Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest coming to Headwaters Park
Sep26

Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest coming to Headwaters Park

Release from Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest The first Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is set to take place at Headwaters Park on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The city will join others from Los Angeles to London in hosting this type of festival. Through the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest, attendees will be able to experience a plant-only diet and vegan lifestyle firsthand and learn more about local and regional offerings. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to: Sample plant-based (even gluten-free) foods including pizza, burgers, guacamole and chips, noodle bowls, sloppy joes, cheese, chili cheese fries, burritos, pastries and baked goods, ice cream shakes and more Tease the palate with complimentary tastings of vegan food Visit vegan, fair trade and eco-friendly vendors Meet adoptable dogs available through the Allen County SPCA Listen to speakers discuss how to help the environment by adopting a zero-waste lifestyle Enjoy live music from Alyssa Enright, Kelsie Cotie and Be Colony Participate in kids’ activities – yoga, trivia, vegetable gardening, and more Listen to children’s book readings from local author Heather Leughmyer Learn how to cook plant-based foods through a cooking demonstration by a Fort Wayne plant-based instructor Participate in a 30-minute all-levels yoga class taught by Dani McGuire of Pranayoga Get questions answered by a panel of local vegans and plant-based activists, including Dr. Kristen Gerhardstein and Black Seed Vegans Sip a beer from four local breweries, including Hop River, Junk Ditch, Trubble and Chapman’s Try kombucha, tea or Mexican coffee “We’re excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can improve their health, lessen their impact on the environment and reduce animal suffering,” said Heather Dahman, festival chair and founder of the Fort Wayne & NE Indiana Vegans & Vegetarians Group, in a prepared release. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is open to all ages and free to the public (however, fees will apply to beer and foods and goods being sold by vendors) from noon to 6 p.m. A special VIP hour will run from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., which will allow early access to all of the food and vendors for one hour before opening to the public. Tickets are $15, and only a few are still available. At the event, attendees will have a chance to complete a “bingo” card with visits to select vendors and be entered to win a grand-prize package, including plant-based meals from the popular delivery service Sprinly and cookbooks from Ben Bella Vegan Publishers. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is made possible by generous sponsors who include Mitchell’s Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Kaya Organics, the Health Food...

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Pembroke Bakery & Cafe – Restaurant Series #1
Feb17

Pembroke Bakery & Cafe – Restaurant Series #1

I don’t know about y’all but after 25 years, I needed a little spice and newness to my diet. I have been to the same restaurants over and over in Fort Wayne since I was a little girl. Granted, they are good, but I needed some variety. So I decided to change that. I ventured out! I wanted to try new foods and explore what other cuisines my city had to offer. I was happily surprised to find a lot of restaurants and places I have never been to. Places where each meal I tried was delicious! And now, through Living Fort Wayne, I want to share that exploration with you! My goal with this series is to introduce you and myself (continuing to look for new places) to a variety of foods and drinks, all from restaurants/cafes that are locally owned. Places that add an interesting piece to Fort Wayne’s awesome and vibrant city-puzzle. Time to venture out to and embrace all your taste buds! I’ll hold your hand, I promise. A great place to start is Pembroke Bakery & Cafe. Hint: I started here. Pembroke Bakery & Cafe is one of my favorite downtown spots. Located inside the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, this place captivates what a hip urban cafe should be. I always have a hard time picking what to eat here. Some of my favorites are the Roman pizza and New Mexican black bean and corn burger.     The selections change daily and include vegan, gluten free options and a Kosher-approved menu. Health nuts and meat lovers alike will enjoy this place. I am not a nutritionist but if it is green, it’s healthy…and there’s lots of green here! Not only is it a restaurant, Pembroke also offers catering options, cooking classes and an informational blog. Pembroke Bakery & Cafe is located on 300 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN., 46802. In the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. It is open Monday-Friday: 7am-9pm (8am during January), Saturday: 8:30am-6pm and Sunday: 12pm-5pm. Permission by Pembroke Bakery &...

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Fort Wayne – A Veg-Friendly City?
Feb06

Fort Wayne – A Veg-Friendly City?

