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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Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!
Jul04

Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

There are so many cool things going on downtown this summer! The Three River’s Festival is coming up, the farmer’s market is a great place to make purchases, and TinCaps baseball is in full swing. If you get a chance, try to make Lunch on the Square to one of your downtown destinations. You can grab a great lunch there every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:30PM now through August at Freimann Square. This should be a must for anyone who has a free day, or who works nearby and can allow time on their lunch breaks to eat. Unfortunately, I work too far away to personally check it out, so I reached out to a few locals to get their opinions on the event. Amber Ruiz, her husband, and their son attended the very first Thursday of the season. Daniel and TJ Musser (ages 9 and 12) try to make it out a couple times a year with their family. Let’s see what they have to say about the event! What is your favorite thing to eat? Daniel: The Snooooop Dog is my favorite thing at Bravas. TJ: Bravas hot dogs because they are very good. I probably like the Snooooop Dog the best. (the Snooooop dog is a vienna beef frank, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, and aioli. You can have this on a burger, also!) Amber: My family and I tried the Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck-it was completely delicious!  We tried the tacos and jambalaya. No way you could go wrong!   What’s the crowd like? Daniel: It depends on the day. If it’s all droopy and rainy there is not much but if it’s sunny and nice there’s a lot more. TJ: It’s usually busy. There is a lot of people in line for the food trucks. Amber: We went to lunch on the square the first day- Thursday, June 7th. There was a considerable amount of people coming and going, enjoying the lunch trucks and free music, entertainment, and visiting stations/centers of local Fort Wayne vendors.   Is there other entertainment there? Daniel: There is music every week, but sometimes there are street performers there too. TJ: There’s shops and people playing music. There are stands you can get sunglasses from. (Local radio stations and other agencies have giveaway booths at the Square also!) Amber: The day my family and I went to Lunch on the Square, we were entertained by Alicia Pyle Quartet and a student From Covington Elementary- Addison Stout. Both put on a great performance, and allowed my family time to sit down and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.   The Downtown Improvement District made Freimann Square THE...

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Proximo – the Future of Downtown Dining is “Next”
Jun12

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...

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YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing
Jun12

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...

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JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour
Mar15

JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour

When Irish eyes are smiling, they are usually up to something and JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House has some smiling eyes as they are getting ready to kick off their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17. They will be open all day and all ages are welcome until 7PM so be sure to bring the littles for some family fun under the tent. There will be live music from 12 to 11 PM and admission is only $5! For those of you wanting to check out the bar and toast St. Patty with an Irish brew, the pub will be 21 and over only. And if you are in desperate need of a kilted bagpiper, be sure to check out The O’Tooles, who will be dropping in for a few performances. Check out all you need to know about the upcoming celebration here. While JK O’Donnell’s will be full of Irish cheer this Saturday, they have a lot more to offer than St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. One of their most recent changes is a newly vamped menu. Check out our interview! What inspired you to choose these dishes?  We have to change it for us and the customer.  There are dishes that will always be standards here but there’s a desire to keep things fresh and interesting. How often does the menu change? About every 6 months. It used to be that we would change the menu once a year, but I would like to see us on a more predicable timeline to provide heartier, comfort food in the colder months and then provide more lighter options during the warmer months. What are the gluten free/vegan/vegetarian options? Our hummus is gluten free and vegan.  Our veggie burger is now served on a pita which makes the dish both vegetarian and vegan.  We offer gluten free buns as an option on any of our sandwiches. Several of our other dishes can be made gluten free or vegetarian with minor adjustments. Are there any other changes you’d like to highlight? What precipitated the menu change? We have been getting a great response from all of our new dishes.  The mussels are a great addition as well as the lamb meatloaf.  The chicken bacon mac and cheese has been a huge hit. Any new drinks to highlight?  We specialize in a providing a wide variety of craft beer along with ciders and meads. Our large selection of drafts and bottles is designed to provide an option for almost everyone, while highlighting some of the more unique craft beer creations. Check out the menu and hours on their website. May your...

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