Rusty Dog Irish Pub owner Lee Bowers was frustrated.
After his recent travels took him to Chicago, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, he was surprised – and disappointed – to find that restaurant menus didn't accommodate for low-carb diets.
But his frustration turned into an idea.
The Huntington pub now has a new low-carb menu, featuring appetizer, entrée and sandwich items that are compatible with a Keto or low-carb diet. A new “zero net carb” bread has also been added and is available for any of the many sandwiches on the menu.
“Dining out on vacation and trying to stay faithful to a low-carb diet was difficult,” Bowers says. “Most restaurant menus are very carb heavy, and I found myself having to make multiple substitutions and special requests to stay within the dietary restrictions of a low-carb diet.”
The new menu provides carb and calorie information for each menu item to help patrons track their diet data. The pub's beer menu has also been updated with several new low-carb, low-calorie craft beer options for customers.
“Until recently, low-carb beer options were limited and mostly flavorless,” Bowers says. “They didn't include craft beer styles like IPAs and Pilsners. A few craft brewers recognized this deficiency and have created beverages that have solid beer flavor, while still keeping carbs low.”
Several years ago, the pub modified its menu to accommodate gluten-free diets and Bowers thought a menu that addressed low-carb-diet options, given the current popularity of Keto, would benefit his customers, as well.
The Rusty Dog Irish Pub, 32 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Huntington, is open for dinner at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Full menus are available at rustydogirishpub.com.
Fridays on Farm
Now in its 11th season, Hawkins Family Farm in North Manchester is hosting local chefs and breweries for the popular Fridays on the Farm.
Also known as Pizza Fridays, visitors to the farm can enjoy a unique dining experience, choosing from a menu of all-natural, locally sourced artisan pizzas baked in an outdoor, wood-fired brick oven.
In addition to brick oven pizza, locally produced beer from Junk Ditch Brewing Co. will be available for purchase.
Diners will have the opportunity to tour the farm with the owners and learn about CSA shareholding opportunities.
Guest chefs John and Lindsay Cheesebrew from Bird & Cleaver will be crafting specialty pizzas featuring seasonal ingredients in addition to the standard pizza menu that includes the traditional margherita, Hawkins Farm sausage and Hawkins Farm pepperoni.
Pizzas can be carried out or enjoyed picnic-style on the farm. Standard pizzas range from $10 to $20.
Diners are encouraged to bring blankets, table service and beverages; no napkins, utensils, tables or trash cans are available on the farm. Diners are responsible for removing all trash from the property when they are finished.
Reservations and pre-orders are not accepted; orders are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Proceeds from the weekly event benefit HOPE CSA, a nonprofit that helps pastors become healthier and more effective leaders.
Fridays on the Farm will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30. There will be no pizza served June 14 and July 5.
To learn more, go to www.hawkinsfamilyfarm.com.
HARTA and the Historic Forks of the Wabash are teaming up for the fourth annual Forks of the Wabash Uncorked event.
The event, which will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. July 12, will feature drinks from six wineries, two cider companies and six breweries. Attendance is limited to ages 21 and older.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample from each of the vendors and then buy wines and beers featured during the evening.
There will be several area food trucks on hand, including Alto Grado Pizza, Fork & Fiddle, Sol Kitchen and Whip & Chill.
A silent auction will also take place during the evening.
Tickets are $30 in advance and available at any Huntington First Federal Savings Bank, Belmont Beverages (Roanoke, Illinois Road and Time Corners) or online at www.harta-gotrails.org. There is a $10 designated driver ticket.
Tickets at the gate are $35.
Forks of the Wabash Historic Park is at 3011 W. Park Drive, Huntington. Limited parking will be available at the park, and shuttle service will be available from off-site parking at Awakening Church, Sheets Wildlife Museum, DaVita Dialysis, Healthier Pet, Huntington License Branch and the Forks Trailhead.
For details of the event, go to www.harta-gotrails.org.
• In two years, the 07 Pub has transformed a corner of Bluffton Road and Broadway from an old storefront to one of the it places of not just the 46807 neighborhood but the city. On Saturday, the bar will celebrate its anniversary. The event, which is from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., will feature live music from “The Voice's” Barry Minniefield, a beer tent, games and more.
• Skyline Chili is celebrating its 70th anniversary by sending one lucky fan to its founder's home country. This month, the restaurant will host a peel-and-win contest that gives diners the chance to win free Coneys, fries, assorted Pepsi products and a grand prize trip for two to Greece. The competition will run through June 30, with diners receiving one game piece per store visit, per day.
For full rules and details on Skyline's 70th Anniversary Peel & Win Contest, go to www.skylinechili.com/greece.
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