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IPFW students offer ‘Taste of Switzerland’

Each semester, students in IPFW’s hospitality and tourism management department bring a world of cuisine to the Summit City.

This time, they’ll be serving “A Taste of Switzerland” on Tuesday evenings through Dec. 6 at the Mastodon Grill in the Holiday Inn at IPFW.

The entrées include flank steak; cabbage rolls stuffed with veal, smoked ham and pork; veal roulade with bacon, cheese and sage; veal in a seasoned cream and mushroom sauce; pork pot roast; and a dish of bread, cheese and ham that’s infused with white wine and topped with a fried egg.

Entrée prices are $4.99 to $16.99.

The menu also has vegetable bean soup, a mixed salad, appetizers, tarts and tortes.

The dinners are available from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

For reservations, call the hotel at 482-3800.

Besides planning the menu, the students create a budget and business plan, market the event and manage the restaurant each Tuesday.

New restaurants on the horizon

•Former Hartley’s owner Pamela Downs and chef Lisa Williams will open Honey on the Table by the end of October at 2461 Hobson Road, which was formerly The Bakery and the Simple Goodness Bake Shop.

The café and gourmet market will offer seasonal, made-from-scratch dishes, including soups, sandwiches and salads, plus artisan breads, cakes, muffins and cookies. It will be open for lunch Mondays through Saturdays. Custom catering will be available.

Eventually, the café will serve beer and wine. Downs and Williams also plan eventually to offer cooking classes and other events. I’ll have more information in a future column.

•800 Degrees Wood-fired Pizza plans to open a shop at 5139 Illinois Road. The opening date for this second location is not yet known.

Craft beer festival at Deer Park

More than 50 microbrews will be available during Deer Park Irish Pub’s second annual craft beer festival Oct. 8, which will be a fundraiser for the Jerome & Marganelle Henry Foundation for Neighborhood Health Clinics.

Breweries will include the regional Bell’s, Three Floyd’s, Upland and Founders.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. will sell bratwurst, pulled pork and German potato salad.

Riegel’s Pipe & Tobacco will have a cigar table. Scratch & Sniff will provide the tunes.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. They’re available at Deer Park, Wooden Nickel and Fort Wayne Belmont Beverage stores.

The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

For information, call 437-8254.

Beer tasting, dinner to raise money

Raise a glass to the big cats during the fifth annual “Lions and Tigers and Beer, Black Pine!” on Saturday at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion.

The outdoor event, which begins at 6 p.m. rain or shine, will have a beer tasting, pulled pork dinner, silent auction, tours and music by DJ TKO.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Order them by Friday at or 260-636-7383.

You must be 21 or older with valid photo ID to attend.

All proceeds go to the non-profit refuge, which is home to more than 75 rescued exotic animals.

More tastings, fundraisers

•The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will be Oct. 6 at the Fort Wayne Marriott, 305 E. Washington Center Road. The tasting event and silent auction starts at 6 p.m. The live auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150. Reserve them at

•United Way of Adams County will have its third annual wine tasting and silent auction from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mirage Banquet Hall, 1640 Winchester St. in Decatur. Tickets are $25, which includes appetizers. To reserve them, call 260-728-2056 or go to


•La Margarita, 2713 S. Calhoun St., is offering several specials through Christmas for dine-in customers, including $5.99 beef nachos. If you buy a lunch entrée or a South of the Border dinner, you can get a second one (of equal or lesser value) for half price. Light Bites are excluded from this offer.

•In October, B. Antonio’s Pizza will offer balsamic chicken on a pizza and a salad; both are topped with apples, pecans and gorgonzola cheese. To order, call 485-240 (Chapel Ridge) or 490-9222 (Lima Marketplace).

•Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, is making round challah bread for Rosh Hashanah. Plain loaves are $2.50; those with raisins are $3. To order, call 747-2992.

•McMillen Center for Health Education launched the Family Table project to encourage families to eat dinner together at least three nights a week. For tips and recipe ideas, go to or Family Table Online’s Facebook page.

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