Connections Cafe

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Welcome to Connections Café at the Westlake Community Services Center! Come in and connect with friends or family over a cup of coffee, lunch or just grab a snack. Our café is open to all, featuring soups made from scratch, wraps and quiche. Eat in or carry out!

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Featured Item: Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup in a bowl

Contact Us

  1. Director

    Lydia Gadd

    Community Services Department

    28975 Hilliard Blvd.
    Westlake, OH 44145
    Phone: 440-899-3544
    Fax: 440-899-3548

    Center Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Connections Café

    Tuesday - Friday
    10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Staff Directory

Menu Prices

  • Muffins $1
  • Quiche $3
  • Wraps $4 or $5
  • Soups $3
  • Coffee FREE - sponsored by O’Neill Healthcare
  • Hot Tea FREE - sponsored by Holy Family Hospice

Recipe/Tip of the Month: Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Carrot, Diced                     6 Ounces

Onion, Diced                     6 Ounces

Butter                                 4 Tbls

Flour, AP                             4 Tbls

Garlic, Chopped                ½ Tbls

Thyme, Dried                    ½ Tbls

Broth, Chicken                  8 Cups

Milk, Whole                       3 Cups

Heavy Cream                     1 Cup

Broccoli                              16 ounces, divided

Cheddar, Shredded          12 ounces

Garlic Powder                   ½ tsp

Onion Powder                   ½ tsp

Salt and Pepper                To Taste


In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Cook carrots and onions for 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme.   Cook an additional 3 minutes stirring frequently.

Add flour. Stir until all vegetables are coated. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly

Slowly add broth while stirring. Reduce heat to low and bring to a simmer. Add half the broccoli.

Cook until carrots and broccoli are tender.

Add milk, cream, broccoli, and cheddar. Bring back to a simmer. Do not boil.

Remove from heat. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with additional cheddar cheese.

Substitute Vegetable Stock for Chicken Broth for vegetarian diets.

For gluten free diets; omit flour and either use a cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired consistency or add additional cheese.