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The final numbers are in for Elkhart Dining Days.
In early October, 18 restaurants offered specials for 13 days to benefit Church Community Services.
Michele Scherpenberg, one of the organizers, reported late last week that the restaurants served 1,944 meals. Two dollars for each $25 special sold goes to Church Community Services. That, combined with a bit of donations, brings the total to $3,492.
It was a huge event for many of the restaurants that participated. The attention brought out crowds. Some of the diners ate for the cause and others just ate, but it was good nonetheless for places like Sports Time Family Pub & Grill, Iechyd Da Brewing Co. and others.
Ÿ The delicious New York cheddar has arrived at Himmel Haus, 3444 S. Main St., Elkhart. The soft cheese made in New York is a staple this time of the year at the specialty shop, where the staff cuts it into hunks from 30-pound pieces and sells it. It's available in regular and garlic and is $9.98 a pound, though you buy a precut size. Annemarie Konkle said the shop made the cheese early in its 46-year history but found a farm that has it available this time of year. It'll be available until at least Jan. 1. Himmel Haus is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Ÿ Thanksgiving may be the biggest food holiday of the year and a number of restaurants will be making meals. Amish Acres in Nappanee will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a buffet. Hunter's Place in Elkhart will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Callahan's will serve a free turkey or ham dinner to senior citizens age 62 or older from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and other dinners will be $9.99, the restaurant posted on Facebook.
McCarthy's on the RiverWalk will have a premade meal available for carry-out, though orders were due last Wednesday. Das Dutchman Essenhaus is taking orders through today for its take-home meals to serve five, 10 or 20 people, according to a press release. It'll also be making a lot of pies for Thanksgiving tables.
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Mishawaka will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. for a three-course Thanksgiving meal as well, according to a press release.
Ÿ Antonio's will be having a wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. More than 40 wines from more than 20 wineries will be available. Owner Paul Cataldo said a lot of hors d'ouevres will be served with the wine. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations: 295-8424
Ÿ Look for details in next week's column about an exciting Dining A La King trip to Sonoma and Napa, Calif., from Feb. 7 to 11, 2013. Jay Fields of Indiana Wholesale Wine and Liquor Co. and I have been putting together the trip with Menno Travel Service. I'll announce how you can go along next week.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook. His blog is at www.blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking/.