Feeding people is an art of seduction
We, at Azafrán, strongly believe that it is in our everyday life that we acquire meaning and inspiration. In serving food, we are part of our guests’ daily life and we treasure that relation. We create our meals from the freshest ingredients, prepare them with care and attention, and serve them in a welcoming space by our great staff. Empty plates, smiles, returning guests and warm words are our rewards.
Café Azafrán came about on a cold winter afternoon when John Shields, our beloved Chesapeake chef and owner of Gertude’s, suggested working with Irena to reinvent the cafeteria at the Space Telescope Science Institute located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. The scientists in the institute were looking to bring fresh food and good coffee to their working environment, a place where extraordinary ideas and projects take shape (and are launched). Scientists from around the world come and share new technologies, theories and perspectives for understanding the world around us. What better opportunity than to feed those who are our “eyes to the universe”?
Thus, Café Azafrán opened on September 25, 2004. It has grown to become a delicious breakfast, coffee and lunch destination and a welcoming setting for science discussions, neighborhood gatherings, inter-disciplinary dialogues, professor-student meetings and interaction among the Johns Hopkins community at large.
Our staff is very kind, well mannered and upbeat. We understand the importance of good customer relations and that a positive attitude is as important as the knowledge of the food trade. We try to create work conditions that will instill such a positive attitude.
Azafrán food is healthy, very flavorful, and light, and is meant to make people happy at work. It is made daily in our kitchen at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Vegetarian selections are always a part of our daily menu. Eggs and most of our meats are hormone and antibiotic-free.
Cherrytown Farm MD
One straw MD
True North Salmon (Maine)
Springfield Farm MD
Big City Farm MD
Sunnyside farm PA
Gardner’s gourmet MD
Black Rock Orchard MD
Reid’s Orchard PA
Creekstone Farm TX
We won the “Green partner of the year award” from the JHU office of sustainability!!
Azafrán has been committed to a healthier and cleaner environment since its opening day. Porcelain and glass are used in the dining area. All Compostable materials are now used for our take-out packaging. We have become a zero waste cafe, like Alkimia. We are now partnering with the Space Telescope Institute and Johns Hopkins University to further pursue community efforts to become even greener in every possible way.
Azafrán & Alkimia | STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 | p 410 338 4757 | azafran AT cafeazafran DOT biz