Feeding Hungry People and Caring for Every Heart That Comes Through Our Doors
Our two-month search for a new location was remarkable! The cafe board and staff committed to hold our work loosely and to allow God to take us where He wants us to serve the community. We trusted that He had a place for us.
God is so good! It is with great pleasure that we announce…
UTEP Department of Social Work & Communications!
Our thanks to Dr. Eva M. Moya and the students in her graduate Multicultural Macro Practice class! Carmen and Christi had the privilege of visiting…
Big hugs to Lety, Angela, Alicia, Alejandra and our neighbors who are quietly wrapping and packing…
We wouldn’t still be here loving and serving our community without the support of our community. We want to especially say thank you to our Table Sponsors of 2017.Read More
Christi and the Mustard Seed Café Board and staff are busy searching for a new home! Thank you to everyone who’s called or emailed with ideas and suggestions.
Please pray for us as we consider…
One highlight from our Holiday Newsletter: Mustard Seed Cafe connected Calvary Chapel Sun City with two of our other ministry partners – Igelsia Luterana Cristo Rey and Esperanza en Cristo. The Calvary Chapel Sun City family hosted a joyous Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 16 and blessed 25 families from these two other churches. It was a beautiful expression of the body of Christ and made a sweet Christmas memory for all involved!Read More
Want to get involved in your community this Christmas? Here are a few way…
– Buy a gift from us and help us through this time of transition
– Bring Food for Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey’s Christmas Baskets
– Come Volunteer: We have a few weekly slots we need to fill for the months of January & February
IT TAKES A COMMUNITY to make a community café happen. We value your help!
Please pray with us in this transition – we want to be where God wants us, serving our beautiful community in the way that He desires! What are we looking for?
Thank you for taking a moment to read this important update.
Wednesday, November 29 was our ninth Community Meal and what a night it was! Our volunteers worked and served with smiles. 150 members of our community enjoyed a delicious meal of Coconut Curry Chicken, rice and vegetables! Thank you to the El Paso Hotel and Lodging Association for sponsoring the meal.
Join us this Wednesday night, November 29th from 5pm-7pm, for our Community Meal. Thank you to the El Paso Hotel and Lodging Association for sponsoring our meal this month.
for your time, energy, creativity, laughter, compassion, and hard work. Thank you for every floor swept, every seed planted, every grant written, every schedule made, every guest greeted, every pot stirred, every onion chopped, every vegetable harvested…
We’ll be closed this week to give our volunteers and staff time to rest and spend time with family and friends. We will be open as usual starting Wednesday, November 29.
Be safe wherever you are and enjoy. We are thankful for you!Read More
Thank you to each of our donors from El Paso’s second annual Giving Day! Your generosity keeps our doors open! Your generosity means that 129 vulnerable members of our community can receive love, encouragement and practical help along with a hot plate of delicious food. Thank you for giving!Read More
Lydia’s Homemade Bread with Herbs from the garden became a new Café favorite!
Wednesday was El Paso Giving Day and donors from around the community gave over $900 in support of the Café. Children from El Paso Country Day School visited the café and garden that same day. There were oooh’s and ahhh’s and hugs all around from the children and their teachers.
Tomorrow is El Paso Giving Day!! Please make a donation to your favorite non-profit and help strengthen our beautiful community. TOGETHER IS BETTER. We could use your support!!! Go Here to Donate: https://elpasogivingday.org/npo/mustard-seed-cafeRead More
November 15, 16, 17, we will celebrate God’s goodness and bounty!
We’re serving Broccoli Leaf wraps (from the garden) both veggie and beef, sweet potatoes (from Jardin de Milagros), quinoa (from a generous guest) and more. We’re taking what we receive and sharing it with you with joy! Come see us.
Café Manger Carmen Estrada and an AMAZING team of volunteers came together and prepped for the week. Career and Technology Education (CTE) culinary students joined in the fun! Pumpkins that once served as café decorations became the base for a delicious soup.
keeping reading to find out what else happened!
We are on a journey to take a more “community” approach to our menu! We’re excited to take what’s on hand in our garden, what we receive from Jardin de Milagros and other local sources and build menus around that.
