FUSIAN x Alchemy: Partnering for Healthy Kids on Columbus’ South Side

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – FUSIAN has teamed up with Alchemy Juice Bar + Café and Local Matters in support of healthy communities in Columbus. From January 2nd through February 28th, both restaurants will be serving plant-powered “superfood” menu items with one dollar from each sale benefitting Local Matters and their healthful food education program at Moler Elementary School.

unknown-1“Educating kids about healthy food and why it’s important builds the framework for a strong and sustainable community,” says Zach Weprin, Co-Founder + CEO of FUSIAN. “We share a vision with Alchemy and Local Matters to provide engaging and inspiring experiences around food for children and their families, making this partnership a win for everyone.”

All funds raised from items sold at FUSIAN and Alchemy will directly benefit Local Matters, specifically their work at Moler Elementary School, which educates over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. School administrators are working hard with Local Matters and other partners to transform the elementary school into a community hub by offering services to improve access to healthy foods, medical care and clothing. The money raised will support a culture of health at Moler Elementary by integrating healthful food education throughout the school and in after school programming.

unknownAt FUSIAN, guests will find the Alchemy Superfood Roll, a colorful and nutritious roll with sweet + earthy flavors. The roll combines classic FUSIAN ingredients like seaweed, brown rice, roasted tofu, and avocado with Alchemy-inspired power-ups like pickled beets, roasted sweet potato, crunchy puffed quinoa, locally grown micro kale, and dragonfruit sauce. The Superfood Roll will be available in FUSIAN’s four Columbus locations (OSU, Easton, Grandview, and Clintonville) through February for $9.00/roll.

Guests at Alchemy will enjoy The Fusian Smoothie, a unique blend of cold-pressed orange juice, banana, pineapple, avocado, ginger, nori, and spirulina. Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, it’s sure to please taste buds of all ages! The FUSIAN smoothie will be available at Alchemy for $9.00 through February.

The partnership marks FUSIAN’s first Columbus based Collab, a partnership series that offers exclusive menu items developed in partnership with local chefs to support the communities in which they operate. “Relationships thrive when everyone benefits,” said Stephan Harman, Co- Founder of FUSIAN. “Columbus is incredible to us. This is our way to give back and get creative for a good cause where everyone wins!”


Founded in 2010 in downtown Cincinnati, brothers Zach + Josh Weprin, and childhood friend Stephan Harman created FUSIAN in a quest to make fresh, healthy, made-to-order sushi rolls accessible to sushi novices and experts alike. Guests make determinations, starting with rice, ranging from raw, wild-caught tuna, to oven roasted chicken. Guests are encouraged to be creative by adding unique ingredients like roasted tofu, brown rice and braised steak. FUSIAN aims to break down sushi stereotypes while keeping traditional Japanese traditions of quality and freshness at the forefront of the experience. More information about the restaurant and the opening is available at www.fusian.com, Facebook (FUSIAN), Twitter (@eatfusian) and Instagram (@eatfusian) or by contacting info@fusian.com.

About Alchemy
Alchemy is dedicated to fresh, wholesome, and innovative food and drink that nourishes both the mind and body. Their passion for providing accessible and delicious food stems not only   from their holistic approach to preventative health, but also from their sincere commitment to offering sustainable options while supporting the earth and community. Their progressive menu was developed by a multi-disciplinary team including a Registered Dietitian, Chef, and Slow Food leader. Complete with on-site nutrition counseling, Alchemy intersects two of the most important concerns in the U.S., health care and food. For more information visit www.alchemyjuicecafe.com, Facebook (Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe), and Instagram (@alchemy_juice) or by contacting info@alchemyjuicecafe.com.

About Local Matters
Founded in 2008, Local Matters exists to eliminate food insecurity and diet-related disease. They impact over 11,000 children, adults and families annually, teaching them how to grow food, how to cook it, and how to access it affordably, while advocating for policies to improve overall food access and education. In addition to operating four core programs in diverse communities, this past April Local Matters opened the CareSource Community Kitchen on the South Side to host public cooking classes and gardening workshops, welcoming all regardless of ability to pay. For more information, visit www.local-matters.org or follow them on Facebook (Local Matters) or Twitter (@LocalMattersOrg) for updates on their organization, programs and community projects.