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O U T W O F T H E W A Y E A T S 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 Blackadder is something on To watch a video featuring which owner Café Blackadder, click Julie Kendall this button inside our prides herself. digital edition, online at "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 ounce. 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 French onion. 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. Café Blackadder 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; 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." Café Blackadder A place where time pauses for a delicious break in the day 18 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

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
Salvaging history
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2013