vegan / vegetarian Cafe & Boutique Brewery

vegan / vegetarian Cafe & Boutique Brewery



The Vegetable Hunter is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant and boutique brewery which was opened on June 16, 2014 by wife and husband, Kristin Messner-Baker and John Baker. Located in the historic section of Restaurant Row in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, The Vegetable Hunter offers a menu of visionary multicultural vegan and vegetarian homemade food and drinks.
The Vegetable Hunter has had an exciting first few years with several write ups, multiple media appearances, and recently won Harrisburg Magazine’s 2016 Simply the Best Vegetarian Restaurant and Central Penn Magazine’s 2016 Best Vegetarian Restaurant.


Kristin Messner-Baker and John Baker are the Owners of The Vegetable Hunter (formerly Crave and Co..)

Kristin Messner-Baker studied creative writing and fine arts at the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in restaurants with many different types of cuisine before, during, and after attending school. Kristin always had a passion for travel and experiencing the foods of many cultures, learning about healthy ingredients, and the medicinal benefits of food.
Kristin later attended law school at The Pennsylvania State/ Dickinson School of Law graduating in 2001. She then practiced law for several years while raising her family but had a dream of opening a restaurant where she could use her creativity to run a business that was based on her passion for making delicious healthy food.  Kristin developed the concept of The Vegetable Hunter and experimented with recipes for several years while raising her family and then decided to open The Vegetable Hunter in 2014.

John Baker attended Shippensburg University where he studied History.  John then went on to own his own graphic design and illustration business. After many years in the field, John went into teaching and currently teaches History to high school students and while helping run The Vegetable Hunter.

In their spare time, Kristin and John enjoy music, traveling, researching new ideas for The Vegetable Hunter, and spending time with their children.


Welcome to our new Boutique Brewery at

The Vegetable Hunter!

Opened in early 2017, we do small batch brewing using fresh and unexpected ingredients. The beer recipes are crafted to complement the seasonal food featured in our restaurant. The small size of the brewery allows us to get creative and experiment with unique, high-quality ingredients. We also plan to feature PA malts, hops, fruits, herbs and vegetables.

Who’s Your Brewer?

Derek Markel, our brewmaster, has travelled throughout the Northeast experiencing beers from some of the best breweries in the country. Collecting ideas, following trends and creating new twists on classics. Before brewing for The Vegetable Hunter, Derek had been homebrewing for over 8 years and won numerous awards for his homebrews.  The small size of the brewery allows Derek to use his expertise and creativity to make small batches of beer with fresh and high-quality ingredients.



Monday 9:00 AM — 2:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM — 2:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM — 10:00 PM
Sunday Closed

The Vegetable Hunter

614 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, Pa 17101
Phone: 717-695-6229

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