Savor Fort Wayne 2015

Savor Fort Wayne is a foodie’s dream come true, and it’s back again this year! With over 25 different eateries participating in the 12 days of deals, this year is sure to be better than ever!

This year’s event kicks off on January 14 and spans through to January 25. As part of the fun, each participating restaurant will offer a special three-course meal at a discounted price you can’t beat! And there is a little something for every taste palette.

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Craving Mexican? Hit up one of Fort Wayne’s best spots, El Azteca. Thinking about getting some sushi? Try either of Asakusa‘s locations in town for great food and a great atmosphere. Or if traditional food is more your speed, head to any one of the Hall’s restaurants, Guesthouse, Gashouse, The Factory, The Tavern, or Triangle Park. There are even some great Italian options, as well like  Casa and Toscani’s.

If you need gluten free or vegetarian dining options, Savor Fort Wayne has you covered, too! Try Red River Steak House or JK O’Donnell’s for gluten free options, and hit up Eddie Merlot’s or Bandido’s for vegetarian meals.

For a full list of all the participants and their menus, check out Savor Fort Wayne’s webpage. Check their Facebook page as well as Visit Fort Wayne’s for updates about the event! Join in the action , and let us know about your Savor Fort Wayne experience by using #SavorFW.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Your Guide to Buying (and Preparing!) Unique Holiday Food in the Fort

What are you hungry for this holiday season? Are you craving the traditional Christmas ham with all the trimmings? Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more adventurous? Read on to find a few new holiday food ideas- and where you can find the ingredients in the Fort.

Christmas Goose

We’ve all probably heard of the traditional Christmas goose, or read about it many times over in classic novels. I mean, who can forget the joyous feast Scrooge witnesses with the Ghost of Christmas Present at the home of the Cratchits in  A Christmas Carol? If you’ve ever wanted to try this Old World delight, you’re in luck! You can pick up your own goose at Tim Didier Meats.

Tim Didier Meats
3205 North Wells Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone: (260) 482-8400

Recipe Recommendation:  Roast Goose

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Christmas Duck

If not a goose, how about a duck? Believe it or not, roasted duck is a very popular center of the Christmas meal in many countries around the world, especially in Europe. Here in Fort Wayne, you can get fresh duck at Hill’s Meat Market.

Hill’s Meat Market
3211 Lower Huntington Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46809
Phone: (260) 747-5288

Recipe Recommendation: Vanderbilt Traditional Christmas Duck

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Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Yep, figgy pudding is a real thing, folks, not just a line in one of your favorite Christmas carols. The thing is, though, it’s not actually pudding. It’s a souffle. “The British version of fruitcake,” to be precise. According to homecooking.com, “Figgy pudding is a spice cake-like souffle made with figs and walnuts. It is moist, delicious, and easy to make.” Find your figs at The Fresh Market.

The Fresh Market
6306 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260)459-9691

Recipe Recommendation: Figgy Pudding

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Feeling Nordic? For something completely different, one reader highly recommends Swedish potato sausage. “We get it from Albright’s across from Southgate Plaza. Good stuff.” I have to admit that after looking through some recipes, this sausage looks absolutely yummy.

Albright’s Meats and Deli
4924 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
(260) 456-9009
OR
2820 Maplecrest Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 485-0003

Recipe Recommendation: Baked Potato Sausage

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Chorizo-Stuffed Roast (Boliche)

Put a Cuban flair on your holiday meal and serve up boliche, which is an eye of round roast stuffed with chorizo (spicy pork sausage) and ham. It’s sure to put a kick in your festivities! A great place to pick up the chorizo is George’s International Market. Get a quality of eye of round roast at Jamison Meats.

George’s International Market
2021 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 420-5565

Jamison Meats
3423 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-4158

Two additional locations

Recipe Recommendation: Boliche
 
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If you try any of these recipes, or if you’d like to share your own, please comment below. Happy Holidays!

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Restaurants Serving up Christmas Day dinner

Had enough of the Christmas hustle and bustle by the time Christmas Day rolls around? Well, if a big Christmas feast is the last thing you want to worry about, don’t panic! Fort Wayne has a number of delicious options for eating out on Christmas that are guaranteed to be relaxing and no fuss for you.

