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Bandidos – The New Generation

Posted by on June 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Bandidos – The New Generation

Bandidos – The New Generation

If you are from Fort Wayne, you are no doubt familiar with the Bandidos chain of Mexican restaurants with their brightly colored buildings. But, you may not be aware of the recent change in concept of the Fort Wayne famous chain. I am not originally from Fort Wayne, so when I met with current owner Jimmie Schindler II, I asked him about the background of the restaurant.  I was surprised to hear that Bandidos had originally started as a pizza joint called Jimmie’s Pizza that was owned and operated by Jimmie’s dad, Jimmie Sr. It had several locations throughout Fort Wayne. In the ’80s, Jimmie Sr. and his wife went out for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant and took note of the line around the block for what they considered passable Mexican fare. At the time there were very few Mexican restaurant options in Fort Wayne. This gave Jimmie Sr. the idea to start Bandidos in the ’80s and capitalize on the demand for Mexican food in Fort Wayne. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame and his MBA at Purdue, he took over the Bandidos franchise from his dad in March 2013. Jimmie had interned for Domino’s in Ann Arbor, which gave him a number of ideas for their own family run business that he was excited to bring to fruition. “I was born and raised in this business,” Jimmie told me. “That lady that just seated us? She changed my diaper as a baby.” Talk about growing up in the family business! So what makes Jimmie tick? “Jesus, family, and tacos. In that order.” He wants something that he, his wife, Katie, and their three kids (Cecilia, Johannes, and Martin) would be proud of. “My wife is a scientist, and I sell tacos.” Just as his dad was many years before, Jimmie is a big proponent of listening to what his guests want and delivering. “The recipes are good, we have a number of Mexican chefs or even employees who get recipes from their relatives for us to recreate in our restaurant. What I kept hearing was our guests’ desire for the ingredients to be more transparent.” When Jimmie looked through the survey results, over 95% of their guests felt that freshness was important. The overwhelming majority were concerned about preservatives, quality, and customization. “In today’s world of so many food intolerances, it is important that we shift to meet our guest’s demands.” This is why they have customizable “build your own” options like the build your own bowl that I created complete with rice, shredded chicken, pico de gallo, bell peppers, and hot salsa. Even the menu items that aren’t “build your own” can be customized with no additional fuss. “This is a new generation of guests, and they want locally sources ingredients, fresh-cut produce, fresh-squeezed drinks, dressings and sauces from scratch…they want fresh things, made daily.” This became Jimmie’s mantra as he sought to change the quality of ingredients that Bandidos used. I took a tour of the kitchen. I was shocked to find large blocks of cheese that were cut straight from the block to make shredded cheese, fresh jalapeños and peppers being cut in small batches, and heads of lettuce being cut to make salad. With actual spices, fresh tomatoes, meat slowly simmering,...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery

Posted by on June 2, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery

YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery

Have carbs and gluten become the enemy of your house? Sarah and Carlos want you to love your grains! Coming to the market this year with their artisan sourdough breads and pastries is Qué Será, Sarah Bakery. They’re bringing carbohydrates back with their unique recipe of a fermented dough that is easier to digest, even for sensitive stomachs. Not only do the two enjoy the feel of sourdough dough in their hands, but also they love how they can craft art that’s edible. Join them on their quest to make carbs great again. While Qué Será, Sarah Bakery is a new venture, Sarah and Carlos have been baking at their flower shop/coffee shop/gallery, Bloomin’ BREWtique, for some time now. Along with flowers, coffee, and breads (sounds like a great place to hang out), they feature local artists in their gallery. Just selling in the shop limits the amount of people they can reach however, so it’s off to the farmers market this year to grow their business. New adventures need the support of loved ones to steady the boat during the ride, and Sarah and Carlos have found that support in each other – while their customers support them both. Outside of their business, Sarah and Carlos enjoy painting, going on walks with their German Shepherd, and dreaming up the next big thing. Their adventures have produced some great successes and important lessons. The greatest success so far is being able to sell their breads to local restaurants, like Trubble Brewing Co. They have been able to accomplish this by efficiently planning their days and executing on those plans to ensure that everything that needs done, gets done. A bit of advice they like to offer to aspiring entrepreneurs is to be flexible. Just like with their commitment to join the YLNI Farmers Market, openness to change is essential because you never know what will happen. Get down to the market this summer and befriend carbs with Sarah and Carlos! Follow them on Facebook  and Instagram for the latest updates, and stop in their store Bloomin’ BREWtique between 9am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday at 106 South Jefferson Strett, Ossian, IN 46777 if you can’t wait until...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders

