By Chris Bavender
The mission of Ezra’s Enlightened Café is simple – to provide a place that is a beacon of health.
The raw food cafe, set to open in late spring in Broad Ripple, will be gluten and dairy free and will use ingredients with no GMO’s, preservatives, chemicals, sugar or animal products (except raw honey). Owner Audrey Barron said she thinks Indianapolis is ready for a restaurant like Ezra’s.
“I am not focusing on fact that it is all raw. It just happens most of it is,” said Barron, a certified raw food chef. “It’s basically fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, salads and juices – just making them really beautiful, colorful and tasty.”
It’s been a way of life for Barron – also the founder of Bliss Healing Therapy – for years.
“It’s giving the body the food we are meant to have and it takes care of itself. Once you experience it, it’s hard to turn back” Barron said. “It’s very popular on the west coast, and now in New York, they say instead of coffee, you see a green juice in everyone’s hand. It’s not just a fad. It makes you healthier and helps your body heal.”
With raw food, said Barron, nothing is heated above 118 degrees. Using higher temperatures, she said, causes chemical changes to food that can create toxins and destroy the live enzymes that help in digestion.
Ezra’s, named for Barron’s young son, will feature a rotating menu with items such as lemon garlic zucchini pasta with tomato and basil, curried ginger carrot soup, and sunshine beet and walnut salad.
“Depending on what we get in from farmers,” Barron said. “The staples like desserts will always be there because we can get those ingredients year round but, say, something like strawberry shortcake will just be in the summer because we want it to be seasonal.”
And, don’t forget the herbal tonics.
“You can come in and say, ‘I feel like I’m getting a cold or the flu, what do you recommend?’ and we can whip up something high powered for you,” Barron said. “Or, if you have a headache or are tired, I have the herbal knowledge to pull in and make something to help you feel better.”
Head chef Allie McFee will manage the kitchen, said Barron. “We met at a class I was teaching when she was just at the beginning of her journey getting into raw food. Everything will taste amazing and will be fun, new and fresh.”
Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe, 6516 Ferguson St.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; closed Mondays.