Our cafe at The Beehive has evolved a lot over the years – first from a simple breakfast room and then into a guerrilla style vegetarian restaurant serving lunch and dinner without set prices. We called it the “Cucina Karmica” and while we had price suggestions, people could pay what they thought the meal was worth.
Despite naysayers who thought it was a crazy idea, it actually worked quite well and we were often packed with nearby office workers during the day and guests and residents at night.
In 2009, we got a shock from the city of Rome who forced us to stop serving lunch and dinner, without much explanation, but that didn’t deter us from wanting to continue to bring healthy, delicious, vegetarian and vegan food to our guests and Rome residents.
Fast forward to May 2012 when Aimee Jackson Accolla became the first participant in our chef’s cooperative, cooking and serving up delicious vegan meals 3 times a week in our cafe. Aimee and her family recently moved to Scotland, but we have found several other remarkable people to take her place. We do serve a daily breakfast from 7:30-10:30am, but now 4 evenings a week (and hopefully we can get all 7 evenings filled up), we have outside chefs come in who are participating in our chef’s cooperative.
As a cooperative, chefs buy and prepare all the food themselves either offsite or in the cafe, and host their themed dinners. All proceeds go directly to the chef, which is a great way for us to open our space to people with passion, motivation, enthusiasm, and a love of food. Our cooperative supports fellow entrepreneurs and also provides homey, lovingly made food to our guests and the Rome community at large.
Our kitchen is by no means a professional kitchen! The beauty though is that we believe great food can be made by anyone in any kind of environment, no matter how small and simple, and our cafe has proven that.
Our guest chef evenings are currently as follows:
Wednesday – Vegan Asian fusion with Katrina Tan Conte (NB: Kat is from the Philippines and will heading there for the months of December, January and February. Her last evening at the cafe will be 11 December 2013, but she’ll be back in our cafe on 5 March 2014.)
Friday – Creative Vegan and Raw with Hayley North
Saturday – Vegetarian/Vegan Ceylan cooking (Sri Lankan) with Shabeena and Rozana
Sunday – Vegetarian/Vegan Latin American with Paola Haas
Dinner is served from 7:00-9:30pm and the cost is €8 for a mixed plate and €10 with dessert. Wine & beer are sold at €2/glass. Menus are posted on the same day on our Facebook page as well as any notifications if there is a cancellation of dinner that evening as has sometimes happened because of illness or time away so it’s always a good idea to check there before heading over. Reservations aren’t necessary, but do note that only a finite amount of food is prepared so it’s best to come earlier than later – we also have to be strict about wrapping things up early in order not to be disruptive to our room guests.
Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring each of our chefs on this blog – stay tuned!