Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Italian food, fresh pies are specialties at Booher’s Fresh Market

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – Enjoy a nice conversation and some homemade food at Booher’s Fresh Market in Napoleon.

Craig and Sandy Booher have owned the market, where they sell vegetables and flowers from their garden and homemade pies, since 2000. But, owning a sit-down restaurant was a longtime dream of theirs as a new way to connect with the community, and to share their love of cooking and hosting.

So, when Craig retired from Napoleon High School, they opened Booher’s Fresh Market restaurant on Jan. 4, hoping to achieve this dream.

“We prayed about it, and with COVID it seemed like the right time for him to retire. The building was available, and it seemed like the perfect time,” Sandy said.

While the restaurant is new, it has been non-stop busy, the Boohers said. They wanted the restaurant to feel like an extension of their kitchen, so the food has

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Here’s what vendors will be in Southern Market’s food hall | Local News

The long-awaited completely revitalized Southern Market opens to the public this Thursday. The first-floor food hall encompasses 3,000 square feet, with seating for 250. On opening day, you will have nine food and drink options, from coffee and wine on tap to cuisine from five parts of the world. 

Here’s what vendors will be cooking up fare in Southern Market’s food hall. 

— 4 E’s Latin Cuisine: Flavors of the Dominican Republic.

Flavors of Morocco: Moroccan and Indian fusion.

— Layali el Sham: Middle Eastern classics including hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, kibbeh and shawarma.

— Made by Lolo: Tapas-style small bites, with gluten-free options.

— Pho Life: Vietnamese pho, banh mi sandwiches and salads.

— Savoy Truffle Cakes: Creatively decorated cupcakes and whole cakes, also available by the slice, plus pie and macarons.

— “X” Marks the Spot: A modern take on soul food classics that includes collard

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Food, cooking help Joplin native achieve Broadway dream | Local News

When Lisa Adams was growing up in Joplin, she was that do-it-all theater girl.

In her own words, she’d be in a production at Joplin Little Theatre while at the same time rehearsing for a show at the Carthage Music and Theatre Club, now Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, even as she starred in a musical at McAuley Catholic High School, where she went to school.

Adams had dreams of performing on the big stages in New York City, and she almost made it. She was destined for Broadway, but it didn’t happen the way she expected.

After more than 20 years as a personal chef for celebrities and people just looking for help living busy lives in the Big Apple, Adams got the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year when she interviewed to be a food consultant and food provider for a new Broadway play that opened in November

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Omaha food truck owner cooks, delivers Thanksgiving meals to 67 families | Local News

This Thanksgiving, Stastny and his crew served 67 families and more than 350 people. There’s no cap to the number of families who can receive meals — Stastny said the operation has room to grow, or even double, if more people are in need in 2022.

“It’s definitely pretty awesome every year. It’s a lot of work and very stressful,” Stastny said. “Sometimes I say, ‘Man, why do I do this every year?’ But it’s always worth it.”

Stastny’s girlfriend, Phoenix Rumsey, has been part of the project since its inception. She said each year is eye-opening — some of the families receiving meals don’t even have phone numbers.

“It’s something you don’t even think about,” Rumsey said. “I’m surprised this year how many people signed up. I’m glad people felt comfortable enough to do that.”



Dining with Dignity: Volunteer chefs take meals at Siena Francis House to new level

Stastny came up with the idea to donate meals with his friend,

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