It was a beautiful winter day with snow covered branches lining the streets as I drove into town. I know it’s been said before, but walking in downtown Zionsville after the snow fall felt like I was stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting.
But, in the painting you would never be able to experience the wonderful smells I encountered when I wandered down Elm Street and into To the Last Drop. As I opened the door, I was overwhelmed with the familiar aromas of home as owner, Claudia Pierson, took fresh scones out of the oven. She poured the coffee, and I had a tough decision to make – chocolate chip or cinnamon? On this wintery day, I chose cinnamon and decided, as I cleaned my plate savoring each crumb, that the words ”to the last bite” should be added to her sign. I also decided chocolate chip would be for the next trip when I returned for personalized cooking classes or to be an assistant at the next private dinner or catering event. I just want to go back and cook something with Claudia!
As I lingered, I learned that she creates her own special blend of delicious coffee, made from various beans. Claudia would know how as her family is coffee savvy and coffee famous, with her great-grandfather, Joel Cheek, the creator of the legendary Maxwell House coffee brand. On a visit to Nashville in the 1900s, President Teddy Roosevelt dined at the Maxwell House restaurant where Cheek provided the coffee and pronounced it to be, “Good to the last drop.” With President Roosevelt’s permission, this phrase became the brand identity for the Maxwell House coffee name and now for this charming local catering and cooking class establishment in Zionsville. Her story was as good as the coffee and scone, and I know I’ll be back.
I then wandered the town with my camera in hand. Wandering around in this picture perfect winter wonderland slowed me down. It was something I needed to do. It made me pause to realize the beauty and uniqueness of this place.
From the last drop to the last bite, it was a wonderful day of discovery. Never fear if more snow arrives here. Just grab your camera and wander downtown for hot coffee and fresh scones.
And my wandering contiues…