Quick Bites: Fundraiser features tomatoes, and new cafe boosts bacon
Posted: 09/09/2013 at 5:00 am
By: Marshall V. King
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Volunteer Ruth Brant harvests tomatoes at River Bend Church Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The tomatoes are planted in a garden as part of the Seed To Feed program for Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Volunteer Kari Longardener places a tomato in a basket as she harvests produce at River Bend Church Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The tomatoes are planted in a garden as part of the Seed To Feed program for Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
A basket full of freshly harvested tomatoes from the Seed To Feed garden at River Bend Church picked by volunteers Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Seed To Feed assists Church Community Services. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
The former Boardwalk Cafe in Elkhart is getting a new life.
Jason Curtis, owner of Five Star Dive Bar, will operate a new restaurant called The Bacon Strip. Renovation is underway and the new place could open in October, he said.
Boardwalk closed in July after 19 years at 561 E. Jackson Blvd. And now Curtis is planning a menu centered around his favorite meal — breakfast.
“Having this breakfast place is awesome for me. I’ll just love it,” he said.
The menu will have breakfast items, but extra portions of bacon in various forms.
The interesting part, in addition to the bacon, is the hours. The restaurant will be open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. But it will also open from midnight Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday and midnight Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday. Those late-night hours will give patrons of Five Star a place to which to walk for some grub and coffee.
• Kurt Bullard organized a cool fundraiser for Seed to Feed, which is a Church Community Services effort to raise local produce and make it available to food pantries throughout Elkhart County.
Caprese Friday will happen Friday, Sept. 13, at nine local restaurants. Diners can order a plate of caprese salad — tomatoes from Seed to Feed gardens, fresh mozzarella and basil — and make a donation to Seed to Feed.
Restaurants participating are Sports Time Family Pub & Grill, Antonio’s, Lucchese’s, Chubby Trout, Constant Spring, Fat Tomato, Flippin’ Cow and Rulli’s locations in Middlebury and Elkhart.
• Noodle Headsdidn’t open last week in Goshen, but is scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, according to the owners.
• Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church, in Goshen will have its eighth annual Russian festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the church, 61355 C.R. 21, Goshen.
Ludmila Emerson, one of the organizers, said a menu full of great food will be available for purchase. Borscht ($4), handmade pelmini dumplings ($7) and blini ($4) are among the offerings. The women at this church make some amazing food.
• Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 1829 Oakland Ave. is having a barbecue Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 11 a.m. until the meat is gone.
• Chubby Trout has a new menu with 18 new items, including new sushi rolls and combo platters and some items that were popular specials, according to owner Cam Snyder. New items include bison meatloaf stuffed with white cheddar and two other items using meat from Cook’s Bison Ranch. Oysters Chubbyfellar is a take on Rockefeller and there’s a new hand-cut, charbroiled ribeye. I look forward to getting a taste of some of the new things.
• The Chief, Goshen’s excellent ice cream stand, closed for the summer this past weekend. But last year, it was open some First Fridays and for many years, it’s had ice cream during the holidays when it also has Christmas trees for sale.
• Kum Ng resigned as general manager of the Maple City Market, 314 S. Main St., Goshen, according to a press release. Bob Rademaker is the interim manager. The board of the member-owned co-op is forming a search committee to find a new director.
When he joined the market, I wrote a glowing article about Ng, indicating he may change the way we eat.
He made some interesting changes at the market, but I don’t think he changed we eat. Sometimes I eat my words.
• Ben’s Soft Pretzels is opening three new locations in West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Valparaiso.
A press release from Brian Krider, one of the owners, indicates that more stores will be announced soon. The West Lafayette location could open at the end of August.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth.