Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen: HWC-2017-10-17

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 From left, Bryce Anderson, Ouita Michel, Chris Michel, Susannah Sizemore. Bryce and Susannah are two of the founders of  Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen .

From left, Bryce Anderson, Ouita Michel, Chris Michel, Susannah Sizemore. Bryce and Susannah are two of the founders of Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen.

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen brightens and lightens Kentucky's local food restaurant scene, especially in the fast and casual category. Their delicious salads, soups, grain bowls, lemonades and popsicles have ardent followers, and with good reason: they taste wonderful, are priced reasonably, and often include ingredients grown nearby.

Two of the five founders came to the Lexington Community Radio studios to talk about their purpose-driven restaurants, and a bit about their other ventures as well. Susannah Sizemore and Bryce Anderson describe their motivations, praise the Vinaigrette team and share the experiences they have had launching a complex business from scratch.

The Vinaigrette crew chose a challenging kind of business—fresh, handmade salads and bowls—that was new for their market. Their commitment to contribute to the local farm economy by buying locally grown ingredients like chicken and blackberries both sets Vinaigrette apart and challenges its owners. Local ingredients typically cost more, and steady supplies can be hard to establish.

Hot Water Cornbread salutes this young, growing company. We wish them every success as they open their fifth location soon. It will be at 3735 Palomar Center Drive in Lexington.

PS: Rona recommends the Vinaigrette patio at 2200 War Admiral Way in Lexington. See why below.

 Vinaigrette's patio in the Hamburg shopping area, Lexington, Kentucky.

Vinaigrette's patio in the Hamburg shopping area, Lexington, Kentucky.

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