When Deb Baxter started her Wine & Canvas events last May, she knew she wanted her own studio. And while the learn-to-paint-while-you-drink-your-wine events will still go on at local establishments such as Naked Tchopstix and Biaggi’s, Wine & Canvas officially has its own space in Covington Plaza, at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., next to Taj Mahal Grocery and Gift.
For now, the studio will be home to only the children’s event, Cookies & Canvas; the first public one was Monday. After the studio receives its liquor license, which owner Baxter expects in March, it will start hosting the Wine & Canvas events.
Baxter, formerly a professional muralist, hires contract artists to create their own artwork and teach classes. There is a small stage in the corner of the studio where the artist can walk the class through painting while the participants sip on their choice of beer or wine.
They don’t call us starving artists for nothing, she says. Selling your own artwork is a lot harder, and Wine & Canvas gives Baxter a different business outlet while still keeping her involved in the art world.
The studio is long and thin, with two banquet-style tables in the front room, each equipped with a small black easel and black cushioned stool. A smaller room in the back can host private parties – adult or children’s birthdays, bachelorette parties or even a girls’ night out, Baxter says.
Classes are $35 a person or $20 for Cookies & Canvas.
More taps on tap
After seeing how well its craft beer options did last year, BakerStreet, 4820 N. Clinton St., is increasing its number of taps from nine to 16, likely within the next month, manager Lysa Pelkington says.
The menu of craft beers will rotate, including selections from a variety of regional breweries such as Dark Horse Brewing Co. from Michigan and Three Floyds Brewing Company from Munster.
BakerStreet will also host an Irish Whiskey Dinner at 7 p.m. March 18. The meal includes five courses, each paired with a different Irish whiskey.
There is no deadline to get tickets, but similar dinners have sold out in a few days, Pelkington says. To reserve a spot, go to www.bakerstreetfortwayne.com. Tickets are $60.
Cooking class, tasting
The Olive Twist will have a cooking class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at its Auburn location, 115 N. Main St.
Paula Kaufman, owner and operator of Clearly Good Food in Fremont, will lead the semi-hands-on class in cooking chicken and vegetable pasta, grilled romaine with creamy dressing, and chocolate and strawberry tiramisu.
The Fort Wayne location, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., will have an in-store tasting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Anthony Wayne Rotary Club will have its Wild Game and Wine Tasting Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Culinary students will prepare the dinner, which will include wild duck, pheasant, quail and elk.
Al Brothers, a past president of the club, says he came up with the idea for a wild game dinner, and he approached Ivy Tech last year to see whether the culinary program would be interested in helping out. This is the rotary’s second dinner, and each course will be paired with a different wine from Cap N’ Cork.
To buy tickets, which are $125 a person, contact Brothers at 438-2141 or AlfredB209@aol.com.
There is a large sign at The Village at Time Corners saying Asakusa is coming soon. This will be the second location for the sushi restaurant. It will be between Healthkick Nutrition Center and Uncle Bill’s Pet Superstore.