SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- MettaCasa, a facility created to bring wellness into the lives of the people of Scotch Plains and surrounding towns, celebrated its official opening with a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Al Smith and members of the Township Council on Monday, Nov. 11. The location offers organic vegetarian and vegan prepared foods (to go), as well as a yoga studio.

The business is co-owned and run by Samantha Kowalczyk, a certified Holistic Health Coach, who  received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. During her training she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovated coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Among her teachers were Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University, and the renowned Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Nutrition.

Samantha, an avid organic health foodie, currently works as an organic and vegan chef. She received her yoga certification in 2018 from The Yoga and Healing Center of Scotch Plains. Samantha also is the founder of Soothease candies for cancer patients.

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Co-owner Catherine Dietze is a lifelong resident of Scotch Plains. Her interest in and knowledge of Holistic nutrition and medicine began in the 1980s and continues to grow.

They believe that all healing comes from a combination of good nutrition, regular exercise and a healthy spirit and want MettaCasa to be a sanctuary where everyone feels welcome and nurtured. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.