Great summer results in great local food

What's local food have you been eating this summer?
Posted on Aug. 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

If you're looking for today's Dining A La King column, it appeared online as a blog post on Friday. You can read it here

It’s a glorious time of year to eat locally.

The tomatoes are good this year. The hot weather expected to come in the next few days will help them, even if they don’t help those of us who have gotten accustomed to cooler summer temps.

The bruschetta at Venturi Pizzeria uses heirloom tomatoes from a couple local farms.

With basil and the fresh mozzarella made in the restaurant, the dish screams with flavor.

But the Elkhart County corn has been good too. And so have the strawberries and blueberries from nearby Michigan.

I planted some potatoes in my front yard and had some the other night. It reminded me again that the one thing you can’t do is make food fresher and sometimes there’s nothing better than fresh food.

I know of a few spots that highlight local food on the menu.

Antonio’s pulls in produce from close to the restaurant.

So do Lucchese’s and Constant Spring.

So here’s my question: What’s your favorite restaurant dish made with local ingredients? Or tell me about something you make at home using local produce.

You can email me at mking@etruth.com, call 574-296-5805 or get me a message via Twitter or Facebook.

Ÿ Elkhart is getting a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Thompson Thrift Development issued a press release saying it had entered into a lease with Dunkin’ at Shoppes on Six retail center. The new plaza is at C.R. 6 and Cassopolis St.

No word on when it will open.

Ÿ In last week’s Quick Bites, I said that Eddy & Rosy’s Ice Cream Shop doesn’t have pork tenderloins.

I was wrong. A miscommunication between me and Rosy Lopez and me not checking the menu carefully enough resulted in the error.

The tenderloin is bigger than the bun and sells for $4.50. And the flavored soft-serve is interesting. The Maplenut flavor tastes like the maple nut candy.

Eddy & Rosy’s is open at 917 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart.

Ÿ Reader and friend John Bender is going through some of the history in his files and ran across a menu from That Place, 520 S. Fourth St., Elkhart. He favored the restaurant run by the Rodino family over Nicky D’s or some of the other beloved places on Harrison Street.

I don’t know when the menu he gave me was from, but a large cheese pizza was $3, a homemade cookie was 10 cents and a wine high ball was 75 cents a glass.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@etruth.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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