The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 1:00 am

Decuis, Violins of Hope partnering

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

A unique event will highlight the culinary tradition of the Jewish culture while drawing attention to the Violins of Hope exhibit that will make a tour stop in Fort Wayne.

As part of its Culinary Diplomacy series, A Melody of Jewish Foods will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Joseph Decuis Farm. The Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne has partnered with the farm-to-fork restaurant in Roanoke to create the menu, which will be based on a traditional Jewish meal served in Europe and Eastern Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.

Bonnie Pomerantz of the Jewish Federation says the ingredients were based on what was available in particular climates. The menu will not be kosher, but it will be served in that style, meaning that meat and dairy will not be combined and pork and shellfish will not be served.

This dinner will consist of multiple courses beginning with a welcoming cocktail and appetizers. Once seated, guests will enjoy soup and salad. The main course will be beef brisket with vegetables and a potato kugel. A selection of breads will also be available. There will be a selection of regional desserts.

Melding Jewish foods with the art of diplomacy pairs with Violins of Hope, a two-week arts and education program featuring dozens of violins that survived the Holocaust. The program begins Friday in Fort Wayne.

The cost for the dinner is $65 a person, which includes opening reception of hors d'oevres and welcome drink, dinner, dessert, tax and gratuity as well as a $10 donation to the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. Additional drinks are available at a cash-only bar.

Veterans Day specials

Texas Roadhouse will offer a free lunch to veterans and active members of U.S. military on Monday. It's the eighth year for the promotion. Veterans, including all active, retired or former U.S. military, can choose one of 10 entrees from a special Veterans Day menu and two sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/iced tea or coffee. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the local Texas Roadhouse, 710 W. Washington Center Road.

• On Monday, Olive Garden will honor all U.S. veterans and active service members with a free entrée from a select menu available during business hours. This menu includes one entrée as well as freshly baked garlic breadsticks and a choice of homemade soup or signature house salad.

Logan's Roadhouse has announced a partnership with Folds of Honor. Beginning Monday and continuing through the end of the year, guests will be able to round up their check to benefit scholarships to spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled service members.

Additionally, Logan's Roadhouse is inviting all active duty and retired U.S. military personnel to enjoy a free meal from its American Roadhouse menu in honor of Veterans Day. This offer is available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Kombucha benefit

Local beverage company Crossroads Kombucha is getting ready to kick off its second fundraiser benefiting Toys for Tots of Northeast Indiana.

Crossroads Kombucha brewed a batch of kombucha so expensive to make, they cannot sell it and make money, so they give it away. This year's flavor pairs Midwest black raspberry and whole Madagascar vanilla beans.

“Vanilla beans are expensive Madagascar or not, and the black raspberry is not a common berry produced commercially. This particular kombucha cost five times more to make than our seasonal and core flavors,” according to Tom Brookshire, company president.

“(The retailers) promise to give 100% of the money from each sale to Toys for Tots. We give them the kombucha for free, but they are in fact, giving up some beverage sales.”

The kombucha will be on tap at five Chapman's Brewing Co. locations, 2Toms Brewing Co. and Hop River Brewing. It will be in bottles or mixed drinks at Mocha Lounge, Three Rivers Distillery, Prana Yoga and Brew'Ha Coffee.

Crossroads Kombucha is an Indiana Grown member and produces 12 flavors of raw, live probiotic kombucha for sale in over 100 retailers in Indiana and Ohio.

Tastes of France

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, hospitality administration students at Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus will create and serve French cuisine to the public.

The dinner series will be on Nov. 14, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 with seating at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.

Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 480-2002. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is $5 for a glass and $15 for a bottle.

Go to to learn more.

The dinners are at Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne Campus Coliseum, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. in the Hospitality Room. Enter through door 24.

Around town

• The grand opening of Juice Jar was delayed because of a plumbing issue. The shop at 6312 Covington Road is expected to open this month.

• To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Happy Meal, McDonald's is launching the limited-edition Surprise Happy Meal with some of its most popular Happy Meal toys from the last four decades. The Surprise Happy Meal will be available at participating McDonald's restaurants beginning Thursday through Monday, while supplies last. The roster includes toys from 1988 through 2013, including the Cowboy McNugget, Hamburger Changeable, Space Jam Bugs Bunny, My Little Pony, Power Ranger and Furby.

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