Indy’s First Raw Vegan and Gluten Free Café Opens
Teona and Kim, with Chef Audrey Barron (middle) at Ezra’s Enlightened Café
Ezra’s Enlightened Café is now open in North Broad Ripple at 6516 Ferguson Street at the intersection of Coil Street. Ezra’s uses local, organic and fresh ingredients to create dishes without gluten, dairy, animal products, genetically modified foods and white or processed sugar.
Professionally trained Raw Food Chef Audrey Barron creates a variety of desserts, smoothies, fresh juices, tonics, salads and healthy snack foods with a focus on to-go meals. She uses dates, honey and other natural sweeteners in lieu of sugar and only clean oils like olive, coconut and hemp. The menu will change seasonally allowing for the freshest, in-season ingredients to make the most nutrient-dense dishes. In addition to offering healthy food, Ezra’s will compost scraps and use recyclable containers to keep their carbon footprint as minimal as possible.
Ezra’s has a small interior and exterior seating areas plus a retail section with books, teas, herbs and works created by local artisans. They will also offer monthly cooking, herbalism and other classes. Barron sums up its mission as, “When you enlighten your plate, you enlighten your health and when you enlighten your health, you enlighten your life.”
The Café is adjacent to The Playful Soul, a holistic wellness center and gift boutique offering a variety of holistic services, along with both whimsical and practical items to lift spirits. The center is now open seven days a week, having recently expanded their hours to include Sundays. They will collaborate on events and classes, offering a holistic paradise to the community.