Comedor Popular

First I’ve heard of this event Sunday, or of Eduardo Crespi’s initiative:

Attached you will find an invitation to a Vegan Soul Food event on Sunday, June 20 at Café Berlin. It is being presented by Centro Latino to benefit Comedor Popular.

Comedor Popular, also known as “people’s diner,” is a creative (and never-before-tried-in-Columbia) project in progress at 609 N. Garth Street.

This Centro Latino initiative is aimed at fighting obesity fourfold: by establishing a plant-based eatery; cooking classes; wellness and obesity prevention programs; and a retail shop selling fresh, seasonal produce.

Please come help support this important project and meet Eduardo Crespi, director and founder of Centro Latino and the man who is making it happen.

Eduardo just got the building permits to start construction and is looking for building contractors who might want to participate in the construction process. He is asking for donations for construction material at this time. If you have any contacts in the construction trade who might want to donate materials or help in some way, please contact Eduardo at:

Eduardo Crespi, RN, BSN
206 Austin Ave., Suite G
Columbia, MO. 65203
Cellular phone 573-268-9533
Centro Latino office 573-449-9442
Web site:

Hope to see you at the dinner!

Slow regards,

Bernadette Dryden
Slow Food Katy Trail

Alas, I’ll be in Washington, D.C.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

One thought

  1. I fully support Comedor Popular and I look forward to visiting, but I’m a little concerned that if they insist on being fully vegan (as the Tribune reported a few months ag) that their plan might backfire. I’m all for people eating more vegetables, but if veganism is what they feel should be the standard, I can see that intimidating and alienating a lot of the people they’re trying to help.

    I guess I’m not clear on whether they’re encouraging people to be vegan or if they’re just focusing on vegan food at the restaurant.

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