Ted Yoakum

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Ted Yoakum is a community editor at Leader Publications, LLC, and contributes to Michiana Life magazine.

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Tippecanoe Place combines fine dining, historic atmosphere

As soon as they witness the old stony façade as they pull into the parking lot and approach the large vintage wooden doors of restaurant’s front entrance, visitors of South Bend’s Tippecanoe Place should realize they are in not in for a typical fine dining experience. Once the home of the powerful Studebaker family, the nearly 130-year-old mansion, located at the corner of West Washington and Taylor Street, is now home to one of the Indiana city’s most popular dining destinations — ...

Why I love Michiana

Jewish Federation director enjoys Midwest communities Ben Davis was hired as the executive director of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley in January of 2014. He is originally from Chicago, but has worked in several cities in the Midwest including Minneapolis, Minnesota and Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a bachelor of science degree from Drexel University and a master of arts from the University of Minnesota. The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley is run by a team of staff and ...

The Rock a destination for waterfront diners

There are few pairings as strong as great good and drink — especially when combined with a breathtaking location and relaxing atmosphere. Marcellus’ The Rock at Big Fish Lake appears to have nailed this formula perfectly. Nestled by the calm waters of Fish Lake in Cass County, the restaurant provides customers with a pleasurable experience for their eyes and mouths alike. Since opening more than four years ago, The Rock has established itself as a destination for not just residents of ...

Living like Proos: Senator’s home fit for family

As a state senator representing more than a quarter million southwest Michigan residents, John Proos’ commitments at the capitol in Lansing and across his tri-country district keep him on his toes. His responsibilities are far from over once he pulls his car into the parking lot of his two-story home in St. Joseph, though. On a warm, sunny Saturday in early May, John and his wife Kristy spent the morning busily tackling the usual early morning tasks — making a pot of fresh coffee, ...

In the Kitchen: Conway’s a popular breakfast, lunch destination in Three Oaks

Situated on a quiet street in Three Oaks’ downtown, visitors to the Harbor Country community can often find the inside of the small, white farmhouse-looking building packed to the gills on weekends, with lines sometimes extending out the doors. The coffee shop known as Conway’s has established itself as a spot for locals and visitors to Three Oaks alike to gather for breakfast and lunch — and not just for the restaurant’s freshly roasted coffee or its selection of dishes from across ...

Mason Jar Cafe a hot spot in Benton Harbor Arts District

Be it a plate of bright, runny eggs or a tall, juicy hamburger, at the heart of every single dish that comes from the tiny, open kitchen in Benton Harbor’s Mason Jar Café lies a common strand of DNA: simple, healthy, locally sourced ingredients. “We always know where our products are coming from,” said restaurant co-owner and head chef Abel Martinez. It was this philosophy that led Abel and his wife, Jayme Cousins, to finally exchange their titles of “employees” for “restaurate...

Silver Beach Pizza expansion a hit with customers

A kaleidoscope of glass, metal and leather, the latest addition to one of Michiana’s most popular pizza destinations more closely resembles a modern microbrewery than the classic atmosphere of the former train depot down below. A closer look at the schooner-shaped insignias carved out of the back of the chairs surrounding the bar and the unique light fixtures — also shaped like the trademark beer glass — surrounding the upper balcony dining room reveals that, despite the updated looks, ...

Homegrown: Olfactory Hue Bistro owner brings culinary expertise back to her roots

From cooking for hundreds of concertgoers in tailgate parties all over the country to working as the head chef of one of the country’s premier gastropubs, Daysha Amster’s path to success in the culinary world has taken her all over the country. Despite all her travels, Daysha’s eventual destination turned out to be right where she started — the City of Four Flags. In May, the chef will be celebrating the four-year anniversary of opening her very first restaurant, Olfactory Hue Bistro. ...

Small plates, big taste

GRANGER, Ind. — Five years ago, Michiana chef extraordinaire Sean Kelley accomplished a goal that many dream of the first moment they fall in love with food — opening his own restaurant. Moving into the former home of Wine Down Bistro in Granger’s City Plaza shopping center in 2010, Kelley’s new venture, Temper Grille, featured a menu unique to the area, with dishes sprinkled with the chef’s fiery tastes and attitude. While the food was all his own, the chef owner felt that, despite ...

A new way to brunch

The buzzing electronic jingles of thousands of different slot machines. The jangling of small metal tokens from the jugs of change carried by the men and women walking around the building. The sounds of banter between people seated at the blackjack table. As anyone who has visited the New Buffalo establishment could tell you, the bright lights and excitement that occurs each and every day on the floor of the Four Winds Casino can hardly be described as quiet and unassuming. Situated near ...