Food & Drink

June Summer Festival Guide

Posted by on June 16, 2018 | 0 comments

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”

Posted by on June 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”

Downtown Fort Wayne has been growing exponentially and the restaurant scene is no exception. When The Golden closed its doors last November, rumors started flying as to who would come into the new space. I was incredibly excited to hear it would be none other than restaurant entrepreneurs James Khan, Pete Shuey, Lysa Pelkington and their amazing culinary team. You may know them from Baker Street, Hoppy Gnome, and Gnometown Brewing. Proximo means ‘next’ in Spanish and this is the next endeavor in the team’s growing restaurant empire. The restaurant is Latin inspired and will be open at 6 AM seven days a week, which will step up Fort Wayne’s brunch game. Having been an avid fan of its predecessors, I was thrilled to be invited to Proximo’s soft open this past weekend. The dinner menu was extensive and filled with so many items that I wanted to try that I was very glad I brought reinforcements that were willing to share. From five different ceviches, a variety of salad options, tantalizing appetizers, and entrees like street corn filet, my advice is to come hungry! I quizzed the group I brought and hands down our favorite appetizer that we tried was the Sope. Made with shrimp, Spanish chorizo, I’m pretty certain there may have been a fight over the last piece. The Tuna Tiradito was a close second. The combination of firm sliced tuna, fresh avocado, sweet pineapple and spicy jalapenos was truly a delight on the palate. I may have lightly stabbed someone in an attempt to steal all the jalapenos. I asked Khan what he recommended for our entrée choice and he said the Seafood Paella had been a huge hit so far. Initially he was not planning on having a paella option on the menu, but his wife Erika insisted that the menu wasn’t complete without it. Unfortunately, the paella was so popular that night that they sold out before I could sink my teeth into it. We did, however try the Salmon Succotash, Street Corn Filet, Pork al Pastor, and Ribeye a la Parrilla entrees all of which were flavorful and unique. The Patatas Bravas were divine and I could most certainly live on a diet solely comprised of it. You may think at this point that we couldn’t possibly have room for dessert, but if there is anything my dad has taught me, dinner is not complete without dessert! I was so full that I didn’t take a picture of the dessert menu, but I have included pictures of the actual desserts for your viewing/drooling pleasure. There was a hotly contested debate between which was better with yours truly voting for the moist chocolate cake and those of a lesser palate touting the flan (which I admit was good, but I stand by my chocolaty decision!). Also delicious was the raspberry tart, but chocolate trumps all in my book! Proximo’s official opening date was June 11th, and it is located downtown at 898 S Harrison Street right next to DeBrands in the Ash Skyline Plaza. The restaurant has a full bar and offers both private dining and catering. You can check out their hours of operation...

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YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