Well, is it? On the surface, it would seem not. Let’s face it – before I relocated here from Seattle, when I thought “Vegan Friendly”, Fort Wayne was not the first city that came to mind. A quick Google search for ‘Vegan restaurants in Fort Wayne’ returned a meager five listings – and only one of them truly vegan – The Loving Cafe, Chipotle, Flat Top Grill, Naked Tchopstix, and Pembroke Bakery & Cafe. All are good restaurants in my opinion, but hey, a girl likes a little variety when she goes out to eat. I’ll admit, I was a bit disheartened by my search results. After all, I had recently come here from the land of gluten-free this and organic that. I had almost resigned myself to just skipping eating out altogether and cooking at home every night when a fresh resolution to find veg-friendly restaurants came to me. And then I started digging. The results were pleasantly surprising. Although the restaurants in Fort Wayne that call themselves vegan can be counted on one hand, the vegan-friendly restaurants are far more numerous. The Dash-In, for example, has a few vegan options on their menu (psst – try the Black Bean Cakes, they’re delicious!), and places like Red Robin, Moe’s, Penn Station, and Ruby Tuesday have options that allow you to “veganize” your meal – but then, of course, you are rolling the dice on how your food is prepared. There are also the more exotic options – most Thai, Ethiopian, Chinese, and Asian Fusion restaurants have vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu. Then of course there are options like the Co-Op, if you feel like choosing from their prepared dishes section and picnic-ing it. So what’s my final answer to the question of vegan friendliness, you ask? It’s a yes, given you know where to look (and there’s plenty of room for improvement). I’m only speaking for myself here, but I could definitely forego the endless online menu-perusing to hunt for vegan options when I want to go out for a meal. And with the growing number of customers crying for vegan food, the market is certainly growing. So if you ask me, Fort Wayne is undoubtedly ready for a few more vegan restaurants, or at the very least, restaurants that offer a vegan menu. So until then, I’ll just keep looking. Veg-on, friends....

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In Search of the Holy Kale: Healthy Grocery Options in Fort Wayne
Jan23

In Search of the Holy Kale: Healthy Grocery Options in Fort Wayne

My road to going vegan has been a long one. Shortly after turning twenty-one, I became a vegetarian (eliminating meat, but keeping dairy and eggs).  Late last year, and over a decade after going vegetarian, I did a 3-week long detox and cleanse and discovered dairy was not doing my body any favors, either.  On a quest to ‘eat clean,’ I decided a vegan diet was the best option. I had two missions before I would commit: I had to be able to continue to bake delicious sweet treats in my own oven (I wasn’t giving cookies up for anyone) and I had to have some sort of acceptable cheese replacement.  Oh, and I preferred that my vegetables looked, well, good enough to eat. Like most folks, I wanted to do my research before I committed to the vegan life.  Giving up dairy and eggs is no simple task; they’re in pretty much everything. So, I bought books. A ton of books. And researched online, searching further and further into the depths of the internet. And it turns out, you can pretty much ‘vegan-ise’ anything (even cheese! Hallelujah!).   The challenge was how to find some of the less than mainstream ingredients needed to make all the vegan deliciousness I was looking to try. How was I going to accomplish such a task?  After all, we here in the Summit City are heavy on Wal-marts and light on Farmers Markets (especially in the cold dark days of January). Enter Fort Wayne’s two primary health food stores: Three Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery (http://www.3riversfood.coop/) on Sherman Blvd. and the aptly named Health Food Shoppe (https://www.facebook.com/hfs.fw‎) on North Anthony. The Co-op is an easy place to wander about marveling at the sheer number of vegan (and gluten-free, and vegetarian, and organic, and all natural…) foods.  Their produce section offers an array of organic and colorful veggies and fruit.  They have a large section of bulk foods that will supplement anyone’s dietary needs as well as tons of convenience and pre-packaged foods.  I even spotted a box of vegan prawns (!) in the freezer section. The co-op also boasts a great deli with tons of homemade food that they make and you take home, along with a well-stocked vitamin and health & beauty section.  The staff are friendly and always ready to help when you’re in search of red lentils but have never actually seen one in your life (all you know is they’re supposed to make one heck of a soup…and they may or may not actually be red). The Health Food Shoppe is equally impressive.  I was especially awed with their gluten-free...

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