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Business Member Profile - Randita's Organic Vegan Café

Randy & Dale Cinski
Randita's Organic Vegan Café
Saxonburg & Greater Pittsburgh Metro
PASA Business Member Since 2013

By Brittany Colatrella

Randy and Dale Cinski started Southwestern PA’s only organic vegan food truck in 2012; right around the same time that world renowned, award-winning Danish chef René Redzepi said in an interview that vegetables will become the “lead guitarist or lead singer of a meal.” Even more fittingly, part of the Cinski’s inspiration came from Dale’s lifestyle as a musician playing gigs where healthy food options are hard to come by.

Randy—Dale’s wife who'd been working in veterinary care and being Mom to their 6 kids—became increasingly aware of the dangers of overly processed, additive-laden, meat-heavy diets. So Randy and Dale combined their passions for nourishing bodies and souls into a business dedicated to making delicious plant-centric meals accessible to everyone. The driving principle behind Randita’s is to help people realize that food can taste good, make you feel good, and have a positive impact on the environment.

Within 2 and a half years, demand for popular dishes like African Peanut Stew and Grain & Bean Burgers has fueled Randita’s growth from a roving food truck to include a full-service Saxonburg café and their newest location in Aspinwall. Word keeps spreading about Randita’s; and it’s not just about how their organic vegan cuisine delights the taste buds of loyal diners, even meat lovers. They’ve also earned repute for their commitment to sustainability.

Every aspect of Randita’s operations is designed to maximize eco-friendliness—from locally grown produce to 100% recycled and compostable cooking supplies and tableware to their solar-powered food trailer. And it’s this distinct passion that led Randita’s to PASA. While at an event at Kretschmann Farm, Randita’s big flavor, little waste model caught some special attention that encouraged the restaurant to join the association soon thereafter.

Randita’s has been sourcing ingredients from members like Frankferd Farms, Five Elements Farms, Wild Purveyors, East End Food Co-op, Clarion River and Blackberry Meadows; so collaborating within the network is an important resource for creating their menu and advancing their mission. “We appreciate that PASA helps create value for the work we are doing,” says Randita’s Business Manager, Lacey Korns. “PASA improves awareness, education and connections that are critical to achieving understanding about the benefits of wholesome, sustainable foods.”

From the Cinski’s founding principles to the zeal of their staff, patrons, and fellow PASA members, the power of compassion is one clear element in Randita’s success. Follow them online for the latest food truck whereabouts and rotating menu specials: www.randitas.com.

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