This was Chef James Kelsey’s last week at the Mustard Seed Café. James is a talented chef with years of experience in commercial kitchens! He’s done everything from exquisite, fine dining to food relief work …
50 students from the Austin High School Panther New Tech Program spent Wednesday morning in the garden. They split into four groups with members of our garden team and learned firsthand about gardening and composting.
Wednesday, November 15 is the second annual El Paso Giving Day! It’s a 24-hour online fundraising campaign for nonprofits that serve our beautiful community! TOGETHER IS BETTER! Find out more here: https://elpasogivingday.org/ and keep reading…Read More
This past Wednesday night both adults and children let their creativity flow by decorating pumpkins in a celebration of Fall. Thank you First Baptist Church for sponsoring our meal and time together! [cont.]Read More
Harvest Week as been wonderful! It’s a toss-up between our two soups as to which one is the crowd favorite! [cont.]Read More
“What is the city but the people”? William Shakespeare
Come join our table as we celebrate community and Harvest Time! Our Community Meals are a great chance to enjoy a delicious hot meal and time with friends and family. We thank First Baptist Church for sponsoring this meal and bringing us all together.
There’s a pile of pumpkins behind the curtain at the Cafe! Come celebrate the Harvest with us October 25, 26, 27. We’ll have a fun, fall menu and there’ll be a seat for you at one of the tables in the garden if you like. It’s also pumpkin decorating time. You provide the creativity and we’ll provide the paint and trimmings! Don’t miss it.Read More
The Ft. Bliss Spouses Association held their monthly lunch meeting at the cafe on Wednesday.
It was an amazing opportunity to thank these 65 woman for the sacrifices that they, their husbands, and children make for us! We shared the vision of the Cafe with them and made new friends!
Does anyone even like honeydew melon? I asked the waiter for some fruit for my oatmeal this morning.He brought a bowl to the table and hiding in the bottom of the bowl was one piece of honeydew melon. I put the berries in my oatmeal, ate the cantaloupe and pineapple and left the honeydew. It’s just “a space-taker-upper” after all.Read More
“Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” John 2:17
I read John 2:13-17 and my attention is drawn to
• the Passover as reminder of God’s holiness, His just wrath against sin and His Son’s death as merciful means of deliverance
• the Temple as a symbol of entering the presence of Holy God
• Jesus’ response to their indifference
Our Community Meal last night was beautiful! About 140 people enjoyed Caribbean tostadas and a delicious melon salad courtesy of Jardin de Milagros, Chef James, and our wonderful volunteers. It was so much fun to visit with friends, old and new. In the energy and sweetness of the evening, God spoke to my heart. He did it through a conversation with one of our guests. I asked her, “What is the Lord was teaching you right now?” She looked at me, with quiet resolve in her eyes, and said, “It’s easy to hate, but love is courage.”Read More
Our free summer meal program for kids ended on August 4th. What a day that was!
The kids took the stage to perform their version of the Good Samaritan story! A beautiful folkloric dancer came to share her smile and traditional dances. And the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation gave us 20 backpacks to give to the kids!
Mustard Seed Cafe and Ciudad Nueva are partnering on an internship program this summer!
It is our desire to invest time, love and energy in these students so that they grow in confidence and are better prepared for life as flourishing, young adults. Last week our interns and their program coordinator spent the morning with renowned El Paso artist Gaspar Enriquez. They visited his home, his studio, and an ancient adobe building he’s restoring in the 400-year-old presidio of San Elizario in El Paso’s Mission Valley.
HELLO MUSTARD SEED CAFE FRIENDS!
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 5TH.
NO GARDEN WORKDAY THAT DAY.
We reopen on Thursday, July 6th at 11 am.
Enjoy your American Independence Day celebration.
Be safe and come see us Thursday!
Hello El Paso! Mustard Seed Cafe is, once again, proud to be a sponsor of the Summer Food Program for Kids!
Starting Wednesday, June 14th kids 18 and under receive a free meal and snack! Kids’ meals are served from 11:00 – 12:00 and snack is served from 1:00 to 2:00 Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Come see us!
