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This January file photo shows Steve Gard, owner of The Oyster Bar at 1830 S. Calhoun St.

Treat Dad right with beer meal

Ah, Father's Day.

Also known as the day when dads fire up the grill and cook a steak dinner … for themselves. It might seem a bit unfair, but if it's what Dad wants, you just have to go with it.

Still, Oyster Bar owner Steve Gard wanted to give dads a chance to sit back, relax and have a beer without having to cook.

On June 8, the 1830 Calhoun St. restaurant is hosting a craft-brewed beer tasting dinner. It will feature a five-course dinner prepared by sous chef and beer enthusiast Paul Liming. Each dish will be paired with a brew from Five Star Distributing, and a company expert will be on hand to discuss the subtleties of each.

The Columbia City company distributes such craft beers as Batch 19, Upland Brewing Co. and New Holland Brewing Co.

The event kicks off with social time at 4 p.m., during which guests can sample the beers that will be featured throughout the evening. The first course will be served at 4:30 p.m.

The dinner cots $67.50, which includes social time, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited; call 744-4940 for reservations.

More places to buy

Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies and Cupcakes is expanding its retail reach as its cookies are now available at Earth Fare.

The bakery's gluten-free chunky chocolate with salted pecans, lemon ricotta, and molasses oatmeal cookies will be sold as grab-and-go options in the bakery section of the store.

Earth Fare stores feature products that come from within 100 miles of that specific location, as well as family producers, which are vendors local to one of Earth Fare's locations. Vanilla Bean, which has a retail store at 3410 N. Anthony Blvd., is among local producers for the 704 E. Dupont Road grocery.

Mailbag

Reader Carol Butler recently emailed me, seeking a fix to her lemon ice cream craving. The author was used to buying the tart frozen treat in her native Georgia but hasn't been able to locate it since moving to Fort Wayne.

I thought it would be an easy find but, as it turns out, lemon ice cream is a rarity. I found sorbets and ices but no ice cream on my Kroger shelves. Dining Out columnist Ryan DuVall suggested Grabill Dairy Sweet, but the shop sells soft serve – not hard ice cream.

But all hope is not lost. Carousel Ice Cream, 717 Broadway St. in New Haven, makes a lemon custard ice cream described as creamy and tart. The shop is close to opening its second location at 1937 E. State Blvd. A manager at the New Haven shop said the first week in June is the target.

Ride, fundraiser

The Freedom Riders motorcycle group will host a Father's Day Shepherd's Ride from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15 at Quaker Steak & Lube, 407 Coliseum Blvd. W.

Quaker Steak & Lube will donate 20 percent of all sales from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to The Shepherd's House, a nonprofit residential/transitional housing center for alcohol and chemically addicted men 18 and older.

Riders and guests can enjoy two for $24.99 menu options at The Lube and register to win a Myrtle Beach Golf Giveaway.

Registration for the ride starts at 1 p.m., kickstands go up at 2 p.m., and an after party with live entertainment begins at 4 p.m.

Free iced coffee

Participating McDonald's restaurants in the area are celebrating summer by giving away iced coffee.

Now through Sunday, restaurants will give away a 12-ounce McCafé Iced Coffee for free. There is a limit of one per customer, per visit. No purchase is necessary.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8462.

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