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IHOP:  1535 W. Washington Center Road (490-4467), open 7am-2pm

             4403 Coldwater Road (483-8435), open 6am-2pm

                 6839 W. Jefferson Boulevard (432-9040), open 7am-2pm

Champions Sports Bar : 1150 S. Harrison Street (467-1638), open 4pm-9pm

Great Wall: 3824 W. Jefferson Boulevard (432-8258), open 11am-9pm

                       10264 Coldwater Road (497-8889), open 11am-9:30pm

China Palace: 5810 Bluffton Road (747-0370), open 11am-8:30pm

House of Hunan: 5626 Coldwater Road (482-9402), open 11am-9pm

Yen Ching: 6410 W. Jefferson Boulevard (436-7788), open 11:30am-2:30pm; 4:30pm-9pm, reservations preferred

Asakusa: 6224 Lima Road (490-6888), open 4:30pm-9pm

                  6401 West Jefferson Boulevard (432-9888), open 1:30pm-9pm

Hainan House: 1820 Bluffton Road (747-3936), open 11:30am-9:30pm, reservations accepted

Wu’s Fine Chinese:  4411 Coldwater Road (483-0899), open 11am-9:30pm, reservations preferred

Please feel free to comment, and let us know if we’ve missed any! And, as always,  happy holiday feasting!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Sweets So Geek: Unique Confections Not To Be Trifled With

Chatting with “Sweets So Geek” owner Chad Seewald it quickly becomes apparent where the soul of “Sweets So Geek” comes from. Today, Seewald and some generous family volunteers including his wife Heather are preparing for their retail shop’s grand opening. Pouring another mug of coffee that has no doubt been drained and refilled a couple times this week, there’s a palpable sense of excitement tinged with just the right amount of exhaustion. “It’s the first time I’ve felt this tired and feel like I haven’t been working,” says Seewald.

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Hulk Eat Cake

The interior of “Sweets So Geek’s” newly opened retail space lives up to the name. The shop boasts Dr. Who paintings, some framed comic pieces from Seewald’s personal collection and a pretty fantastic watercolor that I’m not going to reveal here because we don’t do spoilers around these parts. The décor continues into the bathroom that is adorned with more nerdery that only gets better when you turn off the lights.

“Only special people do we take into our bathroom and turn the lights off!,” jokes Heather.

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This IS the droid cake you are looking for.

Beth Moak at Raven Designs keeps retail shelves stocked with comic book themed plush bots. A cadre of clever, pun-ridden chocolates consistently populates the front counters with labels printed by Julie Wall Toles of Hedgehog Press, the “3rd Sweets So Geek member.” Old Crown Coffee provides “Sweet So Geek” with their own blend, a fitting bit of cyclical history now that the business occupies Old Crown’s original location. “Mike (Woodruff) has been extremely helpful in this whole process…offering tips and mentoring us.”

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Though not originally fancying himself a connoisseur of haute cuisine, Seewald found a taste for baking, pastries, and desserts after landing a gig at the now shuttered Fox Fire restaurant in Muncie, Indiana. The position afforded him the opportunity to expand his culinary interests as he apprenticed under the resident French pastry chef named Bruno with forearms that were slightly terrifying. After months putting in extra hours Seewald eventually made his way up to the lines where he refined his skills.

Seewald’s interest in dessert takes a cue from his father who attended the Culinary Institute of America. Despite not really sharing much interest in cooking when growing up, father and son are now involved in the occasional bout of friendly competition. “The only thing my dad showed me was ‘this is the pointing end of the knife so don’t stick yourself with it.’” Having decided to settle down and raise a family, Seewald’s father still gets the opportunity to flex his culinary muscles at the Adams County Memorial hospital which Seewald proudly declares to consistently be Decautr’s number 1 visited restaurant.

Today Seewald attempts to keep his kids involved in the day-to-day operations at “Sweets So Geek.” Their daughter even gifted him a dessert cookbook from 1949 that Seewald will be drawing from for inspiration. Heather has been a tremendous partner during this transition into a retail space. “Her job is to reign me in,” Seewald gests.

