Sunday, December 21, 2014


The donuts and Nutty Crunch at Rise 'N Roll Bakery were recalled on Jan. 17, 2014, but are now labeled properly and the issue is resolved. (Truth Photo)
Quick Bites: Rise 'N Roll recall a hiccup
Posted on Jan. 27, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

You probably saw the news about Rise 'N Roll Bakery's recall last week.

Business reporter Jeff Parrott reported the story for The Elkhart Truth.

Donuts weren't labeled as having egg as an ingredient. Nutty Crunch wasn't labeled as having peanuts in it.

Is this a big deal?

Yes and no.

Food labeling matters. For those with food allergies, it's an important tool to assure not eating something that causes problems. USDA recalls in this country aren't always very clean and sometimes the public is at true risk for too long. But this is an FDA recall.

But most baked goods have eggs. Egg allergies are more rare than peanut allergies. Someone with a peanut allergy may not be reaching for something called Nutty Crunch often anyway.

The recall didn't involve huge amounts of food and probably won't cost Rise & Roll much business or hassle.

But what it points to is that Rise & Roll isn't the little bakery next to Orvin Bontrager's house anymore. It's a multi-state business with thousands of customers. An expansion project at its bakery along U.S. 20 is underway. It's a true success story. This will be a small hiccup as we continue to enjoy the cinnamon caramel donuts, which I call the best in the world, and nut crunch, which some call "Amish crack."

• The revamping of the menu at Fat Tomato is done, according to owner Bill O'Brien.

Lunch includes "rush hour" options that can be gotten quickly. Dinner and lunch offerings include new appetizers, entrees, wraps and salads, he said.

So far, the South Philly Cheesesteak and Chicken Bruschetta are among the most popular items.

Dinner entrees include chicken marsala, Napoleon crab cake and Tuscan-marinated sun dried tomato chicken, he said.

The restaurant is at 4100 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

• Varomo Coffee Plus has opened in the Concord Mall food court, according to a press release from the mall.

Ron Mullins operates the business, which makes coffee to order, including grinding the beans.

Coffee drinks are available, as well as hot dogs, sandwiches and other items.

The stand is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. A 50-cent discount is being offered to those making a first purchase.

The coffee is also available at the Shipshewana Flea Market when it's open and offers fundraising opportunities for those interested in selling coffee or cinnamon roasted almonds. You can contact Mullins at 574-329-1832.

• The Knights of Columbus from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 24832 U.S. 12 East, Edwardsburg, is having its fourth annual chili cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Ten contestants will make chili for the event that begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. That covers all-you-can-eat chili, cornbread, desserts and refreshments.

• The Purdue Extension Elkhart County office is having four classes in February on "Dining with Diabetes."

The classes will be from 1 to 3 p.m. the four Tuesdays of February at the extension office, 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen, according to a press release.

The series costs $30 per person or $40 per couple in the same household. Preregistration is required and can be made by calling 574-533-0554 or by using the form at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/elkhart.

The class will teach how to prepare healthy and tasty meals. Recipes and handouts are included.

• The Dining A La King trip to California is less than two weeks away. I can't wait to get out there to feel the warmth of the sun and learn more about the wine and food of central and southern California.

The trip comes during a 40-day effort to eat clean. That effort is going well and a larger update will come later, but I can tell you that it's fun going to restaurants and seeing what's on the menu for someone interested in ordering lean meats and vegetables.

I won't forget about eating clean in California but I can tell you it won't be the first thing on my mind.

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