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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:00 am

Firefly kitchen update means more food

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Firefly Coffee House has been known for its coffee drinks, cozy atmosphere and supporting local artists since it opened nearly 20 years ago.

But the North Anthony Boulevard coffee spot is taking on renovations, creating a place where it can be known for its food as well.

The back room is being updated into a full-fledged kitchen, with a new full-size gas stove with griddle, fryer and hood system, and dishwasher. A concrete pad is being poured to make room for a walkout cooler and freezer.

Cyndi Demaree, who owns Firefly with husband Paul, says the changes result from another new addition – beer and wine.

She says they have considered adding beer and wine for many years but made the decision after bringing on their oldest daughter to manage Firefly.

Demaree, who says her children grew up in the café, says having her daughter there has brought a new voice and a new set of eyes to the operation.

Firefly currently has six wine options – red, white and moscato – and 15 beer choices, including local brews from places such as Mad Anthony Brewing Co. and Chapmans Brewing Co.

When the renovations are finished in mid-August, the menu will expand from cookies, cake, quiche, sandwiches and salads to include pizza by the slice, more vegetarian and gluten-free options, and more choices for kids.

The pizza – a sourdough crust variety – is her husband's specialty, Demaree says. She adds that having a full kitchen will allow the cafe to cook nearly anything.

Firefly is open during the renovations. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Local breweries fare well

Local breweries were among the medal winners at the 2018 Indiana State Fair Brewers' Cup, which recently took place at the state fairgrounds.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Hop River Brewing Co. and Junk Ditch Brewing Co. brought home top honors at the competition, which celebrates the growing craft brewing scene.

Hop River, one of the newest breweries on the Fort Wayne beer scene, won first place in European Amber Lager for Maestro; first place in the German Wheat and Rye Beer category for Harrison St. Wheat and second in best of show for Maestro.

The Harrison Street brewery describes Maestro as a European lager that is slightly sweet with a deep, bready malt.

Mad Anthony won bronze in the European Amber Lager for its Auburn Lager and silver in the American Ale category for Six 2 Midnight Session IPA.

Junk Ditch Brewing Co. won first place in the Dark Lager category for Mr. Jacklette.

Green Egg event

Connolly's Do it Best Hardware is putting out a call for a few good eggs. Or a few good Eggheads, at least.

On Aug. 18, Connolly's will host its fifth annual 3 Rivers EGGfest – which brings together users of the Big Green Egg line of outdoor smokers – at its 515 E. DuPont Road store. Participants at the event prepare food while paying attendees then sample all the delicious eats and vote on their favorites.

Connolly's donates money raised from ticket sales to NeighborLink, a local charity that completes home improvement and maintenance projects for at-need individuals and families.

Connolly's supplies two Big Green Eggs, 10-by-10-foot tent, charcoal, firestarters, prep and presentation tables, chairs, plates, napkins and more for participants.

Those interested in learning more or signing up to participate in 3 Rivers EGGfest can go to www.3riverseggfest.com or call Lauren Mathews at 637-1800.

Around town

Bishop Dwenger High School is hosting a food truck rally from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays this summer through August in the school's parking lot. This event is open to the public.

Trubble Brewing, 2725 Broadway, is hosting Beeriversary Artist & Artisan Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Booths will be in the area around the fountain, which will be roped off, so you can sip a brew or other adult beverage while you browse. This is a free event.

Dairy Queen is offering people who download their new mobile app a free blizzard after registration. Users get weekly deals and other offers through the app.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8304.