Twisted Vine’s Laura DeWilde ‘always thinking of something new’
A business is never finished with the process of experimenting and evolving, and this is good news for diners in Rockford. Twisted Vine’s owner Laura DeWilde Cummings recently celebrated the one year anniversary of her cafe and catering business located at 51Bridge Street in downtown Rockford.
“I am always thinking of new recipes and being inspired to “twist” them up,” she admitted. After a year of finding out what items people have come to crave from her kitchen—homemade Cherry Chicken Salad, Swiss Party Soup, the squired Turkey Sandwich and Laura’s Carrot Cake are some of the most requested favorites. She is also a local supplier of American Spoon products, which are featured on the menu and make wonderful “gifts of good taste.” Along with unique pottery and several northern Michigan specialty goods, the café has much to offer besides great food.
DeWilde Cummings opened the doors at Twisted Vine on September 9, 2010, and has been winning fans and making friends during the past year. She expanded her lunch offerings, introduced Bridge Street Picnic Baskets to Go, and built a loyal Saturday morning breakfast crowd by offering crepes, frittatas and French toast after coming up with the idea of shopping for her local ingredients at Rockford’s award-winning Farm Market. “My basket is always overflowing. Next year I’m going to use a wagon so I can buy more and do my share at supporting the local venders,” she said.
Recently featured on WZZM “Breakfast on the GO,” one of Twisted Vines’ fans Chris VanderHart prompted the weekend news anchors to come check out the local fare and enjoy a tasty Farm House Tomato Relish Frittata. “We are blessed to have such wonderful customers who like our café and spread the word that Rockford is a wonderful place to eat, shop and stroll,” said DeWilde Cummings. In addition, she is thrilled to be part of a dynamic downtown business “family” that is committed to promoting each other and works on projects that will make Rockford even more special. The Pub and Grub Crawl, plus Posh Parties for young girls are just a couple of fun things that the businesses on Bridge Street (Sweet Tooth, Sassy Pants, The Edge, Studio D2D) are teaming up together to promote their businesses.
The catering business is also expanding and is now scheduling holiday parties and special events, such as weddings and graduation open houses. “We were especially thankful for the opportunity to cater the Ed Koeh Ford and Bowdacious grand opening events this summer, too,” said DeWilde Cummings.
If anything, Twisted Vine is sometimes squeezed for space at lunch time, but hopes to add another table or two. “We always encourage our guests to be open to European seating by graciously letting others join a table. Perhaps you will meet your next “best friend” at the Twisted Vine where a warm welcome anda sincere “thank you” is just part of the charm.”