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Coffee shop auction, bakery helping Haiti

If you’re looking for a way to help earthquake victims in Haiti, some local eateries are engaged in relief efforts.

•Old Crown Coffee Roasters, 3417 N. Anthony Blvd., will have an art show and silent auction starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. (It’s still looking for artists and crafters to donate items). Proceeds will benefit Mustard Seed Ministries.

Eddy Bazile, a Haitian native who is executive director of Fort Wayne Rescue Ministries, will speak about 8 p.m. The silent auction ends at 9 p.m., and the event runs until 10 p.m.

Admission is free. Appetizers, coffee and alcoholic beverages will be for sale. For information, call 422-5282.

•The Bakery, 2461 Hobson Road, is selling $2 sugar cookies to benefit the American Red Cross. Hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 6 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For information, call 755-6904.

Canal Haus on tap in New Haven

Hall’s Commissary Restaurant in New Haven is turning its banquet room into the Canal Tap Haus, expected to open next month.

The menu will feature appetizers and some dishes from the restaurant, at 216 Indiana 930 W.

A full bar will be available, with seating for 55.

I’ll have more information in a future column.

Author, PBS star backs ‘Blessings’

Renowned chef Rick Bayless will visit Fort Wayne in August for the third annual “Blessings in a Backpack” fundraiser at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Bayless owns the award-winning Frontera Grill and Topolobampo restaurants in Chicago. He’s written six cookbooks and stars in the PBS series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.”

He and his staff created the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports small Midwest farms.

The national “Blessings in a Backpack” program sends non-perishable food home with needy kids each weekend during the school year, and several Fort Wayne schools participate.

For information, go to www.blessings-in.com.

Tickets for the dinner are $750 each. To sponsor a table, call Mike Gouloff at 424-9080 or Paul Sauerteig at 423-2353.

Bourbon Street adds to menu

Sink your teeth into an alligator sausage and shrimp quiche, a new menu item for $9.95 at Bourbon Street Hideaway.

Other new dishes include Royal Street Cajun flatbread with shredded chicken, Cajun spices and cream sauce ($7.95); and Nola black and blue salmon in a Cajun crust with a bleu-cheese glaze ($17.95).

The restaurant will serve Mardi Gras specials Feb. 16.

And the three-course “Cajun celebration” meal – soup or salad, an entrée and a dessert – will return soon. Prices start at $19.95.

For reservations, call 422-7500.

The restaurant is at 135 W. Columbia St., in the basement of Columbia Street West.

Valentine’s Day specials abound

If your restaurant will have special menus or hours for Valentine’s weekend, let me know. I’ll run another list next week.

•Granite City Food & Brewery, 3809 Coldwater Road, will have a dinner-for-two special Feb. 14. Enjoy spinach and artichoke dip, choice of starter soup or salad, entrée and caramel-apple crumble. Entrée choices are honey-rosemary filet, salmon Oscar, ravioli or walleye. It’s $49.99 (which doesn’t include tax or gratuity). No reservations will be taken. Also, the regular Sunday brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prime rib, eggs Benedict and more.

•Toscani Pizzeria, 120 W. Wayne St., will offer dinner for two for $25 on Feb. 14. Get two pasta dinners, with mini house salads and breadsticks and two glasses of wine. For reservations, call 423-6706.

•The Rib Room, 1235 E. State Blvd., will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations are accepted; call 483-9767. Children are welcome in the family room area.

•Marko’s on 2nd in Decatur will offer its usual Southern Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), plus dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Brunch is $9.99; kids 9 and younger eat for free. The menu changes each week. Marko’s also will celebrate Mardi Gras on Feb. 16. The restaurant is at 135 S. Second St. For reservations, call 260-724-8880.

•Black Pine Animal Park in Albion will have its third annual “Cats and Cocoa” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13. Regular admission rates apply but include complimentary cups of cocoa. Theevent will happen, rain or shine.

Peony Tea House has murder afoot

Figure out who did the dastardly deed when Peony Tea House has its next murder-mystery dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

Roles are available for six women and six men; the rest of the diners will investigate. Space is limited to 20 people.

It’s $31.50, which is all-inclusive.

Reservations are required; call 426-4832 by Sunday.

The tea house, 503 W. Wayne St., also will have another “chocolate lunch” Feb. 20 with an entrée, salad, chocolate teas and various treats.

It’s $15.12, which is all-inclusive. Reservations are required.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail sscarlett@jg.net or call 461-8313.

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