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The Dish

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New restaurant tours Mediterranean

Serving Mediterranean cuisine, Maza Grille has opened at 10812 Coldwater Road in the former Sun Rise Café, which moved down the road to Pine Valley Shopping Center.

Dishes include falafel, baba ganoush, hummus, lamb kebob and gyros, plus American favorites such as burgers and chicken tenders.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, call 637-4800.

•The Friendly Fox, 4001 South Wayne Ave., has a new team of owners and a revamped menu of soups, salads and sandwiches.

Everything still is made from scratch, including the quiche, chicken salad, Cuban sandwich, oriental chicken wrap, grilled ham and cheese, veggie panini, BLT, grilled cheese, turkey sandwich with bacon-onion chutney, cheesecake, Key lime pie, cookies, brownies, muffins and scones.

Fall hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to midnight Thursdays (karaoke night) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays for brunch.

The owners are Becky Fox (niece of original owner Trish Fox), Kendra and Dan Saurer, and Matt Capps. For information, call 745-3369.

•Coldwater Landing will open at 5820 Coldwater Road in the former Chappell’s Steaks & Seafood.

2 bakeries mark openings

Yum-Mee’s Bakery is expected to open Sunday at 1320 E. State Blvd. in the former Scott Bakery. It will offer gourmet cupcakes, plus specialty cakes, scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, coffee and tea.

Owner-chef Terry Mee has worked at the Palmer House Bakery in Chicago and the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans.

Cupcakes include a PB&J version, lemon and strawberry, vanilla bean, caramel and chocolate, Black Forest, Red Velvet with cinnamon cream-cheese frosting, and a Terry-Mee-Su with chocolate, espresso cream and mascarpone butter cream.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For information, call 483-4765.

Recently, I mentioned Madeleines Bakehouse will open at Jefferson Pointe, in the former Blondie’s Cookies, near DeBrand’s. The grand opening is Saturday.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The shop also is open by appointment 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays.

For information, call 255-4175 or go to www.madeleinesbakehouse.com.

Lawyers gather for chili cook-off

Here’s your chance to judge the lawyers.

The annual Trial by Fire Chili Cook-Off: Round Two, with recipes prepared by local attorneys and legal professionals, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday on the 12th floor of PNC Center, 110 W. Berry St.

Categories include Fire Alarm, Wild About Mild, No Beans About It, You Name It and white chili.

Cornbread, crackers, cookies and beverages will also be available.

Admission is $5. Each “vote” is $1 and winners are determined by the amount of money each raises.

Proceeds will benefit Fort Wayne Toys for Tots.

Dicky’s donates to fight child abuse

Dicky’s Wild Hare will donate 10 percent of today’s food and beverage sales (excluding alcohol) to the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children.

Download the flier at www.lewis centerforchildren.org and present it to your server at the restaurant.

The non-profit, formerly called the Child Advocacy Center, provides forensic interviews for children involved in sexual abuse cases. It serves eight counties in northeast Indiana.

Dicky’s is at 2910 Maplecrest Road.

DeBrand donates to counseling center

Forage the chocolate buffet during the 16th annual DeBrand Fine Chocolate Extravaganza on Nov. 5, a fundraiser for Family & Children’s Services.

The event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Freemason’s Hall, 216 E. Washington Blvd.

Besides the buffet and a chocolate fountain, there will be appetizers from Agaves Mexican Grill, Club Soda, Hilton Fort Wayne, MyMenu and Splendid Fare. A coffee bar and a cash bar will be available.

Advance tickets are $25 ($12.50 is tax-deductible). To reserve them, call 744-4326.

All proceeds from the silent auction and half of ticket sales will benefit the non-profit counseling center.

‘Vino, Java & Jazz’ to aid Easter Seals

Several local restaurants will offer a taste of their best dishes during the annual fundraiser for Easter Seals Arc on Nov. 5.

“Vino, Java & Jazz” runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Ceruti’s Summit Park II, 6601 Innovation Blvd.

Besides Ceruti’s, other restaurants will include Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits; Casa Ristoranti Italiano; Catablu Grille; Cerulean Restaurant; Chappell’s Coral Grill; Coconutz; Granite City Food & Brewery and Orchard Ridge Country Club.

There will also be a wine tasting and a silent auction. Items include Indianapolis and Cleveland “getaway” packages, VIP tickets to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and in-home dinner parties.

The University of Saint Francis Jazz Combo will perform.

Advance tickets are $60 or $100 for two. Tables of eight are $400.

To reserve tickets by Friday, call 456-4534, ext. 267.

Tidbits

•Beach Bums Burgers, 620 W. Washington Center Road, is celebrating its first anniversary today by offering food samples and a 10 percent discount.

•Waynedale Bakery is selling pumpkin rolls and Swiss rolls (chocolate with vanilla icing) for $12. Each serves 10 to 12 people. Pumpkin sugar cookies are $8 a dozen. To order, call 747-2992.

•Baskin Robbins in Northcrest Shopping Center has closed, but a Smoothie King will open there after renovations.

•A new Subway will open at 7002 Bluffton Road.

•Wu’s Chinese restaurant, destroyed by fire before it could officially open last spring at 4411 Coldwater Road, will be rebuilt.

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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