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08.24.2014: Read our recent review in the Annapolis Capital: A Cook's Cafe's Cuisine is Fresh, Local and Good For You

08.20.2014: A Cook's Cafe is rated on of top five restaurants in Annapolis: Food Experts List Their Top 10 Area Restaurants

8.20.2014: A Cook's Cafe "Leads the Charge" in promoting local foods: Food Fans Flock to Local Farmer's Markets 

Governor O'Malley and U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsak present Craig with 2011 Maryland Smart Growth and Growing Award.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 21, 2011) - Governor and First Lady O'Malley today, joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, hosted the fourth annual "Buy Local" cookout and officially kicked-off Maryland's "Buy Local Challenge" week, which encourages Marylanders to incorporate at least one locally-grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day. They also announced Holly Emmons, food services manager at Union Hospital, and Craig Sewell, owner of Cook's Café, as recipients of this year's Smart Green and Growing Buy Local Agricultural Challenge Awards. 

August 24, 2014

A Cook's Cafe has proudly been of service in Annapolis for the past 14 years. We offer dine in or carry out lunches, cater for small or large meetings or events, teach cooking classes and provide a distribution point for local farms to local people.

We are also proud to have been in the vanguard of the Local Foods Movement in the Greater Annapolis and Maryland area. As Wendell Berry stated, How We Eat, Determines How the Earth is Used. We are dedicated to using it wisely, justly and compassionately. 

 Cooking Classes Return to A Cook's Cafe Beginning on September 8! 

 And a First:

Two Daytime Classes Along with One Night Class

I am pleased to announce that after a several month hiatus cooking classes are returning to the Cafe (thanks for all your patience). They will be returning with a new opportunity for those who have always wanted to take hands-on classes here, but were not available to take classes in the evening -- you will have two opportunites to take class here in the daytime.

Details for Classes are on the Class Schedule Page but here are the highlights:

Monday Mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 

Just Like Julia

 A Series Dedicated to Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child for everyday (or special occasions) cooking in your home. No pre-requisites. Some weeks you will be taking home dinner! The Class will meet for 4 weeks. You can take all classes or classes individually.

Monday Afternoons from 1 to 3:30

You Can Cook Anything -- The Basics 

The Basics dedicates one afternoon each week, for six weeks, for in depth study of different aspects of cooking. Each recipe is chosen to not only enhance a recipe repertoire, but to also teach new cooking techniques. Everyone should have a firm foundation in the kitchen when completing the six week course, inclusive of making new friends and working in a commercial kitchen environment. It's fun -- it's informative -- and it is designed for all skill levels -- home cooks who know their way around their kitchen fairly well, but have never taken a foundational class to really know how things work together -- and the home cook who is still learning to boil water.

This Class is a Six Week Class that should be taken as a series.

Thursday Evenings from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 



The 2014 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program with 25 Weeks of Farm Fresh, Organic Produce in cooperation with One Straw Farm:

There Is Still Time to Sign Up for a Full Season.

Call 410 266 1511 or mailto:csewell@acookscafe.com 

$800 for the 25 Week Season ($32/Week for your Families Produce) 

Call the Cafe at 410 266 1511 to Register

I am very pleased to announce the third year of our cooperation with One Straw Farm, a certified organic produce farm in Maryland, and A Cook's Cafe to offer you an excellent CSA this year (our 8th year to do this, and our third with One Straw Farm). One Straw is the premier CSA provider in Maryland owned and farmed by Joan and Drew Norman (Both the Normans and I were featured in the best selling Cookbook, Dishing Up Maryland).

Read what customers last year had to say:

"I thought this years CSA was exceptional. I look forward to signing up for next year. Oh yeah I love Bok Choi."

"The produce for the summer/fall CSA has been phenonmenal. I think One Straw has done an awesome job"

"We are sorry to see the end of this season. It has been phenomenal. We look forward to each week's share, and have enjoyed both the variety and the bounty. Thanks!"

"I would like you to express my thanks to the farmer's responsible for this years CSA. I have been so impressed with the quantity and quality of the food throughout the growing season. We have enjoyed everything; managing to eat most of it ourselves. Quite a feat given that there are only two of us. We do have a good supply of various kinds of soup in the freezer and given this list I will be making more. With only a couple of weeks left I wanted to be sure to thank you and everyone involved. What a treasure you are and how fortunate we are to have you here in Annapolis."

Joan and I met each other several years ago when I first started sourcing locally through the Cafe. This joint project is the culmination of a lot of work and conversations over the years,so that we can now offer One Straw's incredible products to you here in Annapolis. Back when Joan and Drew started their farm they bucked conventional thinking in production agriculture. They believed there was a better way to farm than using toxic chemicals. They named One Straw Farm in honor of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka's revolutionary new book, The One Straw Revolution, which argued for a sustainable farming model that would prevent most pest damage from ever occurring. One Straw Farm is now the model that many other organic farms in Maryland have modeled after.

I am very pleased to be able to bring Joan and Drew's organic produce to the Annapolis area as it has been shared over the years with Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, many farmers markets, Whole Foods stores, and their dedicated CSA members who have come to their farm.


Membership in a CSA is the perfect way to get fresh, local vegetables that are right from the farm and in season. It is also the perfect way to support a local, living economy by encouraging local agriculture, local employment and sustainable environmental practices.

The One Straw Farm and A Cook's Cafe CSA will begin in early June and continue for 25 weeks until the week before Thanksgiving.

Pick up for Shares will be Saturday Mornings in the Cafe between 8 AM and 1 PM. One Straw will be delivering the produce in bulk (bins, crates, bushel, etc). It will be displayed in the Cafe with labels for your packing instructions (a quart of this, four of those, and pound of that, etc.) You will be able to peruse and select your own items from each allotment. In addition, I will put up a "swap bin" where if there is a certain thing that you do not like, you can deposit it in the bin and then "select" something that someone else has left that you might like more. You should bring your own bags/boxes to collect your share.

The cost for a full share is $800 Full Share which is generally for 3 to 4 people and consists of eight different items.

Half shares are available, but the method of the delivery and self-packaging makes it difficult to administer without some customer coordination.

For Half Shares (in a perfect world) it would be easiest if those of you interested could find someone to share a full share with. Barring that, however, I would be glad to keep a list of those wanting half shares and then be "match maker" with someone else. Once "the match" has been made, however, it would be critical that each party would be able to meet and "split" the weeks share between them (or someone gets here first and "splits" the share and leaves the other half with me for their partner to split up.)

Lastly, the Market Basket Program (the email ordering system) for eggs, meats, dairy and other produce will still be on-going so it will be possible to do almost your entire grocery shopping locally with one stop on Saturday mornings. To be included in the email ordering system just make sure you receive the weekly lists from A Cook's Cafe and reply to them by order time. (Just let me know and I will add you.)

Please call the Cafe direct to make your CSA reservations.
410 266 1511

Please feel free to call or email Craig Sewell, csewell@acookscafe.com with any questions or comments.

As always, thanks for your support. I look forward to a really great CSA and local foods year.






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