Table Talk: March 10–16

This week: Lucy's comes to Rogersville, La Paloma's second location opens, Pi Day pop-ups, June's Cakery closes and more foodie news.

By Claire Porter

Mar 10 2020 at 10 a.m.

Making Cashew Chicken from Scratch
By Brandon AlmsA Springfield favorite, Cashew Chicken is as polarizing as it is in-demand. With its newly announced April expansion, Lucy's Chinese Food is bringing the Springfield staple to Rogersville. Purchase Photo
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Ready for Rogersville 

Rogersville will soon be home to a new cashew chicken destination. Lucy’s Chinese Food has announced its expansion to Main Street in Rogersville. Lucy’s, which is known for its cashew chicken, lo mein and other Chinese-style dishes, already operates three locations throughout Springfield and Ozark. The Rogersville location is slated to open April 1. 

Getting Wings

La Paloma’s second location has finally opened. The Mexican restaurant took over the Zapata Mexican Grill location on Battlefield Road in August and had been renovating and preparing to open since then. The new location offers La Paloma's signature menu of traditional Mexican fare. 

The Art of a Good Drink

Tie & Timber Beer Co. has announced its new event, FOAM (Festival of Art and Music), a reinterpretation of last year’s collaboration event with Sculpture Walk Springfield. The event features live music performances and marks Sculpture Walk’s fifth collection. However, more than the drinks, music and artwork is another announcement: Tie & Timber’s new beer garden, which has been under construction for a few weeks. The brewery has committed to fully transforming its beer garden, and to up the ante, a new sculpture will be placed within the beer garden in time for the event, which kicks off May 2.  

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Garden Gang Gang

We got a little taste of sweet springtime temperatures, and we’ve set our clocks back, so we’re officially ready for spring. Now, get ready for spring produce by signing up for the Millsap Farms CSA—community-supported agriculture program, for the uninitiated—which gets you a weekly box of fresh produce and other goods straight from the farm. The CSA signup is open now and still has spots available (Urban Roots Farm’s CSA has filled for the year already), but they won’t last long.

A Very Vegan Week

This was a banner week for those with plant-based diets. First, as vegan-friendly The Wheelhouse re-opened its food truck, it also revamped its sweets menu, adding vegan baked goods liked cosmic brownies and Thin Mint cake, all from Whipped Cream and Other Delights. The entirely vegan bakery recently started serving a regularly rotating menu of sweets from its West Walnut Lawn Street kitchen, too. 

Additionally, Earth’s Harvest opened on Sunday (also within the new Route 66 Food Truck Park), serving an entirely plant-based menu, including plenty of vegan options. 

A Slice of Goodbye Cake

Northside’s June’s Cakery shut its doors last week. The Division Street cake shop had been in business since 1975 and closed as the owner, Ella Buchanan, readied for retirement. 

Some Sweet News

Don't worry too much about your sweet tooth missing out—Queen City Soda & Sweets has reopened with new permanent hours and an expanded selection. The store is open Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

The Week Spot

Wondering what to do (and eat) this week? Wonder no more. There are plenty of tasty treats awaiting you and your open calendar.

March 11: Iron Somm Pairing Dinner 

Master and apprentice face off at Vino Cellars’ Iron Somm Pairing Dinner, featuring three courses, each with a Major Brands master- and apprentice-selected wine.

March 12: Waffles for Dinner

Get a little taste of the morning at night at Druff’s Sweet & Savory Waffles for Dinner, with signature waffle creations, including a vegan option. 

March 13: Italian Wine Dinner

Head to Joplin for a night in Tuscany with an Italian Wine Dinner at Club 1201, including wine pairings. 

March 13: Taste of Ireland 

Prepare for next week’s St. Patrick’s Day frenzy by getting your corned beef fix early at Tea Bar & Bites Taste of Ireland dinner.  

March 14: Pie Day Pop-Up

For a meeting of the pie greats, head to Vito’s Kitchen for a Pi Day Pop-up featuring Prairie Pie, Tie & Timber, Coffee Ethic and Hickory Lane Plants.

March 15: Wine Tasting & Small Plates 

Spend your Sunday Night at Cherry Picker Package x Fare with a night of Mediterranean wines paired with small plates. 

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