He plans to introduce desserts soon, probably starting with a raw cherry cheesecake from cashews. He's also working on raw apple cake, raw pumpkin pie, raw cacao fudge and chia seed pudding.
All of Riswanto's menu is free of dairy, eggs, animal, gluten and processed products. Most items are raw and not heated above 110 degrees. The menus of most Charleston restaurants do not feature many raw, organic and vegan items. Riswanto hopes to capture a niche market of diners who make dining decisions based on health, environmental and ethical concerns.
"Business is good," he said. "Usually, 85 percent of the items are sold out by Saturday."
Riswanto prepares his food on Wednesday evenings and stocks the refrigerator at the store on Thursdays. He also works as a cook at Bluegrass Kitchen, where he appreciates the owners' emphasis on organic, fresh and local foods.
Healthy Life Markets, located in Drug Emporiums in Charleston, supply many of the organic ingredients he purchases for his foods. Sally Miller, a raw foods instructor who owns Eats of Eden, special orders other items for him.
Diners may take out Riswanto's food, or dine alfresco at the two bistro tables and chairs sitting in front of the store.
Riswanto Organic Food-To-Go is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 202 Hale St. Visit riswantos.wordpress.com or call 304-343-4253.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.