Posted by on May 26, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – Young Urban Homesteaders

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 them at Young Urban Homesteaders Facebook Page and check out their website where you can buy many of their products...

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Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options

Posted by on May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options

Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options

It’s finally the time of year where it’s warming up, and we can take our socializing outside. For me, the Indiana summers are just one more reason that I love where I live. There’s nothing I enjoy more than socializing, eating, and drinking in an outdoor space; and believe it or not, Fort Wayne offers plenty of outdoor dining options. I did a series called Dining Al Fresco where I covered a handful of locally-owned places with outdoor dining. This time I’m going to condense it all into one amazing post of locally-owned, outdoor dining spots. But here’s the scoop, I don’t know everything! (I know, right. It is hard to believe!) I will need your help. If I missed one, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.     Locally-Owned Eateries with Outdoor Dining 800 Degrees 800 Degrees Three Fires 816 Pint and Slice Anastasia’s Cafe BakerStreet Black Canyon Restuarant Black Dog Pub Calhoun St. Soups, Salads, and Spirits Caliente Catablu Grille Chappell’s Coral Grill Chevvy’s Pizza and Sports Pub Club Soda Columbia Street West Dash-In The Deck Dicky’s Wild Hare Don Chavas El Azteca Flanagan’s Friendly Fox The Golden Granite City Hall’s Triangle Park Henry’s The Hoppy Gnome J K O’Donnell’s Joseph Decuis Junk Ditch Brewing Company Loving Cafe Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Main Street Bistro Mexico Antiguo O’Reily’s Irish Bar and Restaurant Oyster Bar Phoenix Pickles Cafe Red Rok BBQ & Burbon Saloon The Side Car at Winedown Summit City Brewerks Scotty’s Brewhouse Toscani Pizzeria Trubble Brewing Editor’s note – Previously posted on May 22, 2014 and updated on May 12,...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on May 11, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Hobnobben Film Festival Preview Party Thursday, May 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out trailers for the 2017 films! Meditation in the Park Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Everyone could use a bit of fresh air and a clear mind. Find both in the park! Visitors Center Open House Friday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn all about the Visitors Center, and enjoy some special treats while you’re at it! Youtheatre’s “James and the Giant Peach” Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, times vary This is such a fun show for the Youtheatre to be putting on! Support our kids’ art and enjoy the show! West Main Street Antique and Vintage Market SPRING 2017 Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to take home some really great finds. Three Rivers Running Company Pink Ribbon Run Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Join the run to benefit breast cancer research! 5th Annual Raptor Expo Saturday, May 13 at from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Stop by to see these amazing animals! There will be presentations throughout the day. Mary Poppins Movie Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Mary Poppins in the Embassy Theatre? What a perfect Mother’s Day. Mommie Dearest and Mimosas – Mother’s Day at Cinema Center Sunday, May 14 at 11 a.m. As part of Downtown Fort Wayne’s Mother’s Day Downtown event, Cinema Center will screen Mommie Dearest! Do something different this year. Mother’s Day Downtown 2017 Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free trolleys to explore downtown! Find the perfect gift for mom, or spend a fun day with her! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW — Weekly Fun File

Posted by on May 4, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW — Weekly Fun File

