HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAUDIA!
My idea of Community Cafes that provide delicious, everyday food will work has a community focus. The chef will get to know people, the IT system will help clarify health issues, food allergies and intolerances, and likes and dislikes as well. The people will get to know each other.
The Cafe can play a part in Community celebrations and surely these should include birthdays too! Claudia's birthday today has inspired this post that looks at the issues around Birthdays at the YamDaisy Cafe.
My idea of the YamDaisy Cafe is to provide homestyle cooking , and not the cakes and pastries that are part of the usual cafe fare. I want to maintain the distinction between the YD Cafe and other cafes in the area.
This is partly to keep a clear distinctions between the 'everyday' food of the YD Cafe, and the 'sometimes' of gorgeous cakes and tarts and such things. The other part is to build supportive relationships with other community businesses. Local cafes and restaurants might give food vouchers or special deals for YamDaisy customers..
But for some people and some situations, it might be really appropriate for Birthdays to be celebrated at the YamDaisy cafe. Here are some:
Pensioner Dan lives in a small bedsitter. His sister's family are coming down for his birthday. He can take them to the YamDaisy Cafe for lunch and celebration.
Marian is working nights, she is picking the kids up from school and having Lucy's 8th birthday tea at the YamDaisy Cafe.
The YamDaisy Chef promised vision impaired Jeff he would cook Lasagna according to his special favourite recipe on his birthday. And he will.
Mrs Tobin has invited three friends to her birthday. Two are diabetic and one has to eat dairy free. They are all pensioners, but the YamDaisy Cafe is the place where they can celebrate.
Everyone knows what a hard year Jen has had, but Lisa chatted to the YD Chef and since they know she will be having lunch at the cafe.... well quite a few other people will be popping in for lunch at the same time. And a big pink cake will be served too!
Can you think of more people who would have their best birthday at the YamDaisy Cafe?
I made Claudia the sort of cake that might work well at a YamDaisy Cafe Birthday Celebration. I wanted to make her a pink one! It is based on the Beetroot Walnut and Hazelnut Cake from Let Her Bake Cake. But I used Almonds and Vanilla for the nuts and spices. . The beetrroot colouring made such a pretty icing! And the beetroot itself made lovely squiggles through the cake mixture!
Claudia this post is dedicated to you. Best Wishes for a lovely year, and I am having a virtual piece of birthday cake with you, and a lovely cup of tea!
Everyone else is welcome too. Enjoy the cake and do pop over to Claudia's blog and say Happy Birthday!