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Hoist stein for chance to win Germany trip

Four area restaurants are participating in this year’s Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting competition, which means a local hoister could win a trip this year to Germany during Oktoberfest.

The competition involves holding a 32-ounce German beer stein straight out for as long as possible, says Katie Webb, owner of Dicky’s Wild Hare, which participated in the event last year and will again this year. The stein, she clarifies, is full of water – no use wasting good beer.

The event has men’s and women’s categories, and each participating location enters its winning time into the Sam Adams website, along with participating restaurants and bars across the country. The hoister with the winning time receives that trip to Germany.

Last year, Dicky’s female winner held out her stein for four or five minutes, Webb says, and the man held his for nearly 10.

Want to participate? Here are local restaurants having hoisting competitions:

•Quaker Steak and Lube, 407 Coliseum Blvd. W., 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday

•Dicky’s Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 27

•Champions Sports Bar, 1150 S. Harrison St., 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27

•Deer Park Lodge, 1530 Leesburg Road, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28

Gluten-free demo

It’s impossible to deny: Going gluten-free is trendy.

For by-choice and by-necessity gluten-free eaters, Lutheran Health Network will sponsor a cooking demonstration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kroger Marketplace Café (9601 E. Dupont Road). A Kroger chef will prepare four dishes – a salad, a soup, an entrée and a dessert – and Lutheran dietitians will be on hand to answer questions.

People claim that eating gluten-free helps with weight loss, provides more energy and aids digestive problems, says Julie West, clinical dietetics specialist at Dupont Hospital.

But West, who will be at the cooking demo, does not recommend the diet to anyone who does not have celiac disease or other gluten intolerances.

“You need to eat smart,” she says. “For the general public, I don’t think there’s any benefit of following it.”

Mexican dinner

Normally closed on Sundays, BakerStreet (4820 N. Clinton St.) will be open at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 for a Mexican Street Food Craft Beer Dinner.

The event will include 12 craft brews from six breweries (Dark Horse, Flat 12, Triton, 3Floyds, New Albanian and Thirsty Dog) and six stations of Mexican street food. The stations will be spread throughout the restaurant and outside, and each will have its own chef, beer expert and two beers.

To buy tickets, which are $60 and will be for sale through the event, go to


This year, the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir turns 40 and is having a fundraiser to celebrate.

Today is the second half of the event, taking place at Ruby Tuesday (1050 Coliseum Blvd. E.). The restaurant will donate 20 percent of some sales to the choir, with the money to be put toward the group’s music education programming.

To qualify for the donation, go to to download the Ruby Tuesday flier, which must be presented for a portion of your check to be donated to the choir.

Coming soon

Fort Wayne has a few restaurants on the horizon.

•There is a sign for Tran Restaurant at 2310 S. Calhoun St., the former Burmese restaurant True Friend Tea House.

•There is a “Coming Soon” sign up at 7755 Coldwater Road for a restaurant to be called Salsa Grille. The location was once It’s Playtime, an indoor playground.

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