How to Crush Friendsgiving in the Fort
Nov16

How to Crush Friendsgiving in the Fort

Thanksgiving is the time when those friends from out of town come around, everyone takes time off work, and we can’t wait to show our old chums the recipes we learned to cook all by ourselves. This perfect storm spawned the creation of a new holiday that millennials dub Friendsgiving. Anyone who has ever attended a Friendsgiving feast knows the warm fuzzy feeling of sharing potatoes with the people you love most. These folks also know that Friendsgiving is about equal contribution as all parties must bring a dish to share.   Here is the ultimate guide on how to crush Friendsgiving in the Fort: 1. First Stop: Organic Groceries Your friends deserve only the very best Friendsgiving ingredients. Where better to find locally sourced organic produce than the Three Rivers Co-op?   2. Don’t skip on the bread Bread rolls are a staple at any Friendsgiving. Show your friends you have good taste and care about keeping your money local by showing up to the party with these GK Baked Goods pretzel and pan dolce rolls. And let’s face it, millennials are just plain over boring bread. A post shared by GK Baked Goods (@gkbakedgoods) on Nov 12, 2017 at 7:16am PST 3. Be proud to partake of our pecan pie Abigail’s Confections is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies now. Whether it’s apple, cherry, sugar, pumpkin, chocolate or one of each, your Friendsgiving is not complete without one of these decadent desserts. A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Nov 10, 2017 at 7:08am PST 4. Everything Pumpkin Spice Thanksgiving is your last chance to indulge in those pumpkin spice cravings that come around once a year. Satisfy your heart’s desire with the people you love most with these limited edition pumpkin chai cupcakes from Zinnia’s Bakehouse. A post shared by Zinnia’s Bakehouse (@zinnias_bakehouse) on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:03am PST 5. Provide plenty of wine Of course you are not going to go through all the work of putting together an elaborate Friendsgiving feast without the perfect bottle(s) of wine from Wine Time. Whether you choose to share with your guests or not… we won’t tell 😉...

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Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives in Fort Wayne
Nov15

Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives in Fort Wayne

Ahhh, Thanksgiving.  That time of year where you haven’t completely transitioned into full-holiday-panic mode but you’re slowly beginning to realize that there is not enough time, money, or coffee to make it through to the end of the year.  Well, you’re in luck!  Instead of chopping, roasting, and baking this year, why not let someone else do the work and you can sit back, relax, and actually enjoy your Thanks- or Friends-giving? Listed below are some places around Fort Wayne that will make your day stress-free and delicious. So, if you want to avoid the hassle of cleaning the house, finding the good silverware, kenneling the dogs (because Aunt Nancy is allergic), and wrestling the board games out from the attic so the kids will stay out of your hair long enough to finish those pies, then there are several local restaurants that will be taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day.  But don’t wait – they are filling up fast! Or, if you think your family or friends won’t go for a restaurant for their holiday celebration, then you could stay home and let someone else do the cooking by looking for the restaurants that have a take-out option.  (Several have deadlines to order your holiday fare, so call ahead!) With all the extra free-time this Thanksgiving, you can focus on the important things like which wines to have on hand for your family and friends and where you hid the Cards Against Humanity that will be played much, much later in the evening.   Bob Evans Phone: Coliseum Blvd. – 260.484.8848, Dupont Rd. – 260.490.6096, Meijer Dr. – 260.492.2035, Coventry Ln. – 260.436.2566 Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Locations: 520 E. Coliseum Blvd., 46805; 2935 E. Dupont Rd., 46825;  5135 Meijer Dr., 46835; 5785 Coventry Ln., 46804 Serving: Full menu Price: Menu priced Take-out option: Yes   Cracker Barrel Phone: Washington Center Rd. – 260.489.1855, Maysville Rd. – 260.492.7500 Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Locations: 1609 W. Washington Center Rd., 46818; 10427 E. Maysville Rd., 46835 Serving: Full menu plus a special of roasted turkey and dressing and a choice of one of their country vegetable sides Price: Menu priced Take-out option: Yes, traditional Thanksgiving fare available 11/19-11/27 with 24 hours’ notice recommended   Don Hall’s Guesthouse Grill Phone: 260.489.2524 Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: 1313 W. Washington Ctr. Rd., 46825 Serving: Buffet with ham, turkey, prime rib and other traditional fare Price: $22.99 for adults, $7.95 for children aged 3-10, and free for children under 3   Don Hall’s Triangle Park Phone: 260.482.4342 Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: 3010 Trier Rd., 46815...

