“Working with a plant-based menu is clean, kind and creative,” says Lea Haas. So when she bought Garden Café on the Green in Woodstock in May 2015, she maintained its vegan traditions. By the fall of that year, the elegantly rustic eatery had more than doubled its space and emerged rebranded as Garden Café at Woodstock.
“It’s a win-win—good for you, the planet and the animals,” Haas continues. “Our food is prepared with the best local and organic ingredients with the talent of chef Christine Moss and our fantastic team.”
Signature dishes include no-noodle veggie lasagna (seasonal vegetables layered with flavorful, house-made marinara sauce and cashew ricotta) and a standout portobello panini (marinated mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and roasted garlic aioli). The silky-smooth chocolate mousse is a sweet finale well worth saving room for. The café serves beer, organic wine, fresh juices, and tonics such as Immune Boost Tea (an infusion of fresh ginger, turmeric, lemon, cayenne and black pepper).
“I like the challenge and creativity of cooking vegan,” Moss adds. “There are so many beautiful and distinct flavors in each vegetable, fruit and grain.” Her creative spirit is reflected in the wide-ranging menu inspired by what’s available from local farms and farm markets.
Garden Café is a destination dining experience, especially during the warmer months, when meals can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating area. Haas credits the success of the café to the strong community following. It makes her feel good to hear diners say, “If I could eat here every day, I could be vegan.”
The Garden Café
6 Old Forge Rd, Woodstock