A Night of Conscious Dining
On Superbowl Sunday, my dear friend, Kendra, and I were fortunate to meet a man named Don Stonebraker. While chatting with Don, we found out that he is the manager of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails. Don told us all about Andrei’s, and we quickly realized that this is a restaurant whose menu very closely reflected the food choices of our 28 day cleanse program. We immediately set up a date for dinner and what a treat it was!
Andrei’s was established in 2005 in memory of Andrei Olenicoff, who died at the age of 32 in a car accident. It is owned and operated by his sister, Natalie, and his father, Igor. The restaurant is non-profit and 100% of the profits go the the Andrei Foundation, which benefits CHOC, finding a cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa, and other local causes. They have also built a school library in rural Sri Lanka, funded and built a rain collection clean water system in Nicaragua, sponsored a local guide dog team, and provided life-changing surgeries to over 20 Russian orphans.
Andrei believed in being conscious of what you put in your body and how you treat the planet. And so it is, that Andrei’s provides gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan menus. They use only naturally raised meats, free of hormones and antibiotics and sustainable seafood. They utilize only locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, so their menu changes based on the season. Even their cheeses are purchased locally. They feature a large wine selection, with about 1/3 of their wines being organic. They offer many other organic cocktails, as well. Andrei’s goal is to not only enhance the quality of the food, but also to support a more responsible attitude towards our community and the world around us.
The restaurant itself was impressive, modern and classy, however the food was even better. The exquisite flavors spoke volumes about the freshness of the food. First of all, they offer complimentary still or sparkling Natura filtered water. My daughter ordered pasta and meatballs off of the kids menu and gobbled it up before we had finished our first plate. Kendra and I shared a number of small plates so we could get an idea of the different foods Andrei’s had to offer. We tried the Surf N Turf kabobs and they were delicious. I don’t even like fish, but I loved these 🙂
Next we ordered Lamb Sliders. These were unbelievably good!!! They are served in pita bread with feta cheese so they are not a food on the cleanse program, but they were so worth it 🙂 We also ordered squash off the gluten-free menu, which was equally as delicious. We found out later that their Octopus Salad is a top seller. Apparently, it is marinated in wine, oils, and wine corks. The enzymes from the wine corks act as a tenderizer, so they octopus is not chewy. I will definitely be trying this out next time!
Next we tackled the dessert! One word-divine!!! We all shared (get ready for this) New York Cheesecake, Carrot Cake with Maple ice cream and walnut brittle, and a chocolate brownie with goat’s milk vanilla bean ice cream. All were scrumptious and we enjoyed every bite!
Andrei’s provided the kind of dining experience that makes you more aware of what you are eating and proves that eating healthy can also be delicious. The staff was exceptional and were extremely educated about everything on the menu, right down to every one of their 60 wines. I highly recommend Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails for an amazing dining experience!
February 13, 2011 - Posted by atcshan | Food, Health | Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Food, gluten free menu, Nicaragua, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Sri Lanka, Surf and turf, vegan menu, vegetarian menu, Wine
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