Tickets for Mixology: Battle of the Bartenders III now on sale
Aug02

Tickets for Mixology: Battle of the Bartenders III now on sale

Now is the time to get your tickets to Mixology: Battle of the Bartenders III! Show your support for Science Central at our annual 21+ fundraiser on Nov. 9! Enjoy an evening filled with great food, cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, and of course, science! Step back in time and come dressed in your best Roaring 20s attire for this year’s Speakeasy theme! Now through Aug. 31, take advantage of the advance discount ticket price. Not only will guests get a discounted ticket price, they will also get one extra drink ticket per person! Discount tickets are: • Single Adult: $55 • Includes 3 drink tickets • Couple: $110 • Includes 6 drink tickets • Group (6 people): $300 • Includes 18 drink tickets Tables are not included with your tickets, so don’t forget to reserve yours when you buy your tickets! Tables prices are: • Seats up to 6: $100 • Seats up to 8: $150 Click here to purchase tickets and tables! Sponsorship opportunities for Mixology are still available. To guarantee full sponsorship benefits, please pledge support by Sept. 15. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us at development@sciencecentral.org or 260-424-2400 ext....

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Nawa – A New Beginning on the Landing
Jan09

Nawa – A New Beginning on the Landing

The new year is always filled with fresh starts. I am not a resolution type person, but what I do love about the start of a new year is how full of promise it seems. January always feels like an optimistic time of year. And what better time of year for Nawa (which means “new beginning” in Thai) to hit downtown Fort Wayne. Nawa is the newest restaurant to grace The Landing, which is one of the prime areas that the Downtown Development Trust in conjunction with the City of Fort Wayne and Greater Fort Wayne have focused on in their efforts to redevelop downtown Fort Wayne in order to make it an even more enjoyable place to live, work, and play. The idea is not just to revitalize the area but to reinvent it, and Nawa is doing just that. The menu is the reinvention of Thai cuisine in an Asian fusion, which highlights not just Thai food but Japanese, Chinese, and Korean flavors as well. Te Boriboonnangkul (AKA Boriboo), one of the operating partners, said that they didn’t want to limit their dishes to just one style. “Our chef makes a green curry pasta. You can take the various techniques from other cultures and combine it to elevate a dish,” she explained. Te and operating partner Prill Trowbridge are from Bangkok, Thailand and managed a Thai restaurant there for a number of years that was a well-known family hang out. They were drawn to each other by their love of food. “We love to eat!” Te laughingly explained. Prill and Te also did some work for a Thai steel company and in the process worked with some Steel Dynamics employees who were originally from Fort Wayne. When those employees moved back to Fort Wayne they missed the IT support that Prill and Te provided and thus began the process to woo them to move here. With Thailand fresh in the throes of the Asian Financial Crisis, it wasn’t too hard of a sell and both Te and Prill came to Fort Wayne 17 years ago and fell in love with the city. The idea was always there for a restaurant, especially in downtown Fort Wayne where there aren’t very many Asian cuisine options. “We wanted an upscale, refined place. Most places only focus on one genre of food. We wanted to do Thai with a modern twist!” Te noted. All the owners are long-time local residents and took great pride in the on-going revitalization of the downtown area. They wanted to be a part of the renaissance of The Landing and what better way to do that...

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Umi Fort Wayne– This is How They Roll
Jan02

