by Kara DiCamillo
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Vegetarian.
Photo: True Food Kitchen

All of us enjoy treating ourselves to a night off from cooking, spent with good company and good food. And what could be better than indulging in a culinary feast that is actually healthy for you, but doesn’t necessarily taste like “health food?” That’s the concept behind True Food Kitchen. They believe that “simple, fresh, pure ingredients create the most memorable and satisfying meals.”

With two restaurants in Arizona (Phoenix and Scottsdale) and California (Newport Beach and Santa Monica), True Food Kitchen celebrates simplicity and sustainability. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Michael Stebner and influenced by Dr. Andrew Weil Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Food Pyramid, True Food Kitchen’s menu is globally inspired with a seasonal menu derived from ingredients that are rich in vitamins, minerals and, the most important ingredient, flavor.

After opening the first True Food Kitchen in 2008 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Fox Restaurant Concepts, the parent company behind True Food Kitchen, realized it had a winner. In 2010 alone the Newport Beach and Scottsdale locations were added and, just recently, the Santa Monica location opened.

In keeping with Dr. Weil’s healthy living philosophy, many materials selected for True Food Kitchen locations are environmentally-friendly, including high-efficiency kitchen equipment, low-voltage LED lighting, low-VOC paint, reclaimed wood floors, compostable takeout containers and a Natura Water Purification Unit used to create still and carbonated bottled water (and natural sodas) in-house. Additionally, each location has partnered with the local communities to offer the best local produce available.

Chosen as the 2011 Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concepts! Award Winner, popular dishes at True Food Kitchen include the Tuscan Kale Salad, Panang Curry with brown rice, potato, broccoli, ginger, carrot, mushroom & coconut broth, and the Teriyaki Brown Rice Bowl with Asian vegetables, sesame & avocado. For those with special dietary needs, True Food Kitchen offers vegan and gluten-free items and the pizza crusts and pita breads are made in-house with organic flour, spelt and flax seed.

We like that True Food Kitchen has menu items that appeal to everyone, even the kids. It’s for those seeking a more balanced lifestyle, while also satisfying even the highest of palates. Don’t be surprised if you’re sitting next to a celebrity. True Food Kitchen has served the likes of Martha Stewart, Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, and Grant Hill.

For those of us located outside of True Food Kitchen’s locations, not to worry, because we’re told that more will be opening soon in San Diego, Denver, Texas and “other major metropolitan markets.” And we can’t wait to find out where those new hot spots will be.

About Kara DiCamillo

Kara began her writing career with in January 2005 and is also a contributing writer for TriplePundit,, Sierra Club Green Home, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch. Beyond the moat that surrounds her Newport, Rhode Island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director.

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