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Quick Bites: News on Mad Hatter tasting, Alton Brown, new Indian opening and strawberries

Today’s Quick Bites has a bunch of local restaurant news.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

Chubby Trout is bringing in seven beers from New Holland Brewing Co. for a good cause.

The Elkhart restaurant will host Hatter Days Tap Take-Over at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, featuring all seven IPA-inspired ales from the Mad Hatter series on tap.

The event will raise funds on behalf of Chris Gerard, owner of Bare Hands Brewery in Granger, who recently suffered a brain injury.

Cam Snyder, who opened Chubby Trout in 2006, decided to reach out after hearing Gerard had generated more than $60,000 in medical expenses. In addition to a Crowdsource website set up by Gerard’s brother, Snyder is one of a number of of bar and brewery owners across northern Indiana who have joined to “Raise a Pint” for the fellow beer-lover.

“We love what Chris has done in creating Bare Hands Brewing,” Snyder said. “We all love his beer. Since we serve a lot of craft beers from local breweries to many of the same guests that enjoy the awesome beers at Bare Hands, we thought we would reach out.”

Hatter Days will feature a family of pale ales from New Holland Brewing Co.’s Hatter series. The craft beers, imported from the Michigan brewery, include

• Black Hatter (Black IPA)

• Imperial Hatter (Imperial IPA)

• Mad Hatter (India Pale Ale)

• MI Awesome Hatter IPA (Michigan grown IPA)

• Oak Aged Hatter (Oak-aged India Pale Ale)

• Rye Hatter (Rye Pale Ale)

• White Hatter (Belgian-style W.P.A.).

A portion of the proceeds from every pint sold will help cover Gerard’s medical bills. 

Hatter Days will also have drawings and giveaways for tickets to brewery tours at New Holland Brewing, gift cards and other memorabilia.

The event is co-sponsored by Flavor 574.

Chubby Trout is located at 2730-B Cassopolis St. (near C.R. 6).


•  Alton Brown is bringing his “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” to northern Indiana this fall.

The Food Network star hit Chicago and Detroit on his first tour and is now coming to South Bend’s Morris Performing Arts Center  on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Tickets went on sale Friday at Morris Box Office, by phone at 235-9190 or 800-537-6415 or online at www.MorrisCenter.org. The Morris Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 211 N. Michigan Street, South Bend.

He’s done “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America” and now “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

And Alton Brown is one of my heroes. Why? Because he’s smart, he loves food and he works hard. Because he wears bow ties. Because his podcast and his new YouTube series are brilliant.

I got to interview him in Cleveland in 2008 and plan to see his show this fall.

Tickets can also be purchased by credit card at the Hammes Bookstore & Café located in Eddy Street Commons, South Bend; O’Brien Recreation Center, 321 E. Walter Street, South Bend; and TG Music, 123 S. Main Street, Goshen.


• Goshen residents are asking how soon the new Indian restaurant will open in the Maple City.

Maple Indian Cuisine owner Bobby Singh said that construction is underway at 127 S. Main St., Goshen.

The awning now reflects the name and work is underway inside.

Singh said that the restaurant could open in the next few weeks, during the month of June.

The question is whether the new operators working with the Elkhart County Health Department can move that fast. Mike Hoover of the department’s Environmental Division said he hasn’t had much contact with the new operators and if changes are being made he needs to see plans.

The new place will have a buffet at lunch and a menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Until the Indian place opens, diners are also trying the new Sawadee Thai Restaurant, 1301 Lincolnway East, Goshen. The early reviews I’ve heard from diners who have tried it are that the flavors are decent, though a bit sweet, but that it’s a pretty good start for the new restaurant.

With nearly any new restaurant opening, I try to give it at least 30 days before darkening the door as a critic. So Sawadee and Cubby Bear Pizza are on my list, but I haven’t been to either yet.


The Daily Grind is expanding its hours in downtown Elkhart.

The new hours for the shop are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. The longer hours are being tested for the summer and, if all goes well, could become permanent. Owner Tanya Bleiler said the shop will also be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

During the upcoming Elkhart Jazz Festival, the shop at 113 E. Lexington Ave., Elkhart, will be open until 11 p.m. June 20 and 21 and have a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22.

The Daily Grind is a locally-owned coffee shop serving a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks, pastries, sandwiches and soups.


• A story by AJ Hughes on Flavor574.com highlighted local poultry industry, including the proliferation of duck.

Reader James Wagner asked where to buy duck brats locally. Culver Duck products are available to a few places locally, but you can also go to the headquarters at 12215 C.R. 10, Middlebury, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to purchase any of the products. Preordering is recommended and can be done by calling (800) 825-9225.

Miller’s Amish Country Poultry is available in many local grocery stores. The chicken sausage can be more difficult to find, but it’s at Charlie’s Butcher Block in Elkhart and Mattern’s in Goshen, among other places.


• The patio at Iechyd Da is open

Lovers of local beer can now enjoy Iechyd Da Brewing Company’s ales in the sunshine. The Elkhart business has opened its new outdoor patio where guests can order food, eat, drink and play cornhole. It features a garden and an outdoor watering station where orders can be made.


• Strawberry season is starting.

There’s no substitute for local strawberries. They’re sweeter and have superior texture to the berries that come on trucks from California or Florida.

We have a great list and map online at Flavor574.com

Tracking down u-pick strawberry patches is difficult. The Yoder’s Upick Strawberry Patch on 15th Street near Greencroft in Goshen was set to open Saturday. If you know of others in the area, let us know.

You can buy local strawberries at a number of roadside stands and farm markets too. Bullard’s and Kercher’s will both have them.

My goal is always to eat as many strawberries as I can during the short season. And freeze as many more as I can.

Journalists Sarah Duis, Emily Pfund, Clara Bush and AJ Hughes contributed to this report.

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


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