Quick Bites: Jazz Festival brings fun mix of food
Posted: 06/23/2013 at 3:30 pm
By: Marshall V. King
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Rick Hutchinson (right), owner of Amphora Winery, poses with Paul Cataldo (left) and Paul’s daughter, Caitlin, at the dinner at Antonio’s. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
A parfait with mango, peach and pomegranate at Antonio’s was on the menu for the wine dinner on Tuesday, June 18, with wines from Amphora Winery, Healdsburg, Calif. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
Lemonada granita was on the menu at the Amphora Wine dinner at Antonio’s on Tuesday, June 18. (Truth Photo By Marshall V. King)
Vendors set up on the Civic Plaza to feed the crowds festival food. And restaurants are changing how they offer food to people.
Two pop-up restaurants set up on or along the 400 block of South Main Street for the weekend. Cafe Navarre had a bar and simple menu, but it was still bigger than some full-blown restaurant menus. The wagyu burger on the lunch menu in South Bend was being served. I loved mine medium rare. Not everyone did, but this is a nice, moist burger.
Adam’s Bistro was serving brisket and other smoked meats. On the plaza, a number of vendors offered fried foods, sweets and even rabbit.
523 Tap & Grill could almost have been counted as a third pop-up. Chef Jamie Amador was making Thai, Greek and Moroccan dishes in front of the restaurant as a band played in front of a semi-trailer across Main Street.
The drinks flowed. So did the music. And people enjoyed downtown Elkhart in a different way than usual. That’s the beauty of the jazz festival. That’s the beauty of what can happen when people make good plans and crowds come.
• The rumors that Casey’s is reopening in Elkhart aren’t true. The building doesn’t have a potential new tenant yet, according to George Anagnos, whose family owns it.
Casey’s did reopen recently in New Buffalo, but the Elkhart restaurant and bar isn’t.
The Elkhart Jazz Festival passed without a restaurant in that spot and without one in the former Mad Anthony’s. It’d be nice to have cool places in both spots by next year.
• Rick Hutchinson of Amphora Winery was in northern Indiana last week for a number of events. The winemaker whom we visited in February on the Dining A La King Sonoma trip talked about his great red wines as a variety of people cooked food to go alongside. Cappy’s and Antonio’s had events with him, and a dinner at Dominic and Sarita Cataldo’s house on Thursday, June 20, was a lot of fun as well. This week Ken Foster, the winemaker from Mahoney Winery, will be here for a similar gamut of events.
• Mark your calendar. The date for the second annual Come to the Table fundraiser for Family Christian Development Center is Aug. 10.
Last year around 300 people attended the sold-out event that featured a lot of local food. “This event is a vehicle for raising important funds for our organization, but it also reflects our desire to promote good health, quality food, and mutually beneficial relationships — in our community and beyond,” said Karen Stoltzfus, executive director of the agency, in a press release.
Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling 574-773-2149, via www.fcdcin.org or emailing Stoltzfus at email@example.com.
• The liquor license for The Firehouse is back with the building. Rob Letherman of Northland Corp., which owns the shopping center at Cobblestone Crossing, said the license was transferred from Larry Houghton to a limited liability corporation. He’s seeing a new tenant for the former bar that closed in February.
• Kurt Janowsky, who owns The Matterhorn and Cafe Navarre and oversees the catering for the Lerner Theatre, is opening a whiskey bar at 112 W. Jefferson St., South Bend.
He’s getting a proprietary bourbon blended for the place and will feature a light menu from Cafe Navarre. The spot could open in mid-July, he said.
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• Heidi Prescott of the South Bend Tribune reported on the new location for Cambodian Thai in her column on Friday. The place at Wayne and Michigan streets in downtown South Bend has great food and is now a lot bigger.
• The first Vines and Steins fundraiser that CAPS had on June 13 raised more than $400,000 for the Elkhart County agency.
The elk designed like a beer stein sold for $42,000, and meals, trips and other items were selling for big money to help the cause.
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Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 574-296-5805, via Twitter @hungrymarshall;[/URL] or the [URL]Dining A La King Facebook page. His blog is at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.