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The Dish


2 cafés cooking in region

Just in time for holiday feasting, two more cafés are adding to the region’s menu.

•Serving breakfast, sandwiches and soups, the Cottage Kitchen and Café has opened at 966 Locust Drive, off U.S. 24, in Roanoke.

The menu features salads, quiche, breakfast casseroles and biscuits with gravy. Desserts include cakes and cupcakes, cookies, lemon bars, cinnamon rolls and Mackinac Island Creamery ice cream.

Most prices range from $2 to $7.

Boxed lunches and catering are available.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

The café is run by Cheryl Gates and Edna Rupert.

For information, call 260-388-5486.

•Honey on the Table, 2461 Hobson Road, will open its bakery and gourmet market Friday. The café will open Monday. The bakery sells bread, croissants, bagels, cakes, cupcakes, popovers, cookies and Intelligentsia coffee.

The market offers a variety of products, such as hot cocoa, popcorn, brie bakers, Fiasconaro panettone (Italian Christmas cake) and gift baskets.

The café menu features sandwiches (including ham, brisket, turkey, grilled cheese and a BLT with Granny Smith apples), salads, soups, deli salads and sides.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, with lunch available at 11 a.m. Honey on the Table will be closed on Sundays.

Owners Pamela Downs and Lisa Williams also do catering.

For information, call 373-0555 or go to www.

Santa, Mrs. Claus come to Auburn

Santa and Mrs. Claus are flying into Auburn today for dinner at the Italian Grille, 227 N. Duesenberg Drive.

They’ll be there from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Diners can have all-you-can-eat spaghetti with soup or salad for $8.99.

A portion of the evening’s sales will benefit Shelter Ministries of Auburn.

For reservations, call 260-925-9400.

Boutique begins holiday baking

It’s time to watch for the Peppermint Snowflakes.

Vanilla Bean’s Biscotti & Pastry Boutique, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., is making the peppermint-candy cupcakes, topped with peppermint butter-cream frosting, for the holidays.

The shop is also baking gingerbread cupcakes with pumpkin cream-cheese frosting, and chocolate and vanilla cupcakes decorated with snowmen.

For the first time, they’ll have mini versions of their cookies – Lemon Ricotta, Chocolate Chilean, Chocolate Peppermint and Cherry Chip Cordial – made for large orders only. Minimum order requirements vary by cookie.

To place an order, call 415-4652.

Seeking holiday menus, events

If your restaurant will have special menus or hours for Christmas or New Year’s, please let me know. I’ll run lists in future columns.

Tavern at Coventry hosts wine tasting

Hall’s Tavern at Coventry, 5745 Coventry Lane, will have a wine tasting with five courses of appetizers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is $30. For reservations, call 459-2893.

Maple Leaf Farms opening store

To celebrate the grand opening of its new company store, Maple Leaf Farms in Leesburg will offer product samples and cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The store – called Duck, Down & Above – is located at the company’s headquarters, 101 E. Church St.

Besides various duck meat products, it will carry Milford Valley Farms chicken items, DeBrand Fine Chocolates, jams, sauces and spices. It also will sell down pillows, comforters and other bedding products.

Regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call 574-453-4455.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8313.