Colleen Smiley, mom of two, started the Om Café 26 years ago with the simple motivation of love for people and food. She was a pioneer of her time in a meat and potato country, waging a war of vegetables against meat, antibiotics, growth hormones and processed food. She and the Om have always celebrated organic food and the heroism of local farmers.
Colleen’s eldest son Jason, stopped home for a visit from his travels and saw the same customers at the Om from when he was bussing tables twenty-five years ago. That became a pivotal moment that changed his life path for good. He decided to get back into the family business to support the community that had supported his family for so long. Colleen retired and Jason took over the family business.
A year later, Jason partnered with his best friend, Ryan MacManus, to fulfill their dream of bringing the Om Cafe to another great community, Traverse City. They continue the commitment to attentive service, tasty healthy food and most of all an overall enjoyable dinning experience.
Chef Rebecca Tranchell is originally from Owosso, MI graduating from NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute in 2008. Her career path took her to San Francisco working under Alice Waters and Annie Sommerville. Chef Rebecca was next a personal chef in New York City. Her focus is on healthy, local ingredients from farm to table. Visit om café, good healthy food for everyone.