March 28, 2011
New cafe, food event to benefit homeless women and children

A new cafe is opening in Roseville, but the goal of the quaint breakfast and lunch spot isn't just to satiate diners' appetites.

All of the proceeds from The Cafe at ReNew Boutique will benefit Acres of Hope, a faith-based, residential renewal program for homeless mothers and their children.

The gently used women's clothing and home decor store bears an identical goal. The Bee's Niesha Lofing featured ReNew Boutique in a column in October. Click here to read the story.

The new cafe is set to open on April 18. In the morning, scones, muffins and quiche will be available, while in the afternoon, salads and sandwich wraps, along with an assortment of baked goods, will be on hand.

The site doesn't have a kitchen, so the chef will prepare the dishes and package them individually for sale, said Renee Baber, manager at ReNew Boutique.

"Kind of like Starbucks, but hopefully a step above," Baber said.

Complimentary tea and coffee also will be provided in the morning with the purchase of a breakfast item.

Diners can eat on the wraparound porch of the boutique, in the garden that looks out on Walnut and Vernon streets or inside the shop.

If interest in the cafe grows, the plan is to rejuvenate the boutique's patio and add more seating, Baber said.

The cafe isn't the only thing ReNew has in the works. A gift shop featuring new items such as picture frames, candles and knick knacks, also is set to open April 18.

And on Saturday, Acres of Hope will be the beneficiary at Taste of Hope, a gourmet small plate, wine and silent auction event at Mercedes Benz of Rocklin.

Participating restaurants and wineries include Hawks Restaurant, Il Fornaio, Paul Martin's American Bistro, Pause Lounge & Kitchen, Bistro 33, Tsuda Cafe and Catering, Synapse Wines, Sierra Knolls Winery, Rutherford Ranch and J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple in advance and $45 per person at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information about ReNew Boutique and the new cafe click here.

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