LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant
Jul06

LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Chair, Victoria Sarjeant! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role with Living Fort Wayne is Chair. I decided to volunteer because I was already a blogger and I thought it would easily fit into my current personal activities. I also wanted to get involved with YLNI for a while and this seemed like the perfect area to get my start. I started as a writer in July of 2017 and became Vice Chair in November of 2017. I became Chair in early June 2018. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne  I love to stay busy volunteering, blogging, or making crafts. I am active with the Emerging Leaders Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters. If I am not working with any of those things, I am probably watching Netflix with my cats, Jacob and Amber. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If it was a different country, I would have to say Norway. That fits since most of my heritage is in the Scandinavian countries. If I went to any other city in the US, it would have to be Boston or Seattle. I am obsessed with Revolutionary War era history and Boston is full of it. I love Seattle because I love the scenery around the city and the atmosphere. I also love Maine! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would most likely take a visitor out to eat at a local restaurant or bar. Normally I take people to Wine Down, Hoppy Gnome, or JK O’Donnell’s. People don’t come somewhere and expect to go to a chain. I think those are all great examples of the unique places we have to offer. I also have friends that come just to go to DeBrand Fine Chocolate. Growing up in central Indiana, we didn’t really have a place like that...

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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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