It’s gonna be a great summer!
Many, many thanks to everyone who helped make our Yard Sale a huge success! It was a beautiful day.
We appreciate the time that our volunteers spent putting everything together and working on the day of the sale! We’re thankful for the items you donated and the items you purchased! Together we raised close to $1,000 in support of the Mustard Seed Cafe. And we had a lot of fun in the process.
Come visit our beautiful garden! Our fig, peach, and apple trees shout for joy! Volunteers like Steve give a great deal of time and energy to this lovely spot! Kay, Janet, Javier, Bill, and Steve are the reason that our garden is such a happy place. Come see for yourself!Read More
“Serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13
These smiling faces are part of our beautiful volunteer family!
Serving other people with humility and love is what they do best!
Come by this week to join the celebration!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Mustard Seed Volunteers,
WE LOVE YOU!
Wednesday, March 29 was our first no-charge Community Meal. Our hearts are overwhelmed! God’s goodness covered the entire evening! We had a tremendous volunteer team which included volunteers from DoubleTree Hotel and Franklin High School. 154 meals were served that night to folks from every part of our community. It was beautiful! The next Community Meal is Wednesday evening, April 26 from 5 – 7 pm. Join us! Bring your family and friends!Read More
Someone once said that “Hospitality is when someone feels at home in your presence. It isn’t about your home; it’s about your heart.” Welcome to the Mustard Seed Cafe. Won’t you take a seat? We’ve prepared a place for you, a place like no other. We ask God to give us hearts of loving welcome! Our goal is to to treat each person who comes through our doors, each person who sits at our tables, with dignity and honor. Come see us! Come eat with us! Help support our gospel ministry in the downtown area.Read More
My drive to the cafe this morning from the west side was slow as it often is these days. The traffic is “horrendous” and a great inconvenience. Before the days of these massive road projects, I would enter the freeway and speed towards downtown focused only on myself and what waited for me at work. But something interesting happened today as I inched along. I chose the inside lane for my torturous, start-and-stop journey. And I noticed something that I’d never noticed before.Read More
Start the new year off right with a delicious salad that includes greens from our garden. Bring your friends and co-workers. We’re growing bok choy, swiss chard, broccoli and several different types of lettuce and spinach.Read More
“To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Isaiah 9:6-7 Merry Christmas from the Mustard Seed Cafe Family! Come celebrate with us on December 21, 22, and 23! We will be closed December 28, 29, 30.Read More
Thank You Lord for the students, teachers, and families of El Paso Country Day School! Several weeks ago, an enthusiastic group of students came to the Mustard Seed Cafe. The cafe and garden became their classroom as they applied math and science to our day-to-day operations. The students can’t stop talking about the cafe, so one family is giving back to the Mustard Seed Cafe this Christmas. The family is hosting a fundraiser at their home featuring beautiful Christmas lights and hot cocoa! Thank you for being our friends and supporting our ministry!Read More
The first Rio Grande Neighborhood Holiday Craft Market on December 3 was a sweet success! Ciudad Nueva’s Bethany Molinar organized the event which was a ministry partnership between Ciudad Nueva, First Christian Church and the Mustard Seed Cafe. The morning started bright and early with several of our neighbors cooking up delicious tamales, banana bread and candied apples in the Mustard Seed Cafe kitchen.Read More
R eally special :)
We love you and thank God for you!
Donations from our Wish List make Chef Peter smile! You are invited to donate items from our wish list found under the “Donations” tab.Read More
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Lunch Hours 12:30 – 2:00 PM
In Memory of Our Precious Volunteer
Selah Lynn Perez
April 17, 2003 – March 11, 2016
1 Peter 1:3-5
Our lettuce is growing! Our lettuce is growing! And the peach tree is in full bloom! Come help in the garden on Wednesdays, 8:30 am – 10:30 am ish. :) Check out our photo gallery for a few more views.Read More
We’re open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 17, with our regular operating hours and garden work morning. Come visit us! Click on Read More for specific times.Read More
Our Food Handlers Class TONIGHT IS CANCELLED! Due to unavoidable circumstances, our class has been cancelled. Please look for our next regularly scheduled class to be Monday, March 15.Read More
Feb 3,4,5 and 10,11,12.