LFW — Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Food truck Thursdays Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Yay! Stop by teds for some delicious dinner! BikeFusion Friday, May 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food, beer and bikes. Kick off the season with some fun! The Mersey Beatles at C2G Music Hall, Fort Wayne, Indiana Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. We love the Mersey Beatles. It’s a show you definitely don’t want to miss! For details on last years performance, check out this post. NAMI Fort Wayne 5K Run & Walk Saturday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a 5K run/walk to support mental health services. There’s something for all ages, join them in breaking the stigma and making sure people get the support they need. It’s Been A Magical Year! Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. The Narwhal and the Manatee has been in business for an entire YEAR! Celebrate with them and leave with some goodies, too. Grand Opening Party — Masters Hand BBQ Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. Do you like BBQ sauce? Stop by their grand opening and give them a try! Melinda Howe’s Snow White Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Enjoy the New American Youth Ballet’s rendition of Snow White this weekend, and bring your kiddos! Cinderella’s Ball Sunday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p..m. The annual princess tea party is here! This fundraiser supports Destiny Rescue, a non-profit dedicated to protecting children from human trafficking and exploitation. It’s a great event for a great cause, and your kids will have SO MUCH fun. Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne, Indiana Sunday, May 7 at 12 p.m. It’s the 11th year for this fun festival. Learn all about Japanese culture this weekend. Fort Wayne Music Festival Wednesday, May 10 through May 14 Sweetwater’s hosting another music festival this year! You can check out the lineup on the event page. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 27, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2017 Giving Back Fort Wayne Volunteer Fair Thursday, April 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meet over 60 area non-profits and organizations to learn about their volunteer opportunities. Enjoy food trucks and more! Celebrate Immigrants in Fort Wayne Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Listen to a great panel and celebrate all the immigrants who make our community great. Progressive Social Hour is partnering with Universal Education Foundation for this free event. Not to mention, there will be specialty appetizers from around the world. The Taming of the Shrew Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, May 7, times vary Get your dose of Shakespeare with this great show! Medication Disposal Day Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s time for spring cleaning! Help keep our families and community safe by properly disposing of your medications. Shoot for a Cure Walk For A Cause 3 Mile Walk Friday, April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A wonderful 3 mile walk (family friendly!). The proceeds go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Stand Against Racism Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Raising awareness to combat institutional racism. A Wrinkle in Time A staple young adult book comes to life with some super talented local folks. Don’t miss it! Touch-a-Truck 2017 Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take your kiddos to explore some super cool vehicles! What a fun Saturday morning! He Named Me Malala: Screening and Discussion Sunday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This documentary is a part of this year’s “Stand Against Racism” campaign. The YWCA will lead a discussion following the film. Friendly Fox Fundraiser/Silent Auction Sunday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Do you want an outdoor revamp at the Friendly Fox? Then help them out and get some cool stuff in the process! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 13, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Rachel Von and Jeremy Stroup’s Art Opening Thursday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop by for an evening of creativity and fun! 2. Entrepreneurs, Don’t Be Socially Awkward: A Social Media Talk Friday, April 14 at 12 p.m. In this talk, Anna Russett, Senior Social Strategist visiting from Havas Chicago and Fort Wayne native, will discuss why social should be at the core of your strategy with tips on how to build a strong social presence that highlights your brand’s services or products and speaks authentically to your target audience. 3. Hike The Trails of Fox Island Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Hike the trails of Fox Island with Naturalist Jeff Ormiston. It should be a beautiful spring day! 4. Slidin’ Into the Latest Trends: Where Social Media is Going Friday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Come hear Anna Russett, Senior Strategist with Havas Chicago and social influencer share emerging trends and innovations in social media. Learn where social media is going and how you can not only come along, but also lead the way. 5. Soirée Presents: Acoustic Showcase Saturday, April 15 ay 7:30 p.m. Hear some great music and BYOB. 6. Chalk it Up [workshop] Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Learn how to chalk, write, and design a chalkboard at Saving Grace Vintage. 7. Deer Park’s Dyngus Day Party Monday, April 17 Celebrate with food, drinks, and music! 8. The Buzz about Bees Tuesday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. A local beekeeper will teach your kiddos (age 3-5) about the importance of bees — stop by and you may learn a thing or two, too! 9. Meet Me At FWMoA Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. “This monthly tour program is specially designed for individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. Tours are led by docents trained to effectively communicate with individuals with an early-stage diagnosis of dementia and are designed to be engaging for the individual and their care partners.” Check out the event page for more information. 10. Pippin National Tour: April 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss the latest show coming to the Embassy! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Pin-Up Curls Hosts Prom Night, Grown-Up Style!

