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IPFW classes teach how to stock, make meals

With snacks like berry smoothies and zucchini brownies, chef Margy Hooker has all your cravings covered.

She’ll teach you how to prepare them, using the freshest ingredients, during a series of one-day classes this summer for the Division of Continuing Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The classes are “Soups and Salads” (June 17), “Entrées and Sides” (June 24), “Drinks and Desserts” (July 15) and “Preserving Fresh Summer Foods” (July 22).

Besides recipes and instruction, each class will feature tips on how to stock your kitchen with organic or locally grown foods – without emptying your wallet.

Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at IPFW and Memorial Coliseum.

Each class is $59 (or $49 if you register with a friend).

To register with a credit card, call 481-6619 or go to learn.ipfw.edu.

Class in session at Rittenhouse

If you want to sample the best of German cooking, head down to the Rittenhouse in Bluffton on Monday evening for the restaurant’s monthly class.

Chef Hector Minon will demonstrate the preparation of a three-course meal, including Riesling soup, rouladen (beef rolls stuffed with vegetables and sautéed) with hot German potato salad and apple strudel.

Then guests get to try everything when it’s served to them as dinner.

The class starts at 6 p.m.

Advance reservations are $24.95; call the restaurant, 218 S. Main St., at 260-824-8112.

The next class May 24 will highlight recipes from Chile; the June class will focus on Asian cooking.

Wine festival raises money for hospice

Sample a variety of appetizers, wines and microbrews at the 24th annual Festival of Wines on May 7.

It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road.

Proceeds will benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

Meet The Journal Gazette’s “Uncorked” columnists, Dan and Krista Stockman, who are honorary chairpersons of the event. Pianist Joe Thomas will perform.

Tickets are $50 and can be reserved at 435-3222.

Or pick them up at the hospice, 5910 Homestead Road.

Peony Tea House hosts Derby Day

Break out the fancy hats for Peony Tea House’s first Derby Day party May 1.

Enjoy non-alcoholic Mint Juleps, Hot Browns (the famous Brown Hotel sandwiches), chocolate pecan pie, horseshoe-shaped sandwiches, tea and other treats.

The cost is $15.12, which is all-inclusive.

Reservations (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) are required; call 426-4832.

Tea house hours are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. It’s also open by reservation only on Mondays, weekends and evenings.

The tea house, 503 W. Wayne St., will have a Mad Hatter tea party this summer. I’ll have more details in a future column.

Fish of Stroh branch to shut doors early

As I mentioned in a recent column, Fish of Stroh will consolidate its two locations next month, which means the Pine Valley restaurant will close its doors May 2, earlier than expected.

The Georgetown Square location, which is larger, will begin serving breakfast again May 1.

And that location also will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Mother’s Day, May 9.

Mother’s Day events sought

Paula’s On Main, 1732 W. Main St., will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Mother’s Day with featured entrées, drinks and desserts. Reservations are recommended; call 424-2300.

If your restaurant will have special menus or hours that weekend, let me know by Monday.

Tidbits

•Culver’s, 3510 E. Dupont Road, is celebrating a “Day of Caring” from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of today’s sales to Parkview Hospital’s ICU for newborns.

•Hall’s Factory, 5811 Coldwater Road, will have free shrimp cocktail between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today for diners celebrating Administrative Professionals Day. Raffle prizes include a free monthly lunch for a year.

•Five Guys Burgers, a chain that counts President Obama among its fans, will open a location in Northcrest Shopping Center.

•Kung Fu Buffet will open in the Target plaza on Stellhorn Road.

•Habaneras Gourmet Grill, 9187 Lima Road, has closed.

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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