August 20, 10am–11:30amWhere
Blackfork Commons 12 W. Main St., Shelby, Ohio 44875
The Saturday, Aug. 20 Farm to Plate featured chef is Susan Vander Maas of Doc’s Deli, Mansfield, located across Glessner Avenue from the Ohio Health System Hospital. Many of the customers are from the medical staff, families and friends of patients, or the public who realize what a fantastic restaurant that Doc’s Deli is. It is known as “the cure for the common sandwich.”
They list 10 sandwiches on their standard menu, but you may also”create your own sandwich” from these ingredients: 12 choices of bread, 12 meat choices, five salad basics, 13 cheese choices, 29 condiments, sauces and dressings and 23 extras like apple slices, olives, pickles, etc. A unique service is that you can create and name your own sandwich at Doc’s, then it is stored in the computer for future recall.
Doc’s also has a website that lists its services and the menu, allows customers to create their own sandwich, or plan catering for an event. (http://docsdelimansfield.com) The catering menu is designed to meet the needs of the customer. Catering is available for bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, medical representatives, business meetings, and even quarterly meetings of the National Guard (300 box lunches).
Susan was born and raised in Galion. In high school, Susan worked at Clancy’s fast food. After high school she went to college at the OSU ATI. Her degree was in floral design and she worked at Bellville Floral before moving to Tennessee and becoming a mom. Family and local ties drew her back to the area. Some friends had an investment proposition in 2007; they had found a building and made the plans for what has become Doc’s Deli. Susan became an investor and a cook/manager.
Susan says that her practice and skills in cooking come from the past where she learned from her mother and an Italian grandmother. Susan says that she loves to cook and to feed people and also give them the pleasure of good food. She has two small gardens at home, “one for herbs and the other for ‘salsa’ with tomatoes, onions, and peppers.”
The food at Doc’s is homemade to assure quality. With a small business it is important to have excellent quality, fresh produce and service. Susan feels that in order to compete with fast food restaurants, service and quality are what will do it.
Doc’s Deli is a great place to go for soup, salad, sandwich and desserts. It is relaxed and they are concerned with service for the customer. You will want to go back again and again.