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Press Release – Wine Loft Introducing New Dessert Menu

June 8, 2011

From a Millennium Restaurant press release…..

The Wine Loft to Expand Menu to Include Locally-Made Artisan Desserts

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Millennium Restaurant Group-owned The Wine Loft is expanding its current menu to include a new artisan dessert line created by Lindsey Pompileo, the owner and founder of The Cupcake Zoo. The Wine Loft has chosen to work with Pompileo to embrace local talent and showcase her expertise in the field which is exemplified through the success and quality of her business.

“I am a self taught baker who has always loved anything in the form of sweets,” says Owner and Founder of The Cupcake Zoo Lindsey Pompileo. The Cupcake Zoo is a local, web-based cupcake bakery that specializes in making a truly unique and gourmet baked good. Additional specialties include vegan, gluten, and dairy free cupcakes which allow everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy this beloved childhood treat. The mission Pompileo has in place for her company is to offer creative options by use of only the best ingredients available, which will transcend to the new dessert options at The Wine Loft.

The Wine Loft has become a staple in the community for their wide selection of wines and its relaxed lounge setting in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. The new dessert menu comes in a series of changes—including the addition of draft beers to the menu, as well as new tables and chairs—which will allow The Wine Loft to offer a more diversified experience for its patrons.

“We are excited to have Lindsey join our staff at The Wine Loft,” says The Wine Loft General Manager Katie Hallin. “Last weekend, our guests had a sneak peek at the new dessert menu and the response was amazing. The Wine Loft will be the hot spot for that late night dessert paired with a great port.”

The expansion of the current menu will compliment the wide array of wines offered by pairing them with unique dessert options. The Wine Loft will utilize these changes to accommodate more late night patrons for those enjoying all that downtown Kalamazoo has to offer. Desserts to be added include:

  • Cake Truffles (flavors changing weekly to accommodate fresh ingredients)
  • Strawberry Bread Pudding
  • Blackberry Shortcake
  • Cupcakes (flavors changing weekly to accommodate fresh ingredients

“I love the charming city of Kalamazoo and the people that reside in it so this has turned into an incredibly rewarding experience,” says Pompileo. “I had the pleasure of working for Millennium Restaurant Group for six years at Epic Bistro before starting my own business.  Not only did I gain so much knowledge of how beautiful and fun the art of food can be, I also made lifelong friends. I find it only fitting that my business is moving forward alongside such a great company.”

For additional information regarding the new dessert menu at The Wine Loft, please contact The Wine Loft at (269)343.9227, or visit them online at For more information about The Cupcake Zoo, visit them at

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