Blog Posts


Iowa City Overnight

To wrap up the 2016-2017 Café year, the chefs took an overnight trip down to Iowa City on June 9-10th. Friday started with lunch at the University of Iowa and a tour of campus. The girls loved the huge VARIETY of menu choices in the dining hall – so many options! A couple of highlights from […]

Year-End Fiesta

Hard to believe another year is done for Cafe 361. What better way to celebrate than with a fiesta?! Our chefs put on a classic Mexican feast May 19th, that delighted guests like always. The menu included: Black bean, corn and avocado salsa Fiesta rice Refried beans Mexican Enchilada Bake Homemade pico de gallo Tres […]

A Taste of India

When you decide to do a specific fundraiser meal, you know the menu needs to be special and delicious. Cafe 361 decided to try a whole new cuisine we have never cooked before, Indian. Thus “A Taste of India” night was born. The meal prep started weeks before the April dinner at the actual restaurant, […]

An Interview with Claudia Taylor

Interview by Dynasty & Ronisha, members of Cafe 361 It’s 5:30pm on a Wednesday night and people are making their way into First Congregational Church. Down the stairs and to the left they enter the door. Is that a nightgown I see? Are those slippers… in March? Do not be surprised, Cafe 361 hosted a […]

Leadership “Styles”

It has been a month since the Cafe 361 chefs have gotten together for a Girls With Ideas session. The month of February flew by! We still wanted to share what the girls have been learning. Our last session was a creative exercise that showcased how quick thinking and crafty our Cafe chefs are. (Hidden […]

A Cafe 361 Interview with Barb Jackson

Co-authored by Hayley, member of Cafe 361 When Café 361 started, there was no expectation for how long it would continue. As we are halfway through our 4th year, we know our success is only possible with the support of our dinner guests. Barb Jackson is one of those guests who has attended Cafe dinners […]

Winter Lock-In & a Merry Christmas

As December is filled with holiday parties, family gatherings and community events, Cafe 361 takes a break from preparing a community meal. Instead the Cafe girls got together for a night of fun. Included in this evening was starting a new leadership program called “Girls With Ideas“. This interactive curriculum included getting to know each […]

A Cafe 361 interview with Patti Thacker

By Nikki Techau, member of Cafe 361 I had the chance to talk to the most loving person you could ever meet in Café 361 and her name is Patti Thacker. Patti Thacker is a community volunteer, she is a political activist and she is a fragrance expert at Younkers. Her favorite part about our […]