Fort Wayne Food Tour –  Eat, Walk, Enjoy!
Mar27

Fort Wayne Food Tour – Eat, Walk, Enjoy!

This past Friday I was privileged to be a part of the inaugural Fort Wayne Food Tour, which was founded by Fort Wayne native and historian, Randy Harter and his daughter/digital marketing guru, Sarah Arnold.  The tour takes you through downtown Fort Wayne to eat tapas style portions at various local restaurants. Join me on my journey as I eat and tour the Fort! My tour, which consisted of 12 guests and Randy as our fearless guide, started at Don Hall’s Gas House. While I am a huge foodie and love to eat out, I normally choose the Deck (the outdoor patio across the parking lot of the Gas House overlooking the river) or even Takaoka (the entertaining Japanese hibachi restaurant upstairs) so I was excited to try something new. Our first course did not disappoint! Don Hall’s Gas House is famous for its steak and potatoes so that is exactly what they served.  A perfectly cooked filet mignon broiled at 1800 degrees topped with a garlic-herb butter, flavorful melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms seasoned to perfection. Also included was a sample tasting of a 2011 Footbolt Shiraz that paired very nicely with the steak. My favorite part was when Don Hall’s grandson Ben came out to regale us with tales of the restaurant. Apparently Don Hall was obsessed with a restaurant in Chicago called George Diamond Steakhouse. So much so that he copied it right down to the uniforms and chairs. In fact, the chairs are the original from when the restaurant opened 59 years ago! It is in the site of a historic gas plant, which is where its name comes from. After sampling our first dish, it was great to stretch our legs and start the walking portion of our tour. As an added bonus it was a sunny 74 degrees, but Randy assured us that if it ever did rain he came equipped with ponchos.  The tour covered a 1.25 mile loop and was a very easy walk –  I did it in heels! (Although I am a professional shorty…the recommendation is to wear shoes that would be comfortable for a mile walk.) Randy brought history to life as he regaled us with stories about the Wabash and Erie Canal (we literally stood in the middle of where the canal used to be), the former German-American bank, which was renamed Lincoln National Bank & Trust Co due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, and perhaps the most harrowing was a story of how Anthony Wayne’s bones came to their final resting place after the flesh was boiled off of them. While I am not from Fort...

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Hop On Brew Tour!
Sep20

Hop On Brew Tour!

  Fort Wayne Hop On Brew Tour – September 24th, 2016 Midwest microbreweries have been recognized as some of the best in the country and even best in the world for years now. With Fort Wayne’s beer history and Mad Anthony Brewing Co’s presence along with a few other local breweries that have come and gone, Fort Wayne is no stranger to the concept of ‘drinking local’, but in recent years it has become clear that Fort Wayne natives have a real thirst for the innovation and local flair found with this resurgence of microbrewing. Lucky for us, there are local entrepreneurs putting themselves out there to bring us our a number of new Fort Wayne brands. While many of us microbrew enthusiasts have developed a taste for established microbrews that we are now able to buy at almost any local bar or liquor store, the spirit of supporting our own local startup microbreweries is evident with the quick success the newest breweries are experiencing here in Fort Wayne. In this spirit of supporting our local microbreweries and a bonus of supporting the local charity CTN, YLNI and CTN have come together to put on the Fort Wayne Hop On Brew Tour partnering with four of our local microbreweries : · Junk Ditch Brewing Company · Mad Anthony Brewing Company · Summit City Brewerks · Trubble Brewing Tickets can be purchased here and all proceeds go towards Community Transportation Network. Register now and get a free T-Shirt while supplies last. Check-in will be 1:45pm at Parkview Field’s Silver Lot, and we’ll return to the Silver Lot about...

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Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!
Mar04

Mark Your Calendars for Artlink’s Gallery Crawl!

For one evening, Artlink, a non-for-profit gallery dedicated to exhibiting diverse art and providing education for the community, is hosting its very first Pop-Up Art Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne. The event will feature local artists, musicians, and venues on Thursday, April 14 6-9 pm. Thanks to funding by The Downtown Improvement Project, this anticipated event will include a walking tour through downtown Fort Wayne where participants will see original work available for purchase in vacant businesses throughout the city. At each of these locations, music will be provided by hometown bands and singers. Food and a cash bar will also be available at every stop on the Art Crawl so participants can experience all the sights, tastes, and sounds of the city at this one-day event. Confirmed artists, musicians, and restaurants include: Artists: Jerrod Tobias Julie Wall Toles Jason Swisher Daniel Deinelt Justin Johnson Jeremy Stroup John Leavell Theopolis Smith Musicians: Alicia Pyle James & The Drifters West Central Quartet Andy Pauquette Paul Stephens Left Lane Cruiser Restaurants: Oyster Bar Bar 145 Hall’s Restaurant Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits Stay tuned! In anticipation for the Pop-Up Gallery Crawl, Living Fort Wayne will release a series of articles about the featured artists participating in tour. Before the event in April, check out upcoming articles to learn more about individuals behind the artwork. Tickets for the April 14th Art Crawl are currently available for purchase online at www.artlinkfw/GalleryCrawl at $15 per person and $25 per couple. Wristbands will be limited to the first 500 participants. Prizes also can be won by using #GalleryCrawlFW at all locations during the event. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and...

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LFW Fun File
Sep10

LFW Fun File

Enjoy outside while the Fort Wayne weather is nice. There are plenty of outdoor events in this Fun File edition! If you wish to see your event on our Fun File, please email info@livingfortwayne.com. All these events and more are on our calendar. 1. Grabill Country Fair 2. Lovestruck: A Fundraising Event 3. Free Showing of Fellowship of the Rings!! 4. RideGreen 2015 Bicycle Pub Tour 5. Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s 17th Annual OktoBEERfest 6. Pinestock 2015  7. West Central Home & Garden Tour  8. Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown 9. Second Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party 10. ACRES Grand Opening of Spring Lake Woods and...

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