Our Culinary Program
Joe Van Gogh’s culinary program complements and mirrors the Joe Van Gogh mission by providing healthful, responsibly sourced food, prepared daily with care and integrity. We seek to develop deep relationships with all our suppliers—from our green coffee producers to the local farmers and artisans who provide many of the ingredients that go into our scratch-made breakfast and lunch menus. Whenever you dine at a Joe Van Gogh cafe, you are participating in a supply chain that provides a vast array of social, economic and ethical benefits.
Our bakers come in long before sunrise so we can provide freshly baked pastries to all of our cafes. We feature staple kitchen and pastry menus with favorites like avocado toast, sweet potato hash, london fog scones, and savory tarts, and additionally feature seasonally rotating menus. This allows us to consistently showcase the fresh and beautiful produce in our region while encouraging our customers to try something new.
At Joe Van Gogh’s Woodcroft and Golden Gate locations you can also expect to find a variety of breakfast and lunch items made from scratch daily, and we strive to accommodate dietary restrictions. We will be sure to have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Our culinary Director Audra Thomas collaborates with our talented kitchen staff and local vendors to create these thoughtfully curated menus.
At Joe Van Gogh, we partner with local vendors who echo our intentions of sustainability and community empowerment. When we source our ingredients locally, we form a stronger connection with the producer and the food, ensuring fresh and reliable ingredients for our kitchen. Our ethical sourcing strategies are designed to keep as much money in the producer’s local economy as possible.
Here are just a few of the local producers who provide the high-quality ingredients you’ll find in the offerings in our cafes.
Latta’s Egg Ranch
Latta’s Egg Ranch is located just a few miles from our roasting facility in the scenic countryside of Hillsborough, NC. Founded in 1946 by Lantham Latta, Latta’s Egg Ranch has been in the Latta family for over two generations. Currently operated by Lantham Latta’s two sons and three grandsons, special care is given to the hens. About half of the chickens are pasture raised and all of the chickens are open air.
Homeland Creamery is located in the picturesque town of Julian, NC and has been farmed by the Bowman family for over six generations. Their commitment to sustainability reduces soil erosion, water runoff and greenhouse gasses.
Our primary produce provider, Ford’s Produce in Raleigh, NC is a family-owned company that sources from local farms and growers as much as possible. Within the community, Ford’s plays a significant and positive role. Any healthy but unsellable produce is donated to the Inner Faith Food Shuttle, an organization that distributes to local food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens. Ford’s also maintains an extensive recycling program, producing reusable delivery boxes with local recycled material.