InstaQuick Hit – Lindi’s Eatery
Apr30

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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The Golden Fort Wayne Prepares for a Bright Debut
Jan28

The Golden Fort Wayne Prepares for a Bright Debut

Wine is great with dinner and beer always brings people together. But there’s something magical about a handcrafted cocktail. In a single sip, a cocktail can transport you to another time and place. It can take you back to a memorable vacation, put you in the middle of a movie scene, or channel a moment decades before your time. Thankfully, a cocktail is no longer just a slug of liquor, shot from the soda gun and a splash of Rose’s syrup. The modern (yet classically inspired) cocktail scene forgoes mixers for mixology, harkening to a time when speakeasies creatively disguised bathtub gin with fruits, herbs and sugar syrups – and the “cats” on both sides of the bar were “dressed to the nines.” Making these handcrafted cocktails is more of a culinary process, as carefully chosen flavors come together to create something that’s are entirely distinct from its individual parts. So when Aaron Butts and Sean Richardson (then head chef and sous chef at Joseph Decuis, respectively) caught the mixology bug, their culinary background fit the bill. Before long – along with Aaron’s wife and then Joseph Decuis manager and sommelier Carmen McGee – Aaron and Sean launched The Golden, a pop-up cocktail bar that made periodic appearances at local events. The Golden pop-ups began in June 2014, as fun side project and way to stretch the team’s creativity outside of the kitchen. But last month, Aaron, Sean and Carmen announced their plans to turn The Golden from pop-up to brick-and-mortar – with a full-fledged bar and restaurant inside the under-construction Ash Brokerage Building. The announcement generated buzz right from the start. After 15 years at Joseph Decuis, Aaron and Carmen have built a loyal following and a reputation for the region’s best farm-to-fork menu and perfectly paired wine list. During that time, Aaron, Carmen and their Joseph Decuis crew earned multiple accolades from the James Beard Foundation, including two guest kitchen stints at the James Beard House. So it goes without saying that The Golden’s menu will shine as brightly as its libations. Whether they’re in the kitchen or behind the bar, the team doesn’t cut corners. Their inspired and from-scratch ingredients give Old Fashioneds a new vibe and bring Sazaracs back to their roots. As the team prepares and their friends and fans wait patiently (mouths watering), I talked to Aaron, Carmen and Sean about their plans and vision for The Golden. Q: What attracted you to bartending? Why craft cocktails? Aaron: Bartending has seen a resurgence in popularity as “new” old drinks were gaining attention. Customers are learning that not all gins are the same and a proper daiquiri is not a frozen...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Jan14

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! 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 1. Savor Fort Wayne January 13 – 24th Great deals at great restaurants around Fort Wayne! Join in on the Diner of the Day Contest or the Favorite Server Contest while you try menu items from some of Fort Wayne’s favorites! 2. Girls Night Out at Trubble Brewing Thurs, January 14, 6:30pm Hosted by Northeast Indiana Girls Pint Out, enjoy some great food and even better beer at Trubble! 3. 2nd Thursday Paradigm at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Thurs, January 14, 5pm  Enjoy free admission, edibles and a cash bar with friends. 4. Early Art Exploration Sat, January 16, 10am – 11am I’m so excited for this! Preschool Children get to discover a variety of art forms and techniques. Parents learn about developmental milestones in their children’s lives and how art plays a role in physical and cognitive growth. 5. Wildlife Signs: Who Winters Here? Sat, January 16, 9:30am – 10:30am I’m babysitting this weekend and I was looking for (free) fun stuff to do with elementary age children. This sounds perfect. Through Little River Wetlands Project, there will be interactive projects and exploring the marsh for winter animals. 6. Winter Warmer Sat, January 16, 2pm – 5pm Have some winter fun at JK’s! Don’t worry, the tent behind the pub will be heated. 7. Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Sun, January 17, 4:00pm – 5:30pm The program tells the story of MLK’s dream of justice and peace in music and drama. Featuring Heartland Sings. It should be a great production! 8. January Gallery Cleanup at Wunderkammer Sun, January 17, 5pm – 9pm Wunderkammer is hosting monthly cleanup days for volunteers to come clean, paint, dust, etc. Snacks provided! 9. 200@200 – Iconic Fort Wayne  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 The opening of the History Center’s tribute to Indiana’s Bicentennial. How has our city changed? Check it out! 10. Romeo and Juliet Wed, January 20, 7:30pm  The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Romeo and Juliet, a Full-Length Ballet in Three Acts, at the Embassy on Jan. 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. It’s going to be great. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to...

