The Seasoned Spoon is a non-profit, vegetarian, cooperative café located in Champlain College at Trent University. The café is committed to serving locally, and whenever possible, organically sourced food at affordable prices. Our food sourcing principles prioritize the cultivation of meaningful relationships with local producers and supports a sustainable regional agricultural system. We are proud of our strong community linkages with local producers, businesses and community organizations. The Spoon cooperative has over 400 members, most of whom are staff and students of Trent University. Membership in the café is both a form of support for the cooperative and a structure to enable collective action that promotes small-scale production and helps to revitalize our regional agricultural system.
From its grassroots origins, the Seasoned Spoon evolved from a Stone Soup Project on campus run by the OPIRG Food Issues Group (FIG). FIG started serving local, organic soup by donation in 2002. The Stone Soup project challenged the food service monopoly that Aramark had at Trent University, offering staff and students more diverse choices as well as food for thought about the prevailing institutional food policies. As the initiative grew the project elected a Board of Directors to better represent them. With their new business model, the now named Seasoned Spoon Café began working towards a more permanent place. Since that time, the Spoon has evolved from a group of committed volunteers serving soup every other week to a dynamic café open five days a week, with 17 staff, dozens of volunteers and over 400 cooperative members.