By Matthieu Vollmer
MARSHFIELD — The Kitchen Table, a local restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, was opened in 1977 by Lloie Schwartz and has been a staple of the local food scene in Marshfield ever since.
“We still make homemade food. Lloie comes in and makes 16 loaves of bread every morning. We still put love in the food,” said Stacey Ploeckelman, manager of The Kitchen Table.
Schwartz also constructs a homemade gingerbread house each year for the holidays, an old family tradition she has
sustained at The Kitchen Table.
Ploeckelman is a Marshfield native and will have served the restaurant and its customers for 20 years as of June 2015.
The Kitchen Table, run by roughly 10 wait staff members, seats about 50 people and is busiest on Saturdays. The restaurant is also a member of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and supports various non-profit groups in the area.
Best selling dishes include tomato dill soup and Caroline’s salad.
When asked what her favorite dishes were, Ploeckelman said, “The homemade granola with yogurt and fresh fruit with some of the homemade toast.”
Ploeckelman’s philosophy on customer service is, essentially, to abide by The Golden Rule.
“My motto is that I wait on people the way I want to be served, and I serve it with a smile and always keep their coffee full,” she said.
The Kitchen Table is known for, among other things, its homemade salsa and community tables. According to the menu, “The community tables have been accepted and are cherished for the cozy, family atmosphere they provide…try one.”
Omelet specials are on Mondays and Saturdays, and lunch specials are on Tuesdays and Fridays. Other menu items include sandwiches, salads, soups, chili, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, homemade pies and cakes, and a variety of beverages.
The recipes for all of the homemade dishes are available in “The Kitchen Table Recipe Book.” The cookbook is available for purchase in the restaurant and includes recipes for soups, entrees, cakes, pies, and other dishes.
The Kitchen Table, located at 118 E. Third Ave. in Marshfield, is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call 715-387-2601 or search for “The Kitchen Table” on Facebook.