Posted by on June 12, 2018 | 0 comments

YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

Downtown Fort Wayne has the PERFECT place to grab a morning cup of coffee, a bite for breakfast, some groceries and a little something extra for yourself too! The YLNI Farmer’s Market on the corner of Berry and Barr is a HUGE gathering of local farmers, entrepreneurs, bakers and craftsmen that set up shop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer. My best advice is to arrive right at 9. On my visit to the farmer’s market I left around 9:45 and the street was packed! Some vendors even had items crossed off their menus because they had ALREADY sold out. Like the saying goes, the early bird…well, you know…the early bird gets the last fresh snickerdoodle! Here are some finds from my most recent trip to the YLNI Farmer’s Market: I made off with a bath bomb from Redmaster Fusion that, no joke, smells like Fruit Loops . The owner, Kerry Redmaster, started her shop 8 years ago making soy candles and expanded from there. One of the coolest things I have seen is her creation of a bath bomb/soap bar. Just throw the whole thing in the tub and when the bath bomb fizzes out, you are left with soap- Genius! Visit her shop at https://www.redmasterfusionllc.com/ or in person at 537 W. Jefferson Blvd. Did I mention there is a surprise in the middle of her bath bombs? For my kitchen table I purchased some pea shoots and pine berries. Pea shoots taste just like peas, and are loaded with even more nutrition than the full grown plant. These and other “micro greens” are available at the market, and taste delicious on a salad or in a sandwich! I ate my pea shoots tossed with some mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served over lemon and herb spaghetti. Pineberries are white “strawberries” with red seeds and have the faint taste of pineapple in each bite.  Tea drinkers- visit Teajutsu. Actually, you non-tea drinkers go too, just to enjoy the catchy names! With teas called “I Am Froot” (Guardians of the Galaxy) and “Winter at Hogsmeade” (Harry Potter), it’s hard to resist geeking out with a cup. I purchased the Strawberry Shortcake tea, it tastes as bold as it smells and saves calories. This tea tastes just like the real thing! Your taste buds will thank you for visiting the online shop- http://www.teajutsu.net/. You can even place an order online and they will bring it to the market for you to pick up. (Editor’s note – the Teajutsu is a part of the nearby Fort Wayne Farmers Market, also on Barr Street). The YLNI Market is truly a showcase of our local talent. I highly recommend anyone visit a few times over the summer. Go hungry- you can purchase a cup of hot or iced coffee and visit select food trucks like Afine, Bravas and Sol Kitchen. Along with general baked goods (gluten free options included), fruits and veggies, you will also see kettle corn, breakfast burgers, fudge and honey. Make off with flower, herb and veggie starts, create a fresh bouquet or visit booths from local craftsmen and women. Parking is pretty open on the streets near the market, or a block or so away. I guarantee you will enjoy strolling downtown and find something to your...

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Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Posted by on May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

This story was originally published in the May 23, 2018 issue of Input Fort Wayne as Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’.    Have you ever wanted delivery service from a restaurant that doesn’t offer it? That’s the idea behind Waiter on the Way. The process is simple. Visit the website, and you’ll find a list of local and national restaurants you can order from with detailed menus and weekly blog stories. Simply call or place an order on the mobile-friendly interface, and the food you’re craving will be delivered to your home or office. While other delivery services have come and gone in northeast Indiana over the years, Waiter on the Way has remained a community staple. Based out of downtown Fort Wayne, it continues to grow its influence in the region. When the owner, Derek Berkes, purchased the company in 2001, he had a staff of 20 people and delivered from 20 restaurants. Today, he has more than 110 employees, delivering from more than 140 restaurants, including local favorites like Casa, Coney Island, and Shigs In Pit. “When we started, we were averaging about 65 orders a day. Now, we average 265 orders a day,” Berkes says. He may have been honored with a 2017 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Business Excellence Award for “Business of the Year – Revenue Less than $5 Million,” but money was not always easily accessible for him. Instead, he says his personal failures and his ability to learn from them are what gave him the work ethic he has today. From debt to success Before Berkes turned 30, he accumulated massive amounts of debt as a result of trying to build a business, create cash flow, and hire a large staff. He wanted to take Waiter on the Way to the next level and believed that accumulating debt while doing so was the only viable approach. In his attempt to grow the company, the pressure of making money for the sake of making money become overbearing. He knew he needed to change something. “I used to chase money. I made the profit more important than anything else because I had so many people relying on the success of the business.” Berkes says. “That approach simply doesn’t work. I was very driven. I still am, but I changed what I allowed to drive me.” In his early 30s, he decided to reset his approach around creating value for the Fort Wayne community. “I focus on the quality and the relationships,” Berkes says. “I want to do the right thing every time and with every interaction. Those components will allow money to chase me instead of me chasing money. I never worry about the money now. My focus is on relationships and people.” Berkes describes this approach as customer-centric, starting with what customers need and then building a business out of that. “I want the customer to win first,” he says. “The restaurant wins second. The driver wins third. The operator wins fourth. I am happy to come in fifth. I win last, or I don’t win at all.” However, he’s found that with this approach, he does win more often than not, overcoming the odds even in dire circumstances. During the 2008 financial crisis, when a majority...

