Rural Missouri - November 2013 - (Page 18)
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by Heather Berry
hen you open the door at Café
Blackadder in Warrensburg,
you're immediately transported
into a world that requires you to
slow down from the rushed pace of the day -
at least for the time you're there.
A collage of mismatched tables and chairs
and soft background music offer patrons cozy
options for an intimate lunch with friends.
Read a book, play a game of checkers or admire
the local art that's for sale on the walls while
waiting for your meal.
The unhurried pace at Café
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"We rush too
much, particularly at lunchtime,"
says the owner. "So we made a nice atmosphere and maybe force you to sit down a little
longer than you planned."
The café's moniker is Julie's tribute to a dear
friend named Peggy Means, who owned the
Teahaus, a business that occupied the building
Chef and owner Julie Kendall invites you to her Warrensburg café for a fresh meal served in a relaxing atmosphere.
for 40 years. Peggy came from the Blackadder
clan in Scotland, and Julie felt the name was
perfect for her eatery. She continues to sell
more than 40 loose teas by the teapot or by the
Julie graduated from the University of Central Missouri as an art major in 2006, but she
put down her brushes and palette in the fall of
2009 to open her café. She wanted to inspire
the community by offering customers a bistro where they could buy locally grown "artisan
grain tempeh, red onion, almonds, red pepper,
to basil, or Julie's favorite, apple brandy-braised
food" as she calls her menu's offerings.
homemade croutons, fresh avocado slices and the
Along with buying high-quality, locally grown
Café Blackadder's honey-mustard ginger dressing.
If you crave greens, salads include a Roman
food from area farmers, Julie prides herself on
Tempeh is an Indonesian dish that incorporates
artichoke and tuna salad served over a mix of
making Café Blackadder as green as possible. The
grains such as rice and soybeans to make a progreens, tossed with shaved Parmesan cheese, suneatery recycles everything, even sharing the café's
tein replacement food.
dried tomatoes, pecans and a Dijon/dill dressing.
compost with the farmers with which she works.
Numerous hearty sandwiches can be found on
This is topped with a marinated Roman artichoke
"Fresh food lasts longer because it's not coming
the menu, ranging from subs to paninis.
heart and all-white albacore tuna. Mushroom fans
from Mexico or sitting in a truck," Julie says. "It's
Julie says people love to come in for the
should try the baby portobella and tempeh salad,
coming from the ground within 20 to 50 miles of
broiled Ham & Jam, which boasts freshly sliced,
which offers a mix of greens, portobellas, ﬁveme, straight to my door."
all-natural ham, homemade red-onion
To reﬂect her locavore efforts,
marmalade, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce
Julie's menu offers delicious selections
and mayonnaise served on an onion bun.
for vegetarians, vegans, those with
"It mimics a sweet glaze on a ham,"
gluten-free needs as well as those who
Julie says of her red-onion marmalade.
Specialties: Hearty soups, entrée
desire preservative-free meats for their
You also might try the delicious tursalads and hearty sandwiches, such as Warrensburg
sandwiches. And everything possible
key pesto, a sandwich offering sliced turthe Ham & Jam or the Turkey Pesto.
is made in-house or from scratch.
key, cream cheese, tomato basil pesto and
For starters, you might want to
spinach on a sunﬂower wheat bread.
choose the Adder Platter, a selection of
Be sure to end your meal with a
Prices: Starters from $6 to $11, salads
gourmet cheese and sliced vegetables
decadent piece of pie, such as pecan or
from $5 to $9, and sandwiches from $6
served with crackers, nuts, fresh basil
pumpkin. Pies change frequently, but
to $8. Accepts checks, cash, Visa and Mastercard.
pesto and ranch dressing. The Humall are homemade. Cookie fans should
mus platter offers two of Julie's humgo straight for the gooey cookies, which
Details: Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4
mus creations served with ﬂatbread,
come in chocolate, butter and lemon.
p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4
crackers and vegetable crudités.
After only four years in business, Julie
Whatever the season, you must
says the change from painting art to
p.m. Seats 45. Private party space and catering available.
have soup, which is a Café Blackadder
creating consumable art has been a good
Reservations requested for parties of six or more.
staple. Made daily, offerings change
choice for her.
frequently, but they're all hearty and
"I've taken my creative juices and put
Address: 121 N. Holden St. in Warrensburg.
come in the serving sizes of "wee bit,
them into my cooking," says the 32-yearcup and bowl."
old café owner. "It's deﬁnitely an art to
Contact: 660-747-2382; www.cafeblackadder.com.
Soup offerings include the everbe able to play with food. I get to say that
popular potato leek with bacon, tomanow I just make edible art."
A place where time pauses for a delicious break in the day
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2013
Rural Missouri - November 2013
White mules and family wine
Helping our neighbors
A rolling tribute to freedom
Out of the Way Eats
Big man from a small town
Hearth and Home
Best of rural Missouri
Rural Missouri - November 2013