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OrthoCity BBQ opens cafe at farmers market in Winona Lake

A Winona Lake barbecue truck is settling into its new home at the neighborhood farmers market.

Brad Sutter, owner of OrthoCity BBQ, has been rubbing, smoking and saucing meats for special events for a year and a half. When the owners of Eagle Creek Farmers Market, Gary and Carolyn Shanklin, approached him to purchase the market, he couldn’t refuse the opportunity to put down some roots.

Now, OrthoCity BBQ serves its barbecue and smoked meats out of a cafe in the market at 802 Park Ave. in Winona Lake.

The cafe is open for lunch and dinner 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Sept. 12.

Sutter said he’s seen plenty of new faces since opening at the market, as well as people who have had his barbecue at events around the community.

The menu includes all the barbecue staples like pulled pork, brisket, ribs, brats and pork burgers, as well as crowd favorites like pulled pork nachos and a barbecue parfait. The parfait layers baked beans, nacho cheese, pulled pork, brisket, and smoked mac and cheese.

“When one of those goes out at an event, we suddenly get a lot more people asking about it,” Sutter said.

Fans of the Eagle Creek Farmers Market’s organic grocery selection can still shop all their usual vendors, like Hartzler Dairy milk and butter, as well as all-natural beef, local eggs and more. One of Sutter’s additions to the market is a selection of almost 200 varieties of craft beer, wine and ciders.

Sutter said that OrthoCity has always put a special emphasis on using local products. He uses honey from Jenkins’ Family Honey, with hives just 15 minutes away from the market; maple syrup from another local producer; pasta from Big Brick House out of Fort Wayne; and baked goods from Nordmann’s Nook out of North Manchester.

OrthoCity will continue to cater events as it always has, with the local orthopedic companies, Warsaw schools, weddings and other community functions. 

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