The Harry Potter Magic Returns to Fort Wayne
Jan16

The Harry Potter Magic Returns to Fort Wayne

The magic returns this coming weekend, courtesy of the Salvation Army. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this is the perfect event for you to attend. Unlike last year’s Yule Ball, this year they are delving into the world of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, so break out your 20s clothing and your wands and get ready to party like you got accepted to Ilvermorny. Not only is the event fit for muggles and wizards alike, 100 percent of proceeds benefiting families in need through The Salvation Army. View this post on Instagram #throwback to last year’s Hogwarts event for the Salvation Army! #slytherin #safortwayne A post shared by Victoria Sarjeant (@sarjve01) on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:28am PST The event will be held at The Orchid, so the look and feeling will be a little different than last year. If you are looking for just a small dabble into the wizarding arts, you can choose the Diagon Alley Basic Entrance. which includes the following: potions a class with Professor Snape the TriWizard Tournament Challenge from Escape Fort Wayne detention with Professor Umbridge herbology class from Country Farm & Garden history of magic class care of magical creatures Borgin and Burkes Vanishing Cabinet defense of the dark arts with All Star Martial Arts charms class with Amanda Kessens from Young Living a sorting hat experience boarding room assignments from Ivy Tech Community College Dance Lessons with the Beauxbatons by Fort Wayne Dance Collective Goblet of Fire Entry character interactions a first year wizards room (children’s area) moving hall photo ops a commemorative Marauder’s map and costume/trivia contests. You can get a Platform Ticket which includes a personalized Owl Mail Acceptance Letter and themed dining experience (“Weasley Style” and “Mandrake” (Vegetarian).  The last option is the 1920’s Fantastic Beasts Ball. You can experience dinner, Ilvermorny house sorting and badge ceremony, music, dancing, The Blind Pig lounge singers, character interaction (including the Second Salemers), complimentary photos, silent auction, carriage rides (weather permitting), event keepsake, and of course, specialty dessert from Kowalski’s Bakery.   What you need to know Dress is strictly 1920’s formal nomaj The event will be held at The Orchid, 11508 Lincoln Hwy East New Haven, IN 46774. Tickets can be purchased here Event is sponsored by Escape Fort Wayne and The Orchid To donate to the silent auction, you can click here or drop off monetary donations to The Salvation Army at 2901 N. Clinton...

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Winter Market Series: Chef Eric Wears More Than One Hat
Jan16

Winter Market Series: Chef Eric Wears More Than One Hat

Have you heard of Chef Eric? Have you ever felt like a rockstar in your own home? Do you love coffee and food and WINE? Well, I’ve got news for you! And it comes to you in the first of our Winter Market Vendor Series posts. This is exciting for me. As much as I love the Barr Street Market, YLNI’s Winter Market has totally won me over. There’s something about scavenging through vendor’s booths at the Ash Center every other Saturday that just makes me happy. It’s like summer inside. Live music plays, the aroma of food and Fort Wayne’s finest food trucks simmers in the air. People are happy here. And the vendors just keep getting better and better. This week, my focus is on Chef Eric. A local celebrity in my book, I have seen his booth and heard his name mumbled fondly since I began writing for Living Fort Wayne. But the markets are only a small piece of the pie. Chef Eric Braun is a personal chef, author, consultant, TV host, entrepreneur, philanthropist and an all-out stand-up guy. I met with him recently over lunch. And, after sending back cold soup (we laughed about this since obviously, they didn’t know who they were serving) he talked candidly about what has brought him to this point in his very successful career. Eric Braun wears much more than a chef hat. So the best way for me to explain is to highlight each of his endeavors individually. Personal Chef Chef Eric was born, raised, and now lives in a kitchen. Ok, not really. But it certainly seems that way. His parents owned and ran Snow White Kitchen on Creighton and Calhoun streets from 1949-1982. It was your classic diner, and had many followers. This is where he found his passion. When the diner closed, Chef Eric moved to Indy to start his own business. He has worked in food service operations, managing, teaching and (most importantly) cooking, his entire life. Ten years ago, Chef Eric and his family moved back to Fort Wayne. It was his aging parents and true love for family and connection that brought him home. It was his love for food that made him a personal chef. The years of brilliantly creating delicious dishes had put a toll on Chef Eric’s weight and health. He had to make some changes, so he lost 150 pounds. Of course, it wasn’t that easy. It required some serious lifestyle changes, specifically what, and how he ate. Well, naturally this wasn’t something he was willing to sacrifice. The answer came in “small bites”. Tapas, of course. Chef Eric was ahead...

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