Table Talk: October 13–20

Local restaurants give back to the community, coffee beans get delivered to your door and fall cooking is in full swing.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Oct 13 2020 at 8 a.m.

SPLIT Social Kitchen Chillville sandwhich
Photo by Brandon AlmsHit SPLIT Social Kitchen for a five-course meal to raise money for a good cause. Purchase Photo

Coffee Beans Right to Your Door

Soon, a new Springfield business will be delivering locally-roasted coffee to customers’ doors—and doing it on two wheels. We don’t have all the details yet, but in the meantime, here’s what we know: Beans by Bike is offering bags of coffee beans in a variety of blends from local businesses like Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar, The Coffee Ethic, Copper Canyon Coffee Roasters, Eurasia Coffee Co., Kingdom Coffee and Mountain Bird Coffee Company. And as the name implies, they deliver those coffee beans to you via bicycle, meaning no emissions. You support two local businesses, you don’t have to leave your house, and you get to brew stellar coffee at home. Sounds like a triple win to us. We’ll keep you posted once we know when you can start signing up for deliveries.

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Foodie Fundraising

I don’t know what it is about the month of October, but 417-land’s restaurant scene is giving back to the community in big ways, with tons of fundraising events that let diners help give back while they eat and drink all the good stuff.

Let’s start with a this-week-only fundraiser. Several local restaurants are participating in The Doula Foundation’s Night of Caring event. On Thursday October 15, a portion of their sales will be donated to The Doula Foundation, which supports 417-land mothers before, during and after birth. Participating restaurants include:

MaMa Jean’s Deli
Metropolitan Grill (via a VIP private dinner event)
Marco’s Pizza
Pasta Express
Scooter’s Coffee’s Springfield locations
4 By 4 Brewing Co.
Smith’s Restaurant
HuHot Mongolian Grill

In other fundraising news, Piccolo in Nixa has been taking monetary donations to help them provide pans of pasta to feed 417-landers in need through their Pasta for Good program. During the month of October the benefiting organization is the Springfield Dream Center. For every $10 donated by a Piccolo customer, the restaurant donates one pan of pasta to Springfield Dream Center. You can donate either at the restaurant or via their website. Last month, Piccolo’s benefiting organization was Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, and they raised enough money to donate 10 pans of pasta and feed 40 people.

4 By 4 Brewing Co. has an October fundraiser in effect as well. On every Saturday and Sunday in October, they’re donating $1 from every Strawberry Fields 4 Ever pint they sell to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program. Stay tuned for T-shirts too, coming soon.

Also in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aviary by Lavender Falls is raising money in October. A portion of all sales from food sold at Aviary after 5 p.m. on October 16 and 23 will be donated to Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

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This Week’s Tasty Events

This week is big for food-centric events, too.

Progress is celebrating two years in business serving hungry Springfieldians by throwing themselves a little party. You’re invited, of course. On Saturday October 17, you can order from a special party menu that includes lots of birthday treats and some bubbly for toasting.

That same day, Springtown Coffee Co. is hosting a pop-up shopping event with The Cacti Caddy. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can visit to purchase succulent arrangements (great gifts for the plant lovers in your life) and tasty coffee drinks. End with a walk in Sequiota Park across the street, and you have yourself a lovely afternoon. This is just one of several pop-ups the coffee shop has been hosting with other local small businesses, so follow them on social media for future events.

For a little spooky fun, you can join Prehistoric Brewing Co.’s pumpkin carving events. There are three of them, starting this Sunday October 18 and continuing on Tuesday October 20 and Wednesday October 21. If you sign up to play along, you will pay $15 to get a pumpkin carving kit, a pumpkin, a pint of their locally-brewed beer and $1 off each glass you order for the rest of the day. All pumpkins are then entered into a contest, with winners taking home various amounts of tasty brews. Be sure to pre-order your tickets, so the brewery can control numbers and ensure social distancing.

Both today (October 13) and next Wednesday (October 21), Mother’s Brewing Co. is hosting the Mother’s Beer-Partisan Voting Event, during which you can bring in your ballot to get it notarized and partake in a free pint of locally brewed beer. All you need to bring is your unsigned ballot and a photo ID. (Sidenote: If you have questions about your voting options, read our handy election guide.)

And finally, one more food-centric event: SPLIT Social Kitchin is hosting its first Split Social Dinner event on Sunday October 18. It’s a five-course meal paired with five Italian wines, and tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 417-755-7155.

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Let’s Get Cooking

With local farmers markets filling up with fall produce, we thought it would be a good time to put together a roundup of great fall recipes that will help you put those tasty veggies to good use in your home kitchen. There’s a ton of stuff in this roundup, so you’ll have to take a look to find your faves from among the salads, soups, sweets and more.