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CHOW HOUND: Feeding the workforce 

Ted Stiker is a familiar face in the Rochester restaurant industry — he started Rochester's Top Shelf Staffing, an event planning and service staff provider located downtown. After receiving many requests from clients to add catering to his available services, Stiker opened Tedwards Café and Catering (183 East Main Street) in April 2014.

Tedwards serves coffee and breakfast fare in the morning, like breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and muffins, for his main clientele, which come from the businesses and offices downtown. "Honestly, there is not much down here," Stiker says, referring to downtown Rochester.

A space with a kitchen became available in the building where Top Shelf is located and he jumped on the opportunity.

The menu at Tedwards features an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches that are available each day, in addition to three or four sandwich and soup specials that change weekly. Lunch mainstays — like a tuna salad melt with tomato and pepper jack cheese ($5.50), and the BLT ($5.50) — are featured on the everyday menu. The bill of fare also features a pulled pork with cheddar sandwich ($6.25) and chicken cordon bleu panino — pulled chicken, ham, swiss, and mustard ($6.25). Vegetarians can sink their teeth into the veggie wrap — eggplant, peppers, tomato, zucchini, and squash ($5.50).

Even though the special sandwiches and soups change on weekly basis, a perusal of the café's past menus show that a few items are in regular rotation, like the thick cut fried bologna sandwich with sautéed onions, cheddar, and a fried egg ($6.25), and the breaded chicken breast with marinara and mozzarella ($6.25). Soups like parsnip and pear and butternut squash are also in regular rotation ($2.75 for 8 ounces, $5 for 16 ounces). Stiker's favorite special is grilled artichoke sandwich with basil ricotta ($6.25).

"It's a great feeling when you hear customers talking about how much they loved that sandwich they had the other day," Stiker says.

Tedwards Café and Catering is located at 183 East Main Street, and is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 287-5093. Find their menu and daily specials on Facebook, at facebook.com/tedwardsofrochester, and at tedwardscafe.com.

click to enlarge BLT on toast from Tedwards Cafe and Catering. - PHOTO BY MATT DETURCK
  • PHOTO BY MATT DETURCK
  • BLT on toast from Tedwards Cafe and Catering.

Quick Bites

There are some occasions when we should welcome new technological innovations with open arms, and the Salvatore's Pizza vending machine is one of those occasions. If you're lucky enough to attend school or work at Finger Lakes Community College, check it out.

I am not a karaoke person — mostly because there is not enough alcohol in the world to get me up there, but also due to the crippling anxiety that comes with performing in front of strangers. However, I was excited to hear that Revolution Karaoke will open in January at 382 Jefferson Road near RIT.The bar and lounge will also include nine private karaoke rooms to host groups of six to 46. A private room filled with friends may finally put a microphone in my hand.

The Little Bleu Cheese Shop (684 South Avenue) has started an Artisan Cheese Club, which will begin monthly fulfillment on January 6. The club will offer four to six cheeses from different farms and also two accompanying charcuterie items to choose from each month. There are three different levels of membership and you can register by calling 730-8296 or by stopping into the shop.

Openings

Shmeg's Restaurant (3027 Buffalo Road) has opened in Gates serving breakfast and lunch.

Corner Bakery Café (1367 Mt. Hope Avenue) has opened in College Town.

Closings

R's Market (2294 Monroe Avenue) has closed.

Chow Hound is a food and restaurant news column. Do you have a tip? Send it to food@rochester-citynews.com.

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