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November, 2018


VEG Café & Thai Basil Midtown

An interview with Suleka Sun-Lindley, Proprietor and Executive Chef

Suleka’s love of cooking began 47 years ago when her mother and sister opened a restaurant in Thailand as their family business. Her entrepreneurial mother began with a street cart selling noodles in front of their house as a means to support their family.



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The Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program promotes businesses that adopt environmentally friendly practices, prevent pollution, and conserve resources. The Annual Awards honors the top performers in the program who have implemented outstanding achievements in Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste Reduction, Green Building, and Transportation/Air Quality.

Veggie of the Year Competition Brings Back Past Winners

In Celebration of Food Literacy Month, Kids Vote on Veggie of the Year, September 13, 2018

In 2012, Food Literacy Center worked with the California legislature to declare September as Food Literacy Month to raise awareness about the need for cooking and nutrition education for kids. To celebrate the month, Food Literacy Center hosts the kid-favorite event, Veggie of the Year Competition. READ MORE

Veggie of the Year

The top 5 vegetables with the most votes will be taken into Leataata Floyd Elementary, where 120 K-5th grade food literacy students will vote on their favorite vegetable from the five.with 

Food Litery Center

VEG is a culmination of over twenty years of cooking and celebration of food and healthy living by Suleka Sun-Lindley, owner and chef of Thai Basil Restaurant and Veg Cafe.

Growing up in family restaurants since she was twelve, Suleka watched as her mother and aunts picked fresh produce from local farmers and cooked them with utmost respect. This caring for food became her foundation of 'Cooking with Joy and Passion'.

Suleka has combined her appreciation for traditional cooking, the Ayurvedic philosophy of "Mindful Eating", and her passion for international cuisine to bring you honest food prepared with positive intention - using seasonal, local produce combined with spices from around the world that not only enhance flavors but also offer amazing health benefits.

With a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from UC Davis, Suleka strongly believes in the conservation of our natural resources and protecting our environment. She has incorporated this belief into the everyday operations of both her restaurants - minimizing waste, recycling, restoring and repurposing wherever possible.

Both Thai Basil restaurant and Veg Cafe were awarded "Sustainable Business of the Year" by Sacramento Area Sustainable Businesses in 2016 & 2017.

Suleka completed the 'Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program - Continuing Education for Best in Class Chefs' sponsored by CIA The Culinary Institute of America in 2016.

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