Our Top 10 Articles from 2016
Dec28

Our Top 10 Articles from 2016

This year was an exciting year in Fort Wayne! We saw several new businesses and events come to our city. Take a look at our top articles for 2016! First up, clocking in at number ten, our article on the eighth annual Taste of the Arts Festival by Stephen J. Bailey was a hit with our readers this year. Keep an eye out in 2017 for information about the next festival (and keep supporting the arts)! Bravas, tacos and our new “Food & Drink” writer Reneta Thurairatum. What more could you want from an article? Checking in at number nine for the year, The Tacos Are Coming at Tacos Bravas. At number eight, the “Food & Drink” series continued to be popular as Reneta gave us the lowdown on GnomeTown Brewing Co. in June. At number seven, Reneta checked in with Junk Ditch Brewing Company to get a taste of their entry in Fort Wayne’s Weekend Brunch Game in July. Information about food and dining options was popular all year in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number six, Travis Bartlett and the team gave us their picks for the top breakfast and brunch spots in the city in February! And coming in at number five, Rhonda Ladig Moxter gave us a rundown of Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number four is Rivers Relaxation, A New Way to De-Stress in Fort Wayne by Leslie Snare. This article about one of Fort Wayne’s newest stress relief options has only gotten more popular in recent months. Our always popular listicle on Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More Fall Fun (updated by Micheala Pattison) checked in at number three for the year. Coming in at number two, The Golden Fort Wayne was preparing for its debut at the Ash Brokerage building in downtown Fort Wayne. Becca Bell caught up with Aaron Butts, Carmen McGee and Sean Richardson in this extensive Q&A from January. And finally coming in at number one for 2016, a new sweet spot hopped into downtown Fort Wayne. Reneta got the scoop in The Yummi Bunni Is Hopping onto Fort Wayne’s Food Scene. This article about ice cream treats was HOT, HOT, HOT! We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for Fort Wayne! Keep up with Living Fort Wayne on Facebook, Twitter and...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug11

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. GNO: Junk Ditch Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Girls Night Out at Junk Ditch Brewing Company! Have some great food, drinks and make some friends! The Global Leadership Summit Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12 The Global Leadership Summit is an amazing event giving people the opportunity for personal growth in their work, play, or personal lives. Invest in yourself and check it out. LET’S Showcase!, Let’s Comedy! Open House – Open Mic – Writer’s Room Hokey Pokey, and Let’s Comedy! Presents: Dave Waite Live in the Tiger Room. Friday, August 12 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, August 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 14 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Let’s Comedy is always full of awesome events! This weekend is jam packed with fun … from local showcases and open mics to Dave Waite, Let’s Comedy has it all! Bands on the Banks Saturday, August 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bringing people together to celebrate all the wonderful things in Fort Wayne! There will be great music, food trucks and drinks. Bring chairs, hammocks, whatever … and try biking or kayaking to the event! Jurassic Quest Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 Dinosaurs. Giant, realistic dinosaurs. USF Downtown Open House Tuesday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the newest (awesome) addition to the USF campus … the downtown renovation! As always with anything awesome happening in the Fort, there will be music and food trucks while you explore the new building. Jeff Dunham, “Perfectly Unbalanced” Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t Forget: Recurring events, such as the YLNI Farmer’s Market, Summer Nights at the Embassy, Friday Nights Live, and Rock the Plaza are all still happening this summer! For a complete list of events (including the weekly fun) check out our calendar! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our city!...

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Brunch So Hard – Junk Ditch Brewing Co. Raises Fort Wayne’s Weekend Brunch Game!
Jul21