Posted by on April 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Pin-Up Curls Hosts Prom Night, Grown-Up Style!

Pin-Up Curls Hosts Prom Night, Grown-Up Style!

If you’re looking for a date night that breaks up the ho-hum dinner and a movie routine, you need to mark your calendar for April 22nd. The Pin-Up Curls salon will be hosting an adult masquerade prom at the Fort Wayne Country Club to benefit the Livestrong Foundation, and it’s going to be a blast! I met with Erin Raber, owner and “head curl” of Pin-Up Curls to get the highlights of what they’re planning for the event and found out that this group goes above and beyond to have fun with their clients.   “We love all our guests, and we like to think of them as family, not clients. To keep the salon family-oriented, we celebrate days and events that remind us of our families and family traditions. We love to dress up and decorate the salon. Last Halloween, we turned the salon into a story book and dressed up as characters like Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, and the Big Bad Wolf! On Fridays, we host birthday parties for little girls and their buddies. We also love to do style parties. This is a night to teach our guest and her friends ways to care for and style their hair. They are so much fun!”     If you’re looking for a fresh new look, you need to check out what the talented staff at Pin-Up Curls can do. Winner of Salon Today’s Top 200 salons in the nation two years in a row, The Curls, as they affectionately call themselves, travel across the nation to places like Chicago, New Orleans, San Diego, and LA to bring the latest trends home to Fort Wayne. The Pin-Up Curls Masquerade Prom will be held at the Fort Wayne Country Club from 7pm-10pm on April 22nd. Prom tickets are $50 per couple and include light snacks, dancing, cash bar, silent auction and fun! Stop in to Pin-Up Curls today to purchase your tickets. You can have your hair styled for prom on April 22nd from 1-3pm, cost is $25. All proceeds from the prom will go to the Livestrong Foundation. Pin-Up Curls is located at 6222 Covington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Follow them on...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 6, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Jerry Seinfeld Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. Jerry Seinfeld will be performing at the Embassy. How fun! Tickets are still available, you don’t have to miss the show! Kitten Foster Workshop Thursday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. It’s almost kitten season, and the SPCA will need some loving foster homes for these adorable little fluff balls. Give back to the community by volunteering to cuddle kittens until they find loving homes. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. This. is. going. to. be. amazing. They’re performing every single note from the film. Let your imagination run wild in Hogwarts… Let’s Comedy! Presents: Andy Kindler Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. This should be a great time! This guy boasts a bio filled with all sorts of amazing credits, including a recurring role on Fox’s hit animation Bob’s Burgers and Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. He is also the host of Season 4 and 5 of Hulu’s standup series, Coming to the Stage, and has been a correspondent on The Late Show with David Letterman with over 40 appearances. Wild Kratts and Nature Cat Screener Saturday, April 8 at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments and a sneak peek of two new episodes! I know my kiddo loves the Wild Kratts (and I like it, too). Fort Wayne TinCaps Opening Day Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. It’s opening day! Summer is on its way! Happy Dogs Daycare Presents: 9th Annual Easter Bone Hunt Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. Come on out for some dog friendly games and crafts. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Eating for Energy Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Caitlin Hernandez will provide nutritional information about “high octane” foods to eat that bring natural energy to your body! Plus, discover those foods that zap your energy and slow you down. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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