the evergreen state college's student-run cafe


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The Flaming Eggplant Cafe is a student run, non-hierarchical worker collective cafe at the Evergreen State College. All major decisions are made in all staff meetings using consensus. We have a strong focus on providing local organic food options that are affordable to college students.


As a student-worker collective, the mission of the Flaming Eggplant Café is to nourish the local food system by making delicious, healthy, ecologically and socially just food accessible to all.  We strive to empower the campus and greater Olympia community to organize, study, teach, seed, and create an egalitarian society together beginning with the act of eating.


     Our hours for Fall Quarter 2014

Monday 9 AM-2:30 PM (closed in the afternoon for weekly collective meeting)

Tuesday 9 AM-6 PM

Wednesday 9 AM-6 PM

Thursday 9 AM-6 PM

Friday 9 AM-2:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

8 Responses

  1. Sam

    Hello workers of the flaming eggplant! I have been trying to start a student-run healthy and sustainable cafe at Eckerd College, but I’m having trouble with space, money and coordinating between authorities…..Any advice??

    February 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

  2. Noneya

    What are your Hours????

    February 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

  3. chloe

    Dear Flaming Eggplant,

    I just moved to Tacoma from the Midwest and found your site on We are planning a day trip to Olympia next week and wanted to see if you can accommodate a gluten-free diet. I watched your documentary (very well done!) and saw one “gluten-free” sign. I eat a paleo-ish diet. I’m not a student, and will be traveling with two family members (I presume anyone can frequent your restaurant, not just students??). Also, I’m wondering about parking. Thanks for any advice you have to offer!


    March 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • riekee

      Hi Chloe,

      So sorry it took forever to get back to you–we’ve been doing a lot of other things and not keeping great track of the website. I’m sure your visit has come and gone, and I hope you were able to stop by the Flaming Eggplant. If not, be assured that we do have plenty of gluten free and paleo options on the menu, and menu items can usually be modified to suit dietary needs. Thanks for being in touch, and stay well!

      May 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  4. david rich

    I am one of the senators at Clover Park Technical college and I am curious about your student-run cafe you have on campus, We are looking into providing more options for students also. Is there any info that you could provide to me that i could pass along to my fellow colleagues.

    May 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    • riekee

      Hi there! Thanks for getting in touch. I am the advisor to the Flaming Eggplant (a college staff job that supports the collective workers) and I would be happy to chat with you, or you can email the Office Coordinator, who could get you in touch with Eggplant workers. Feel free to email me at or our Office Coordinator at Looking forward to sharing information with you! The collective is excited about mentoring other student workers in their efforts to start and run cooperatives.

      All the best,

      May 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

  5. I am one of the owners of Skokomish Valley Farms in Union, about 20 minutes up 101 from you all. We have just started experimenting with a vegetable garden and while we aren’t ready to sell produce yet, we have more chard, kale and herbs than we know what to do with! Would your cafe be interested in a donation of some of these greens? (I would deliver). We are hoping to work with one of your professors & his students soon on an agriculture plan for the farm,so it would be great to work with the food service side of things as well.

    LOVE what you are doing in response to corporate control of your dining operations. Let me know if you’re interested in some free fresh food and if there’s someone I can talk to about further involvement down the road.

    Darlene Barnes
    part-owner Skokomish Valley Farms

    June 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    • mcicao13

      Hey Darlene! Unfortunately, we are not open currently and won’t be until the beginning of fall quarter at the end of September. If you have extra produce then that you would like to donate that would be SO great, though I will have to get in touch with the health inspector to check out the legality of doing so. Either way, let’s stay in touch so we can hopefully work together when you are ready to sell produce!
      Oh, for future inquiries and to further this conversation, we can be reached by email at
      Hope to hear from you soon.

      July 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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