Brunch So Hard – Junk Ditch Brewing Co. Raises Fort Wayne’s Weekend Brunch Game!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to brunch on weekends. Preferably with a bloody Mary or mimosa in hand. So imagine my delight when Junk Ditch Brewing Company opened its doors for brunch this past Saturday and Sunday.  There was no fanfare, no grand announcement, yet there wasn’t an empty table in the place. My husband and I were able to find some great spots at the bar where we shared in the community feel, chatting with other patrons and the incredibly friendly bar staff. It’s no surprise that they were busy despite their discreet opening as they have quite the fan following! Junk Ditch is affiliated with Affiné Hospitality, which has brought us the amazing Affiné Food truck (pronounced ah-feen-nei) that can be found cruising around the area bringing us mouthwatering Banh Mi creations and locally sourced fare. Affiné joined the food trucks on the streets of Fort Wayne four years ago with the goal of eventually adding a brick and mortar restaurant to its fleet. In order to whet the appetites of its loyal fan base, partners Andrew Smith, Dan Campbell, and Jack May commandeered the kitchen of the Green Frog Inn for Sunday brunch for several months this past year serving up Junk Ditch brunch that was beyond amazing and slightly addicting! (I’m pretty sure I attended most, if not all, of their brunches.) Their years of hard work has manifested with the addition of Junk Ditch Brewing Co at 1825 W. Main Street. Named for the ditch that winds behind the building, Junk Ditch Brewing Company kept an industrial theme throughout the restaurant with wide open spaces, exposed brick walls, and a distressed feel that compliments their menu and style perfectly. While Junk Ditch will offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night dining (you can check out the hours here), I am here to tell you all about the brunch! Served from 10-2PM on Saturday and Sunday the brunch consists of delicious culinary concoctions such as Croque Madame, Potato Rosti, Chicken and Waffles, and Benedict…as in eggs, not Arnold. The pastries as well as all the bread are freshly made from scratch by Grace Kelly owner of GK Baked Goods and fiancée of partner Jack May. The entire menu is locally sourced in a farm to fork concept that is quickly becoming the trend in Fort Wayne. Pictured here is our brunch of choice in the new digs. Chicken and Waffles, Croque Madame, Chocolate Doughnuts (the cinnamon roll was sold out, because it is life changing!). While all the dishes we tried were tasty, the chicken and waffles were beyond amazing. I mean it’s fried chicken...

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Ditch the junk and taste “Homemade Everything” at Junk Ditch
Nov20

Ditch the junk and taste “Homemade Everything” at Junk Ditch

One day, just maybe, Fort Wayne will have a “brewery on wheels.” But until then, you can look forward to the next best thing: a brick-and-mortar brewery launched by the talented team who brought you the Affiné food truck. Sometime soon (in the first half of 2016, fingers crossed), Dan Campbell, Andrew Smith and Jack May will launch Junk Ditch Brewing Company. Located off of Main Street, the Junk Ditch building is tucked away, east of Leesburg Road and west of O’Sullivan’s. It takes its name from the actual Junk Ditch, which winds behind the brewery on its meandering path from Waynedale to Swinney Park.   Junk Ditch Brewing Company will be another entrepreneurial adventure for Dan, Andrew and Jack, but it won’t replace the food truck. While Affiné continues to supply duck confit tacos and pork belly bahn mis along its usual route, Junk Ditch will have its own unique menu. But just as they did with Affiné, the passions of the three chefs – handcrafted beer, seasonal flavors, locally sourced ingredients, and a “from scratch” philosophy – will shine through. “Ultimately we enjoy beer and we enjoy creating,” says Jack. “Food and drink go hand in hand, and we wanted to bring the ‘everything local and in-house’ philosophy to Junk Ditch. For Andrew, the idea for Junk Ditch had been brewing for quite awhile. “When I was on a vacation in Seattle I saw some local neighborhood breweries, and was very intrigued by the concept of a brewery in a city neighborhood. When I returned we started working on finding a building that would work.” While the inspiration happened 2,000+ miles away, Andrew says they intend to keep the flavors close to home. “We will change menu items to showcase our Indiana farms. We want to be known for fresh ideas that are always changing.” To wash down all the homegrown deliciousness, the Junk Ditch taps will feature a variety of beers, ready to drink by the pint or take home in kegs or growlers. The tap list will include an even mix of house-made brews and taps from the team’s favorite guest breweries. Whether they’re making their own beer, featuring another brewery, or creating a new dish – quality and variety will drive the Junk Ditch approach. “The focus of in-house beers will to produce very high quality product,” says Andrew. In addition to featuring the best brews, that approach also means continuing what they started with Affiné – including from-scratch breads, house-cured and processed meats, and fresh herbs and produce from a garden behind the Junk Ditch building. “The menu and beer list will be continually...

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