NEW! Indiana Popcorn Tasting Bar at DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Jul24

NEW! Indiana Popcorn Tasting Bar at DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Introducing the newest addition to their Tasting Bar Collection…INDIANA POPCORN! This bar is complete with a buttery, salted Indiana-grown popcorn encased in a rich, creamy milk chocolate – making it the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Great as a gift, a treat on-the-go, or a personal indulgence, the Indiana Popcorn Tasting Bar is a delicacy you won’t be able to put down. Nibble, Bite, Chunk…Indulge Accordingly! Available NOW at all locations: Auburn Road, Coldwater Road, Jefferson Pointe, Downtown, and their new Indy location at The Shops at River Crossing. Or order online at www.debrand.com. For store contact information, visit online or call 260.969.8333. For more information contact: Hayley Alexander publicrelations@debrand.com DeBrand Fine Chocolates 10105 Auburn Park Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46825 P: 260-969-8335 F: 260-969-8334...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant
Jul06

LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant

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 Living Fort Wayne’s Chair, Victoria Sarjeant! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role with Living Fort Wayne is Chair. I decided to volunteer because I was already a blogger and I thought it would easily fit into my current personal activities. I also wanted to get involved with YLNI for a while and this seemed like the perfect area to get my start. I started as a writer in July of 2017 and became Vice Chair in November of 2017. I became Chair in early June 2018. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne  I love to stay busy volunteering, blogging, or making crafts. I am active with the Emerging Leaders Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters. If I am not working with any of those things, I am probably watching Netflix with my cats, Jacob and Amber. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If it was a different country, I would have to say Norway. That fits since most of my heritage is in the Scandinavian countries. If I went to any other city in the US, it would have to be Boston or Seattle. I am obsessed with Revolutionary War era history and Boston is full of it. I love Seattle because I love the scenery around the city and the atmosphere. I also love Maine! 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 most likely take a visitor out to eat at a local restaurant or bar. Normally I take people to Wine Down, Hoppy Gnome, or JK O’Donnell’s. People don’t come somewhere and expect to go to a chain. I think those are all great examples of the unique places we have to offer. I also have friends that come just to go to DeBrand Fine Chocolate. Growing up in central Indiana, we didn’t really have a place like that...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
May05

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! 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 Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. Debrand: Fort Wayne Tourism Week Celebration Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.         Debrand Fine Chocolates is celebrating tourism week in Fort Wayne with FREE chocolate tasting! May Day Art Show Friday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.         The show is free to attend, you can purchase some awesome food from 816 Pint & Slice, and artists’ work will be available to buy! Come on out! Bikefusion Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.         Test ride some bikes, have some good food, and drink some good beer! Heirloom and Organic Plant Sale Friday, May 6, from 10-7 Saturday, May 7, from 10-5 Sunday, May 8, from 10-6           Start your garden out the right way with some locally grown, organic plants! Relay for Life Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.             Walk for the cure at Parkview Field! Together, we can beat cancer! World Fair Trade Day Celebration Saturday, May 7 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.         Pop up art show, door prizes, and fun for everyone! Celebrate this annual event for a great cause with CWOW! Creative Cocktails: Avenue Q Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.         Main Street Bistro and Avenue Q sounds like an amazing night! You’ll love the food and the show, guaranteed! Beer and BarreBQ Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.         Great beer, food, and dancing. This fundraiser will be like none you’ve been to before, a relaxed atmosphere benefiting a treasure in Fort Wayne! FW Bombshells Presents: Moulin Rouge Carnivale Saturday, May 7 at 9 p.m.         Picture this: Can-can girls, the strongwoman, a contortionist, a snake charmer, and a green fairy you can only see when you’ve had some absinthe (which will be available at the bar!). Moulin Rouge is my favorite movie, and I’m all for this fun night! Take a trip to a side-show in Paris! 21+ please! Mother’s Day Downtown Sunday, May 8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.         Take your mom to explore downtown with free trolleys and fun for the family! Remember, this isn’t all...

