Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of American fare at Positive Vibe Café.
In addition to serving hearty and healthy fare prepared by talented local chefs, Positive Vibe Café also serves up opportunity for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Flavorful cuisine such as lean, low-fat buffalo chili crowned with melted cheddar ($4/cup; $6/bowl) pack the extensive menu. Mellow out palates by imbibing a California burger ($7.50) that marries avocado and applewood-smoked bacon beneath a veil of provolone cheese, joined together by Vibe slaw and a fair amount of human forethought. After-five fare includes cape-cod crab cakes with remoulade or key-lime cocktail sauce ($18), or blackened-chicken brochettes with cilantro-lime butter and fresh veggies ($11).
As a nonprofit organization, Positive Vibe Café has supplied more than 400 scholarship students with invaluable, confidence-building employment experience, and warms the hearts and bellies of patrons without forcing them to hold space heaters under their t-shirts.
Positive Vibe Café
The team behind Positive Vibe Café cooks toward a better tomorrow in more ways than one. Not only does the organization train individuals with disabilities for jobs in the food-service industry, but it also helps to clean up customers' lifestyles with healthy, flavorful fare. The crew—which includes professional chefs, volunteers, and trainees—steams and grills local, organic produce and meats, which go on to star in gourmet baguette sandwiches, nutritious salads, and refined dinner entrees of buffalo meatloaf and balsamic-kissed grilled salmon, served after 5 p.m or full-service catering.
Formerly the Get Lost MD Foundation, the nonprofit Positive Vibe Foundation preserves Get Lost's mission to help those with developmental and physical disabilities achieve the satisfaction of gainful employment. Helmed by Garth and Max Larcen, who shared a vision to operate a full-service restaurant that would provide both education and employment opportunities for its graduates, the foundation has patient and knowledgeable instructors who have trained more than 700 students in the skills of basic food service, cleaning, food safety, and commercial dishwashing. The instructors further each graduate's employability through lessons on communication in the workplace, interviewing, and proper job-searching techniques.
2825 Hathaway Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23225