What in the world is Buskerfest?
Jul05

What in the world is Buskerfest?

What is Buskerfest? It’s the name of a traveling festivals of buskers which are street performers. Buskers in the festivals visit a series of host cities each summer. Host cities often shut down one of more blocks of a prominent downtown street for the festival. By definition, a busker is a person who performs music or other entertainment in the street or another public place for monetary donations. While you don’t have to pay these entertainers, the entertainment they provide is worth more than the few dollars or scents that someone would normally throw their way if they were just on the street. Fantastic Patrick What’s a street festival without a unicycle? Traveling all the way for Los Angeles, Fantastic Patrick showed a large crowd what it’s like to be great at his talent! If it wasn’t for the help from his trusty Fort Wayne assistants, Greg, John, and Craig, Patrick wouldn’t have made it onto the unicycle. From comedy to magic even to juggling a battle ax while on fire, Patrick amused the crowd off all ages! From what it seems, Patrick loves visiting Fort Wayne because who wouldn’t love this amazing city! What was your dream job growing up? My dream job growing up was a lot of different things at different times. I remember wanting to just travel on a motorcycle across the USA like my Uncle. I think I wanted to be a priest at one point then finally settled on just being an actor haha. Where is your next show? My next show is at Comic Con in San Diego! super excited about this one. It’s my first time working that convention and should be very interesting to say the least. What’s the best city to Busk in? The best city to busk in in the USA is a toss up between Boulder, CO and Boston, MA. Both have there advantages and disadvantages. Do you plan on coming back next year? I really hope I can come beak next year. I have to say Fort Wayne has some of the best crowds I have ever worked for. I am not just saying that either you guys are super nice and are just down to play along. Who is your biggest idol? My biggest idol is Trey, the front man of the band Phish. Reason being is they created a devoted fan base without going into the main stream and remain very true to their art. Always elevating the crowd to new levels. very cool stuff indeed! If you could busk with one celebrity who would it be and why? I would busk with Steve Martin...

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Hetty Arts Pastry – Fort Wayne’s latest Food Truck
Nov29

Hetty Arts Pastry – Fort Wayne’s latest Food Truck

Fort Wayne is home to some amazing food on wheels. From gourmet hot dogs and crab Rangoon pizza to pho, you can pretty much get it all….now including from scratch apple fritters, doughnuts and a variety of pastries. Behold the newest addition to Fort Wayne’s food truck fleet – Hetty Arts Pastry Truck!   Hetty Arts, owner and pastry chef extraordinaire, is no stranger to the art of pastry making. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. With a name like that, it’s so easy!) She grew up on a dairy farm in Holland and at the age of 13 her family moved to Convoy, Ohio. Initially Hetty attended Ohio State as an interior design major. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs (her parents and brothers are dairy farmers and her sister is a florist), it was no surprise that Hetty wanted to make her own way in the world. Her mother recommended baking as an alternative path when she felt that interior design wasn’t her cup of tea. I assumed she was a natural born baker and Hetty gave me a look. “I was terrible at baking,” she laughed. “My sister will be the first to tell you. She was actually the baker when we were kids! She would tell me what to do and she never lets me forget about the time I was supposed to help her whip cream and I ended up over whipping it and turned it into butter. So no, I wouldn’t say I had any natural talent initially!” When looking for a program at Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, OH, Hetty was immediately drawn to the sparkling pastry kitchens. “They were so beautiful,” she remarks. “And it just came so easy for me. It was like I was meant to do it!” When I asked her if she was ever interested in other forms of cooking (considering the butter incident) she noted, “when you are a savory chef you have to wear 17 hats. As a pastry chef you only need to wear like 7 hats. Much more manageable!” Graduating at the top of her class with a degree in baking and pastry arts, she immediately landed a job at Joseph Decuis, which at that time was a very modern farm to fork concept that was relatively new to Fort Wayne.     While visiting a friend in NYC she found out that there was an opening at Eleven Madison Park and was given the opportunity to work with the pastry chef as a stagiare, which is a form of unpaid internship in the cooking world. “I highly recommend anyone interested in the craft to...

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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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