Dawn Nelson

Caterer back in the kitchen with new ‘twist’

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

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. “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. “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 […]