Quick Bites: Flippin' Cow, cheese balls and how to get to California
Posted: 12/24/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Marshall V. King
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The Stella Moo burger at Flippin' Cow includes brisket, jalapeno bacon and onion straws, as well as an alehouse barbecue sauce. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
Cam and Sue Snyder opened Flippin’ Cow in Elkhart last week. (Truth Photo by Marshall V. King)
The view from the back of the Flippin’ Cow, the former Lakeshore Grill, looks over Simonton Lake on the north side of Elkhart. (Truth photo by Marshall V. King)
This is the cheese ball from St. James Episcopal Church, Goshen. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
This is the cheese ball from St. James Episcopal Church. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
Marshall King taste tested two cheese balls at his desk at The Elkhart Truth on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. This is the cheese ball from Tri Kappa Sorority. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
Marshall King taste tests two cheese balls at his desk at The Elkhart Truth on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. This is the cheese ball from Tri Kappa Sorority. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
Marshall King taste tests two cheese balls at his desk at The Elkhart Truth on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
Marshall King tasted these two cheese balls, from Tri Kappa Sorority and from St. James Episcopal Church, at his desk at The Elkhart Truth on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson)
Elkhart has a new burger joint.
The former Lakeshore Grill on the shores of Simonton Lake is now Flippin' Cow, the new restaurant of Cam Snyder and his family.
Snyder said he wanted to do a burger place with recycled materials in the interior and a menu that has bar food with a twist.
He opened Thursday after just over three weeks of remodeling. The interior has recycled pallets, a boat over the bar and a shuffleboard game that came out of a Middlebury house.
The menu has a bunch of specialty burgers, his grandmother's pickles and several macaroni and cheese dishes, as well as some salads, appetizers and baskets of fried food.
You can also build your own burger at Flippin' Cow, which is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is located at 51330 S.R. 19, Elkhart.
You can see more pictures, see the menu and read more at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.
• It's the time of year when you're most likely to see a cheese ball.
People combine soft cheese with some other ingredients, form a ball and coat it in parsley and nuts.
Turns out that two organizations in Goshen have been making cheese balls and selling them every Christmas season for decades. It also turns out that one family has connections to both.
The Kercher family has been involved in making the cheese ball at St. James Episcopal Church since 1958, but Maureen Kercher is in Tri Kappa and helps make those cheese balls. So she and her sister-in-law, Janet Dudley, don't talk about the secret recipes.
“It's such a discussion at every family gathering,” Maureen said.
Both are $6. Both have similar ingredients, but the Tri Kappa cheese ball is a little less mild. I like them both, but prefer that one.
The Tri Kappa cheese balls are gone for the season but the church has them available. You can obtain one by calling 533-4984.
You can read more and watch a video of the tasting at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.
• The Dining A La King trip to California wine country will happen on Feb. 7-11, 2013, and we have room for about four more people.
Menno Travel booked the flights Friday, but we can still take a few more people. (A couple more expressed interest or started to book, but then had to cancel.)
The cost is $1,750 per person or $2,900, though flight prices may cause that to vary slightly. The trip with Jay Fields, a local wine expert, includes visits to five wineries and a brewery, as well as eating and sightseeing in the area. You can read more in the Nov. 26 article.
To get more information or make a reservation, call Dorothy Shirk at Menno Travel at 574-534-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Mark your calendars for Jan. 26 for the Shakey's chicken and mojos night at Knights of Columbus, 112 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart. The Eppers family, which owned and operated the local Shakey's restaurants, will make the food from 3 to 6 p.m. that day. It'll be $10 for all-you-can-eat and carry-outs will be available. To buy tickets, call 293-0341 between 4 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
• Christmas is a tricky time to eat out. Some restaurants will be open today or tomorrow, but most will be closed. If you're hoping to eat out with friends or family, I'd recommend calling ahead for a reservation or to make sure that a place is open and can accommodate your group. Merry Christmas.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at email@example.com, 574-296-5805, on Twitter