We’ll have everything you need to make beautiful handmade Valentine"s Day cards for those you love ❤. And its all free! Can’t wait to see you!
EVERYTHING COOKIES made with love by the Mustard Seed Café
Valentine’s Bag containing 3 (3”) cookies
$5 per bag
PRE-SALE ORDERS/PAY IN ADVANCE ~ AT THE CAFÉ
Wednesday – Friday, January 27 – 29
Wednesday – Friday, February 6 – 8
11 AM – 2 PM
COOKIE PICK UP ~ AT THE CAFE
Thursday, February 11 ~ 9 AM – 2 PM
Friday, February 12 ~ 9 AM – 2 PM
We are CLOSED from December 24 – January 1.
We REOPEN January 6, 2016
The Mustard Seed Café turns two this week! We give thanks to God for His faithful provision and to the beautiful people of
El Paso for their support. We continue to grow in our understanding of the work that God wants us to do, and we are excited about the future! Come see us! We invite you to join our volunteer family. Come learn with us what it truly means to serve other people in the name of Jesus Christ!
We are so blessed to have received a wonderful donation of a large capacity ice machine for the cafe! Thank you to the Western Technical College Refrigeration and HVAC Technology students and Instructor for the donation!Read More
We’ve partnered with Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach to provide for families this Christmas Season. Would you consider donating some of these items and dropping them off in the green can at the Cafe! Thank you! It would be much appreciated.
Click Read More for Ciudad Nueva list.
For Cristo Rey:
2 lb.or more of bags of Pinto Beans
Family-sized bottles of Vegetable Oil
Large Cans of Jalapeños
5 lb. bags of Sugar
5 lb. bags of Flour
5 lb. bags Corn Flour – Maseca Brand
2 -3 lb. bags Rice
7 oz. bags Vermicelli Pasta
Family-sized cans Spaghetti Sauce
Large pkgs. Spaghetti Pasta
Large Peanut Butter
We had such fun sharing a cup of hot cocoa with passersby as they walked to the parade! It was a our pleasure to share some really hot and delicious cocoa with some happy people! Thanks to all who helped to give out the cocoa and all who stopped by to have some!Read More
We Love Our Community!
THANKSGIVING DAY WE’RE CLOSED, BUT
We’re having Free Hot Cocoa and Hugs at the Cafe Entrance!
Come get warm before the parade!
Mustard Seed Café
1140 N. St. Vrain at Arizona Ave.
God is working in faithfulness at the Mustard Seed Cafe and we need your help! Come to our FOOD HANDLERS CLASS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 FROM 6:30 – 8:00 PM AT THE CAFE. You’ll receive your food handlers card which enables you to help on the service line and in the kitchen. But even more importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to begin serving other people in love through the ministry of the cafe.Read More
Its Fall and we’re so grateful for the glorious weather, our volunteers and all of our guests!Read More
Come join us for the performance of Coro “Epoca Dorada” at the Cafe on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1 p.m.! Coro “Epoca Dorada” (which means “Golden Age”) is a group of Senior Citizens who are students in El Paso Community College’s Senior Adult Program.Read More
Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach held their Community Dinner at the Mustard Seed last Thursday. The night was filled with great family sharing of fun, food, raffle prizes and a dance performance.Read More
Look at all that happened Spring Break Week at the Seed! Please see “READ MORE” for details.It was a glorious and blessed week! Thank you to all who participated and volunteered and visited. Please see our Gallery for a complete set of pics!Read More
Its Spring Break and we want to get kids to learn healthy eating and gardening and get some well check ups courtesy of the Abilene Christian University nursing program students. See the SCHEDULE in the READ MORE!Read More
The Mustard Seed loves Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach program! They have regular community dinners for their families and the Mustard Seed is privileged to be the partner of the CN to provide healthy and tasty meals!Read More
The Mustard Seed is a member of the One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) organization of related pay as you can cafes. The yearly Summit was held in Safety Harbor, Florida this year and the Mustard Seed attended. Check out our Gallery for more photos!Read More
We’d like to introduce to you our newest staff member – Fidel Caballero! Welcome to the Mustard Seed Community Cafe! Please introduce yourself when you come in – he wants to meet everyone!Read More
You are Invited! Food Handler’s Class, Monday, February 9, at 6:30 pm at Mustard Seed Cafe.Read More
Baby its cold outside! GARDENING WEDNESDAYS has a new time. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Beginning JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 11, 2015.
