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Wine, celebrities on tap for fundraisers

There’s a virtual buffet of fundraisers on the horizon, so here are some opportunities to toast a good cause:

•Northern Indiana Public Radio will have a “Picked by the Pros” wine tasting and fundraising dinner on Friday at the Masonic Temple, 216 E. Washington Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m. The seven-course dinner, prepared by Club Soda, starts at 7 p.m. Dan and Krista Stockman will discuss the wine pairings, and the University of Saint Francis Jazz Quintet will play. Advance tickets are $125 or $800 for a table of eight. Call 452-1189 or go to

•Parkview Foundation’s eighth annual “Cookin’ Men” fundraiser will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. Sample soups, appetizers, entrées and desserts made by 80 local celebrities. Proceeds go to the mobile mammography program. There will be a silent auction and a cash bar. Advance tickets (for those 21 and older) are $65; additional tickets are $50 to $40. Get them at; follow the “View Calendar” link.

•Lutheran Health Services’ 25th annual Festival of Wines will be May 6 at the Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Road. This fundraiser for Hospice Home is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It also will include microbrews, an appetizer buffet and chocolates by Key III Candies. Tickets are $50. Reserve them by calling 435-3222 or buy them at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road.

New Ground Coffee Co. opens on Clinton

New Ground Coffee Co., 5925 N. Clinton St., has opened in the former Naked Clay Café.

Besides coffee and tea, the menu features muffins, cookies and baked goods, plus cheesecake on weekends, while it lasts.

The coffee house, which has a drive-through, is owned by New Ground Community Church.

Starting Sunday, it will celebrate its grand opening with daily specials all week.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call 444-5450.

Mother’s Day meals on the menu

If your eatery will have special menus or hours for Mother’s Day, please let me know by Monday.

•Paula’s on Main, 1732 W. Main St., will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with filet mignon, wild salmon, halibut, grilled scallops, soft-shell crab, almond walleye, shrimp scampi and mozzarella-stuffed chicken. Reservations are recommended; call 424-2300.

•The Rib Room, 1235 E. State Blvd., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving the regular menu and a prime rib feature with salad and potato for $19.95. For reservations, call 483-9767.

•China Palace, 5810 Bluffton Road, will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Moms get a free appetizer. For information, call 747-0370.

Culver’s offers deals for 2nd anniversary

Culver’s, 6527 W. Jefferson Blvd., is celebrating its second anniversary this week with daily $1 specials.

Today, enjoy short milkshakes. Thursday’s deal is corn dogs and on Friday, you can get a single scoop dish or cake cone.

Family Fun Night runs from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight with children’s activities.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

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