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Not a Cupcake

The super-sized American appetite may finally have been sated. The new trend is toward mini-foods, scaled down versions of traditional culinary treats—a casual variation on the elegant amuse bouche offerings provided at upscale restaurants.

Mini-cupcakes, mini-pies, mini-burgers—even mini-mac ‘n cheese—virtually anything can be creatively transformed to bite-size hors d’oeuvres. Today, tiny is tops on menus for festive events and now the Red Devon in Bangall NY is making it easier than ever to enjoy this light-hearted trend. Petite items have been showing up in its prepared food case, offering perfectly sized portions for a perfect lunch or dinner when paired with a salad.

Particularly whimsical are the tiny meatloaves on display. Cleverly disguised as cupcakes, the little meatloaves are topped with a swirl of mashed-potato “frosting.”

The Red Devon—half market/café and half sleek restaurant—serves breakfast and lunch three days a week in the market/café. There diners can find baguettes, scones, croissants, multi-grain, wheat and sourdough loaves, ciabatta, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pastries, doughnuts and more that were made on premises. Its lunch menu includes soups and sandwiches—all normally sized—as well as a variety of seasonal cold salads that can be chosen from the case. Particularly delectable are Red Devon’s house-made charcuterie and local cheeses. The dessert case has freshly made cakes and other desserts for take-out or eating in the café.

Red Devon, located at 108 Hunns Lake Road in Bangall NY, is the creation of Julia and Nigel Widdowson who have raised Red Devon heritage cattle on their farm outside Millbrook since 2002. Opening a market and cafe was a way to showcase not only their own beef, but also the products of nearby farms, focusing on regional, seasonal and sustainably grown foods.