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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
second photo of himself and the 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 in 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
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
by
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!
Wednesday through Sunday, 11 to 3 p.m. at #76 Main
Lunch and dessert - "homemadeatopia"
908-638-9066