Café 361

Cafe 361 Cedar Rapids Iowa

Café 361 was started in 2013 by a group of middle school girls who were passionate about cooking and community service. When the Cedar Rapids School district has an early release on Wednesdays, the girls gather in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Wellington Heights and make a community meal.

2014-15 Café 361 SCHEDULE:
Registration is required for each event, please register by emailing Tess at

•Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 - Regular dinner with “Halloween Party” theme. Costumes welcome!
•Wed., Dec. 17, 2014 - Regular dinner with “Holiday” theme: Turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
•Wed., Jan. 7, 2015 - Regular dinner with “Winter Comfort Food” theme.
•Mon., Jan. 19, 2015 - Martin Luther King Day: Black History/Soul Food Fundraiser Dinner.  Tickets: $10 each.
•Wed., Feb. 4, 2015: Regular dinner with “Soup Supper” theme. All guests will have the opportunity to help with a community service project.
•Fri., Mar. 6, 2015:  Fundraiser: Tasting Bee. Participants buy a ticket for $5 for 10 “tastes”— small servings of lots of different foods.
•Wed., Mar. 18, 2015: Regular dinner with “St. Patrick’s Day” theme.

Dinners take place at 5:30pm.

The café is hosted at the site of the:
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids
361 17th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Please RSVP to or if you are interested in attending a community dinner.


Take a virtual tour behind the scences of Café 361 as they invite the First Lady to join them for dinner...

Cafe 361 Video


At Café 361, the girls learn the actual process of meal preparation:
• cooking
• table setting
• serving
• cleaning up

But that is not the only thing Café 361 is about. They are learning leadership skills that will last an entire lifetime:
• self confidence
• communication skills
• conflict resolution
• problem solving and more

Cafe 361 Cedar Rapids Iowa

The members of Café 361 come from four different middle schools grades 6-8 around the Cedar Rapids area. If you are interested in volunteering to help or would like to make a donation contact Tess, 319-377-9839 or

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