Bluff Country Co-op’s newly expanded kitchen is now open, featuring a salad bar, a hot bar, soups, sandwiches, Winona’s only juice bar, and a Fresh at Five program.
“We’re excited to offer such a wide variety of healthy meal options,” said Diane Leutgeb Munson, BCC’s Kitchen Manager. “Whether it is a fresh juice for breakfast, lunch on the go or a side salad to round out a meal, we have you covered.”
Keeping with the co-op’s values, all food is made from scratch with high quality ingredients. In addition, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are always available. “I’m looking forward to continuing to develop our newly expanded menu to meet the needs and tastes of our customers,” said Leutgeb Munson.
Customers can dine in or take their food to go. A newly remodeled seating area provides plenty of café-style space, while a Grab ‘n Go selection of prepackaged sandwiches, soups and salads serves those on the go. The Co-op’s new “Fresh at Five” program provides freshly roasted whole chicken and freshly baked bread every day at 5pm. “We want to make it possible for busy families to sit down at the table together to share a meal,” said Leutgeb Munson.
Along with the changes to the kitchen’s physical layout and menu, a new kitchen manager has recently joined the Co-op team. Diane Leutgeb Munson comes to the Co-op with years of food experience, both on the growing side at local, organic farms and on the preparing side, most notably as the baker for the Blue Heron Coffee House. Her interest in the local food system has inspired her approach to the position. “People already know that the Co-op is a hub for good, local food,” said Leutgeb Munson. Our kitchen will add another element to that reputation and further highlight the strength of our local food system,” said Leutgeb Munson.
Bluff Country Co-op is Winona’s community-owned, cooperatively run grocery store and kitchen. Everybody can shop at the Co-op – you don’t have to be a member. Bluff Country Co-op is located downtown Winona at 121 W. 2nd, and is open daily from 8am-8pm.