News on b on the River, SugaRush, Constant Spring, Mr. B's Pizzeria, Olive Garden and the Elkhart County Health Department.
b on the River has a great location along the Elkhart River.
SugaRush has built a reputation with its wedding cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
A deal was in the works for a while, but the two are joining to become one.
Liz Naquin Borger, owner of b on the River, acquired SugaRush from owners Randy and Peggy Lipps. Megan Williams, the talented baker and cake artist, will have a leadership role at b on the River, Borger said.
In addition, Wilma McDougle is the manager of the cafe, bakery and gift shop at 333 NIBCO Parkway, Elkhart.
b on the River has offered a variety of items on its menu since it opened in 2010, made by a variety of chefs and bakers. Getting Williams in the kitchen is big. She’s got a following. Adding her is like signing a star slugger to your team.
And McDougle, a longtime Elkhart Truth employee, is starting a new career and will be good at customer service.
SugaRush will operate along C.R. 17 until the transition is completed this fall, likely by Oct. 1.
Elkhart has a number of great options for desserts, but this new team could result in good things for the downtown location, which also has a truck to deliver catering orders and those pretty wedding cakes.
Lemon Creek Winery is having a harvest festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 533 E. Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, Mich. Music, dancing, hayrides, food and wine will be part of the event, which is cosponsored by WVPE.
It’s a great time of year to go to the wineries of southwest Michigan. A group of friends hauled bikes to Hickory Creek Winery and did a loop to visit several nearby wineries. The clump of wineries around Tabor Hill and Round Barn wineries make it easy to visit a few in an afternoon and sample small tastes.
The temperate climate near Lake Michigan results in some good wines, particularly dessert wines.
A growing number of people are getting on the bus to try the wines — literally. There are now wine bus tours in the area and we saw several limousines hauling bachelorette parties to the wineries.
Tastings are usually $5 for a few sips, though at Gravity Winery, it’s $10 with larger pours and bites of food paired with the wines.
Gravity offers food, but not all places do. You can take your own picnic to many of the places.
For more information, visit lakemichiganshorewinetrail.com.
Oh, and if you get to Round Barn Winery, try the black walnut creme. This new liqueur is similar to Bailey’s Irish Creme and it’s amazing.
Speaking of grapes, local home winemakers are preparing for the fall harvest. Dominic and Sarita Cataldo will soon order grapes from northern California for about 75 families in this area to turn into wine.
The annual party to share homemade wines and share some amazing food was Sunday, Aug. 26. I missed the roast lamb that came out after I left, but some of the other food from Italian home kitchens, Paul Cataldo and friends from Antonio’s, and Sam Tsiumas at Callahan’s was amazing.
The event is simply one of the best potlucks I know of.
Constant Spring is going back to opening on Mondays.
New owner Aaron Nafziger said customers requested it and he’s willing to try it for the NFL season. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., though the place at 219 S. Main St., Goshen, often closes before that weekdays.
The Spring also did away with karaoke on Wednesdays, the day that the oval plate ethnic food special has become popular at dinner.
I’ve missed the Spring being open on Mondays. The reality is that there aren’t many Monday dinner options in Goshen. Some of the best restaurants haven’t been open on that day and this may again fill a need.
You can read more details at blogs.etruth.com.
Readers Ruth Sherman Schrock and Syd Troyer responded to my question last week about their favorite local foods this time of year.
Schrock likes baked polenta with cheese and swiss chard, massaged kale salad with honey lemon dressing and putting a Green Zebra tomato on crunchy peanut butter and S. Rosen’s Jewish rye. “Not for your average PB & J lover. This is over the top savory,” she wrote. Now I’m curious and may have to make one of these.
Troyer loves the arugula salad, particularly with eggplant, at Antonio’s Italian Restaurant, Elkhart.
Mr. B’s Pizzeria opened recently at 105 S. Locke St., Nappanee. The restaurant offers delivery, carry-out and dine-in, according to the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 4 to 8 Sunday.
Olive Garden will deliver food to firefighters, police and emergency room personnel on Monday, Sept. 2, for the 12th year as a way to say thank you on Labor Day, according to a press release.
The Elkhart County Health Department announced Friday that it shut down a food operation in a parking lot. Irma Magana of Ligonier was selling tortas and gorditas in the parking lot of Kinro Inc. on the south side of Goshen. She doesn’t have a food service license and can’t sell food legally, the department said in a press release.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, email@example.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. His blog is at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking.