Bentley's 20th Anniversary
Jo Anne Schneider, owner of Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, wants to thank the local community for its patronage throughout the last 20 years. Bentley's was one of the first coffee houses to serve primarily espresso and to appeal to students by staying open late. Twenty years ago, a cup of coffee cost only 75 cents (including tax)--and on May 22, Bentley's will roll back the prices for coffee drinks and food specials. Drop by from 6-10 p.m. for live music, art, door prizes and a reunion of past employees, entertainers and customers. When asked if the glut of coffee chain venues has hurt business, Schneider replied, "Yes and no. A small business always struggles, but Bentley's offers personalized service. We know your name and what you drink, and in an impersonal world, it's the little things that matter." Bentley's is located at 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. For more information, call 795-0338.
Primavera Cooks Janos
It's that time of year again, when local, independent restaurants team up with the Primavera Foundation for a delicious way to raise funds. The kick-off event begins at Janos on May 26, where everyday chefs cook with professional chefs, and an audience of hungry diners reaps the rewards. Amateur chef participation costs $175; it costs diners $100. All chefs' fees, and 60 percent of the diners', are donated to Primavera. To participate, send payment to Primavera and call Janos--located at 3770 E. Sunrise Drive, 615-6100--to reserve. Primavera assists the local homeless population with job training and temporary housing. Check primavera.org
As the temperature rises, the price of dinner drops at Café Terra Cotta. The special menus, which started May 17, run through September, with two-course dinners for $20 and three-course dinners for $25. Menus designed by Executive Chef Tom Mead change monthly. Mix and match appetizers, entrées and desserts. Café Terra Cotta is located at 3500 E. Sunrise Drive, 577-8181.