A taste of Flavor 574: Ales, hot dogs and Oktoberfest winners

This week Flavor 574's food and restaurant critic Marshall King discusses a new ale at Iechyd Da Brewing Company, the winning food and booths at Oktoberfest and about the expansion of Hotdogeddy.

Iechyd Da Brewing Company & Ruthemere Museums
Iechyd Da Brewing Company teamed up with Ruthmere Museums Campus to make a unique brew paying tribute to Dr. Havilah Beardsley, according to a newsletter from Ruthmere.

Chip Lewis, brewmaster at Iechyd Da, used hops from Ruthmere Gardens to create Dr. Beardsley's Amber Ale - a malty, fall-colored beer, according to the newsletter. The inspiration behind the beer, according to the newsletter, was the Havilah Beardsley House opening to the public as a museum.

The ale will be served at Ruthmere's annual fall concert series, which kicks off Friday, Oct. 9.

A a reminder, Iechyd Da is closed Oct. 5 to Oct. 12 for vacation.

Oktoberfest results
Despite the rain and wind, Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub had a good day at Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 3, in downtown Elkhart.

The Cowboy Chili from the menu of the relatively new Elkhart restaurant won the people's choice award and finished second in the judge's voting.

The booth staffed by owners David and Zachary Lucchese also won the award for being best.

Lucchese competed in the contest previously with Lucchese's Italian Restaurant, but never won award.

He enjoys seeing the creativity of other chefs.

This year, a record 15 restaurants and city departments competed in the contest at Elkhart Civic Plaza.

Iechyd Da finished second in the people's choice category and McCarthy's third.

Miles Lab finished second and 5 Star Dive Bar third in the competition for best booth.

Mayoral candidate Tim Neese, Mayor Dick Moore and Marshall King judged.


Hotdogeddy's sit down restaurant
Ed Hayden has taken over the former Sweet Cream's Soda Shop near the Elkhart Post Office after four years of working solely out of his Hotdogeddy's cart.

He purchased a cart from Dogs for Dollars in 2011 and worked in a variety of spots along Main Street, including on the Elkhart Civic Plaza and in front of New Paradigm (the former Harrison Landing space), Pop Culture and Iechyd Da Brewing.

He was having lunch at New Paradigm, which followed Harrison Landing, when he heard the front half of the building at 700 S. Main St., wasn't being used.

The menu has five regular hot dogs and a few specials.

The basic hot dogs are $3 and a Chicago dog is $4. He's doing a hot dog of the week, which this week is the Red Dragon Dog that includes onions and peppers braised in Iechyd Da beer. He says he has recipes for "hundreds of hot dogs" in his head.

The shop is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Tune into the CW 23 at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays for ABC57's weekly segment with Marshall King of Flavor 574.

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