If you’re still not sure where to go for Thanksgiving dinner, a few restaurants are willing to help.
In Elkhart County, here’s who is serving turkey and stuffing Thursday:
Hunter’s Place, 2703 S. Main St., Elkhart, will have a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to owner Fran Hunter.
Callahan’s, 2917 Cassopolis St., Elkhart, and Lux Cafe, 2012 Lincolnway East, Goshen, will serve a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $10.99, but it’s free for children 10 and younger and adults 62 and older. Both restaurants will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving, close at 2 p.m. and reopen Friday morning.
Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart, has a public buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The cost is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 for children 12 and younger, according to chef Brian Steinway. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 264-3060, ext. 104.
Bob Evans restaurants will serve meals for $12.99, $3.99 for kids. Hours in Elkhart and Goshen will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a press release.
Amish Acres, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee, will have a buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $18.95 for those 12 and older, $1.25 per year for children ages 4 to 11, free for those age 3 and younger. Reservations not taken.
Pizza Depot in downtown Millersburg will offer a free meal from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’ll be available in the dining room or for delivery. Information: 642-4229.
A free community meal targeted at those in need and those who need a place to go on the holiday will be served at Matterhorn, 2041 Cassopolis St., Elkhart. It’s a partnership between Matterhorn owner Kurt Janowsky and the Elkhart Salvation Army. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Readers have been asking if another Dining A La King food tour is in the works. The answer is yes. We’ve been putting some details together for another trip to California. The food and wine tour is likely to happen Feb. 6-10. It would be similar to last year’s trip to Sonoma and Napa, but would explore new territory. As soon as we have some details finalized, I’ll share how you can come along. Those could come as early as next week.
I know of some of the great local food gifts, but want to compile a list for the holidays. Do you buy Elkhart County wine, candy or other foods to share with family or friends? If so, let me know what your favorites are.
Nappanee’s 600-pound apple pie won a state tourism award. The Indiana Office of Tourism and Development named it one of the winners in the Best of Indiana Fall 2013 contest, along with Notre Dame football game days.
Sauk Trail on 17 is making plans to open for lunch. The owners and staff are working on a concept of how to best serve food quickly and well, according to owner Ray Stults. The details, including the opening date, are still in the works, he said. The barbecue restaurant is at 56039 Parkway Ave., Elkhart.
The 50th annual Pancake Day to benefit the Goshen Salvation Army was a blast, as usual. Dozens of volunteers made the day happen. The sausage this year was links instead of patties, but that didn’t make much difference. And yes, I did take my own maple syrup for the excellent pancakes.
John Scherk, a local farmer, will present a workshop at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 4 on building cold frames and extending the growing season. The event will be in the backyard of 1721 Prairie St., Elkhart. Reservations are required because participants will go home with a recycled window to build a cold frame. The event is sponsored by the Elkhart Local Food Alliance. Information or reservations: 374-9261
The Daily Meal compiled a report of the 50 best bakeries in America. It’s not a surprise that none in Elkhart County made the list, but really not even any in Indiana or Michigan? Really? Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor didn’t even make the list. I’d put Rachel’s Bread in Goshen and Rise & Roll Bakery in Shipshewana on the list. In case you’re wondering, Tartine Bakery in San Francisco topped the list.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.