Augusta Eats Local @ Seeds Cafe

Augusta Eats Local @ Seeds Cafe

Jan 8, 2019 | Augusta Eats Local, Where To Eat

SEEDS CAFE NURTURES FOOD SUSTAINABILITY

“Grits Pie?” You may ask. “Sounds kind of gritty.” Not so! At least not Seeds Café’s Sweet Grits Pie, which is smooth as silk. Owner LaRahna Hughes sources the grits locally and works her magic like she does with every recipe served with love at Seeds.

Seeds Café, in Williston, South Carolina, has transformed the corner of Route 78 and White Pond Road in just one year from a donut shop to the home of a farm-to-table restaurant worthy of Atlanta or Charleston.

LaRahna looks back on this past year and starts reminiscing on some of the Café’s accomplishments in a manner that appears to surprise even herself. The Grand Opening included representatives from the community as well as local and state government, including the Commissioner for South Carolina’s Department of Agriculture. And that was just Day One.

LaRahna began with a small menu with specials that changed daily depending on the available locally grown produce. That practice continues to this day, but items like Sweet Grits Pie and her Hickory Smoke Red BBQ sauce are staples that people come for from miles around. Now her customers anticipate the specials menu knowing it will bring them both comfort and pleasure.

Seeds’ first major event was a Prix Fixe 5-course Valentine’s Day Dinner. It was my privilege that LaRahna allowed EAT Local CSRA to be a part of the sourcing and plating of the event. The Daikon Radish and Merlot Potato Soup (shout out to Brown’s Place Farm, Clyde’s Fresh Produce, and Lazy Willow Farms) will always be a treat for me.

Valentine’s Day was merely the kick-off to a whirlwind year. Seeds hosts open mic nights, Soul Food Sundays, and classes that have appeal for both couples and youth. Cooking classes for adults include preparation and plating of an entire meal from locally sourced ingredients. The participants then enjoy the feast together. Youth come to the farm on field trips where they not only harvest the food on the four-acre property, but also take part in cooking classes similar to the adult classes.

In addition, Seeds hosts tastings such as the one below which included locally grown butternut squash blossoms stuffed with local goat cheese, and marinated deviled quail eggs sourced from LaRahna’s own quail served with balsamic caviar.

LaRahna’s work with Seeds centers on finding solutions on how to re-pioneer the way we live in community with each other. For her the solution to purposeful living is like farming, it all starts with the seeds we plant!

With the beginning of the New Year, Seeds Café has the honor of being awarded the first Augusta Locally Grown Farm-To-Table restaurant in 2019.