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Giving Life to the Community: New Moon Café

By Elisha Neubauer

Exposed brick and calming tones line the walls of the New Moon Café, giving a fresh, exciting ambiance to the building. Everything in the building is designed specifically with the customer's energy in mind - complimenting the healthy vibe echoed by the menu. Whether you want to linger or are rushing out the door, New Moon Café in Burlington, VT will fulfill all of your healthy lifestyle needs from food and coffee to atmosphere and schedules.

More than your average café, New Moon runs on one mantra, which they have adequately entitled 'Life Giving.' Everything within the Café's walls are based solely on this phrase. "It's really important to us that people feel as if value is being added to their life in meaningful ways when they are our guest," explains Robin Sutphen, Director of Operations at the New Moon Café.

The menu is designed with every healthy diet in mind, providing nutritious, beneficial yet delicious meals. The décor of the Café contains a recurring theme - the Tree of Life. In addition to the exposed red brick wall sections, a muted green tone covers sections of plain walls, chandeliers and wall sconces are designed after the famed tree, rock and colored crystals add flavor, and rustic-styled tables are hand carved from reclaimed barnwood. Everything creates a relaxed, calm ambiance for guests to enjoy their latte or meal in a serene, tranquil environment.

When it comes to the food, New Moon takes the cake on the healthy menu selections. The café offers so many vegan options that they even claim to have a menu within a menu.

"Our desire is to fulfill a mission to be a place that's Life Giving," says Sutphen. "That includes healthy food options. It's important for us to promote healthy lifestyles... and make it possible for different segments of people to be able to eat here." Their menu is filled with options such as a roast turkey club, the vegan delight, cobb salads, the Protein Powerhouse, Omega, and the ever popular squash apple soup.

Even the sweets at New Moon Café are unique in the fact that they contain no dyes or preservatives. Some recipes are vegan and others are gluten-free. Erica, NMC's cupcake baker, tries to include something for everyone with her freshly baked, original flavors. Everything is made from scratch within the eatery and flavors change with the seasons.

"Our cupcakes are made in house and with lots of love," Sutphen explains. When we inquired which flavors were most popular, we received this response: "The flavors are always changing. So therefore the most popular flavor is the next one we have coming out."

All of New Moon Café's products are made in-house and utilize as many local ingredients as possible. They serve everything from cupcakes and soups to spreads, dressings and baked goods in addition to their most popular menu item, the coffee drinks.

As Sutphen says, New Moon Café is the place to go for "the population that's trying to hold that [vegan] lifestyle and for those who just want to eat healthy."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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