeted by not just the aroma of freshly ground coffee and sweet French pastries, but also by the bright and friendly smiles of its enthusiastic staff. Cause Cafe gives community members with cognitive disabilities a chance to learn, grow, and make a positive contribution to society.
Owner Stacey Wohl was inspired to open Cause Cafe by her own two children—Brittany and Logan—when she realized that there were few opportunities for them once they finished school. Now, Wohl, psychologist Dr. Cheryl Mendelsohn, and speech pathologist Janet London work together to help disabled young (and young-at-heart) adults obtain gainful employment.
The staffers work alongside chef Christin Butcher, a former private chef in the Hamptons, who whips up a cornucopia of French-inspired delicacies. Her breakfasts feature quiches and Parisian egg croissant sandwiches dripping with melty gruyère. For lunch, she lightens things up with the Papillion Butterfly salad piled high with roasted beets, apples, goat cheese, and walnuts.