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Meisner pursues childhood dream to bake and serve
November 27, 2013 Kay Grote   

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Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Amanda Arnusch and owner Jamie Meisner are happy to serve customers at Gering’s new coffee shop and café, The Mixing Bowl.

Jamie Meisner has opened the doors on her childhood dream. Her new business, The Mixing Bowl, has operated as a bakery and coffee-shop at 1945 10th Street in Gering since Nov. 4. Beginning Monday, the café will be open, offering full meals to its customers from its fully-equipped kitchen.

Meisner said in addition to a full breakfast and lunch menu, she is looking forward to sharing her specialty, German food, a culinary art she learned from her grandmother.

“Grandma Ruth taught me all the tricks,” Meisner said of her soon-to-be 83-year old grandmother, Ruth Meisner, who used to let her crank out homemade noodles.

Those “tricks” will now be offered as a cultural culinary delight at The Mixing Bowl, with homemade German egg noodles, butterballs, scones, donuts, cupcakes, croissants, Danish rolls and Old World favorites, Dinna Kuchen and Grebel available daily. Special orders will also be available.

The Mixing Bowl’s breakfast menu will feature biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, garlic sausage and baked goods. For lunch, soups, salads and sandwiches will be available.

The 30-seat café and coffee shop, featuring a newly remodeled interior, fully-functioning kitchen and drive-up window, is the grown-up version of Meisner’s childhood dream.

“As a little kid, I had all the plastic dishes and bowls and a little kitchen. I loved playing with those,” Meisner said.

From child’s play, Meisner pursued her interests in baking in her grandmother Ruth Meisner’s kitchen and later in the foods class taught at Gering High School by Suzanne Myers. At the age of 16, she started a four-year stint at the Gering Civic Center where she furthered her skills in food preparation and kitchen management working alongside her aunt, Jan Cortinas. After graduating from Gering in 2004, Meisner attended Western Nebraska Community College and later Johnson & Wales University in Denver. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management.

Meisner started her own business three years ago, making cakes and German food in her home and marketing them at craft and boutique shows. For the past year she, with the help of her mother, Shelly, has been a regular vendor at the Winter Farmers’ Market in Scottsbluff. The Mixing Bowl is Meisner’s first bricks and mortar business.

“It’s ready,” Meisner said of her new, permanent location in Gering. “I’m especially excited about using my 20-quart Hobart mixer that I got at an auction. It’s my baby. I’ll really be able to crank out the noodles with it.”

Meisner currently has four employees and plans to bring on two more to meet the demands of a busy café. Newly trained baker/cook Ashley Weinreis will assist Meisner with the daily baking and food preparation while Amanda Arnusch is mastering her barista skills at the front coffee counter. In addition to their official opening on Dec. 1, they are looking forward to welcoming Black Friday shoppers early the morning after Thanksgiving. Doors open at 6 a.m.

The Mixing Bowl’s hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Sundays. Special bakery orders and take-out meals can be made by calling (308) 633-1288. New friends are also invited to like The Mixing Bowl on Facebook.
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