Good Karma Cafe & Gourmet Ashram – new FFLG affiliate

Good Karma Cafe & Gourmet Ashram – new FFLG affiliate

USC Spreads Good Karma By Cristy Lytal (University of Southern California) In a lush, sheltered courtyard beside the United University Church, carnivores and vegans alike gather for the Good Karma Café, an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch service hosted by the Office of Religious Life every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. For $7, patrons savor penne, peanut butter and chocolate halva and an unusual drink made from lemons and guanábana fruit. But it’s the salad dressing that has them drooling. “How is this dressing so healthy and so good?” asked Tim Conley, a master’s student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism who also works in the Office of Religious Life. “I tried to make it a couple times, and it never tastes like his, so I just quit trying to make it. There’s something in there the chef’s not telling me.” His sister Crystal Conley, assistant director of the Structured Curriculum Program at the USC Center for Academic Support, agreed. “I’m putting the dressing on the pasta and not just the salad. We’re going to have to come back next week.” The Good Karma Café is in its second popular incarnation, thanks to the good deeds — and dressing — of chef Sarvatma Das. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Das’ lunch service drew crowds of 200 per meal for a decade. One of the regulars was Varun Soni, who attended graduate school and taught in Santa Barbara before becoming the dean of religious life at USC. Soni quickly realized that USC’s large population of Hindu and Jain students have religious dietary restrictions that mandate vegetarianism. Soni also became aware of a petition, signed by 1,000 students, requesting more organic, healthy and vegetarian options on campus. He called up his old friend Das, and the […]