I’ve received a couple of emails lately from readers with questions. I also want to share some news about On the Rise bakery and Sarah’s Place, both in downtown Roanoke.
* First, Sarah’s Place. This is the cafe that took over the space in the Patrick Henry building that formerly housed Uptown Joe’s donut shop. The cafe has announced that it has started carrying FitFood meals made by a local food prep company that specializes in healthy fare. If you’d like to try before you buy, head over to Sarah’s Place on Thursday between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for a sample. Later that evening, Jeff Scot Philips of FitFood will conduct a free nutrition and weight-loss seminar at the cafe. He will discuss the basic principles of weight loss and answer nutrition questions. That starts at 7 p.m.
* On the Rise has extended its hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Stop by and check out their new espresso machine. They’re now making and selling pumpkin lattes.
* A reader named Paula wrote to ask whether I know of any local businesses that sell fresh pepper-cured hams. She said she was introduced to pepper ham in Ohio but hasn’t been able to find it here. I gave her a couple of suggestions for places she could check, but I’ve never actually seen it. If you have any ideas, let us know.
* Finally, a reader named Beth wants to get rid of several years’ worth of Bon Appetit magazines from the 80s and 90s. She said they are bound in three-ring binders. She doesn’t have enough space for them anymore (and neither do I) but she’s willing to give them away to an interested party. I checked with Virginia Tech, which has a culinary history collection, but they did not need them. If you want them, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Beth.