October 28, 2021
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Harvest Cafe serves up social connection in addition to delicious lunch options

By: Katie Davis
September 24, 2021

The Harvest Cafe opened to the public on August 31, 2021, at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. The cafe has been in the planning process since late Winter 2020 and came to fruition when renowned Chef Gerald Lowe was hired in Summer 2021. Lowe has worked in some of the top restaurants in the Bay Area including Sonoma Mission Inn, Willow Wood Cafe, and the Applewood Inn. 

The Senior Center, whose building had been closed to the public since March 2020, previously offered lunch to seniors and their caregivers through Council on Aging. Due to the challenges of the pandemic, the Senior Center designed a new dining experience for our community members. 

Now, seniors, their caregivers, family members, business professionals, and visitors alike can enjoy an affordable seasonal lunch while supporting Senior Center services and programs. Just as important as a delicious meal is the social connection the Cafe offers; seniors have been adversely affected by the isolation and loneliness caused by the pandemic. Cafe diners can meet new friends, are served table-side by friendly volunteers, and visitors can learn about the services and resources the Senior Center has to offer. 

Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and funders such as the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, we can continue to keep lunch costs as affordable as possible, just $10 for members, and $12 for non-members. The fee includes an entrée, typically a side of soup or salad, homemade dessert, and a drink. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

Local gardeners and farmers are welcome to donate excess organic produce by calling or emailing Gerald Lowe, or call 707-829-2440. Volunteers are also welcome! Volunteer applications can be found on our website. 

Located at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 167 N High Street (next to the public library), the Harvest Cafe is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning October 2021, the Cafe will be open four days per week, Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter the building. For more information, call 707-829-2440 or email