The Village Kitchen Serves up more than Just Lunch

Jul 11, 2010 by Lisa Newton

A few days, after a doctor’s appointment I was hungry. Obviously since it was lunchtime, I wanted to eat something delicious for lunch. That’s when The Village Kitchen caught my eye.

Located at 1667 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, it looks like a normal restaurant, serving sandwiches, salads, and soups. But, upon further investigation, The Village Kitchen isn’t just a restaurant.

It’s “Food that Warms Lives”

The Village Kitchen is part of a much larger organization dedicated to providing, “with dignity and love, a continuum of care from homelessness to self-sufficiency for women and their children.”

For 25 years, the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children has provided basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, plus supportive services for homeless women and children. Through programs such as mobile outreach to transitional shelter to long-term housing for mothers with disabilities, The Good Shepherd Center offers women a chance to restart their lives.

Included in the Good Shepherd Center is the Languille Drop-In Center, which provides basic services for nearly 400 women per year to the Lanquille Emergency Shelter, which provides a temporary home for up to 30 women who are taking their first courageous steps toward a more stable and productive life toward the Women’s Village, which includes three stages of transitional housing. The Good Shepherd Center assists women and their children every step of the way.

How does The Village Kitchen fit into this scenario?

It’s an actual working example of what can be done when women are transitioning from homeless to independence.

All the “employees” of The Village Kitchen are residents of the Good Shepherd Center, working their way back into a normal and independent life. In addition, all the proceeds from The Village Kitchen go back into the Good Shepherd Center.

As far as the food they serve simply put, it’s delicious:

I ordered a soup and salad combo; the Vegetable Lentil Soup, which included a piece of French Baguette, plus the Cobb Salad pictured above. Now, I know this salad looks delicious, but it looked much better than the above photo, because as soon as it arrived at my table, it looked so good, with the spring mix bordered by avocado, hard boiled egg, bits of real bacon, tomatoes, and topped with blue cheese and chicken, I started eating it and forgot to take the photo before I mixed it about.

A friend of mine with a bit larger appetite ordered the ⅓lb. cheeseburger with fries:

When we left my friend’s plate was empty, but I took a doggie bag for both the unfinished Vegetable Lentil soup and a small container of their homemade Ranch dressing.

One other item to be considered when you go to The Village Kitchen is their baked items.

You see all of those cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake, and pound cake above tastes even better than they look. Trust me on this one–the red velvet cupcake I had later that evening was melt in your mouth delicious.

If you don’t have time to sit and eat, the people at The Village Kitchen will be more than happy to take your orders to go over the phone and have them ready for you to pick up. This happened several times while I was there. So, just give them a call: 213-235-2284, and tell them Travelin’ Local recommended them.

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One Response to “The Village Kitchen Serves up more than Just Lunch”

  1. Jannie Funster says:

    The world could use tons more Good Shepherds. Wonderful place.

    And those fries look SO GOOD!!
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