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Pan-Asian restaurant now open

Two more restaurants are adding flavor to the area’s international menu, offering “pan-Asian” fare and “farm-to-table” dining.

•With a menu of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dishes, Naked Tchopstix has opened at 8607 U.S. 24 W., behind Hilton Garden Inn.

Besides sushi, the menu features dishes such as General Tso’s chicken (or tofu), chicken teriyaki, vegetable tempura, wraps, salads, noodle and rice entrées and bento boxes. The Lee family, which created all the recipes, also owns four locations in Indianapolis and Anderson.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant has a bar, but it’s also family-friendly. For information, call 436-2211. To see the full menu, go to

•T.W. Fable has opened at 360 N. Main St. in Bluffton, in the former East of Chicago Pizza. The menu, which will change seasonally, currently features sesame tuna, filet mignon, grilled Cornish hen, pork loin, manicotti and crab-stuffed trout. Prices are $16 to $25.

Besides beer and wine, the bar serves seasonal cocktails, such as a blackberry mojito and a pumpkin martini.

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. It closes at 9 p.m. Sundays, 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For reservations, call 260-353-1360 or go to

A private dining area that seats 50 is available.

Owner Tiercell “T.W.” Schwartz is a 1998 Bluffton High School graduate who spent several years working in New York restaurants before moving back home.

The “Fable” in the name comes from the “farm-to-table” concept, he says, which emphasizes using local ingredients when possible and enjoying the entire dining experience.

He describes the atmosphere as “casual elegant” and says the restaurant is non-smoking only. He also plans to have themed tasting events.

The restaurant’s website,, is still under construction. Diners younger than 21 are welcome, Schwartz says, but the restaurant doesn’t have a children’s menu.

Bakery, olive oil bar to open this month

Two specialty food shops are expected to open this month.

•Madeleine’s Bakehouse, which has been a vendor at several farmers markets this year, will open a retail shop at Jefferson Pointe, in the former Blondie’s Cookies. Owner Amanda Pappas Uhl plans to open Oct. 23.

Besides her popular Madeleines – in lemon, chocolate, tangerine, Key lime, vanilla, coconut and lavender flavors – she’ll offer coffee cakes, sweet breads (such as banana with chocolate chips), biscotti, muffins, scones, croissant sandwiches, coffee and tea.

On Friday and Saturday nights, she’ll also offer seasonal desserts, such as crème brulee, carrot cake and coconut cake, for dine-in or carryout. The shop will also house her commercial kitchen.

And Uhl will still do brunch catering, special orders and dessert parties. She also makes a variety of birthday cakes and is experimenting with wedding cakes.

The shop’s hours are expected to be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For information, go to

•The Olive Twist, an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar, will open in Covington Plaza by the end of the month, owner Lisa Berndt says.

You can sample 15 to 20 varieties or flavors of each before purchase. Flavored oils will include butter, garlic, Herbes de Provence and chipotle.

The shop also will sell pasta and sauce, table linens, kitchen gadgets and pottery by local artists.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Private tasting parties are available.

For information, call 436-3866.

Casa, Eddie Merlot’s unveil fall specials

The Casa restaurants have several dinner features available through November.

They include bucatini amatriciana (pasta with pancetta, white wine and tomatoes) and pappardelle al cinghiale (egg noodles in a sauce with pork, lamb, red wine and rosemary). The medallion di maiale (sautéed pork with gorgonzola cheese and pistachios) is served with asparagus and a Casaburo side salad. The risotto Milanese is made with white wine, chicken stock, butter and Parmesan.

Prices are $10.79 to $12.79.

•Eddie Merlot’s at Jefferson Pointe is celebrating its anniversary until Nov. 27 with several specials.

They are a double-cut pork chop, Meyer lemon chicken, almond-crusted walleye, New Orleans mixed grill with filet mignon and shrimp, Wagyu meatloaf, Wagyu flatiron steak, filet mignon and rib-eye steak.

Prices are $19.95 to $24.95. For reservations, call 459-2222 or go to

3 area events give taste of chili

On Saturday, chili fans have three chances to sample their favorite recipes.

The first will be during the annual Wabash Chili for Charity Cook-off, which begins at noon at Paradise Springs Historical Park, 351 Market St.

Admission is free, but tasting tickets are $5. There will be food vendors, children’s activities and raffles.

Proceeds will benefit 10 local charities. For information, go to

The second event, at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site’s pavilion, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, is organized by the Rome City Chamber of Commerce.

The free chili tasting will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will be followed by the annual “Owl-oween”party, a separate event, at 6:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. Vendors will sell hot dogs, Amish baked goods, produce, pottery and other craft items. For more information, call 260-443-2718.

And the third event is the premiere Historic Forks of the Wabash Chili Cook-off in Huntington.

The chili tasting starts at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced about 7 p.m.

Tasting cups are $3 and up. Hot dogs, beverages and cookies will also be for sale.

For information, call 260-356-1903. The cook-off is sponsored by the Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority.

Congregation takes corned beef orders

It’s time for the ninth annual corned beef sandwich fundraiser organized by Congregation Achduth Vesholom.

Advance orders (before Oct. 22) are $12. After that, the lunch is $14.

The boxed lunch also includes a pickle, coleslaw, brownie and beverage.

To order, call the temple at 744-4245. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Lunches must be picked up Oct. 28 at 5200 Old Mill Road.

Proceeds will go to educational programs at the temple.

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