There’s a one in a million chance you’ll meet someone who’s bright, successful, adorably pretty, and full of energy. Jen Cayce possesses all of these qualities. We recently met her when we had lunch at the Noon Spoon Cafe in Marble Falls, Texas.
When we arrived at the Noon Spoon Cafe, the parking lot was full. We had an appointment with Jen at 1:15 p.m., a little past lunchtime. I was impressed that the cafe was still rockin’ after lunch.
Inside, the restaurant was about 80% full. Everyone seemed happy and the place was filled with lively conversations. I saw a representation of every age eating there, but the predominance was senior citizens.
Jen wasn’t there when we arrived, so we had plenty of time to take in the Noon Spoon Cafe. The walls are decorated with beautiful colors – Jen definitely took her time choosing from different color palettes. The artwork is done by Austin artist, Terri McGee.
When Jen arrived, the entire room lit up. She’s a tiny, petite woman who is full of positive energy. She had big smiles and thanks for the interview. We sat at a large, wooden table in a corner and began chatting.
Jen started cooking when she was a little girl. She was inspired by both her mother and grandmother (her “Mimi”). Jen was obsessed with cooking. At least that’s what her family told her! She carefully watched the women in the kitchen and learned as much as she could. This obsession led Jen down a golden path.
Jen opened the Noon Spoon as a food delivery business after she graduated from college. She ran the business with four employees, for several years, before taking a commercial property management job in Austin. Seven years later, Jen was back in Marble Falls with the reincarnated Noon Spoon Cafe.
What began as a vision beautifully merged into a restaurant that grew from 28 to 68 seats and nine employees over a span of five years. The Noon Spoon Cafe has a big following in the Highland Lakes area. Jen’s customers eat at the Noon Spoon Cafe one to four times weekly.
The favorite menu items are the chicken avocado quesadillas, the daily specials (they always sell out by 1:30), the soups, and the strawberry spinach salad. (I hope you’re taking notes so you know what to choose when you visit!)
And the food? It’s fresh! Jen believes in organic, fresh food. Her suppliers make multiple deliveries weekly. As you’ve already guessed, Jen’s a hands-on owner. She oversees all aspects of the kitchen and calls herself a “yes” girl. If a customer asks for it, you can bet they are gonna get it.
After all this talk, we were hungry. Jen invited us back to the kitchen after whipping up two treats.
Simply delicious, good food. The stuffed tomato and avocado.
Complete with crispy-fresh greens and organic sunflower sprouts.
I think you need to see the Triple Chocolate Cake one. more. time.
The sauce on the Triple Chocolate Cake is a carefully guarded secret. You’re not gonna pry this recipe away from Jen’s hands. I will let you in on a little secret: The flavor of the sauce changes depending on which food you’re eating – the ice cream, chocolate cake, or strawberries.
I’ll wrap up this most pleasurable blog post by saying: Anyone who can laugh at the small parking lot they’ve got in front of their restaurant is good people.
Her parking lot does stink. I admit it. We had to park next door at the nursery. Course, if everyone in town wasn’t eating lunch at the Noon Spoon Cafe, there would be ample parking. Ha!
Keep your eyes on this dynamo cutie from Marble Falls, Texas. We’ve got some great gems in the Highland Lakes area, but few are human. Jen is a rare blend of beauty, brains, guts, and determination.
See Jen Cayce at Edible Austin’s Edible Escape 2013 event to be held September 29, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. You’ll get some tasty treats and have the opportunity to visit with Jen – all for $35 if you purchase your tickets early. Tickets are $45 at the door. This event includes wine and food tastings from local restaurants and vineyards, a chef demonstration, an artisan demonstration, and the Texas Winemakers Panel. Live music, too, ya’ll, provided by the Marshall Ford Swing Band.
The Noon Spoon Cafe is located at 610 Broadway Street in Marble Falls, Texas 78654. The phone number is 830-798-2347. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. You can dine in or take out. The Noon Spoon Cafe offers vegetarian dishes and you can request gluten-free options. Breakfast is served all day.
And seriously, folks, eat the Triple Chocolate Cake!