What’s Hot: Acai, the South American Superfood

What’s Hot: Acai, the South American Superfood

BY Marin Magazine – Acai — pronounced ah-sigh-ee — berries are even richer in antioxidants than cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries, and shops whipping up bowls featuring this powerful ingredient are popping up countywide. Adding to the health quotient: the mixtures in these places are pure, with no added fillers like ice or frozen yogurt — only the berry best.

Vitality Bowls started in Northern California and are now all across the country. In Marin, owner Henry Kim runs the Mill Valley and new Sausalito outposts. The signature antioxidant-rich menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner made to order, with many tricky-to-pronounce superfoods like acerola, spirulina, aronia and moringa, to name a few.

Superfood chain opening location

Superfood chain opening location

BY Grand Rapids Business Journal – A national “superfood café” chain is prepping to open the first Michigan location.

Vitality Bowls will open a location on Nov. 2 in the Shops at CenterPoint in Grand Rapids, at 3569 28th St. SE, according to the chain last week.

A family-friendly grand opening will be held from 1-4 p.m. with food samples, contests and prizes.

“We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual diners, and we are excited to bring Vitality Bowls to Michigan,” said Tara Gilad, co-founder and owner, Vitality Bowls.

The chain specializes in acai bowls, a thick blend of antioxidant-rich acai berry and a variety of superfoods. The menu will feature various bowls: the green bowl with graviola, organic spirulina and organic hemp seeds; the dragon bowl with pitaya, coconut milk and bananas; and the café’s signature vitality bowl with organic açaí, strawberries and honey.

The eatery will also serve soups, panini, salads, smoothies, fresh juices, kombucha and cold brew coffee, alongside an espresso bar.

All bowls and smoothies will be prepared “without any ingredient fillers, such as ice, frozen yogurt or artificial preservatives.”

The café will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Vitality Bowls was founded in 2011 by Roy Gilad and Tara Gilad in San Ramon, California. It has more than 140 locations open or in development across the U.S.

‘Superfood café’ opening doors

‘Superfood café’ opening doors

BY Grand Rapids Magazine – A “superfood café” is about to open in Grand Rapids.

Vitality Bowls will open a location on Nov. 2 in the Shops at CenterPoint, at 3569 28th St. SE, according to the brand last week.

A family-friendly grand opening will be held from 1-4 p.m. with food samples, contests and prizes.

“We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual diners, and we are excited to bring Vitality Bowls to Michigan,” said Tara Gilad, co-founder and owner, Vitality Bowls.

Vitality Bowls specializes in acai bowls, a thick blend of antioxidant-rich acai berry and a variety of superfoods. The menu will feature various bowls: the green bowl with graviola, organic spirulina and organic hemp seeds; the dragon bowl with pitaya, coconut milk and bananas; and the café’s signature vitality bowl with organic açaí, strawberries and honey.

The eatery will also serve soups, panini, salads, smoothies, fresh juices, kombucha and cold brew coffee, alongside an espresso bar.

All bowls and smoothies will be prepared “without any ingredient fillers, such as ice, frozen yogurt or artificial preservatives.”

The café will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vitality Bowls was founded in 2011 by Roy Gilad and Tara Gilad in San Ramon, California. It has more than 140 locations open or in development across the U.S.

Health food restaurant Vitality Bowls opens doors in Grand Rapids

Health food restaurant Vitality Bowls opens doors in Grand Rapids

BY Rejournals – Vitality Bowls, a restaurant serving super foods, opened its first café in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The café, which specializes in acai bowls, will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or dessert.

Slated to open Nov. 2, the new locally owned and operated restaurant is located at the open-air Shops of CenterPoint Mall, 3569 28th St. SE. The West Michigan office of Colliers International handles leasing at this mall.

Originating in Northern California, the last nine years have solidified Vitality Bowls’ status as a pioneer in the industry – combining a dynamic café vibe with a unique collection of menu items containing high nutritional values and extraordinary tastes.

Guests can choose from a variety of options, such as the Green Bowl (with graviola, organic spirulina and organic hemp seeds), the Dragon Bowl (featuring pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and its signature Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). Plus, fresh juices, smoothies, soups, panini and salads are available in each café.

The eatery will also include a full-service coffee bar with espresso and superfood drinks packed with antioxidant-rich açaí, pitaya and matcha, as well as kombucha and cold brew coffee on-tap.

Health in a bowl

Health in a bowl

BY Marinij – California-born superfood café chain Vitality Bowls is furthering its commitment to “bringing health and wellness to every community across the country” with its second Marin location in just two months.

Mill Valley resident Henry Kim opened his first franchise location on East Blithedale Avenue in Mill Valley in August and earlier this month, debuted the second in the Marin Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City.

Courtesy of Vitality BowlsSuperfood café chain Vitality Bowls opened its second Marin location in Marin City.

“We believe in Vitality Bowls’ mission of encouraging everyone to live healthy and active lifestyles,” says Kim, who most recently spent 10 years as a community organizer.

The fast-casual café offers a variety of made-to-order antioxidant-rich açaí bowls, nutrient-dense smoothies and fresh raw juices. All açaí bowls and smoothies are made without ingredient fillers like ice, frozen yogurt or artificial preservatives.

House-made meat and vegetable panini sandwiches; spinach and kale salads; and a soup of the day are also on the menu, and organic kombucha and cold-brew coffee are on tap.

A kids menu offers a bowl, smoothie and grilled cheese sandwich.

The brand was founded in 2011 by San Ramon couple Roy and Tara Gilad, who were motivated to find healthy and safe food alternatives to address their daughter’s severe allergies.

Since then, it has expanded to 36 cafés in California and more than 135 nationwide.

Get your superfood fix at 100 Donahue St., suite 160 F, in Marin City from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. To find out more, go to vitalitybowls.com/locations/sausalito or call 415-729-9795.

Vitality Bowls Expands Orlando Footprint with New Ocoee Café

Vitality Bowls Expands Orlando Footprint with New Ocoee Café

BY the Nation’s Restaurant News – Plus new plant-based protein from Carl’s Jr., Fresh& Co., and Qdoba; the latest BJ’s Pizookie; spiced chicken at Cava; Southwestern specialties at Cotton Patch Café, Dat Dog and Quaker Steak & Lube; Buffalo flavors at Cowboy Chicken and Moe’s; lamb at Elevation Burger; Schnitzel at Gott’s; new menus at Houlihan’s and Rosa Mexicano; smaller sandwiches at Jimmy John’s and Subway; Thanksgiving-themed specials at PDQ and TooJay’; pizza at Pie Five and Schlotzsky’s; and pumpkin at Press Waffle, Tropical Smoothie Café and Vitality Bowls.

Pumpkin Bowl or smoothie: pumpkin, açaí blend, almond milk, cinnamon, strawberry and banana, topped with nutmeg and pumpkin seeds, around $7.99-$8.49 for the smoothie and $12.99-$14.49 for the bowl (not actually served in a pumpkin)

Availability: Through Oct. 31