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       You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

                                                                                                     ~ Buddah

                Active Culture Cafe ~

                          Catering Partnership with  ZEN YUM

A letter from the Owners

       Active Culture is a lively, counter service cafe founded on the belief that healthy food can taste amazing! Our concept is this- Simple, fresh, whole ingredients crafted into great tasting dishes that nourish your body! 

       Active Culture started with a family passion of cooking favorable wholesome food. That passion turned into a vision, and after many "tastings", the first Active Culture came to life a decade ago in the charming town  of Laguna Beach. The second location in the cozy, quaint beach town of San Clemente joined the family in November 2013.

       The four partners of Active Culture, Faye, Katrina, Jennifer &Johann love nothing more than to see people of all ages enjoying our food. As a family owned business, we are dedicated to keeping the family atmosphere that so many of our customers and employees have come to love. We like to think we have the greatest staff around dedicated to bringing customers food that fuels their bodies and souls!

                   A letter from the Manager

       I started at Active Culture back in February of 2018, fresh out of College with a BA in Sociology. At the time, this was just suppose to be a temporary job while I searched for something in my field. As time went on, however, and I took on more responsibility at Active Culture, a shifting in perspective began. This company has become my family. The owners are inspiring because they really love what they do and they take care of us. Their passion for this company fueled me into wanting to grow within this company.


       Within 6 months of starting out at Active Culture, I became a=n Assistant Manager, and within a year and a half I became Store Manager. I've really watched this company grow. We've had our challenges as any company faces, but we've always come out the other side stronger. Take this pandemic for example, we actually increased our sales because of the awesome support from friends, regulars and the San Clemente Community.

       Active Culture is going to be around for the long haul, and I am incredibly proud to be a part of such a passionate knowledgeable company. I am extremely excited for the future of this company, and where it'll take me.

      ~ Marissa Lucero, Store Manager