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Fresh café opens in Lamplight

Serving an Eiffel Tower and a Parisian Cobb club sandwich, Café Fraîche has opened at 300 E. Washington Blvd. in the Lamplight Inn of Fort Wayne.

The Eiffel Tower is stacked with turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato and lettuce on a croissant. The Parisian Cobb has turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, cucumbers, tomato and lettuce on white or wheat bread.

Other sandwiches include a BLT, grilled cheese, chicken salad croissant, ham and Swiss, vegetarian and Santa Fe turkey wrap. Prices range from $3.25 to $5.95.

In addition to a BLT salad and a Café Fraîche salad ($4.95 each), there also are bagels and Old Crown Coffee Roasters coffee.

The café’s name is French for “fresh” and is pronounced the same way. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and the café offers free Wi-Fi access.

For information, call 422-5511, ext. 214.

Albright’s offers holiday sausage, hours

Albright’s Meats & Deli, 4924 S. Calhoun St., will have extended hours this holiday weekend.

The store will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

In addition to its regular items, such as deli salads, wings and ribs (by the case, slab or in a three-pack), Albright’s has a holiday-inspired sausage, which is its spiciest version. It’s an andouille sausage with habanero pepper called “Fourth of July.”

For information, call 456-9009.

Recite nation’s pledge for free ice cream

To celebrate National Ice Cream month in July, The Works Ice Cream Café in Wabash has joined the “I Pledge” project.

From 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday in July, children 12 and younger who recite the Pledge of Allegiance from memory will receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream in a cup or cone.

The children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Works is at 396 Manchester Ave. For information, call 260-563-5995.

Lunch at Covington with an Olive Twist

The Olive Twist and Covington Bar & Grill are teaming up for some lunch events on Wednesdays starting July 13.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy soup and salad and watch Olive Twist owner Lori Berndt do a cooking demonstration at Covington Bar & Grill in Covington Plaza.

She’ll prepare a different recipe each week.

Cost is $10. Or sign up for all four sessions and pay $8 each. Advance registration is required; call The Olive Twist at 436-3866.0

Tidbits

•Loving Café, 7605 Coldwater Road, will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

•All three Fazoli’s restaurants in Fort Wayne are offering table service. That means servers will now deliver meals, with traditional plates and silverware, to customers in the dining room. Ordering is still done at the counter.

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

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