Dining Days will help Church Community Services

Elkhart Dining Days will highlight locally owned restaurants and benefit Church Community Services.
Posted on Aug. 13, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

What's Marshall King up to this week? Find out in this week's Dining A La King column.

A new event planned for late September and early October will showcase restaurant food and help Church Community Services.

Michele Scherpenberg, who operates the South Bend Foodies Facebook page, worked with Eat Drink Care to create a dining event in Elkhart similar to some in South Bend. From Sept. 24 to Oct. 6, independent restaurants who agree to participate will offer a three-course meal or two meals for $25 and donate $2 from each special sold to Church Community Services, according to a press release.

Tiedemann Wines is a sponsor and restaurants involved so far ar Lucchese's, Fat Tomato, McCarthy's on the Riverwalk, Antonio's, Lakeshore Grill, 523 Tap & Grill, Christiana Creek Country Club, Iechyd Da and Chubby Trout. The list will continue to grow.

“It's always been my dream to do one of these,” Scherpenberg said. Restaurants and sponsors are still being sought. You can call 574-247-4305 or email elkhartdiningdays@gmail.com. The event is on Facebook at “elkhartdiningdays” and on Twitter @EatLocalElkhart.

Ÿ The Nut Shoppe, 204 S. Main St., Goshen, has been selling chocolates, nuts and candies for decades, but added gelato and sorbet to its offerings. Owners Justin and Danae Bell started making the frozen treats in June after purchasing a machine. They're focused on using fresh ingredients and local produce when possible to make the natural dessert. So far, they've made chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, black raspberry and lemon gelato and blueberry and lime sorbet. They have three or four available at a time. The response has been good and I can tell you that the lemon gelato and lime sorbet were both lovely. Gelato is an Italian form of ice cream that uses milk but not cream. Sorbet uses fruit and sugar, but no milk.

Ÿ Fat Cam's at Garver Lake made a splash when it opened last week in Edwardsburg. The new restaurant at 25020 May St. got slammed.

Cameron and Kate Horne are the owners. He was a cook at Flytrap's, Gubi's, Indigo on 17 and Stacy's for a number of years and they now have a place with a menu full of “American cuisine with a southern influence,” according to Kate.

The restaurant changed the hours and won't offer food from the kitchen for lunch on weekdays other than a small bar menu. Kitchen hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday, 11 to 10 Saturday and 4 to 10 Sunday, but the bar opens at 11 a.m. six days week. Phone: 269-414-4446. Email: fatcamsatgarverlake@yahoo.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and via their website fatcamsatgarverlake.com.

Ÿ Bruno's/Per Bacco is closed for vacation through Aug. 23. The pizza shop and restaurant will reopen Aug. 24.

Ÿ Suzie's Bakery & Coffee Cafe is gone from 109 W. Lexington Ave., Elkhart. Poodles Boutique has a shop there now.

Ÿ In addition the places I mentioned in last week's column that could cater a meal on Labor Day, readers suggested a couple more. Josh Bryant suggested Chic Eats Catering & Event Planning from Union, Mich. Carrie Rogers is the owner and can be reached at 574-536-6386. David Yoder also mentioned Bakers Nook, which Linda Zimmerman owns and operates. She can be reached at the bakery at 574-534-7115 or at the Elkhart cafe, 574-970-7445. Thanks for the suggestions.

Ÿ The former Paradise/El Palenque location at 2711 Benham Ave., Elkhart, has a fresh coat of paint on the outside and is back on the market for sale or rent, according to sign out front.

Marshall V. King is news and multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 574-296-5805 or via the Dining A La King Facebook page, www.facebook.com/diningalaking.

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