BBQ Jackfruit and Dragonfruit Lemonade from Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe
When the Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe opened on Parsons Avenue in late 2014, it was looking to set some trends. Not only was it one of the first new businesses to spring up around the expanded Nationwide Children’s Hospital campus, it was also a local leader in healthy and nutritious food, designed by a dietician. That doesn’t mean it has to be exclusionary though.
“Really, Alchemy is for anyone — the food is certainly good enough,” said CU Food Critic Miriam Bowers Abbott in her official review. “But it has a special appeal for people who want food that does something — the cafe promotes itself as offering nutrient-dense fare that nourishes the mind and body.”
For those who have not made it a point to try Alchemy yet, the restaurant will be on-hand at the upcoming Healthy Bites festival this Friday, July 29th with both food and drink samples for guests. They’ll be serving up bite-sized appetizers made from barbecued jackfruit with a purple cabbage slaw and herbed cashew cream, topped cilantro and served on toast. The bite will be paired with a sample of the cafe’s dragonfruit lemonade.
Healthy Bites will take place from 6pm-9pm at the newly renovated Columbus Museum of Art. Advance tickets are $30 and will include food samples, live entertainment, participatory yoga demos by Art of Yoga, admission to the current exhibits at The Columbus Museum of Art and a cash bar.
Featured food vendors include Fusian, Root 23, Pocket Produce, Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, CoffeeFit Bar, Banana Leaf, Krazy Kraut, Zest Juice Co., Food for Good Thought, Snowville Creamery, Darista Dips, Native Cold Press, Acre, Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe, Fronana and Lift Energy bars and drinks. We’ve also brought on board Cadence Kitchen, who will be providing on site food demos of quick and healthy meals.
A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to The Godman Guild. The Columbus Underground Best Bites event series have collectively raised over $16,000 for local charities since August 2014, with a goal of raising $20,000 for local charities in 2016.
Healthy Bites is presented by The Ohio Poultry Association.