The Salad Maker came about after recognizing the desire of people to eat healthy and local. Charlottesville and the surrounding cities have an abundance of fantastic options from local farms – from greens and vegetables to local free-range chicken and grass-fed beef. I felt there was a need in the downtown area for a quick-serve restaurant with a place to sit or take away a freshly made salad to order. I love the idea of a classic salad – Greek, Spinach, etc… – but also wanted to allow Chef Karen to create salads with a variety of local ingredients. And because people frequently just want a salad that they create themselves, there is an option to build your own salad.