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Groceries raise cash for cancer

Sample some healthy snacks at local Kroger and Scott’s stores today as part of the annual Cancer Day fundraiser.

The stores will donate 2 percent of today’s sales to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and the American Cancer Society. Customers also are encouraged to “round up” the total of their grocery bill through Oct. 16.

And as part of this year’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign, many Kroger and Scott’s employees were featured as cancer survivors on packaging or displays with Kroger’s vendors. One survivor is deli clerk Karen Barton, who is pictured on boxes of Totino’s pizza rolls. She will be honored at the Village of Coventry store at 8 a.m. today.

In 2009, the Kroger/Scott’s Cancer Day raised more than $87,000. For the past 31 years, the annual event has raised more than $4.4 million for local cancer organizations.

October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Coldwater Chappell’s gets new owner, name

Run-down from running two Chappell’s restaurants, Gary Chappell recently closed and sold his 5820 Coldwater Road location.

The new owner soon will reopen the restaurant under a different name, with help from the current chef and manager, Chappell says. He still owns the building and the land.

“It’s just a good financial move for me, time-wise. I just don’t want to work 85 hours a week any longer,” Chappell says, adding that he is very involved in his business and does his own bookkeeping.

Meanwhile, Chappell’s Coral Grill in Covington Plaza will stay open; call 456-9652.

•A second House of Greens has opened at 6709 W. Jefferson Blvd. in a spot that once housed Espresso Gallery. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; it’s closed on Sundays. For information, call 444-5647.

•Early next year, Quaker Steak & Lube will open a location at 407 Coliseum Blvd. W., in the former Don Pablo’s spot. The chain’s menu features steak, burgers, wings, ribs, sandwiches and salads.

Barr Street Café plans luncheons, holiday tea

The student-run Barr Street Café in Anthis Career Center will have several luncheons for the public.On Friday, the menu will feature mushroom crostini, ginger-pumpkin soup, squash risotto with duck and sage, spinach salad, fried parsnips and a pear tart.

On Oct. 22, it will include a cranberry and feta pinwheel, squash soup, chicken stuffed with arugula and prosciutto, beet salad and pumpkin ice cream.

Each lunch is $12.50.

Hours for both are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The café will have a holiday tea Dec. 3 for $10. To reserve a slot, call 467-1031.

This semester, the culinary students are providing meals for the Grile Administrative Center four days a week. Instructor Melissa Snider says she hopes Barr Street Café will reopen with regular hours in February.

Acme offers German meals, football deal

For its version of Oktoberfest, Acme Bar & Grill will offer German dinners starting at 5 p.m. Wednesdays this month.

Each week’s entrées will be different but will include dishes such as Wiener schnitzel, sausage-potato chowder, bratwurst and sauerkraut.

The entrées are $10 and include a salad and bread.

The Acme, 1105 E. State Blvd., also will have a Monday night football special each week during the season.

If you buy a bucket of beers – five glasses in each, with prices starting at $10 a bucket – you can get a free order of chipotle wings.

The offer starts at 6 p.m. Mondays and ends when the wings run out.

La Margarita has ‘Spooky Specials’

Get your fill of “Spooky Specials” on Wednesdays this month at La Margarita, 2713 S. Calhoun St.

The first is a dine-in special from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when you can order two La Margarita lunch specials for $9.99, which doesn’t include tax or gratuity.

You can match several items, such as a taco and a burrito. Fillings include pork, chicken, steak and ground beef. The specials also include rice, beans and chips and salsa.

Or get two baby-back rib dinners for $19.99, plus tax. They also include salad, a potato and Texas toast. This offer is also for dine-in customers only.

La Margarita’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.

Craft Beer Festival to benefit clinics

Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road, will have a Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sample from 50 craft and homebrew beers, plus enjoy live music, brats and chili.

Advance tickets are $20; get them at Wooden Nickel or Belmont Beverage locations. They’ll also be available at the door for $25.

The fundraiser will benefit the Jerome & Marganelle Henry Foundation for Neighborhood Health Clinics.

For information, call 432-8966.

Cerulean plans Oktoberfest feast

Cerulean Garden, the outdoor area of Cerulean Restaurant in Winona Lake, will celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday.

From 2 p.m. to midnight, half of the event’s sales will be donated to Winona Lake Trails.

The garden menu will feature grilled house-made brats, Spanish-style potatoes, draft beers and wine by the glass.

Each item requires one food ticket. Each ticket is $5.

That event follows the 10K Hash Ride & Run. Registration begins at noon at Cerulean, 1101 E. Canal St. The race starts at 1 p.m.

The $15 entry fee includes a brat and beer after the race. Half the fee will be donated to the trails’ maintenance fund.

The course, which you can walk, run or bike, follows the trail system through the woods.

Rittenhouse serves surf and turf special

Filet mignon and lobster ravioli are part of a new surf and turf special at the Rittenhouse restaurant in Bluffton.

Besides the hand-cut, 8- to 10-ounce Black Angus filet, the meal also includes an appetizer, soup or salad and dessert. It’s $39.95.

The other fixed-price menu features a grilled ahi tuna with mango chutney, appetizer, soup or salad and dessert. It’s $29.95.

And starting at 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, diners can enjoy a prime rib dinner for $21.95. It is served with soup or salad, baked potato and vegetables.

For reservations, call 260-824-8112.

Bakeries whip up new indulgences

•Vanilla Bean’s Biscotti & Pastry Boutique, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., has new retail hours, which are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call 415-4652 or order online at The shop also is making new cupcakes, such as spumoni (with pistachios and raspberry butter cream) and mango with optional toasted coconut.

•Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, is selling pumpkin cake squares and pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting for $1.50. It also has pumpkin pies ($9), mini pumpkin pies ($1.50) and caramel apple pies ($9). Spice cakes with apple filling and caramel or cream cheese icing are $12 for a 6-inch cake and $25 for an 8-inch version. To order, call 747-2992.


•The annual Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Wayne Marriott, 305 E. Washington Center Road. To reserve tickets or tables, call 482-4201 or go to

•Hall’s Guesthouse Grille, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, will have a prime rib buffet starting at 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is $16.99. For reservations, call 489-2524, ext. 413.

•During October, Anastasia’s Cafe, 5723 Coventry Lane, will offer a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and house beverage for $8.50. It’s also selling homemade caramels, mulled apple cider and pumpkin spice lattés made with real pumpkin.

•Starting Friday, the Emporium at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke will sell wine. The shop will offer 300 varietals from 60 countries, many of which are on the restaurant’s wine list.

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