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Cathie Crossin is serving up a different homestyle meal from scratch every night in August at Tastee’s on First Street. The wholesome meals feature locally sourced farmers’ market vegetables and fresh ingredients.
Tastee’s Ice Cream & Grill still has your tried and true favourites, but owner Cathie Crossin has been busy this past month, giving customers a homestyle, nutritious option.
Tastee’s, located at 1405 First St., is famous for its mouth-watering burger and ice cream creations. But now if you want to bring something home that is delicious, but with a little more of a home-cooked feel, you can for the month of August. Crossin said she is doing a Food Network-style personal challenge called the 2&4: The Diner Dinner Project.
"I want to surprise (our guests) and impress them with creative and nutritious meals using seasonal vegetables and local ingredients wherever possible. It’s not that I’m bored with burgers, it’s just that after seven years, I’m beginning to worry that people think of me, personally, as a one-trick pony," Crossin said.
Crossin is running her Diner Dinner Project and will have a fresh meal every night of August. She decided to take this challenge to offer her customers more of a choice when dining at Tastee’s and it allows her to explore her more creative side when it comes to food.
"Food and thoughtfully prepared home-style meals are an expression of caring. We want our guests to feel welcome, well-fed and that they are cared about. They are not a stat or table number. We recognize and interact with and value the people that walk through our doors," Crossin said.
So far, Tastee’s guests have enjoyed taco night, barbecue pulled pork, fried ice cream, stuffed peppers, potatoes in dill sauce, bison Salisbury steak and more.
Crossin said she’s trying not to double up on meals and come up with a different home-style creation every night. These dishes are offered in addition to Tastee’s regular menu, starting at 5 p.m., while quantities last.
To learn more about the daily menu items, visit the restaurant’s blog page at retrodiner.blogspot.com.
Tastee’s Ice Cream & Grill is a seasonal restaurant, open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March through to October.
For more information, call Tastee’s at 204-729-2889 or search for them on Facebook.
Unwind Yoga and Massage
Unwind Yoga and Massage will be hosting a yoga retreat today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Riverview Seniors Complex at 1321 13th St.
Melissa Krochak, who owns Unwind Yoga and Massage, said gentle breathing exercises, gentle stretching and exercises aimed to help with insomnia, headaches, stress, arthritis and aches and pains, will be practised from 9 a.m. to noon. A luncheon and tea will follow from noon to 1 p.m. with a presentation on detoxing your body. There will also be samples of detox products, body wraps and more available.
For more information, call 204-573-7578.
Looking for something else for the kids to do this coming fall? Hit the Shoppers Mall today to check out a number of clubs on display and register for your favourite activities.
From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., a number of local organizations, including the 4H Westman Horse Club, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon Royal Air Cadets, Brandon Snowboard Club, Brandon School of Dance, Girl Guides of Canada, Japan Karate, McHarg School of Highland Dance, Navy League, Prairie Breeze, St. John’s Ambulance Cadets and Steppin’ Time Dance Studio, will have displays.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 17, 2013