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Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile
Feb04

Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile

Chocolate + running; what’s not to love? I may be a bit biased here because those are two of my very favorite things, but there’s something for everyone to love at the inaugural Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k on February 13th. Race Directors Mike Else and Ryan Walters have teamed up with several local businesses to put on this pre-Valentine’s Day event in downtown Fort Wayne. The race will feature a 5k distance as well as a 1-mile option. And even if running or walking isn’t your bag, the extra goodies provided should be enough to entice anyone into participating. “All participants will receive chocolate treats from DeBrand Fine Chocolates, a cookie from Ellison Bakery, hot chocolate from the Mocha Lounge and chocolate dipping treats from Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain and those 21+ will also receive a beer from Summit City Brewerks.  For an additional cost we will have beer, wine, as well as wine slushies from Two EE’s Winery,” Else said. Sound too good to be true? Well it gets better. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. A representative from the Indiana Chapter of the ALS Association will be on hand race day to accept the donation. Sadly, co-race director Ryan Walters lost his father to ALS. This was the driving motivation behind the creation of the race. “I had the idea to put on a fun themed type of race that would be something different,” Else mentioned. The start and finish of the race will be directly outside of Parkview Field and the course will be along the city streets just south of the stadium. Maps of both courses are available on the race website. There will be a post-race party at Parkview Field with food, drinks, live music, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. “It’s our first year for the race and we would like to thank all our great sponsors and look forward to making this a yearly event in downtown Fort Wayne!” Else added. Online registration is open until February 11th or until all of the 800 spots are still open. Currently, there are less than 200 spots left, so make sure to register right away if you want to be a part of this amazing event! Head over to CupidsChocolateChase.com to secure your spot! If there are still spots available, there will be registration available at packet pickup on Friday, February 12th from 4 pm til 7 pm at DeBrand as well as race morning from 7:30 til 8:30...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities
Oct20

LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities

The team here at Living Fort Wayne considers ourselves a pretty hip bunch. But we will jump right in on the fall-lovin’, pumpkin-spice-latte-drinkin’, sweater-wearin’ bandwagon when the leaves start to change and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. So here are our top picks for all things fall in Fort Wayne. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! Leslie Snare – Director at Large My vote is for the Amazing Fall Fun corn maze and farm. It is such a great family activity and not too far outside of the city. They have a 12-acre corn maze as well as one of the largest and most unique pumpkin patches in Indiana! Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor I’m not a big autumn fan, but I do enjoy the River City Rat Race, gourmet giant caramel apples from DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates, and kayaking anywhere with colorful foliage. Sarah Pine – Social Media Contributor One of my favorite fall activities is going to Advanced Tree Technology in New Haven! It’s a great place to go with family or friends to pick delicious apples from their rows and rows of beautiful apple trees, pick out some pumpkins and get some apple cider. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair I am really looking forward to checking out the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central put on by ARCH. I am not usually one for scary tours, but I am a bit of a history buff. Plus, my boyfriend used to live in the one of the featured “haunted” buildings, so I’m very curious to see what secrets may lie within its walls. The tour will take off from the USF Performing Arts Building (formerly the Scottish Rite) and is only $10. Click the link above for more details. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Watch a football game! And I’m not talking about from your couch. As a proud 05’er, I can hear Northside’s marching band, the national anthem and every touchdown cheer on Friday nights. There’s something very “fall” about school pride and cold bleacher seats. My vote this fall is to grab some coffee, or a giant hot dog, and watch some football the old school way. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair I love biking and running at the New Haven Rivergreenway! Fall is the time to get in some exercise and breathe in the crisp, cool air. YLNI’s Winter Farmer’s Market is a nice change of pace from the heavy meals and desserts that come with the fall and wintertime. And last but not least, Fortezza, Old Crown or Firefly are the places to go for...

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