By Patch.com – Vitality Bowls in Dublin is donating smoothies to first responders for every smoothie purchased.
Vitality Bowls in Dublin is donating a smoothie to a first responder for every smoothie purchased amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The smoothie and açaí bowl chain has served essential workers across the county, from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose to the Windermere Police Department in Florida.
Gabi Lazar, owner of the Dublin store, said in an email that this July will mark the store’s fifth anniversary. She said she’s grateful to be part of the community and have an opportunity to give back.
“I am very lucky to have a strong team that working very hard to keep our buisness operating while I balance homeschooling,” she wrote. “We are donating smoothies to show support to all those hard workers out there helping to keep our community safe.”
BY Franchising.com – In the future, I believe we’ll be more adaptable to different pickup and delivery methods. When we emerge in the end, we need to use the lessons learned from this crisis to make us stronger as a system and as individuals. The challenges we are facing force us to be creative and quick to respond. We have seen great ideas come out of this — ideas that help give back to the community and bring us all closer together. Because we are deemed an essential business, we are able to provide our community with healthy food options and give back to medical professionals and first responders. I don’t think people will forget local small businesses that worked hard to provide healthy meals and other essential services during this challenging time.
The organic and fresh superfood ingredients Vitality Bowls offers are a breath of fresh air in a location of fatty and processed fast food, all walking distance from the Santa Rosa campus of Santa Rosa Junior College. However, the small portion sizes are not worth the bill you will pay for them.
The spinach salad is a mix of spinach, quinoa and strawberries with a balsamic finish. Salads should be a rainbow of colors from their ingredients and flavors, and the spinach salad is missing its rainbow. Like the salad, the panini lacks an abundance of its fresh ingredients. It is hard to consider this roasted turkey a panini when the bread appears to be only slightly grilled, ingredients taste sloppily put together and the entire sad presentation looks as thin as two pieces of cardboard stuck together. This soulless sandwich tastes like a basic grilled cheese with only hints of white turkey, roasted cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and a pinch of pesto. For being a superfood cafe, the salads and paninis are not as “super” as proclaimed.
The trend of fresh ingredients in all spectrums continues with the açaí bowls, which elevates the mood of the above mentioned menu items. Presentation of the açaí bowls is a significant upgrade, as the portion sizes are finally almost equivalent to their prices. Some of the bowls taste as simple as vanilla ice cream, while others, such as the tropical bowl, taste like a bite from heaven. It’s easy to distinguish the ingredients in the açaí blend even when some flavors overpower others. Toppings on açaí bowls are the strings that pull the entire bowl together and Vitality Bowls completes that, but at a minimum standard.
Vitality Bowls serves only organic toppings, a big plus compared to other locations that make açaí bowls, so chefs need to stop being shy and add a couple more spoonfuls of toppings to give the bowls an extra wow factor. The smoothies are similar to the açaí bowls in ingredients and texture, with a smooth and creamy feeling with every sip. The smoothies do not disappoint, especially on a 90-degree summer afternoon, when every sip is refreshing and leaves you wanting more.
Vitality Bowls is a superfood café for those who don’t run on a tight budget and want to enjoy healthy, all-natural spoonfuls of the cool açaí.
BY Franchising.com – The main impact of Covid-19 on Vitality Bowls has been similar to many other QSR concepts. In the wake of restaurant dine-in bans and stay-at-home orders, we needed to find a way to enhance our pick-up, takeout, and delivery options. Many of our stores are operating on a curbside pick-up model to follow social distancing protocols. We have signs and floor markers to make it easy for customers and employees to adhere to social distancing. We’re also making sure all the communities we serve know that we’re here for them during this crisis. We’re all going through this together, and we feel it’s important to show that support for our customers at this time.
BY Southlake Style – Vitality Bowls, a superfood cafe offering delicious and nutritious quick bites, opened its first location in Southlake in February. Now locals have access to potent and flavorful dishes like fresh açai bowls, juices, smoothies and sandwiches. Franchise owners Pal and Solai Anand say they were excited to be a part of the brand’s efforts and share Vitality Bowl’s recipes with locals.
“We saw an opportunity to share the Vitality Bowls experience with the Southlake community because of the demand for great tasting, healthy food options,” Pal says.
The Northern California-based eatery uses bold, healthy ingredients like pitaya, acerola and mangosteen to create balanced dishes that are full of nutritional value. Each açai bowl is made to order using only fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring that locals can find an option customized to their taste and dietary restrictions that’s also packed with only the best ingredients.
“Every Vitality Bowls meal is made to order in an allergy friendly kitchen designed to avoid cross contact of ingredients, so customers can feel good about eating here. Plus, all açaí bowls and smoothies are prepared without using any ingredient fillers, such as ice, frozen yogurt or artificial preservatives,” Pal says.
Those new to açai should try out the Vitality Bowl. With a base of organic açai, bananas, strawberries and flax seed and topped with organic granola, honey, bananas, strawberries and organic goji berries, the creamy yet refreshing bowl is sure to satisfy your hunger.
For a bowl with unique yet delicious ingredients, try the Graviola Bowl, made with a base of graviola, coconut water, mango juice, pineapple, bananas, strawberries and kale and topped with organic granola, bananas, organic mulberries, organic chia seeds and honey.
With detoxifying juices and energizing smoothies, Vitality Bowls provides a great healthy snack for diners on the go. But locals can also stop, slow down and savor dishes like the sirloin sandwich, complete with grass-fed sirloin, mozzarella cheese, spinach, red onions and Dijon mustard. Whether you are on the go or want to stay a while, Vitality Bowls meets diners where they are.
“Our café is a place where community members can enjoy nutritious meals with their family and friends, and we want all of our customers to feel at home in the warm and vibrant setting,” Solai says.