Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Granola Jar Has Fun Naming Menu Items, Offers Great Food

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Granola Jar Has Fun Naming Menu Items, Offers Great Food

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I love to tell the story of my lunch at Peck's during a family visit to Milan, Italy. We were struggling to communicate across the language barrier to place our lunch order at the counter of this upscale grocery/caf. My sister saw a large fruit salad in the hands of another customer and pointed to it as she tried to place her order with the man behind the counter. He lifted both hands palm up and simply said "Fini." They were sold out and there was no offer to rush to the kitchen to make another.

It has become a family tradition when we run out of anything to raise our hands and say "Fini."

I was reminded of the story this week when I stopped for lunch at the Granola Jar.

I usually buy a salad sampler here, but Asian slaw was already gone and the choice of cookies was down to one or two in only a couple of varieties and the hallmark granola cookie was long gone.

Thank goodness my favorite salad - balsamic chicken salad - was still available. This salad with its whole almonds and fresh or dried fruit (depending on the season), all tinged with the dark, rich, balsamic vinaigrette, is addictive. And I am beyond rehabilitation.

I paired it with a creamy jalapeo macaroni salad and a Caesar salad. I particularly liked the jalapeos that were sharp enough to give a bite but mild enough to not overpower the salad.

Owner Nealie Anthony's aim is to serve the freshest lunches to her customers, so she is constantly trying to match her morning preparations to the expected daily clientele. She doesn't want to throw anything, away and she wants to offer freshly made salads and pastries the next day.

Anthony had just graduated from culinary school when she and her husband, Ryan, worked with family members to open the shop to serve the business park. Through the seven years of ownership, she has adjusted the hours to serve her customers. She started with longer hours than her current 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, only to have a few customers stop in for coffee early and only a few stragglers come in later. …

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