Name: Cindy Prigge
Restaurant: Poet Street Market
Address: 905 Poly Drive
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Background on market: We got many of our recipes from Great Beginnings, Perfect Endings, which was located in the Hart Albin Building. Joanie Swords was the original owner of Poet Street. I purchased it 18 years ago. I have always liked to cook, and I still have a passion for cooking.
Specialties: We got some of our soup recipes from Great Beginnings, but many of the soup recipes I developed myself. I make a pumpkin curry and my own version of chicken noodle soup and clam chowder. I take a recipe and bend it a little bit. I am forever trying to create new sandwiches. I have a couple thousand cookbooks.
What are the most popular items on the menu? When I bought the business, I thought I would get rid of Chocolate Seduction, but it is one of the most popular desserts. It is a chocolate mousse with an Oreo crust and whipped cream. Of the soups, I would say it’s the pumpkin curry with the mushrooms and chicken noodle. The biggest selling sandwiches are the smoked turkey and avocado, TBLT, the roast beef and blue cheese, and October through the end of December, the harvest sandwich, which has turkey and cranberry apple compote. People are always calling in asking, “Do you have it yet?”
What cooking advice do you have: I think a person has to be creative and have the passion to endure, whether it’s employees or the competition, you have to have a passion to follow through with what you like and you believe in. I have.