VegMichigan

Upcoming Events

Apr
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s April Oak Park Lib... @ Oak Park Public Library
VegMichigan’s April Oak Park Lib... @ Oak Park Public Library
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Oak Park Library, 14200 Oak Park Boulevard Oak Park, MI 48237. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd., Romulus, Mi. 48174. Contact: Aubrey Franklin ... Read More >
Apr
26
Thu
6:30 pm Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Old Chicago Pizza
Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Old Chicago Pizza
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom for a buffet-style pizza dinner! We are re-visiting Old Chicago because it’s ... Read More >
Apr
29
Sun
10:30 am VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan | Novi | Michigan | United States
The VegFest has been a Michigan tradition for 19 years! Come see what all the excitement is about.  Try free ... Read More >
May
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s May Henry Ford Cen... @ Henry Ford Centennial Library
VegMichigan’s May Henry Ford Cen... @ Henry Ford Centennial Library
May 1 – May 31 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, Mi. 48126. Contact: Patty ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s May Wayne Public L... @ Wayne Public Library
VegMichigan’s May Wayne Public L... @ Wayne Public Library
May 1 – May 31 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Wayne Public Library, 3737 S. Wayne Rd. Wayne MI. 48184. Contact: Sean ... Read More >
May
9
Wed
7:30 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty vegan dishes with Cooking with Que’s, Quiana Broden. It’s always a fun time and ... Read More >
May
10
Thu
6:30 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States
Join Vicki in our Whole Foods Market kitchen for a demonstration and sampling of healthy and delicious vegan dishes.  You’ll enjoy ... Read More >
Jun
1
Fri
all-day VegMichigan’s June Carl Sandburg... @ Carl Sandburg Library
VegMichigan’s June Carl Sandburg... @ Carl Sandburg Library
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Carl Sandburg Library, 30100 W. Seven Mile Rd. Livonia, Mi. 48152. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s June St. Clair Sho... @ St. Clair Shores Public Library
VegMichigan’s June St. Clair Sho... @ St. Clair Shores Public Library
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 E 11 Mile Rd, St. ... Read More >
Jun
4
Mon
6:30 pm Diet as Disease Prevention w/ Dr... @ Southfield Parks & Recreation Center
Diet as Disease Prevention w/ Dr... @ Southfield Parks & Recreation Center
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Diet as Disease Prevention w/ Dr. Kerrie Saunders @ Southfield Parks & Recreation Center | Southfield | Michigan | United States
In her talk, Diet as Disease Prevention, Dr. Saunders’ will discuss how eating a healthy and delicious plant-based diet could ... Read More >
Jun
5
Tue
10:30 am Healthy Food Changes & Milk Subs... @ Southfield Beach Woods Recreation Center
Healthy Food Changes & Milk Subs... @ Southfield Beach Woods Recreation Center
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Paul Krause is the president of VegMichigan, the largest non-profit vegetarian/vegan organization in Michigan.  He is also a pharmacist and owned ... Read More >
Jun
9
Sat
10:00 am Motor City Pride @ Hart Plaza
Motor City Pride @ Hart Plaza
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm
Motor City Pride @ Hart Plaza | Detroit | Michigan | United States
VegMichigan will have a booth at this event passing out information about the many benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and ... Read More >
Jul
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s July Carl Sandburg... @ Carl Sandburg Library
VegMichigan’s July Carl Sandburg... @ Carl Sandburg Library
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Carl Sandburg Library, 30100 W. Seven Mile Rd. Livonia 48152. Contact: ... Read More >

Om Cafe

An Interview with Om Cafe

By Renee Ratliff

DSC_0098Anyone who thinks vegan food consists of only granola and salad has never been to Om Café. Nestled in the heart of Ferndale, the restaurant was started in 1985 with the idea and hopes of bringing healthy tasting food to the community, healing from the inside out. Om Café offers many vegan menu items, including beloved standards like the el mexicano entrée salad with tofu and option of seitan, and ever-changing specials like vegan mac-n-cheese.

DSC_0113Right now we are witnessing a transition period in which people are becoming more aware of the benifits of good nutrition. Om Café believes in the importance of continuing to push the envelope to offer cuisine that is both nutritious and delicious. They believe that it is a blessing to be able to serve meals based on whole natural foods, minimizing processed foods so that customers are able to know the exact ingredients that were put into their order.  Om Café has also been offering macrobiotic menu selections from the start.

The key to their delicious menu is to knowing every ingredient, and its source.

“It’s about the people; if nobody here cared then no one would come.” Said Jessica Norwood, General Manager  “We are here and waiting for people to try the delicious food, answer any questions, and meet any dietary concerns.”

DSC_0117For the employees it’s more than just a job. Everyone that works there has the inspiration and fire in them, it is part of their life and they want to share that. The manager also acts as the hostess when you enter the restaurant, thrilled to answer any question that you might have.  Any of the employees are happy to stop what they are doing to connect with someone in a special way. Even if that person never comes back, they just want to share that energy with them. 

DSC_0152Much of the food is organic, from markets including Westborn and Eastern Market. Specials are seasonal, focusing on salads and fruits in the summer, and soups and stews in the fall and winter. The buddhist priest stir fry is a menu favorite that has been around for 30 years, with rice or noodles sautéed with with a colorful assortment of six fresh vegetables, topped with basil, tamari and scallions. The Nori Rolls have been on the menu since the beginning, and are the perfect start to a meal or filling enough for the main feature. A more recent favorite is the house made cremini mushroom burger, a blend of mushrooms, walnuts and brown rice.   The soups are excellent, with one or two offerings that change daily. Finish off any meal with a selection of desserts, made special in house and practically impossible to pass on. New to the restaurant are the vegan pancakes which are featured on the Saturday breakfast menu. With so many options it is hard to choose.