Ben’s Soft Pretzels will open Goshen location

Quick Bites this week includes news of Ben's Soft Pretzels, St. Thomas' spring salad luncheon, Mr. B's Pizzeria, The Vine wine dinner, The Chief and Tea With Ruth and Friends.
Posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels announced last week that it will start serving pretzels where it’s already established its offices in Goshen.

The former Crossing Educational Center at 1202 W. Pike St., Goshen, will have the company’s sixth pretzel bakery and be a training facility for staff and franchisees, according to a press release. The location could open by mid-May.

The company that began in 2008 with a location at Concord Mall continues to grow. Co-owner Brian Krider said the company sold a franchise store for Michigan City and is close to another in mid-central Indiana. He’s hoping for five or six more by the end of the year.

Ben’s, founded by Krider, Scott Jones and Ben Miller, uses an Amish flavor in its marketing and is introducing “Buggy Bites” to go along with its large soft pretzels, pretzel pockets and take-home pretzel-making kits.

Ÿ The 43rd annual St. Thomas the Apostle Church spring salad luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart. For a $7 donation, you get hot chicken salad, other salads, bread, dessert and beverage. Proceeds go to the church.

Ÿ Mr. B’s Pizzeria is open at 105 S. Locke St., Nappanee. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 4 to 8 Sunday. Delivery is available.

Ÿ The Vine, 103 W. Colfax St., South Bend, is having a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. May 2. Garret Busch of Trinitas Cellars in Napa, Calif., will present five wines with a four-course meal. Cost is $50 per person. Advance purchase is required and can be made by calling 574-234-9463, according to Jamie DeVinney, general manager.

Ÿ The weather last week didn’t scream spring, but The Chief opened anyway on Wednesday. Lines were long. People were happy. Now all we need is warmer weather to make us want that ice cream from the Goshen stand or Flavor Freeze, Rocket Science Ice Cream or other local businesses.

Ÿ It’s hard to find a proper tea in these parts, but you can sip for a cause from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4 at Tea With Ruth and Friends. The event at Living Faith Fellowship, 2601 Benham Ave., Elkhart, will have fancy edibles, as well as activities and tea. Admission is $5 and a nonperishable food or personal care item. The event will raise money for Church Community Services’ Soup of Success Job and Lifeskills Program.

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall;[/URL] or via [URL]Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.elkharttruth.com/diningalaking and you can subscribe so that you’re notified every time he posts.


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