Hattie’s Café & Gifts, a Hattie Larlham social enterprise that employs people with developmental disabilities, and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad have partnered to bring healthy options to the railroad’s concession car. Hattie’s Café & Gifts’ salads, sandwiches, wraps and preservative-free baked goods are now available to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad passengers. The food is prepared at the Hattie’s Café & Gifts in Hudson, Ohio.
“At Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, we take great pride in being a part of the Northeast Ohio community and partnering with other local organizations. In working with Hattie’s Café & Gifts, the benefit is twofold – we are not only getting a great product, but also helping to better the lives of people with developmental disabilities. We believe the new offerings from Hattie’s Café & Gifts will enhance the passenger experience by offering them locally sourced, fresh and affordable food to enjoy while traveling. The healthier menu items are also in line with the health and wellness initiatives recently announced by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park through the National Park Service Healthy Parks Healthy People U.S. Strategic Action Plan,” said Doug Moore, project coordinator at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Many of the concession items prepared by Hattie’s Café & Gifts will feature certified organic produce grown at Hattie’s Garden at Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, Ohio. Throughout the year, Hattie’s Garden, another Hattie Larlham social enterprise, will supply Hattie’s Café & Gifts with salad greens, herbs and a range of seasonal vegetables.
“Hattie’s Café & Gifts has been a staple in Northeast Ohio since 2006. Working with a highly-regarded partner like the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will help us reach a whole new audience that we hope will enjoy our food and also connect with our goal of providing vocational training and meaningful employment to people with developmental disabilities,” said Dotty Grexa, vice president of vocational and social enterprises at Hattie Larlham.