We APPRECIATE OUR VOLUNTEERS! We had an appreciation dinner in December to honor our wonderful volunteers. It was a great night with great food! Read on to find out how to join our great Volunteer Force! Check out our Gallery for more photos.Read More
Would you consider making a year end donation to the Mustard Seed Community Cafe? Help us to continue to provide nutritious and delicious homemade meals to vulnerable under resourced individuals and all El Pasoans!
Please see our Year End in Review Report on the Volunteer Page for a complete listing of all the Mustard Seed has done to provide for our neighbors.
TO DONATE, please send your check to 901 Arizona Ave, El Paso, TX, 79902 OR go to our DONATIONS TAB to use Pay Pal online. We are a 501©(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.
The CAFE will be CLOSED on
December 31st, January 1st, 2ndRead More
The Staff and the Founders thank all who have helped us to make the cafe a success! We are grateful to every person who has entered our doors, dined with us, or helped us in any way.Read More
We are pleased to announce that the Mustard Seed Cafe has a new Manager! Her name is Carmen Estrada. We welcome Carmen who begins this Monday, November 17. Please introduce yourself whenever you come – she’s eager to meet you!Read More
We have TWO master gardeners helping us every Wednesday in the garden. Please come help us maintain the garden while learning gardening tips every time! Its free gardening lessons every Wednesday!Read More
The Mustard Seed will be closed for business for one week and one day. Please check out our days and hours.Read More
We’re looking for a full time Lead Cook – someone to be Chef Roman’s lead assistant.Read More
Our first annual State of the Seed meeting was held Monday night, June 2nd. It was fabulous – read all about it!Read More
You are invited to a “State of the Seed” meeting. Come learn about the cafe – what we’ve been doing and where we’re headed.Read More
Tiana Olivo has been a friend of the Mustard Seed Cafe from the very beginning.Read More
Its WestStar Bank Charity Challenge time! Please see the link below to vote for the Mustard Seed Cafe! You can vote once per day!
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE MUSTARD SEED!
Burk Williams was one of our most committed and consistent volunteers! He said this, "“I was out looking for a sandwich and ran into customers of the Mustard Seed, and found out that I would be able to volunteer at the café in exchange for a meal. I had been at the SAME Café in Colorado and was familiar with how the community café works. Since I am in between jobs, I am able to be here more than just the hour. It’s been good to be with positive people in a positive atmosphere. I’m thankful for the opportunity of getting a Food Handlers Certificate. I’m learning a lot from Chef Roman and am looking forward to being employed in a restaurant somewhere here in the city.”Read More
The UTEP Public Relations Ambassadors are conducting a clothing drive to benefit the Mustard Seed! The Mustard Seed Cafe is a drop off point, so bring your clothing and we’ll put them in our box for them to pick up. Come any time Monday – Friday between 10 am – 3 pm.
