A Taste of Europe: coffee, scones, music and art
By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer
Just south of the downtown water tower in Delavan, Wis., on the historical brick road, is Taste of Europe Coffee House. Delavan is a mere one-hour drive from Rockford, which is about the same traveling time as going from the far west side to the far east side during Waterfront weekend. Judy Adams, owner of Taste of Europe, has provided not only an extensive menu, but has also lined up book-signings, artists receptions, poetry readings and live music.
One of the more impressive aspects of the coffee house is that homemade scones and Devonshire cream are availableone of the few edible products out of Britain worth eating. Although the naturally sweet, addictive condiment, which tastes good on almost everything, is incredibly fattening, if a proper amount of self-control is enforced, one can enjoy scones and Devonshire cream responsibly and with few caloric consequences.
Taste of Europe Coffee House also offers espresso, Americanas, mochas and flavored coffee drinks, as well as Chai tea, smoothies, cider, French Milk and an array of teas. There is a lunch and snack menu to fit everyones taste and health; high-protein plates with boiled eggs, salami, cheese and wasa bread, bagel sandwiches and homemade soups, cookies, muffins, croissants, and more.
Setting le menu aside, we move on to the extensive entertainment list. Saturday, May 3, Taste of Europe will host Leonardo Live Folk (for information, log on to http://www.leonardomusic.com/Bio.htm). May 17, Tracy Beck, contemporary folk guitarist/singer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Call for cover charge. Salty Strings (folk artists John and Connie Nichols) will perform on Saturday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. Every Thursday night, the Coffee House offers poetry readings at 7 p.m. with no cover charge, and on Friday evenings, they hold an open mic (first come, first on). There is a constant rotation of artwork in Taste of Europe, including works by Jeanne Rager, Chris Betker, Sandra Willard and Jonas Bauman.
Taste of Europe Coffee House is at 116 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, Wis. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Periodically, there are late-night hours, so if you see the lights on, stop by and check out whats going on. Information: call 262/928-9778, or log onto http://dwebsite.com/tasteofeur.