German chef's creations please the palate and the eye at farmers market

QUENTIN ROUX
q@misuntimes.com
Gracie Lopez serves a customer as her supplies begin to thin out after a successful Wednesday morning at the market.

Proof that Americans love to sample authentic ethnic food is no more evident than at the weekly farmers market at Veterans Community Park.

German is this week's sampling, and it comes in the form of Evi's Bakery, courtesy of former German chef Evi Menz.

Menz has grown her cottage industry down the years to the point where she now has a Marco representative in the form of Gracie Lopez, who linked up with Menz after replying to a Craigslist wanted ad.

"Now I'm learning how to cook German," said Lopez, who touts foods associated with that country ranging from traditional Schnitzel for two ($9), to three potato pancake ($6), herring salad, and spatzle (a kind of egg noodle traditionally accompanying meat dishes with plenty of gravy.)

Alternatively, spatzle can accompany sweet dishes containing cherries and cinnamon. Then there are savory as well as sweet pastries like plum pockets, chocolate strudel, assorted fruit strudels and spinach feta cheese pastries aptly called "yummies."

Also tempting are four-pack brats soaked in beer.

"This market is fantastic," said Lopez. "Our best seller is actually cinnamon buns. I brought more than 100 today, and they were sold out by 10 a.m."

All the food is prepared out of a commercial kitchen in Cape Coral.

Owner Evi Menz also offers catering services, and can be reached at 898-2497, or by e-mail at deutscherchef@yahoo.com.

On the cover: Spinach feta "yummies." Photo by Quentin Roux

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Owner Evi Menz also offers catering services, and can be reached at 898-2497, or by e-mail at deutscherchef@yahoo.com.