There are a number of reasons why many Lowellians choose Café UTEC as their favorite lunch spot. Some will mention the friendly staff, others the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, but most people keep coming back, of course, because of the food – fresh, quality food prepared on the spot by UTEC’s hardworking young people. Here are just a few recent Yelp reviews:
- “Hidden gem! Just had lunch at Cafe UTEC and it was delish. Grilled cheese with bacon on sourdough – really good!”
- “It was a great place to sit and chat with friends. I loved the flavoring on the tofu for the Banh Mi and the ginger lemonade was incredible! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was completely enjoyable.”
- “What a fantastic lunch destination! My young daughter and I love going to Cafe UTEC for a fast and fresh lunch. The service is always great with super-friendly counter service. The thing I love most is having several vegetarian options to choose from.”
One of the major reasons people love Café UTEC is due to its ongoing focus on serving fresh, quality food, a good portion of which comes from our longstanding friends at Mill City Grows (MCG), a Lowell-based organization whose mission is “to foster food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education.”
As Sam Putnam, UTEC’s Culinary Innovator, explains, “The produce that MCG provides Café UTEC and our catering operation is fresher, healthier, and more flavorful than anything we could source elsewhere, and it has a much lower carbon footprint as well!”
UTEC has had a longstanding relationship with MCG, going back to its founding in 2012. In the past, UTEC has partnered with MCG to provide crews of our young adults to work in their gardens, we have helped to staff their mobile markets, and for the last three years we have provided space and catering for their “Farm to Cocktail” fundraising gala as well as some of their community cooking classes.
“Mill City Grows is an essential resource, not just for UTEC but for the entire city of Lowell,” continues Sam, “as it enables all residents to have access to local, sustainably-grown healthy produce, a chance to participate in community and school gardens, and opportunities to learn about growing one’s own healthy food right here in the city.”
Here at UTEC, we tip our collective chef’s hat to Mill City Grows for helping us ‘keep it fresh’ at Cafe UTEC. Bon appetit!
Source: Lowell Sun