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To provide good, basic, comforting food in a warm,
fun, convivial atmosphere.
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Our Heritage
We thought we would share a bit with you about our heritage of food and family
and the deep connections between the two as well as the strong sense of
community that those aspects have engendered in our lives. I am the third
generation in my family to join the food industry, making my son, Henry, the
fourth.
This is my father's diner in Marathon, NY, where he met my mother and where I grew
up surrounded by family.  The front door was in the center of the building, so I think
the actual space was probably smaller than my Polka Dot Café! He loved this photo
of himself and th old man who came through town twice a year and always stopped
in for lunch. I think this is where I learned to love ice cream! Generation Two.
These are my father's parents.  My
grandfather was n the restaurant
business in Staten Island before he
moved his family to New York State.
Generation One.
My maternal grandmother, Joanna Culver, is
on the far right.  She baked pies for the
Marathon Diner and delivered six of them
every morning through the backyards that
separated her home from my father's diner. I
remember sitting in her kitchen as a child and
will always associate the smell of cherry pie
overflowing into the bottom of the oven with
her!
My mother, Patricia Whited, passed away in
2018 at the age of 90, bless her heart!  She
carried on her mother's recipes and traditions
and taught me the basics of cooking as I was
growing up. I am so very grateful to her.
I couldn't find a photo of the Korner
Kitchen, the local luncheonette
where I worked as a teenager.  
However, this image of steak and
fries takes me back to the time my
father taught me to cook the quick
little steaks we served on the grill.  
Lots of folks came in just for my
steaks!
To supplement my spending money
in college I baked bread and sold it
to the students and teachers.  Years
later, while living in New York's Little
Italy, I baked cookies and sold them
at a local flea market.
Now I think I like making the Ice Cream
we serve at the Polka Dot Café best!
When my children were small I was inspired
to develop recipes in the manner of some
famous cookbook authors and ended up in
the pages of People Magazine.
Here I am, Generation Three. The day
before Thanksgiving was always my
favorite day of the year.  I could set aside
all my other work and just play in the
kitchen. Now I love making and baking for
our customers!
We are OPEN!
Look for the RED "OPEN" banner flying outside.
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 4 and Sunday 11 to 4 p.m.
Lunch and dessert - "homemadeatopia"
908-638-9066