Broadway Street Stroll Returns in 2017
Jun21

Broadway Street Stroll Returns in 2017

From the  Broadway Street Stroll A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT Broadway Street Stroll returns for a second year of art, music, food and brew on Broadway Street in Fort Wayne on Sunday, July 23 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Broadway Street Stroll showcases the art, cuisine, breweries, retail businesses and event venues along Broadway. The stroll includes live music from local bands and vendor booths from the Fort Wayne area. Broadway Street Stroll made its debut in 2016, led by co-chairs Mandie Kolkman and Brent Drake. “The 2016 Broadway Street Stroll was a huge success! The first time festival was really well received. This gave the committee and I the momentum to elevate the experience for attendees this year,” said Kolkman in a prepared statement. Locations along Broadway that are participating in this year’s street stroll include The Philmore on Broadway, The Brass Rail, The Phoenix, Mad Anthony Brewing, Trubble Brewing, Terry Ratliff Fine Art Gallery, Fancy & Staple, The Hedge, and more to be announced. Live music will be at these locations. The performing bands include The Meat Flowers, The Snarks, My Apollo, Hales Corner, Rosalind & The Way, The Harlequins, Metavari, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, Some Trainhoppers and more to be announced. Schedules will be announced closer to the event. Ticket information can be found here. Broadway Street Stroll is made possible by support from Strahm Building Solutions, Fort Wayne Airport Authority, Downtown Improvement District, The CW Fort Wayne, Atrium (A Program of Start Fort Wayne), WCYT 91.1 FM The Point, Paint the Town Graphics and Doctor Feelgood’s Inc.​ Additional Links Broadway Street Stroll page on Facebook Broadway Street Stroll event on Facebook My...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders
May26

YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders

Fermenting foods is an ancient tradition, heavily practiced in Asian cultures. Phillipe Carroll and Samantha Marie first learned of this practice when working on various farms in California. The minute they first tried KimChi, they were hooked. This led them to create Young Urban Homesteaders in 2012, a business with an emphasis on bringing homegrown, ethically sourced, quality food to the community. Today, their wide selection includes: KimChi, Sauerkraut, Salsa, Liquid Peppers (Hot Sauce), Garlic, Pickles, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Refresh Produce Bags. The core mission of Young Urban Homesteaders is to strengthen the local food economy. Working with local farmers, their path to achieving that mission delivers clean (pesticide-free) food stocked with probiotics. “Every time money changes hands within the community the benefit is compounded” according to Phillipe and Samantha. A point of interest about fermentation is that fermented foods are “The Original” probiotic. Stop by their tent and they can give you the science behind how that works. After coming home from farming in California, they sought to grow their own produce and produce fermented foods to sell in the local community. They quickly realized that their KimChi sales outpaced their raw produce sales and focused on what the community wanted most. In partnering with trusted farms in the area, they buy as much produce as they can to deliver the amazing foods today. In 2016, they purchased over 1,000 pounds of produce from farmers that you can find at the farmers markets in the area. This steadfast focus has produced the relationships that make their business possible. Outside of YUH, Samantha studies to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is a flow artist (aerial silks, lyra, hula hoop) and Phillipe does woodworking, makes music, and freelances interior design work (so if you need a fresh coat of paint, give them a call). Samantha and Phillipe know that success is not the result of one person, or even two. They attribute a great deal of their success to the community that buys their products and funding a food forest in the city. Both their vendor and community relationships are key, and it takes patience. Patience to grow those relationships and to grow your business. Their original business plan was, “Everyone eats, and we will be fine”. Finding victory in baby steps and a focus on doing what they love the most has brought them the success they have today. They have accomplished what they have set out to do thus far but know that there is so much left on the horizon they can contribute. Find Phillipe and Samantha at the YLNI Farmers Market on Barr Street! Also, be sure to like...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam
Apr05

LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing contributors who will share a bit about their role in Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their work with us. Today we are spotlighting the woman behind our popular Living Fort Wayne “Food & Drink” series, Reneta Thurairatnam! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to write for our blog? I serve as a features writer for anything food and drink related that is happening in the Fort! A dear friend who knows I have a penchant for eating out (mostly because I cannot cook anything more skilled than ramen) recommended me for the role. It’s fun to get the inside scoop on what’s going on in the food and drink scene. I love chatting with new business owners, because they are so passionate about what they are doing! Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne. By day I am a Wealth Advisor for Lake City Bank, which I absolutely love. I get to help people achieve their financial goals, and it’s a pretty fun gig! I am married to Steve AKA “the biggest Packers fan in the world” and am mummy to Kitty (my first born cat, who eats all things bacon), Raji (my rescue goldendoodle) and Jordy (Raji’s sheepadoodle). You can follow the doglets on Instagram at raji_parker.and.jordy where they do things like beg for treats and look cute. If you could live any other place in the world besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Gah! I have to pick one place?! I love to travel so this is tough. At this moment, I would pick Italy. Amazing food, wine, people, and the language is beautiful. I have a daily calendar with Italian phrases in my office. Today’s phrase is “Porta sempre i tachhi alti,” which means “She always wears high heels.” This is so appropriate, because I ALWAYS wear high heels! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? Downtown obviously! Food trucks, amazing farm to fork restaurants, art shows, coffee shops, the local ballet, shows at the Embassy, events at the Grand Wayne, outdoor markets, boutique shopping, and parks – all within 99 blocks! If you...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey
Mar22

LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey

  Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting the man behind the curtain of our popular Living Fort Wayne Instagram account, Stephen J. Bailey! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for us? I volunteered because I really love our community. I remember being at the very first meeting for LFW almost five years ago and am proud at how much it has evolved. I don’t know many volunteer-based organizations in our area that have this kind of staying power. I currently write one quarterly article featuring the people and places of Fort Wayne, manage the LFW Instagram account, and am the back up for the other social media channels. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne! I eat more sushi than anyone that I know. Fort Wayne’s sushi cuisine and options have grown exponentially in the last decade and I’ve sampled them all. I know friends from outside states that envy our sushi options and it makes me think, “If we can be envied for something as simple as sushi, then I can’t wait to see the future of the Riverfront, downtown development, and high speed rail in our area.” If you could live any place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Austin, Texas. It’s close to the beach. It has that southern charm with a liberal balance to it. It’s full of techies, creatives, great food, great weather, and a bright future. I often think of it when working for our future in Fort Wayne. They have completely changed how people think of their city. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would take them kayaking on the river followed by dinner at one of our local downtown establishments. The river is an incredible yet spiritual experience, and our food here is second to none. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I can kill it as Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind but my...

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Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide
Feb09

Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide

Ask any local resident what his or her favorite pizza in town is and you’ll get an endless supply of answers. We at Living Fort Wayne have compiled a list of where you can get your local pizza fix in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. These locations are all local (or regional) brands and are anything from your regular “mom and pop” pizza joint to your local neighborhood bar. Some of these establishments are well-known for their pizza – others offer a wide variety of menu items beyond pizza. We tagged some of these as “staff favorites,” but that more than likely means we just  haven’t gotten around to trying every place on this list! Check out our list, and let us know your favorites! Downtown and Surrounding Areas 816 Pint and Slice Staff favorite 816 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Big Apple Pizza Staff favorite 1130 N. Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Junk Ditch Brewing Company 1825 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 O’Sullivan’s Italian-Irish Pub 1808 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 On-Track Pizza 1815 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Redwood Inn 1432 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 North – Pine Valley and Surrounding Areas 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Staff favorite 10020 Lima Rd, Suite F, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Amore’s Pizza 933 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Arena Bar and Grill 1567 W. Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Casa Grille 411 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Checkerz Bar & Grill 1706 W. Till Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Coconutz at Crazy Pins 1414 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Elmo’s Pizza and Subs 3610 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 8830 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 10040 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46821 5917 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 10346 Leo Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 3031 W. Washington Center Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Lucky Turtle Grill & Lucky Moose Lounge 622 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Mama Mia’s Pizza Staff favorite 1525 W. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Mozzarelli’s Pizza 1820 W. Dupont Rd. A, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Ziano’s Italian Eatery 702 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Northwest – West State and Surrounding Areas Alley Sports Cafe & Grill at Pro Bowl West 1455 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Clara’s Pizza King 321 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 908 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 The Lodge at Coyote Creek 4935 Hillegas Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Raimondo’s Pizza Staff favorite 2608 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808...

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