Caterer back in the kitchen with new ‘twist’

Twisted Vine open for meals, American Spoon sales, catering

by BETH ALTENA

Laura (formerly Laura DeWilde) Cummings and Dawn Nelson cooked together for over a decade as the team that brought you DeWilde Catering. After a six-year hiatus the two are back in the kitchen together, this time in downtown Rockford at 51 Bridge Street, the location of Twisted Vine. In addition to offering food, the shop also carries a very extensive line of American Spoon products and some gift and household items. Cummings believes the combination allows her to offer something other restaurants don’t.

Laura DeWilde and Dawn Nelson are excited to offer the eclectic and ever-changing menu at Rockford’s newest eatery, Twisted Vine, 51 Bridge Street, which opened September 9.

“I used to shop for American Spoon products in Petosky and would put together a tasty gift bag filled with salsas, spoon fruits (some are sugar free) and pottery for family and friends. It made a wonderful gift that was affordable and fun to customize” said Cummings, She said offering all the components of this “perfect gift” in one location is a nice bonus for people who come in to eat or pick up their favorite American Spoon products. American Spoon is a line of Michigan-made products—salsas, jams, roasting sauces, fruit butters, relishes and more—all made in-state with locally-grown produce. The pottery, of Mayfield Pottery, is also crafted by a local Rockford artist.

“We have salsa dishes, vases and assorted “couples pottery,” as well as other beautiful pieces,” Cummings explained.

The real attraction, of course, is the food, which will vary so that diners can continue to try new things as well as return for favorites. Cummings explained that this was the way she ran her catering company, providing a variety of meals within clients’ budgets. At Twisted Vine sandwiches, soups, a signature chili (so good!) and salads range from $4 up to the Dam Deal for Two, a whole sandwich, two chips and two side deli salads for $12. Samples are always available in the store as well for those who have not yet tasted American Spoon products or the flavorful menu items at Twisted Vine.

Feeding fellow workers—Joanie Boden (just engaged, congratulations!) is already a regular at Twisted Vine. She is shown with the carrot cake she couldn’t resist. Boden said to mention she works at Charmed Life, now offering Shellac, a two-week, no-chip manicure for just $40. Ask for Boden.

“I’m very excited to be back in the kitchen and am committed to providing fresh products from Michigan suppliers,” Cummings said. The name of the business comes from Cummings decision to get back in the catering/food business with the “twist” of a changing menu and products. The flavors are the kind you’d taste if you had the time to make your own soups, salads and sandwiches. “Our focus is to make most menu items from scratch,” Cummings stated. With seating for just a few, dining at the restaurant is by chance and many other business people from downtown Rockford are becoming regulars, popping in to pick up lunch.

“One of the girls next door is in every day ordering and she says she cuts hers in half, so she has lunch and dinner,” said Nelson. “We are getting lots of positive comments from customers. They love the décor, they love the atmosphere, they love the food.”

Cummings said she looks forward to re-building relationships with past clients and forming new relationships in the business community. A customer appreciation card for American Spoon products is just one way to thank our loyal customers.

Cummings also has a real estate sales license and always promotes the charm of downtown Rockford and the surrounding area.

“You can never say enough great things about our schools and community. The schools are just one of the reasons people want to move here. I also tell people, you don’t have to go very far for entertainment either because Rockford has so much to offer all year long.”

Twisted Vine is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. Catering is available daily. The phone number for the deli or for catering is (616) 866-2828.

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