07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!
Jul26

07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!

When I first moved to Fort Wayne, I found it interesting that people refer to their neighborhoods by zip code. The ’05, the ’07, etc. It was one of those quirky things like “going to the lake” (which I assumed was one massive lake considering how many people went there) that I never truly understood until I became a fellow “Citizen Wayne” myself! The pride and passion with which people identify their neighborhoods is remarkable to see and as Fort Wayne starts to witness a revitalization of the downtown area, the residents of the ’07 are certainly a huge part of that.   If you live, work, or drive through the ’07 you will have noticed a recent addition that graces the streets of Broadway. The new, aptly named 07 Pub opened with little fanfare in early June and has been hopping ever since!   I popped into the pub to chat with owner Marcus Spillson to get the scoop on the Pub. Marcus grew up in Fort Wayne, his parents both went to South Side High School, and he was a ’99 graduate of Bishop Luers, where he played football with his co-owner and partner in the pub, Clancy Shank (’97 graduate of Bishop Luers).  Marcus has always had a passion for the south side of Fort Wayne and although he left for ten years, when he came back for a wedding in town, he was drawn to a bar (the former Lombardo’s Lounge) that was for sale. The oil and gas company he worked for in Houston had just been sold and he was intrigued by this new possible venture. “I kept thinking about it and the next day I went and put an offer in. They countered, and the next think I knew, I owned a bar!”   The food and drink industry is in Marcus Spillson’s DNA. His great-grandfather, Nick Spillson, owned Berghoff Gardens, and was the proud holder of Fort Wayne’s very first liquor license after prohibition ended. A cut out from the newspaper article from April 6, 1933 is prominently on display at the pub. Marcus’ grandfather owned Fort Wayne’s famous 4 star French restaurant, Café Johnell, and his father ran the kitchen at Johnelli’s Pizza. Marcus’ first job was washing dishes at Café Johnell. With his family history, it is easy to see how Marcus came to be the owner of the bar, but he was quick to point out that this wasn’t just any bar. “I wanted a neighborhood bar. I wouldn’t have done this anywhere else but here in the south side of Fort Wayne. We live in this neighborhood,...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats
Jul21

YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

At Nana’s Southern Treats, Joyce Culberson (aka Nana), makes amazing assortments of homemade baked goods each week. Nana specializes in southern delicacies, such as rich buttery pound cakes, seasonal fruit tarts, pies, and pastries, all with homemade crusts. You can also pick up items like cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, cookies, and gooey sweet bars for the kids. With the help of her friend Linda (aka Mee Mee), Nana brings Southern hospitality to you in baked sweetness. Whether you are one of her fans clamoring for her booth every Saturday or new to her creations, Nana is seeks to bring a piece of happiness to you with every treat. Nana comes from the hills of Alabama, where she learned from her mother and grandmother to not only bake, but to create delicious food. She was taught that we eat with our eyes, as well as our mouths, so she works hard to make bakery treats that are both beautiful and delicious enough to share with family and friends. With this devotion to loving care, Nana decided that retirement offered a chance to share her passion with the rest of the community. This engagement with the community has created a new source of enjoyment–spending time with new friends and patrons at the market every Saturday. Quality, quality, quality. That’s the loving care that Nana expresses with every creation and the most important lesson she has learned. To be successful, you have to produce the highest quality product possible. Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out Nana’s Southern Treats and try their delicious homemade baked goods. Nana loves to gather with new friends just as much as she loves to share her creations with...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Out of a Jam
Jun16

YLNI Farmers Market – Out of a Jam

Paula and Bernie set a goal that’s simple yet effective when Paula quit her full-time job: to help women out of a jam. A leap of faith and one year later, Paula and Bernie are achieving their vision with Out of a Jam.   Paula was driven by a calling to start a nonprofit vocational program that helps women in the wake of tragedy, domestic abuse, and addiction by teaching them the entrepreneurship, culinary skills, personal development, and interpersonal communication that can change their lives. To make the business sustainable, her students create amazing gourmet jellies, jams, flat bread, crackers, and scones. The sale of the student’s products, along with some private funding, allow Paula to offer her invaluable education to students for free.   In this new endeavor, Paula has learned two important lessons. Her family’s support and the help of others are vital to being successful. It’s okay to not know what you are doing at first (many people would argue that it’s an attribute) as long as you are willing to ask for help when you need it. Outside of her business, Paula enjoys devouring cookbooks which aid her culinary education. After a year of pursuing her passion and calling, Paula offers one piece of advice to anyone wanting to start their own business (and really it applies to everyone in general). “Talk about it to others and really listen to what they are saying. Not just with their words but with their expressions and body language.” The most important conversations cannot always be heard.   You can find Paula and her amazing students food every Saturday on Barr Street at the YLNI Farmers Market. To learn more you can also find Out of a Jam on Facebook or their...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery
Jun02

YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery

Have carbs and gluten become the enemy of your house? Sarah and Carlos want you to love your grains! Coming to the market this year with their artisan sourdough breads and pastries is Qué Será, Sarah Bakery. They’re bringing carbohydrates back with their unique recipe of a fermented dough that is easier to digest, even for sensitive stomachs. Not only do the two enjoy the feel of sourdough dough in their hands, but also they love how they can craft art that’s edible. Join them on their quest to make carbs great again. While Qué Será, Sarah Bakery is a new venture, Sarah and Carlos have been baking at their flower shop/coffee shop/gallery, Bloomin’ BREWtique, for some time now. Along with flowers, coffee, and breads (sounds like a great place to hang out), they feature local artists in their gallery. Just selling in the shop limits the amount of people they can reach however, so it’s off to the farmers market this year to grow their business. New adventures need the support of loved ones to steady the boat during the ride, and Sarah and Carlos have found that support in each other – while their customers support them both. Outside of their business, Sarah and Carlos enjoy painting, going on walks with their German Shepherd, and dreaming up the next big thing. Their adventures have produced some great successes and important lessons. The greatest success so far is being able to sell their breads to local restaurants, like Trubble Brewing Co. They have been able to accomplish this by efficiently planning their days and executing on those plans to ensure that everything that needs done, gets done. A bit of advice they like to offer to aspiring entrepreneurs is to be flexible. Just like with their commitment to join the YLNI Farmers Market, openness to change is essential because you never know what will happen. Get down to the market this summer and befriend carbs with Sarah and Carlos! Follow them on Facebook  and Instagram for the latest updates, and stop in their store Bloomin’ BREWtique between 9am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday at 106 South Jefferson Strett, Ossian, IN 46777 if you can’t wait until...

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Tacos Bravas – Tacos are Coming
Jun28

Tacos Bravas – Tacos are Coming

You guys. Never since the advent of the taco emoji has there been such exciting news in the world of tacos. Bravas, the culinary geniuses who have brought us specialty hot dogs and gourmet burgers are bringing a Taco Bus to the city of Fort Wayne. Behold Tacos Bravas, the newest creation of the Bravas food empire.   I sat down with owner Bo Gonzalez at Bravas specialty burger joint to get the skinny on the newest addition to the Bravas family. Bravas food journey started in May 2011 with a food cart that sold the most delicious hot dog creations that you can imagine. (My fave is El Gringo. Just order it and thank me later.)  Bravas had quite the following and in September 2012 a food truck joined its fleet and roamed the streets of Fort Wayne delivering specialty hotdogs and the most amazing patatas you can imagine. The special garlic aioli sauce may be slightly addicting… don’t say I didn’t warn you. On the heels of the success of burger nights on the food truck, Bravas opened its very own store front in December 2014 where they butcher, cure, and grind their burger meat in-house to serve up the most amazing burger creations I have had the pleasure of devouring. (My fave is the PB Burger. Homemade peanut butter, bacon, pickled peppers, and mayo. You’re welcome.)   With all the success that Bo has experienced with the storefront I asked him why tacos? And why a taco bus? Believe it or not, Bravas was always supposed to be a specialty taco concept. Bo is of Spanish descent and grew up frequenting taquerias. When he did the research to see how much a taco cart with the initial equipment would be, it was too much for the then 19-year-old to handle. But now with the last five successful years under his belt, he is ready to go back to his original Bravas concept and create specialty tacos to be washed down with horchata and fresh lemonade self-served off of the bus.   So wait…why a bus? You can thank a late night scrolling Craig’s List for that. Bo came across an old Head Start bus for sale on a Sunday and by that Wednesday he pulled the trigger and bought it creating Fort Wayne’s first Tacos Bravas taco bus, which is projected to officially open this coming fall. They will close for winter, although you can order them for indoor catering just like the other Bravas creations.   Bravas is known for its exceptional quality so naturally Tacos Bravas dishes will be made with fresh ingredients including...

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