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The Food Liaison in Carpinteria

A local couple has opened a Carpinteria cafe,  providing catering, a counter lunch service, and cooking classes. Chef Nirasha and Jason Rodriguez  have crafted a healthy, seasonal lunch menu,  served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The couple personally designed every aspect of the new space, from the high dining tables to the ultra-modern cooking class kitchen.




Nirasha, a Kentucky native and self-taught local chef for the past dozen years. “We are excited to bring people into our kitchen,” she said. “I want this to be a community space.” The classes (cost is $75-$95 per person) feature various techniques and styles, from the classics to appetizers and ethnic fare with an emphasis on healthy cuisine.




The Food Packaged To-Go Lunch Counter is open Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm. Items Rotate Daily.

The Gourmet Salad Bar
Fresh and Seasonal Vegetables, Cheeses & Proteins w/ Housemade Vinaigrettes & Dressings
The Tartines
Prosciutto, Fig Jam & Whipped Goat Cheese On Fresh Baked Grilled Bread topped w/ Wild Arugula
Housemade Boursin & Carp Avocados On Fresh Baked Grilled Bread topped w/ Sprouts, Cucumber & Watermelon Radish
The Salads
Organic Orzo, Wild Arugula, Caramelized Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Capers & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Organic Kale Salad w/ Pomegranate & Pepitas Mixed in Lemon Tahini Dressing
The Entrées (Served w/ Orzo Salad)
Organic Quinoa Bowl w/ Mary’s Chicken or Green Chickpeas w/ Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Kale & Chipotle Aioli
Grilled Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups w/ Israeli Relish
Indian Spiced Marinated Mary’s Grilled Chicken on Butter Lettuce Cups
The Soup – View their Facebook Page for Soup of the Day.

Catering is still a large part of their business, which they started in 2013.




The Food Liaison Cafe
Pick-up Counter, Catering, Cooking Classes

Address: 1033 Casitas Pass Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Phone: (805) 200-3030

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION and the current cooking class schedule:

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