The Challenges & Opportunities of Owning a Restaurant

As a restaurant owner, there are many behind-the-scenes challenges – and opportunities – that our guests don’t always hear about. In today’s blog post, I will reveal some of the challenges that come with owning a popular restaurant, and how Leyla and I address these challenges and use them to find opportunities to better serve […]

What does “Farm-to-table” Really Mean?

Farm-to-table can be an elusive term. It’s not regulated, like the word “organic” is, and people often have different interpretations and definitions of what it means. I thought it would be helpful to share with you what “farm-to-table” means in a general sense, and how we support the values of farm-to-table dining at Café 21. […]

Azeri Food

Leyla and I are from Azerbaijan, which is a country in Eurasia. Azerbaijan is located on the Caspian Sea, and shares borders with Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, and Iran. Food from Azerbaijan is referred to as Azeri food. Since we’re now serving more Azeri food at Café 21, I thought it would be a good […]

We are Catering!

This has been in the works for a long time. We are pleased to announce that we are now catering events at our restaurants and off site. We are so excited! Back when we were just one restaurant, we catered a lot. Office meeting and parties, birthdays, weddings, large celebrations, fundraisers and more. We love […]

The Best Hummus

Leyla loves to make hummus, as you can see in this video: Hummus is so healthy. It also makes a great base for different seasonings and flavors. Hummus can be very colorful, blended with different spices, vegetables and herbs. Leyla likes to experiment with different combinations of vegetables and spices. She likes to see what […]

The Best Salad Dressings

Today, we are going to talk about salad dressings. It may seem like a simple topic but it’s really much more than a “sauce” put on a salad. At Cafe 21, we make our salad dressing from scratch. We prefer vinaigrette of various flavors because they best bring out the taste of the vegetables without […]