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Connections Cafe to add Mexican cuisine beginning Oct. 19

| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, 8:17 a.m.

Connections Cafe will add a Mexican food night beginning Oct. 19. The cafe is operated by the Ligonier Valley Learning Center.

The Mexican cuisine will be offered 5 - 9 p.m. Fridays at the restaurant to offer an alternative to the usual choices now available in the Ligonier Valley, said Rebecca Faulk, director of the center.

Proceeds from the cafe, which is operated by center, will benefit the non-profit organization.

“I think this will be a great match for us,” said Faulk. “Once things get rolling, we are considering extending this to Saturday night.”

Keeping with the healthy, whole foods currently prepared by Connections Manager Sharon Detar, the menu will include vegetarian choices as well as traditional Mexican tacos, soup and a weekly feature.

The food for Mexican Night will be prepared by Alfredo and Stephanie Hernandez of Ligonier. The couple, who owns Authentia Comida Mexicana, a locally based catering business, will be assisted by their four children.

“My wife had not been able to think about anything else since we were asked about this,” said Alfredo Hernandez. “We are ready to get cooking.”

Dinner will include three tacos, rice, beans and a cabbage slaw for $10. A la carte tacos are $2.50. All menu items are available for dine in or take out.

“We are all very enthusiastic about bringing good quality Mexican food back to the area,” said Faulk.

Connections Cafe will continue to offer signature salads, Panini-grilled cheese sandwiches and pastries during regular hours - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Edible Kneads baked goods have been recently added to the menu and are available for take out.

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or