For The Independent
The Pendleton Art Center is full of those who create with paint brushes and clay, but Andy Moore is the only one who creates with edibles.
Moore, who has had several restaurants in the Tri-State over the last couple of decades and currently operates Andy’s Barbecue in Cannonsburg, opened Andy’s Sweet and Savory in the Pendleton in September. He offers a variety of lunch food, from soup, sandwiches and salads to quesadillas, pastas and daily special. The dessert menu changes but usually includes chocolate cream, coconut cream and peanut butter pies and cheesecakes.
While most business at his Pendleton location is lunch traffic, he said he’s seeing more business in the evening on the weekends, as he is staying open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Moore, who graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School, also studied at the University of Kentucky and was a student of fine dining at Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach.
He has had experience working in restaurants and owning eateries in the area. He learned to make ice sculptures, too, first in chef training and later while working as a chef in Pennsylvania.
“We would put ice out daily,” he recalled. “We would do four or five ice sculptures a day.” He said he also had occasion to do ice sculptures when he was chef at the Bellefonte Country Club.
The skill comes in handy when he takes a job catering a large party for a business or a wedding reception. He said he often carves a vase in which the customer places fresh flowers, as well as a swan, a Cinderella slipper and a heart with two love birds.
“My favorite was an angel fish swimming in seaweed,” he said, but added he can carve anything, as long as he has a photo of it that provides a three-dimensional view.
Moore said he plans to prepare a special menu for this month’s First Friday and to have special offerings during February, many with a Valentine’s Day theme, including chocolate-covered strawberries.
As for a longer term future of Sweet and Savory, he said he would like to expand his dessert sales and cater more dinners that serve as fundraisers for nonprofit agencies in town.
Also during today’s First Friday art walk:
‰The Lamp Post Café, on the corner of 15th Street and Greenup Avenue, will have an open mic poetry reading from 7 to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Bonnie and Shannon. Featured artists will be from the Ashland Community and Technical College art program.
LEE WARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2661.