Well, its taken awhile, but we’ve finally finished building our garden! We’re so excited to introduce to you our garden with 15 raised beds! Please see our Gallery for more pics under Our Garden is Finished!Read More
Join us as we continue to beautify the grounds of our garden. 10:00 am until we’re finished. We’ll provide lunch if we stay that long.Read More
Mustard Seed Cafe helps raise funds to feed the hungry in Juarez.Read More
Casa Ford is our April Chef Sponsor. We are so grateful for their generous support! Please thank them when you see them.Read More
Who has more fun than we do? No one! We sweep, we mop, we cook, we wash, we greet, we serve, we plant, we mix, we mingle, we love.Read More
With the help of 35 fabulous volunteers, we built 8 new redwood raised garden beds on a beautiful Saturday filled with sunlight and a cloudless sky.Read More
Come help us build 8 new raised beds this Saturday! We’ll be sawing, hammering, mixing soils and compost, sealing wood and, of course, planting. Be a part of the fun! See you there!Read More
Our menu artist is so talented! Every week she creates something incredible. We are so blessed to have her! Come to the seed just to see her work!Read More
We had 12 eager St. Patrick’s Day folks come to our latest food handler’s class. All completed the class and will register with the city and volunteer with us! We’re so blessed to have them!Read More
Want to learn to cook from a professional chef? Want to volunteer in the kitchen? Then sign up for our latest Food Handler’s Class on Monday, March 17, at 6:30 pm in the Mustard Seed Cafe dining room at 1140 St. Vrain St.Read More
Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do. We have wonderful volunteers who are faithful to come every week. See the full list of volunteers whom we are so proud to call “ours”.Read More
Benjamin Woolridge reports for Borderzine online magazine about the Mustard Seed. Check out YouTube for his interview and video.Read More
Come get your hands in the dirt in the Mustard Seed garden this Saturday, March 8. If you like to build, work in the garden and get ready to grow some local, organic produce, then join us at the Seed!Read More
Want to learn how to build a raised garden bed, plant some veggies and tend it? Then join us for some fabulous classes taught by the Master Gardeners Association of El Paso. We can’t wait to get some dirt under our fingernails and some sun on our faces. Come on over! Please click on the Read More for the schedule.Read More
Check out our video of Chef Roman teaching our volunteers how to make a vegan topped pizza (spinach, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms). Our volunteers learned it that day and put the pizzas together to serve the same day! Just click on the Read More and see it.Read More
35 people attended our Food Handler’s Class this past Monday night. It was so great to see so many there interested in helping in the kitchen and in the cafe. The more volunteers we have helping in the kitchen, the more we can cook and the more people we can serve, especially those who are most food insecure amongst us.Read More
This is a short video explaining some of the ideas and motivations behind the Mustard Seed Cafe and the people that invest their time there.Read More
The Campaign That Offers a Unique Opportunity to Support the Mustard Seed Café Vision!Read More
Community Garden Takes Root With the Help of El Paso Master Gardeners!Read More
We are so happy that we are open for business and its hopping over here! Please join us for a delicious, hot or cold lunch, whichever you’re craving.Read More
The Mustard Seed Community Cafe opened its doors and welcomed in the community on a cold and beautiful late fall day. 90 people came and enjoyed a warm and delicious lunch of pumpkin soup, greens with cranberries salad, turkey and pork meatloaf, an “everything cookie” freshly baked and many more choices.Read More
We are having our first annual “Food for the Soul” Music and Food Festival in just a few weeks. Bring your blankets, chairs, and kids and come enjoy wonderful music and food from local restaurants. Everyone’s invited – bring your friends and make a party of it!Read More
We planted, we watered, we watched. And soon we saw the most beautiful tiny sprouts. So small and green. They grew and grew and now we have veggies! Bok chou, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes! So sweet to see and some day, eat.Read More
When you check out the café, you may be surprised by giant oranges and eggplants, blue raspberries and even a face out of fruit! Thanks to the kids from Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach, the walls in the Mustard Seed Café are a fantastic feast for the eyes.Read More
We’ve been on quite a journey for the last two years as we’ve worked hard to get the Mustard Seed Cafe open. And we’ve sat in awe at all that has brought us to this point. So many wonderful people have helped us get to this point and we are so thankful for each one.Read More
Imagine a restaurant where everyone can afford to eat because they pay whatever they can. That’s what a group of El Paso women is trying to start up in our community as a way to bring the entire community, whether rich or poor together. But they do need your help.Read More
My wife and I do much of our charitable giving at the end of the year, choosing various causes, some local, some international, to support. We’re glad to do so, yet there is also a twinge of regret that our involvement with most of these causes is limited to writing a check.Read More
Christi Brown is trying to start a not-for-profit, pay-what-you-can cafe somewhere in Downtown or Central El Paso that’s modeled after community cafes in other cities.Read More