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How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Posted by on May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Celebrate National Wine Day

How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Merlot? Wine not. We all know that Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, but did you know that Friday, May 25th is National Wine day? What better way to kick off the start of the summer season than with a full glass of wine? Well, I have a few ideas to help you celebrate this delightful occasion right here in northeast Indiana. Satek Winery If April showers bring May flowers, what do frozen showers bring, cacti? #OhMy #CaseOfTheMondays #🌧💐❄️🌵 A post shared by Satek Winery (@satekwinery) on Apr 9, 2018 at 6:47am PDT This winery is located in Fremont, Indiana and offers over 40 varieties of wine. If you can’t celebrate on Friday, stop in on Saturday for a tour and a tasting. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.   Two EE’s Winery Happy Daylight Savings! Savor that extra hour of sunshine on our patio with a glass of your favorite ☀️#daylightsavings A post shared by Two-EE's Winery (@twoeeswinery) on Mar 11, 2018 at 9:36am PDT Located less than 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne in Huntington, Indiana, Two EE’s offers a variety of fruity wines with a beautiful scenery. On Friday, you can enjoy your wine while listening to The Colin Boyd Trio live, and grab a bite from one of the food trucks on-site. Check out their Facebook Event for more details.   Country Heritage Winery It’s a great day for a CH Wine Slushie! #wineslushies #chwinery A post shared by Country Heritage Winery (@countryheritagewinery) on May 16, 2018 at 11:05am PDT   Also under 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne, Country Heritage is located in Laotto, Indiana. Taste some of their award-winning wine on Friday from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music from Acme Blues Band and satisfy your hunger with food from Sol Kitchen.   Wine Down Tables are set and couches are fluffed. We're ready for you. 🍹🍸🍷 #downtown #indiana #dtfw #fortwayne #myfortwayne #bar #bars #cocktails #craftcocktails #craftcocktailsbro #resturant #bartenderlife #serverlife #hongkong #barstuff #cocktailporn #foodporn #equipment #vape #restaurants #winedownfw A post shared by Wine Down (@winedownfw) on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT   If you’re feeling the downtown vibe, try Wine Down located in the heart of Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. Split some tapas with your friends while enjoying a glass of chardonnay.   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar It's a beautiful day to come enjoy our patio! Not to mention we have karaoke starting now!! #nofilter #patiolife #beautifulweather #nicksmwbar #liveinthe05 #dtfw #winebar #sunshine #martinibar A post shared by Nick's Martini & Wine Bar (@nicksmwbar) on May 19, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar is a great spot to grab a glass of wine (or a martini), hang out with friends and share some appetizers. Its convenient location on East State is so cozy and comfortable, you’ll forget you’re not at home. Live music is a regular staple here too. 6. Chops Wine Bar  That wine pour 👌🏼 . . . . . . . #chops #chopswinebar #bar #wine #fortwayne #local #drink #drinklocal #vino #vine #red #glass #pour #wednesday A post shared by @ chopswinebar on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:57am PST   Chops Wine Bar features an assortment of wines. Enjoy a bottle, a glass or try a few selections with...

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Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Posted by on May 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co (@threeriversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and warm.  Lunch on the Square opens June 7th this year and runs every Thursday, 11:30am-1:30pm through August. Thank you for joining us for the first Lunch on the Plaza of 2017! We will see you again next Thursday! #DTFW #LOTPFW A post shared by Downtown Fort Wayne (@downtownfortwayne) on Jun 1, 2017 at 12:27pm PDT Honorable Mentions Still want more?  Check out any of these local favorites to get your patio fix. The Hoppy Gnome 816 Pint & Slice Dash-In J K O’Donnell’s Shigs In Pit Club Soda Black Canyon Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits Junk Ditch Brewing Friendly...

