Mustard Seed Cafe

1140 St Vrain at Arizona Ave
El Paso TX  79902

Phone: (915) 440-7333

Mustard Seed Cafe

It all begins with a novel called “The Summer Kitchen” and an idea that wouldn’t go away – a non-profit, pay-what-you-can cafe. Then comes a Bible study lesson on justice. A broken heart. A confession of self-righteousness and prejudice. A quote by David Livingstone that, “Sympathy is never a substitute for action.” A mission trip to Costa Rica. Breakfast with a friend. A visit to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless in downtown El Paso. An issue of Christianity Today. One World Everybody Eats Foundation. An email.

In the summer of 2011 three friends, Christi Brown, Patsy Burdick, and Shelley Speicher meet to discuss the idea and pray. They become convinced that a pay-what-you-can café is God’s invitation to learn humility, compassion, kindness, and love. The idea is to create a table where everyone eats…regardless of their ability to pay.

The dream takes shape. Fears and insecurities do as well. God persists. A mission statement and vision points coalesce. A community interest meeting is held. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Checks arrive. Volunteers of every age and background begin to trickle forward through website interest sheets, cups of coffee, and conversations in offices, checkout lines, and parking lots.

Classes are taken. Book pages are dog-eared and devoured. A Steering Committee is formed. Grants written. Conferences and meetings attended. Locations are considered. Doors open and close. Friends are made. Wise counsel given and embraced. Two years pass…

Fast forward to summer of 2013. A lease is signed, a garden designed, and the café becomes a reality. Shakespeare once wrote, “What is the city but the people?” The Mustard Seed is El Paso’s own community café, and we proudly take root in the Rio Grande neighborhood of our great city. Everyone has the capacity to help in one way or another. We invite you to join us!

Loving the people of the Rio Grande neighborhood in the name of Jesus Christ
through the transforming power of the gospel, friendship, and good food

The Mustard Seed Café is a not-for-profit, community café. We serve delicious, nutritious food with an accompanying commitment to treat each person with dignity and honor. Guests may volunteer an hour with us in exchange for a meal or they may choose to pay what they can on a suggested pricefortheirmeal. Somepaythesuggestedprice,otherspayless,andsomepaymoreasadonation. We welcome all!

Open Wednesday,Thursday, Friday, 11am-2pm.


Loving the people of the Rio Grande neighborhood in the name of Jesus Christ 
through the transforming power of the gospel, friendship, and good food

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Founded: Christi Brown, Shelley Speicher, Patsy Burdick
Serving: Lunch

Categories: Cafe, Comfort Food Restaurant, Community Organization, Non-Profit Organization, Restaurant, Seasonal Store

Hours

Wed: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm



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