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Tolon Brings Midwestern Flavor into the Middle of the City
Dec14

Tolon Brings Midwestern Flavor into the Middle of the City

December 2015 is setting up downtown Fort Wayne for a pretty tasty 2016. First, there was the news last week that the Fort Wayne City Council voted to create a downtown dining district – making it exponentially easier for downtown restaurants to offer full bar service. Then there was the news over the weekend that Joseph Decuis’ head chef Aaron Butts, sommelier Carmen McGee and sous chef Sean Richardson will be turning their pop-up craft mixology bar, The Golden, from a moonlighting hobby into a full-fledged bar and restaurant – set to open by mid-2016 in the new Ash Brokerage building. And now, the biggest flurry of activity is happening on the Columbia Street landing, where chef Matt Nolot and his wife Nicky are putting the finishing touches on Tolon, a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant set to open in mid-January 2016. If you, like me, have been hanging out downtown for at least a decade, you may remember when the tastiest food you could get on the Landing was a slice from Columbia Street or a grilled cheese from the street vendor parked outside Flashbacks. And while there’s still nothing like a toasty, melty, midnight snack after a night of dancing, Matt and Nicky plan to set the bar much higher by bringing the flavor profile of the heartland into the heart of the city. “We became very excited about the movement of revitalizing downtown,” the couple says. “ Ever since we visited a locally owned restaurant in New Orleans, we’ve had a desire to bring a unique dining experience to Fort Wayne – with a focus on how we were both raised; knowing where our food had come from. “ As the restaurant’s logo suggests, the couple’s farm-to-fork philosophy guides both Tolon’s bar and restaurant menus. “At Tolon, people can expect unique dishes that feature familiar ingredients along with craft cocktails that utilize local Indiana spirits,” says Matt. “Having grown up cooking in the Midwest, I plan to bring a modern updated view on what is considered traditional Midwestern cuisine.”   In elevating Midwestern cuisine, the couple hopes to elevate diners’ appreciation for Midwestern farmers. “We feel it is important that we focus on knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown,” the couple says. “With the surge in farmer’s markets, we felt it was the time to bring attention to eating locally grown foods, and we’re excited to showcase the best quality ingredients that are grown within a day’s drive of Fort Wayne.” For the Nolots, that means changing the menu four times a year to reflect what’s in season, and creating signature dishes that are packed with Midwestern umami,...

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Dining Al Fresco – JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House
Aug28

Dining Al Fresco – JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House

Welcome to this month’s edition of Dining Al Fresco, where we spotlight some of Fort Wayne’s locally owned restaurants offering an outdoor dining experience. This week’s spotlight is J K O’Donnell’s, an Irish Ale House located downtown. As you approach JK’s, you are greeted by the red, white, and green of three Irish flags, punctuated from behind by the gold lettering of their signage. The sign also highlights the Ale House’s 2007 establishment along with its home city of Fort Wayne and the Irish city where the Legend of JK’s originated, Castlebar, Ireland. Direct on the Wayne Street front is their patio where dining or drinking makes you feel like you’re in the big city. Throughout the summer the patio at JK’s is one of the best places to be, especially during events like the Fort4Fitness running events due to the finish line being right out front. Passing underneath their iconic Guinness sign takes you to a local pub setting. Rich wood-tones set the scene with golden lighting that makes you feel warm and welcome. You are immediately greeted by the bar, which sits center-stage, adorned with various craft and import beer taps and a central pillar that carries several whiskeys ready to pour. All around the bar are booths and tables all organized pub-style, completing the theme. While the bar area caters to those 21+, the back room, known as Belleek Hall, offers family dining, as well. The food menu features traditional Irish fare with everything from scotch eggs to bangers and mash. When the plate is set in front of you, the quality of their ingredients is obvious. There is an expression of pride in the food served in this establishment. Their beer menu is just as impressive with a full selection of crafts and imports. While they don’t exactly offer a full bar, they do have a wide selection of whiskeys as well as select liquors of other styles to enjoy. JK’s is a must for any craft beer enthusiast. With their rotating taps and wide range of bottles, you are guaranteed something new to taste. And what goes better with a good pint than some quality Irish fare?           Suggested Drink Draft Blends: The creative minds at JK’s have come up with some delicious blends of their beers on tap. With blends like a Snakebite (which is Harp and Strongbow) you must give each a try. I often find new favorites there! Suggested Eat Scotch Eggs and Lamb Pasty: These Scotch Eggs, hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage and deep fried, are the best in town, hands down. The Lamb Pasty has all...

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