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  • Cleanses part of menu at juice bar
    A “celebration on a cellular level.” It's what the cold-pressed, unpasteurized juices from Jai Juice & Cafe offer, owners Julia Haller and Dani McGuire write on its
  • Cleanses part of menu at juice bar
    A “celebration on a cellular level.”It’s what the cold-pressed, unpasteurized juices from Jai Juice & Cafe offer, owners Julia Haller and Dani McGuire write on its website.
  • Tom's Donuts adds shop
    Melissa Wasson grew up around the doughnut business. Her family has been working with Tom's Donuts since 1980 – before she was born.

Alligator, steaks on menu at new spot

Crab cakes and alligator tails.

You can enjoy both at Coldwater Landing, which opened Tuesday at 5820 Coldwater Road in the former Chappell’s.

The menu also features ribs, steaks (rib-eye, filet mignon and London broil), pasta, pork chops, chicken and seafood, including scallops, ahi tuna, walleye and salmon.

Most entrée prices are $13.95 to $33.95.

Hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch hours will be added eventually.

For reservations, call 483-9841.

Owner John Smith also owns several golf courses in Ohio.

•The Olive Twist, an olive oil and vinegar tasting bar, has opened in Covington Plaza. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Owners Lori and Terry Berndt will have a grand-opening celebration Nov. 13. For information, call 436-3866 or go to

•Chuck and Bird’s Market & Deli will open at 4301 Fairfield Ave. in the former Hartley’s.

•El Ranchito will open at 4104 N. Clinton St. in the former Legends Sports Bar.

Animal rescue groups to host fundraisers

Two area animal rescue organizations will have fundraising events Saturday.

•The fourth annual Paws and Claws Gala, which benefits the Allen County SPCA, will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center ballroom.

The event includes a silent auction of more than 100 items, which include restaurant gift certificates; Komets, TinCaps and Fort Wayne Philharmonic tickets; wine; and golf and dinner packages.

There will be appetizers and desserts from local restaurants, plus a wine and beer tasting. Participating eateries include Baker Street, Chop’s, Club Soda, Fresh Market, McAlister’s Deli, MyMenu and Vanilla Bean’s Biscotti & Pastry Boutique.

Mike Conley will provide the tunes.

Advance tickets are $40, or $75 a couple; they will be $50 each at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend.

To reserve tickets, call 744-0454 or go to

•The annual Fur Ball will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Rice Toyota of Warsaw dealership on Indiana 15, just north of U.S. 30.

There will be appetizers from local restaurants, a cash bar, silent auction and entertainment.

Admission is $30. To reserve a spot, call the shelter at 574-267-3008.

For information, go to

Moosewood testing saucier barbecue ribs

Because Fort Wayne diners prefer their barbecue ribs swimming in sauce, Moosewood BBQ will try a new saucier version this month in addition to its usual dry-rubbed smoked ribs.

Depending on customer feedback, the restaurant might keep both versions permanently.

From Fridays to Sundays in November, you can order all-you-can-eat ribs, pecan chicken, tilapia or catfish for $10, which includes the salad bar.

Moosewood, 5775 St. Joe Road, also has new $5 lunch specials, which are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The specials are boneless wings, a smoked Moose burger, Cuban sandwich with smoked ham and pork, pulled pork sandwich and fish sandwich (catfish or tilapia). All are served with fries.

If you order one of the lunch specials, you can get a 20-ounce soft drink for 79 cents or a 16-ounce smoothie for $1.79. Smoothie flavors include banana, strawberry, wild berry, peach and piña colada.

NovemberFest at 800 Degrees

Celebrate “NovemberFest” on Nov. 10 at 800 Degrees Wood-fired Pizza & Pub, 10020 Lima Road.

Chef Matt Rogers will make Scotch eggs (a hardboiled egg wrapped in ground sausage, dipped in bread crumbs and deep-fried), pumpkin soup and “porketta” sandwiches, which have thinly sliced roasted pork on a ciabatta roll.

Festivities begin at 3 p.m. There is no cover charge.

For information, call 490-0111 or go to

Rittenhouse plans Thanksgiving buffet

The Rittenhouse in Bluffton is offering two dinners for $20, with bruschetta, choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert of the day.

Entrées include cheese ravioli, fettuccine Alfredo, manicotti, spaghetti with meatballs and pesto penne.

The restaurant will have its Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25. It will feature turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, a salad bar and desserts. It’s $16.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids ages 5 to 10 and $4.95 for ages 4 and younger.

For reservations, call 260-824-8112.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, and 4 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

New owner, burger at Snug Café

If you want to combine the best of breakfast and lunch, try the new Farmer’s Burger at the Snug Café, 126 W. Market St. in Bluffton.

It features a fried egg, American fries and mayo, all on top of the burger.

It’s one of the new items owner Thomas Sullivan added after he bought the diner this summer. He also remodeled the dining room.

Another major change: Everything is made from scratch.

Daily lunch specials include fried chicken on Thursdays.

Besides the burgers, salads and sandwiches (including hand-breaded tenderloin) available at lunch, the dinner menu features steak and pasta. The Friday fish fry starts at 4 p.m.

Most dinner prices are $6 to $11.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call 260-824-0718.

Clay’s thanks vets with free meals

Clay’s Restaurant near Fremont will offer free meals to veterans from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 11.

The special includes a choice of four entrées (pork chop, beef pot roast, fried fish or spaghetti with meat sauce), vegetable, dessert and drink.

The restaurant is at 7815 N. Old 27 on Lake George.

Clay’s also will have a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 25. For reservations, call 260-833-1332.


•Vanilla Bean’s Biscotti & Pastry Boutique, 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., will have a wine, cheese and dessert tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets are $30; call 415-4652.

•La Margarita, 2713 S. Calhoun St., will continue its Wednesday lunch special in November. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., dine-in customers can order two lunches for $10, plus tax. Each includes two items, rice, beans, chips and salsa.

•The November special at B. Antonio’s Pizza is a 14-inch specialty pizza and an order of stuffed breadsticks for $20. The pizza of the month is baked potato with roasted potatoes, bacon, rosemary, green onion, mozzarella, Gouda and ranch dressing. To order, call 485-2400 (Chapel Ridge) or 490-9222 (Lima Marketplace).

•The recent March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction raised more than $45,000. The Fort Wayne Marriott team won the People’s Choice Award again, this time for its New York strip on a wonton with a Bloody Mary shrimp shooter.

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