Umi Fort Wayne– This is How They Roll

What do you get when the CEO of Lutheran Health Network and Lutheran Hospital (Brian Bauer), the CEO of Dupont Hospital (Aaron Garofola) and an Oncologist at Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology (Dr. Ryan Gonzales) join forces? A new sushi restaurant! Sushi is my favorite food group so I was quite happy to sit and chat with Ryan about the newest sushi and seafood restaurant in Fort Wayne – Umi.   If you are from Terre Haute, you would have heard of Umi Grill, which opened in 2001 as the first Japanese restaurant in Terre Haute. The first question I posed to Ryan, was how they came up with the concept of bringing Umi to Fort Wayne. “Brian, Aaron, and I are long time friends from Terre Haute……it’s a pretty small town.  It wasn’t a traditional destination for great sushi. The typical options were Texas Roadhouse or hamburger joints.” When Umi Grill came to town it quickly became their favorite spot. In fact, “it was the number one restaurant in Terre Haute and people would come from larger cities like Indy,” just to get their sushi fix.  “A lot of doctors like me did their residency on coastal cities, so they became accustomed to sushi and seafood that was fresh. I did mine at Louisiana State University. Have you had food in the south? Amazing. But then when you have sushi with less than fresh ingredients it’s just subpar. You know there is something better out there.”   When Brian moved to Fort Wayne in 2011, Ryan moved shortly thereafter and, along with Aaron, they started brainstorming on how to bring an Umi-like concept to Fort Wayne.  “People have been begging Qi [owner of Umi Grill] to expand, to franchise. He always said no, but he entertained the idea with us, because we were great customers and had a passion for his food and brand.” This began over two and a half years of detailed and methodical planning to convince Qi to allow them to bring Umi to the Fort. “He wanted someone who had his vision. It was his name, and he wanted control of the quality and the brand. He wanted a single stand-alone restaurant and didn’t want the restaurant to be cheapened by a strip mall setting.”   Aaron, Brian, and Ryan all set to work putting together a well-executed business plan, including use of the same distributors that Umi used in order to maintain the same quality and high standards of the original. After multiple revisions, they were able to create a concept that surpassed the original owner’s vision. “We made his dream come true!” Ryan laughed. “He helped...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug25

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. Women’s Equality Day 2016 Thursday, August 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It’s Women’s Equality Day! Celebrate women’s right to vote with the YWCA Northeast Indiana this year! They’re going to teach you everything you need to know about hitting those polls! 2. Equal Means Equal Screening Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. Equal Means Equal looks at how women are treated in the U.S. today. My guess (spoiler alert): It’s not actually equal. 3. LFW Film Series — It Happened One Night Friday, August 26 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free movie, fun activities, and food available for purchase! 4. 2016 Botanical Roots Concert Series: John Primer (Blues) Friday, August 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the live music, and purchase a drink or two from Mad Anthony Brewing while you’re there. Don’t miss a more in-depth summary of the event here. 5. 1st Annual Fort Wayne Fitness Fest at Headwaters Park With Celebrity Tony Little! Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This festival has anything you could want or think of. Food, drinks, raffles, experts, education … literally, anything you could want. 6. 2016 Taste of the Arts Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I love Taste of the Arts! There will be live performances, food and art available for purchase (or to just sit back, and enjoy). Check out a closer look here. 7. Cocktails & Sweet Deals Garden Party Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mercantile on Main is celebrating. There will be food trucks, wine from Wine Down and live music. Oh, and did I mention 15% off the entire store?! 8. Brickworld Fort Wayne LEGO Exposition Saturday, August 27  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Legos! See what amazing things people have made, and participate in some fun activities of your own. 9. Fort Wayne Outfitters River Rally Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 Whatever outdoor activity you can think of, Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot is making it...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jun09

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. MKM Thursday, June 9 from 4 pm to 7 pm           Enjoy food from Affine and check out some great art while exploring MKM’s Boundaries exhibit. “Boundaries: Exploring Meaningful Thresholds — to see how our creative process is exploring the relationship between place and perception.” 2. Cupcakes and Cocktails for a Cause Thursday, June 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm           Cupcakes and signature cocktails provided by CS3 and live jazz music by the Phil Schurger Trio. The event benefits FWCS Study Connection, an after-school tutoring program serving children in need. 3. Distillery Experience Tour Friday, June 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm           Tour the distillery! Tours will run in 15 minute intervals from 6:00pm to 7:00pm with a cash bar in the outdoor pavilion. Get some food from the food trucks and have a great time! 4. Art & Soul Friday, June 10 from 8 pm to 12 pm                 This Art & Soul benefits the Voices of Unity USA Choir Olympic Team‘s 2016 European Tour, “Journey to The Vatican.” There will be live painting and pieces for sale, and appetizers from Club Soda! 5. Arena Dinner Theatre: South Pacific Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at 6:15 pm             This is a great musical. The show should be great, and the food is great. Don’t miss opening weekend! (But if you do miss opening weekend, then go next weekend!) 6. Yoga at Wunderkammer Saturday, June 11 from 9 am to 10 am         Yoga and Art! Go! 7. Heroes and Hot Rods Saturday, June 11 at 9 am           Cool cars for a great cause. There will be food, music, a silent auction and more. All proceeds will benefit Wounded Warriors Project and Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries Inc. 8. Pedal, Paddle, and Play Saturday, June 11 from 11 am to 7 pm           Outdoor family fun! Explore the local water and land trails...

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