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LFW Fun File
Nov26

LFW Fun File

1. Tinsley Ellis at C2G Music Hall Friday, November 20th at 8 pm 2. A Christmas Story the Musical at the Civic Theatre, Friday November 20th and Saturday, November 21st at 8 pm and Sunday, November 22nd at 2 pm. 3. Artament -at Artlink Contemporary Gallery and Cinema Center, Saturday, November 21 from 6 til 9 p.m. 4. 20th Annual Turkey Trot 5k at Fox Island 5. Philharmonic Masterworks: Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Saturday November 21st from 7:30 pm til 9:30 pm 6. Great White at C2G Music Hall Saturday, November 21st at 8 pm 7. Junk Ditch Brewing Brunch – Green Frog Inn, Sunday November 22nd from 10 am til 2 pm   8. Let’s Comedy! Presents Kyle Kinane – Calhoun Soups Salads and Spirts, Monday November 23rd at 9 pm 9. Exposure Opening Reception at 3223 Carroll Rd on Tuesday, November 24th from 6 pm til 10 pm 10. Night of Lights in Downtown Fort Wayne, Wednesday, November 25th from 5 pm til 8...

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Galloping Gobbler
Nov25

Galloping Gobbler

Hey Fort Wayne! Are you in town tomorrow for Thanksgiving and looking for something fun and active to do? If so, then the Galloping Gobbler 4-mile race is for you! I’ve done this race for the past 4 years and it’s a lot of fun to run or walk as a family. It’s something I look forward to on Thanksgiving because personally I love running outside, no matter how cold it is, but it gives me an excuse to enjoy Thanksgiving later without feeling as guilty. Plus who doesn’t love the idea of burning calories before eating Thanksgiving dinner later? Runners can expect live music, a turkey costume mascot, a real live turkey, and most importantly to have a great time! Veep Races is the company who organizes not only this event, but several other races in the Fort Wayne area throughout the year. The race director is Mitch Harper. The Galloping Gobbler starts at the University of Saint Francis Hutzell Athletic Center and winds through  Lindenwood Cemetery before finishing back at the campus. In the fall, the cemetery has pretty scenery and runners can expect several big hills along the course which adds a bit of a challenge! Thanksgiving Day Start Time: 8:30 am Race Day Packet Pick up: 7:10 am Pre Race Packet Pick up and Registration: Wednesday November 25th from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm at the Hutzell Athletic Center at University of Saint Francis 4 mile course map: To learn more: http://www.veepraces.com/?races=galloping-gobbler Be sure to check out Veep Race’s next 4 mile race: The Gingerbread Pursuit on Saturday December 12th in downtown Fort Wayne! I hope to see you guys out tomorrow and want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Kelsey...

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LFW Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions
Nov24

LFW Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions

Here’s a list of Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions! Enjoy! Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Last year, I joined some friends who had established a tradition of a nighttime downtown run (3ish miles), to end precisely in front of the Santa during the lighting ceremony. I thought it was very cool (and a little cold 🙂 ) Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair For the past few years, my friends and I have gathered everyone together for a weekend in November for a festivity that we have affectionately dubbed “Friendsgiving.” We try to plan it out in advance so that our friends that live out of town can join in on the fun. Basically, we just divvy up all of the responsibilities so that everyone brings a dish or a drink and then we share everything! It’s a fun way to celebrate a holiday that’s typically reserved for family with all of our friends. We eat way too much food, have a little (or a lot of) wine, play games, and revel in the fact that we can successfully cook a turkey. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer I live in less square footage than is appropriate for hosting gatherings. Luckily, I have cool friends — and my favorite traditions are my friends’ holiday parties. Unlike other (obligatory) seasonal shindigs, these events don’t require biting my tongue through a political discussion or trying to remember everyone’s spouses’ names. To help us all unwind after hours of “quality family time,” I have a friend who hosts a “PTSD” gathering (an appropriate acronym for Post-Turkey Superfluous Drinking). This year, a few other friends are hosting a Boxing Day Brunch carry-in — with a strict pajamas-only uniform. (Because honestly, who wants to wear real clothes on Dec. 26th?) Beside the non-traditional gatherings, I also love the festive December races. The Ugly Sweater Run lets you wear your holiday worst for a fun, uncompetitive jog downtown. For more “serious” runners, the Gingerbread Pursuit lets you make fresh tracks in a lovely morning snowfall (usually), and includes a freshly baked gingerbread cookie at the finish. Emily Farmer – Street Team Chair With 3 young kids who pick and choose what foods they like/don’t like on a daily basis, Thanksgiving can be stressful… especially after spending hours in the kitchen only to have the kids eat a peanut butter sandwich. Oddly enough, after all these years of cooking and entertaining, both my Mom and Mother-In-Law opted for a low-stress and no-mess Thanksgiving last year. So now our new annual “non-traditional” Thanksgiving consists of our families meeting at Cracker Barrel for lunch (where the kids can...

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