Every other Thursday, chefs Nina Kauder and Sarah Steinberg turn the Secret Garden Cafe into an indoor and outdoor marketplace that offers live music, fresh food and produce and jewelry. There are also healers, visitors can get their cards read, and its an entrance into a community that the chefs say doesn’t have many outlets.
It’s all vegan.
“It’s a whole happening,” Kauder said.
Kauder and Steinberg run the Bean Scene Sunset Marketplace at the cafe on Boynton Beach Boulevard. The cafe is run by the Community Caring Center, and is place for chefs to use the space for a certain number of hours each week to work on their craft.
Chef Lynn Dorsey is one of those chefs. Dorsey, who is also a chef at 50 Ocean in Delray Beach, said she enjoys cooking vegan food because it’s challenging to her. She thinks the market is a benefit to the city because “they don’t have anything like this in Boynton Beach.”
“It’s a place where people can see the other side of things,” she said.
Kauder is also one of the chefs, and she chooses to use her six allotted hours to run the market. The market typically has about 20 vendors and runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner is offered for a fee during the market nights.
She and Steinberg partnered with a common goal of increasing the access to the vegan lifestyle locally.
At the market earlier this month, a chef made fruit sushi with coconut milk to cook the rice, strawberries and papaya. There were veggie burgers. And artist Felicia Rose was singing with a guitar.
Tina Stoffo, a local artist, shared a booth with Mindy Gang, a jeweler.
“I love it because it’s different. Usually most markets will take in anybody but these guys are geared to the holistic vibe,” Stoffo said.
The market started in September and runs through May. After that the women will look at what worked and what didn’t. The women don’t know exactly what is next. They could do more events like the chili cookoff, or they could continue with the marketplace.
But whatever it is, they want to continue opening up the vegan world to the community.
“It’s about creating one. It’s about supporting one,” Kauder said.