WOW Factor Catering – Bringing the Party to You!
Aug01

WOW Factor Catering – Bringing the Party to You!

Summer is upon us as evidenced by the long hot days, children (okay, and me) playing Pokémon Go in the streets, and endless festivities. Between weddings, backyard parties, baby showers, birthday parties, and dog adoptions parties (yes, that is a thing) it oftentimes seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get anything done. That’s where Waiter on the Way comes in. You most likely have heard of Waiter on the Way, Fort Wayne’s locally owned restaurant food delivery service, that brings over 150 restaurants directly to you. Owner Derek Berkes prides himself on excellent customer service and delivering beyond expectations. Having been with the business 15 years, he has has seen it expand from food delivery, an acquisition of local dessert staple Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies (can I just tell you how addicting the Lemon Ricotta cookies are?!), and a change in locale. The business exploded in popularity and demand until it literally ran out of space. Berkes made the decision to move downtown to be more central to the city and create better visibility with an actual storefront, WOW Factor, that serves quick grab-and-go boxed lunches that include delicious sandwiches, salads, and, of course, the aforementioned cookie. In typical fashion, Waiter on the Way is expanding once again with the addition of WOW Factor Catering. This new venture has Berkes partnering with General Manager, Brandi Schorey, to custom-make creative culinary concoctions for anything from bridal showers to dinner parties, baby showers, weddings, and more. I was especially intrigued by the brunch option in which you can design your very own backyard brunch (or indoors if you prefer!) for you and your friends. They deliver everything to your specifications, including utensils, and can even bring the beer and wine as long as you give them advanced notice! Its like Uber for your party! While you have the ability to order pre-designed items online, Brandi recommends that you contact her directly so that she can work with you on custom-designing your event. She has been working with Waiter on the Way for 13 years and has organized numerous events. She can help you navigate through your event menu and make sure everything matches your specifications. When I met with her she was overflowing with ideas from custom-designed cupcakes to mouth watering entrees. You can even schedule time for a tasting to see what flavor profiles you prefer. Nakia, formerly the in-house baker at Vanilla Bean, designs many of the desserts on their menu and enjoys the creative challenge. I peeped her Hello Kitty cupcakes that were custom-made for an event and they were beyond adorable! You will be able...

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East State’s Newest: Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar
Feb23

East State’s Newest: Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience one of the newest additions to nightlife in our city, Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar. Located in the East State Village, Nick’s occupies a fully refinished space which was once the Rib Room’s family dining section. As the new establishment prepares for their grand opening, I took the opportunity to get a taste of the space so near and dear to my very own neighborhood in Lakeside. Over lunch I chatted with Karon Messman who is Nick’s general manager. Karon’s excitement for Nick’s was obvious as she explained the purchase of the building by the Henry brothers Chris, Kurt, and Matt, the remodeling of the family room into the new establishment, and the process of pulling things together in preparation of opening. We spoke about their drink menu offering classic martinis and cocktails, craft beers, and an extensive wine list with a reserve list coming soon. She explained their food menu which offers shareable small plates and desserts created from locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We also discussed their entertainment offerings and how they are focusing on bringing an eclectic selection of musicians to their stage. All with hopes to attract the young professional demographic as well as their East State neighbors. I originally intended this article to be an interview but in true Living Fort Wayne style, I wanted to put more of a personal experience into it, so I ventured there that very evening. The establishment itself is both classy and classic with hardwood surfaces providing a warmth of space and special attention to lighting that sets the right mood for an establishment of that nature. We took seats at the bar-rail, which is a u-shaped, granite-topped rail seating about twenty people. In the center of the bar was their selection of spirits, proudly lit and on display. All around at high-top tables of two or four, or lounge seats surrounding a shared center table, people were smiling, sipping libations, sharing food, and enjoying the entertainer of the night, Mason Meussling. I was excited to find one of my favorite cocktails on the drink menu, the Aviation, so of course I ordered it. It was prepared with precision and explained through the process. She even took the time to explain to me exactly what crème de violette, one of the key ingredients, was. Needless to say, it was delicious. We spent some time at the bar speaking with other customers and the bar staff before we ordered off of the small plate menu. When the food came, all three of us were thoroughly impressed. My own personal favorite, as well as the personal favorite of Karon,...

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