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Market Wagon delivers the Farmer’s Market to You

Posted by on May 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Market Wagon delivers the Farmer’s Market to You

Market Wagon delivers the Farmer’s Market to You

I don’t know about you, but I go to a lot of different grocery stores each week. I like some stores for their prices, others for their products, and some for the quantity. One thing I’d like to work on is buying more locally grown food. My grocery says they’re buying “locally grown” but when I say that I mean around Fort Wayne, not Michigan. We do have a few farmer’s markets in town, but sometimes it’s hard to get to them when they’re open. Well, now we have a back-up plan. Market Wagon brings the farmer’s market to you. Order before Tuesday at midnight, and Market Wagon will bring you fresh, locally-grown and made products on Thursday. They charge a $5.95 delivery fee. To me, the fee is small compared to dragging three boys through a farmer’s market, making the time for the shopping, and the over-buying of pretty flowers, baked goods and other enticing items that I really don’t need. Also, it’s a pretty far drive to any of the local markets for me, so it helps me save time. Plus, it’s supporting yet another small business. Market Wagon sells meats, produce, dairy products and other items all from local farmers and makers. They began in 2016 in the Indianapolis area. In 2017, they acquired the Evanston hub and continued to expand. I thought I really needed to see this process for myself and check out the goods. So, I placed an order. Thursday, I got a text while I was out that it was delivered, and I found it right where I’d asked them to place it. My order came in two insulated bags to keep my products cool until I could get to them. The products were well packed and fragile items were on top. I ordered meats and eggs from Seven Sons Family Farm, Pastries Chefs Basil Pesto Butter, Brick House Creamy Garlic Herb Vinaigrette, Our3 Chicken Bone Broth, large basil and micro basil from The Mushroom Diva, arugula from Atom Acres, Summer Crisp Green Lettuce from Micro Farms, The Olive Twist‘s Garlic & Herb seasoning blend, and Egg Challah Bread (a family favorite for toast and french toast) from Pastries Chefs. Market Wagon included a checklist of my order, clipped onto the bag – it was nice to see they had ticked off each item as it was added. I used the ingredients from my order to make a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner with two different garlic breads. We used ground beef, ground sirloin, Italian sausage, and eggs along with garlic and herb seasoning blend to make meatballs. I also used the seasoning blend to make some of the garlic bread, as well as in my tomato sauce. For the other garlic bread, I used the basil pesto butter. I also used the large basil in our tomato sauce. I made a salad with arugula, romaine and summer crisp green lettuce, and micro basil. We topped it with creamy garlic herb vinaigrette and parmesan. It was nice knowing that our family was eating a healthy, tasty dinner thanks to other local families just like us. If you’re like me and striving by locally-grown and produced foods, I highly recommend giving Market Wagon a try! The products and service were fantastic. Their website...

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InstaQuick Hit – Lunch on the Square Returns on June 7

Posted by on May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on InstaQuick Hit – Lunch on the Square Returns on June 7

InstaQuick Hit – Lunch on the Square Returns on June 7

Lunch on the Square returns to Freimann Square on Thursday, June 7! #LOTSFW #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 3, 2018 at 9:16am PDT Visit the Downtown Improvement District website for details on this year’s Lunch on the Square event series. The first event is on Thursday, June 7 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Freimann Square. The Alicia Pyle Quartet will be...

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InstaQuick Hit – What’s Your Favorite Summer Salad?

Posted by on May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on InstaQuick Hit – What’s Your Favorite Summer Salad?

InstaQuick Hit – What’s Your Favorite Summer Salad?

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to grab a delicious summer salad. Who serves up your favorite salad in town? A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 1, 2018 at 6:44am PDT Let us know what salad you love the most from Fort Wayne or northeast Indiana in the comments...

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InstaQuick Hit – Lindi’s Eatery

Posted by on April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on InstaQuick Hit – Lindi’s Eatery

InstaQuick Hit – Lindi’s Eatery

The new Lindi’s Eatery on West Main has created one of the most eye-catching storefronts in a previously overlooked spot. Open for lunch (10:30-2:30) Monday to Friday. @lunchwithlindi A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Apr 30, 2018 at 6:00am...

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