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Roving Palate growing segment of her business. She still does all of the baking at the Garden Café. “I make wedding cakes, plus all of the daily desserts, made from scratch.” James and Aaron are working on a new menu that will feature more of Aaron’s special dishes. “The tenderloin with pimento cheese will probably be a regular item, plus some the favorites from our current menu,” she said. When you visit the Garden Café, be sure to browse the gift shop. James, who grew up on Lake

Wylie, has dedicated much of her inventory to lake-inspired items. James also has a gift for artistic recycling, taking old household objects such as window panes and typewriters, and using them in creative ways to make picture frames and jewelry. Works of local artists are featured in the gift shop as well as in the restaurant decor. The Garden Café, located at 307 West Liberty St. in York, is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, and dinner Thursday-Saturday. Dinner reservations are recommended. 803-684-7019

Chef Justin Aaron and Owner/Chef Teresa James at The Garden Café in York. en for 17 years and I was ready to see what someone else could do,” James said. Aaron has proven to be a great match. “We have meshed really well,” James said. “He has brought some creative dishes to the menu. One of my favorites is beef tenderloin topped with Justin’s homemade pimento cheese. He made that for my birthday.” Daily specials put a spotlight on some of Aaron’s other creations and depend on what ingredients are available that day. Aaron uses justpicked vegetables from his uncle’s farm, as well as fresh herbs grown behind the café. “The fresh ingredients really make a difference,” said Aaron. “Our beef is all hand-cut, not pre-packaged like in most restaurants. Our chicken is all-natural, no hormones added.” Having Aaron on board has allowed James to focus more on catering and wedding events, a

Christopher’s club wrap is stuffed with ham, turkey, bacon, and lettuce and fresh tomato from Chris’ personal garden.

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Lake Wylie Today, Fall 2012  

Lifestyle magazine covering the Lake Wylie community.

Lake Wylie Today, Fall 2012  

Lifestyle magazine covering the Lake Wylie community.