Table Talk

Table Talk: August 17–25

This week: All the sweets you can handle, plus a pairing meal centered around wild foraged food.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Aug 17 2021 at 8 a.m.

Freeze dried Skittles from Pineapple Whip
Photo courtesy Pineapple WhipGrab some freeze dried Skittles from Pineapple Whip.

Another Lil’ Bundt Cake Spot

Last week we told you what the folks from AmyCakes have been up to this summer, and now we’re going to tell you about the sweet stuff happening in the former AmyCakes shop on East Walnut Street. A new little shop owned by Dawn Buster has moved into the space. It’s called Baby Bundt Cakes, and it sells teensy weensy little bundt cake desserts. Luscious cream cheese frosting? Check! A sweet combo of raspberry and lemon? Check! A little bundt loaded with a big amount of chocolate chips? Check! These little sweeties look so, so delish. The shop isn’t open just yet, so we’ll keep you posted. But saying our sweet tooth is feeling pretty excited about this is an understatement.

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Freeze Dried Candy FTW

If you grew up munching on bars of freeze dried Neapolitan ice cream like I did, you have a soft spot for common foods turned uncommon thanks to a little liquid nitrogen. I’ve been dying to try freeze dried Skittles in particular. If YouTube has taught me anything, it’s that influencers appreciate a good freeze dried Skittle. So you can image how jazzed I was when I saw that Pineapple Bliss, the creative little frozen sweets shop in Joplin, has been serving freeze dried candy as an ice cream topping all month. Including Skittles.

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A Wild Pairing Dinner

Anyone who spends time at the farmers market knows that a rich wealth of delicious produce is grown in our soil. But did you know you can hunt some of that good stuff down by foraging in the woods? You can, as long as you know what to look for. If the idea of eating foraged ingredients is appealing to you, but the idea of actually doing the foraging is not, then you might like the Wild Foraged Pairing Dinner taking place on Thursday night. The event at SBC’s The Cellar is hosted by Rachael West of Eating the Ozarks, who creates lovely dishes from foraged goodies. Guests get to dig into a four-course pairing meal prepared by West and the chefs from Springfield Brewing Co., with drinks curated by SBC’s master brewer and mixologists. After dinner, guests can stick around for live jazz.

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Celebrate all the Good Stuff

There are a handful of days coming up this week that are all about celebrating some super-tasty eats. Click through to see some great ways to eat in the spirit of these national food holidays around 417-land.

• For National Potato Day on August 19, treat yourself to some French fries. There are the crazy-crunchy ones at Hard Knox BBQ and the spicy and indulgent kimchi fries from Skully’s Ramen or The Wheelhouse.
• For National Chocolate Pecan Day on August 20, order a Rustic Bourbon Pecan Pie from The Pie Safe, which has its namesake ingredients plus a healthy amount of chocolate too.
• For National Lemonade Day on August 20, whip up a lemonade-based drink at home with these recipes from spiked Lynchberg lemonade, bright and summery blueberry lemonade, or beautifully floral lavender lemonade.
• A little bonus update: brunch is back at The Order. Available Saturday and Sundays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., check out the brunch menu on the website.