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Having gotten their start selling to Firefly Coffee House, game shops and through an Etsy account “Sweets So Geek” is now on the lookout for new adventures in retail space. Every two weeks “Sweets So Geek” will host “Date Nights” featuring special desserts based on a particular theme. In honor of an anonymous angel investor with an English background, Seewald plans to always offer a crème brulée. The latest example is infused with wild orange tea and topped with a honeyed whipped cream. Numerous specialty desserts will make their way to the roster including various cakes (a Guinness Stout cake with Bass Ale caramel for example), scones, brownies, and of course new additions to their chocolates. And if you’re looking for something specific “Sweets So Geek” also takes custom cake orders.

Collaboration has been a large part of “Sweets So Geek’s success. Having developed a close kinship with Bravas, the two businesses setup an equally beneficial trade system offering desserts for a dinner. Bravas showed up for the shop’s grand opening and Seewald says they are currently in the process of planning a dessert for Bravas’ soon to open storefront. “Sweets So Geek” has also provided special chocolates for events at the Embassy Theatre as well as Cinema Center. The Seewalds also hope to provide a new opportunity for aspiring Fort Wayne businesses, allowing them to rent their now ample kitchen space.

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This communal spirit extends to a rather impressive “Sweets So Geek” fan base. “We have loyal people that are at every single event,” says Seewald. For “Sweets So Geek’s” soft opening two kids showed up in their favorite superhero outfits shortly after they heard a very low-key announcement. Visiting the shop for their Grand Opening I saw a steady stream of new and old customers checking out the new space. “I want to be the sort of place where people can find that special cake for an anniversary or piece of chocolate for when you screwed up yesterday,” says Seewald

When I asked Seewald what his experience has been opening a small, family business in Fort Wayne his response was very gracious to the business community, “Nobody says you can’t do it, you shouldn’t do it. Fort Wayne small businesses want each other to succeed…Fort Wayne has an amazing group of small businesses and if you’re willing to search them out you just can’t find them elsewhere.”

You can check out “Sweets So Geek” at their now open retail location at 3410 North Antony Boulevard.

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Andy Helmkamp

About

Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.

Discover the Magic of West Central

Fort Wayne’s Historic West Central Neighborhood emerged as a prominent residential area on the banks of the city’s canal in the 1830s. Over time the neighborhood grew from a haven of the working class, putting them within walking distance to their jobs to a retreat for the upper and middle classes. The houses began to grow in size and splendor. Pretty soon the neighborhood was home to a variety of styles spanning the 1830s to the 1950s.

Just west of downtown, Fort Wayne’s West Central neighborhood has remained close to the all the action as our downtown continues to grow and regain prosperity. One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season, is also one of the most simple ways. Rediscover the hidden beauty of our city!

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Sandwich at JK’s

Step 1: Find a traveling buddy! Whether it is your mom, sister, friend, or significant other, it is always more fun to enjoy the crisp evening air with a friendly face.

Step 2: Enjoy a nice dinner to keep you warm. Downtown Fort Wayne is home to some of the best local restaurants. Enjoy classic Italian cuisine at Toscani’s, sample some Irish pub fair at J.K. O’Donnell’s, or treat yourself to an epic grilled cheese and tomato soup like you’ve never had before at The Dash-In. Wherever the place, make sure you get your fill!

Step 3: Get a warm beverage to begin the walk. Fortezza Coffee has a great selection of your favorite soul-warming beverages. Grab a peppermint mocha to really set the mood, or stick to a nice hot chocolate or chai tea if you want to stay away from caffeine.

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home in West Central

Step 4: Set out to enjoy the sites! Head down to the West Central neighborhood and take a stroll back in time, through Fort Wayne’s rich history, as you follow the neighborhood along the river. Many of the homes put out lovely light displays for the season, so those can be your beacons. Allow yourself to just wander along and not worry about directions; bop from lighted house to lighted house. Enjoy the quite of the night and the streets.

Stroll down Berry, Wayne, and Washington streets to see the where the city’s most prominent families used to reside. Some of these homes include the former residences of Ronald MacDonald, the owner of the General Electric Plant, and H.G. Olds, the owner of the wagon and railroad car works.

Pick up a map at the Visitors Center, or download one here. Anyway you decide to do it, Fort Wayne’s West Central neighborhood is a treasure of the city and well worth a visit!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.