Did going to Celebration at the Station in Kansas City on Sunday convince you that you need to spend more time at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts listening to the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra? Why not plan an even more delightful evening by having dinner beforehand up the street at Café Gratitude? The Kauffman Center is at 1601 Broadway, and Café Gratitude is within walking distance at 333 Southwest Boulevard.
The plate in the accompanying photo is from just such an enchanted evening last week that included both the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra at the Kauffman Center and Café Gratitude. The starter for that meal was called “Connected” and consisted of “[r]ed bell pepper-sunflower seed hummus with handmade crackers.” The main dish, shown in the photo, was called “Happy” and consisted of “[r]aw wrap with sunflower pâté, seasonal vegetables, avocado & mustard sauce on a live apple curry wrap. Served with a side salad.” The refreshing beverage was called “Splendid,” and it was—green tea with spearmint and lime. The dessert was one-half tiramisu and one-half key lime pie. Who says vegan and gluten-free cannot be deliciously, scrumptiously decadent and melt in your mouth?
The atmosphere at Café Gratitude is soothing and rejuvenating. For example, if you ask your server whether an item on the menu is vegan and gluten-free, the answer is very often, “Of course.” You do not have to explain your dietary choices if you are vegan and gluten-free, as you would in so many other restaurants. This restaurant is the perfect place for vegans and their nonvegan friends and relatives, especially if some or all of them are gluten-free. So if you have guests coming to see you this summer, plan a wonderful evening of listening to the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center, starting with dinner at Café Gratitude.