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Natural Awakenings Washington DC Metro


Feb 29, 2016 10:14PM

Serving Good Food and Knowledge

by Robin Filmore
Since November 2015, GreenFare, in Herndon, began with an idea that it is possible for a local cafe to serve the community delicious and healthy food while providing a gathering spot with information about how to live a healthier life. With current scientific research showing that a whole-plant diet is optimal for human health and minimizes our environmental impact. The GreenFare salon cafe provides delicious organic, whole-plant food and serves as a learning center, working in concert with medical professionals, environmentalists and animal welfare advocates who recognize that this optimal diet can positively transform our world.

GreenFare is providing a local, sustainable and seasonal menu that is fresh and locally prepared, oil free with low sodium. They are also offering catering as well as events, such as cooking classes, book signings and other programs to stimulate thinking about the impact of food choices on ourselves, our families, the environment and animals. Many people have already found success with their 21-Day Kickstart program, based on Dr. Neal Barnard's Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program. This program begins at GreenFare this month.

The cafe was founded by Gwyn Whittaker, who set aside her long and successful career in information technology to begin this new journey after she became inspired by watching the documentary, Forks Over Knives. After she completed Cornell's Center for Nutritional Studies Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program and participated in a number of programs that showed amazing promise to those who were seeking a plant-based diet to transform positively the lives of the participants, the idea to create a cafe that would be the gathering space for food and education was born.

Whittaker is supported by Pericles Silva, who is a PCRM food for Life Instructor and delivered the Health Eating Program at the Whole Foods, in Reston, for five years. They work alongside executive chef Justin Matthews to provide the highest quality food that promotes healthy bodies and a transformed world.

Location: 408 Elden St., Herndon. The cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more about their menu, classes catering and offerings, visit


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