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Pair wines, beer with Thanksgiving feast

As you’re planning the Thanksgiving food menu, Cap n’ Cork wants to be sure the liquor menu is just as good and oh-so-perfectly paired. It suggests the following four beverages to best match your themes.

•Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay – This oaky wine gives off lemon, pear and apple aromas. Chardonnays pair well with poultry, pork, seafood or anything with a heavy cream or butter base.

•Conundrum California White Wine – This wine is a blend of a variety of other white wines: Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, muscat canelli, viognier and semillion. The wine is sweet with honeysuckle aromas mixed with some peach, vanilla, melon, pineapple and pear. Sweet white wines pair well with prosciutto, smoked fish, fresh fruit, hard cow and sheep cheeses and chicken salad.

•Meiomi Pinot Noir – This pinot noir mixes blackberry and cola aromas with layers of cherry, vanilla and oak. The wine pairs well with shellfish, turkey, chicken, mushrooms and pork.

•Founder’s Breakfast Stout – This sweet stout does double-duty as a dessert beer. It has a thick, chocolaty body and is brewed with coffee, so it’s caffeinated. Sweet stouts pair well with chocolate and heavy desserts.

Dining with Santa

A few local food shops are planning outings with Santa.

•Downtown Grind (200 Pearl St.) will have breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 and is taking reservations. Call 264-9762 to reserve your spot.

•On Saturday, Santa will be at Yum Yums, Yogurt-U-Make (10454 Maysville Road) in conjunction with a fundraiser for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. A percentage of all sales will go back to the group.

Taste of the Chamber

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce will have its Taste of the Chamber from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and is accepting applications from restaurants, caterers and food vendors.

The event features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and fills all three floors of the Chamber building (826 Ewing St.). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be bought at the front desk or online at business.fwchamber.org/Events/details/taste-of-the-chamber-2451.

Vendors interested in participating can call 424-1435 or email lstruckholz@fwchamber.org.

Thanksgiving hours

Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies & Cupcakes (3410 N. Anthony Blvd.), which is typically closed Mondays, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday for holiday orders. The bakery will be closed Nov. 22-24.

The Thanksgiving cupcake menu features three new fall creations: Caramel Apple, a cinnamon apple cupcake topped with caramel butter cream, caramel drizzle and an apple chip; Clementine, an orange cupcake topped with orange butter cream and a sugared orange zest; and Pumpkin, a pumpkin cupcake brushed with maple syrup and topped with cream cheese butter cream and walnut brittle.

New eateries

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health has recently approved the following businesses to open:

•Old World Fudge, inside Glenbrook Square, at 4201 Coldwater Road. The store opened Thursday, co-owner Cris Lamb says, and is located outside J.C. Penney, near the fountain. The store’s specialty is fudge, and it’s all made in Old World Fudge’s commercial kitchen near Parkview Field. The store had been located on the other end of Glenbrook, next to Starbucks and across from Barnes & Noble for three years. Aside from 40 flavors of fudge, Old World has gourmet chocolates and a pick-your-own-mix of saltwater taffy.

•Firehouse Subs, 4423 Coldwater Road

•Coliseum Donuts, 1530 Coliseum Blvd. N.

•Madea’s Soul, 2006 S. Hanna St.

•Indiana Family Restaurant & Pancake House, 1535 Coliseum Blvd. N.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email jyouhana@jg.net or call 461-8462. For more restaurant news, go to The Dish blog at www.journalgazette.net/thedish.

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