By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan
Cedar Rapids-area diners looking for raw and vegan alternatives are in luck.
Rawlicious, a raw food, vegetarian and vegan cafe, will open in the NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, as an anchor merchant in July.
The cafe offered a preview tasting April 1 and April 2 at the market, including samples of mango chia pudding, almond milk and brownie bites with avocado or coconut frosting, all made without sugar and dairy.
Owner Jessica LaFayette said she and her husband, Tony, had heard from many people who travel to Iowa City to find vegan dining options, which encouraged them to open Rawlicious in Cedar Rapids.
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Jessica graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California, and has been teaching raw food classes at Brightside Wellness spa in the Cherry Building, just a short distance away from the NewBo City Market.
“The two really go well together,” she said of the massage and other services offered at Brightside and her focus on healthy food. “That’s my passion: to promote health and wellness.”
For more information, see: Rawlicious